Sacramento Heats Up at Taste of Summer

Grape Escape tasting event returns during full weekend of food and wine celebrations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Thanks to Assembly Bill 776, Sacramento's favorite longtime food and wine event returns after a one-year hiatus. Raise a glass to blue skies and fresh flavors as the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau's Taste of Summer events return June 3-5, 2016. The full weekend of festivities include intimate Farm-to-Fork dinner experiences, a massive outdoor brunch party and the anticipated revival of the Save Mart Grape Escape.

"With so much national recognition around our food and wine, we're thrilled to be able to bring Grape Escape back to Sacramento and hope the community comes out to enjoy the full weekend," said Mike Testa, chief operating officer of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Summer's just around the corner, and there's no better time to celebrate the amazing wines, beer and food coming out of our region."

Tickets are on sale now for the Taste of Summer festivities at The weekend includes:

Winemaker Dinner - Fri., June 3, 2016: Sample exclusive wine paring menus at some of the region's most exciting eateries, and meet the winemakers who are putting Sacramento's wine country on the map. Note that tickets are not needed to enjoy the dinners; pricing varies per participating restaurant.

Save Mart Grape Escape - Sat., June 4, 2016: Sacramento's most popular wine tasting event returns to Cesar Chavez Plaza, bigger and better than ever. Regional wineries will be pouring throughout the evening, along with brew favorites like Sierra Nevada. Attendees will also find bites from local favorites like Hot Italian, culinary entertainment, live music and much more.

Farm-to-Fork Sunday Brunch - Sun., June 5, 2016: While September may be known in part for a Farm-to-Fork dinner on the bridge, June is soon to be known for brunch. Enjoy a lazy afternoon in the California sun at Sacramento's most anticipated brunch event of the season. Sample a farm-to-fork feast and bottomless mimosas from Four Diamond Dawson's at the Hyatt Regency, served outdoors in the Kay district in downtown Sacramento.

For a list of participating Winemaker Dinner restaurants and to purchase tickets to Save Mart Grape Escape and Sunday Brunch, visit


About America's Farm-to-Fork CapitalSacramento is the capital city to the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation. Locally, 70 percent of the region's land is agricultural, forest or other open space. The region also contains more than 1.5 million acres of active farmland and more than 40 regional farmers markets-including one of the largest Certified Farmers Markets in California. Diners across the country enjoy meals containing ingredients produced in the Sacramento region. Led by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, the farm-to-fork initiative is a year-round endeavor celebrating the region's food and agriculture. Farm-to-fork is a collaborative process with the area's farmers and growers, chefs and restaurants, regional elected officials, and the people and organizations who are dedicated to the region's collective food system. More information can be found at