Photo by Francisco Chavira

The 2019 Farm-to-Fork Street Festival drew a record 155,000 people to Sacramento’s Capitol Mall for a two-day celebration of the region’s agricultural bounty.

Festivities kicked off Friday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. when, for the second year, the Friday night portion of the Farm-to-Fork Street Festival opened, bringing a night of live music and local food. Festivalgoers were treated to free fruit, farm-fresh fare from food trucks and other vendors, craft beer, Clarksburg wines and lots more.

The music lineup featured local band me&you followed by Barns Courtney and ZZ Ward as the sun set over Tower Bridge.

ZZ Ward at 2019 Farm-to-Fork Festival
Photo by Francisco Chavira

On Saturday, gates opened for a full day at 11 a.m., and perfect weather helped to draw record attendance. Demo stages featured everything from sheep shearing to cooking competitions, cooking with kids, how to make a charcuterie and cheese tray, and even a preview of what people can expect when the World Butchers’ Challenge comes to Sacramento in 2020 as the team captains of 16 countries showcased their art to a packed house all day.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at 2019 Farm-to-Fork FestivalPhoto by Francisco Chavira

The music lineup on Saturday kept the stage at Third and Capitol hopping, as local musician Nate Smith opened, followed by Samantha Fish and, finally, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. DJ sets kept attendees entertained between bands, and the whole festival ended just in time for people to get to their cars and on their way home before a brief thunderstorm let loose.

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