Sacramento is set to host the first American iteration of one of the world’s largest food conferences. Together with Slow Food, Visit Sacramento announced the inaugural Terra Madre Americas food event May 17-19, 2024 at Memorial Auditorium.

Terra Madre Americas will aim to create the basis for a biannual event in Sacramento that will become a key space and gathering for the entire continent, like Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto is globally.

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The initial Terra Madre Americas event will feature free and ticketed experiences that explore key Slow Food themes. In future years, Terra Madre Americas will expand in size and scope to mimic the Slow Food conference in Italy, bringing thousands of people to Sacramento.  

“This announcement underscores both Sacramento’s position as a global leader in the culinary world and Visit Sacramento’s role in championing the city’s culinary excellence on an international stage,” said Visit Sacramento’s President & CEO, Mike Testa.

Sacramento’s culinary scene boasts a wealth of talented chefs, growers, vintners and more who are not only shaping the city’s identity as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, but also having impacts globally. Their innovative spirit and commitment to using locally sourced ingredients resonates with the Slow Food philosophy, making Sacramento a natural fit for Terra Madre Americas.

The inaugural Terra Madre Americas event will allow for a dialog between different worlds by gathering food producers, scientists, cooks, and researchers from all over the world in Sacramento for education, participation, connection, and discussion. This event will explore how food is interrelated with most aspects of our lives and environment, with specific hints at the climate crisis, social justice, education in the food and beverage system.

The event is free to the public and will include educational and interactive experiences for all ages, as well as ticketed experiences. Tickets for those event opportunities will go on sale Wednesday, April 17.

For more information about Terra Madre Americas, including a complete schedule of events, ticket information, and details on participating Slow Food producers, visit