Fall Food Events In & Around Sacramento
Cooler weather, shorter days and turning leaves can only mean one thing: fall is in the air! And with it, of course, comes the traditional harvest. Sacramento is proud of its agricultural heritage, and locals love nothing more than celebrating with a food festival. There are plenty of food-centric events in and around the greater Sacramento area this season, celebrating all types of food and culinary traditions from across the globe. So put on your stretchy pants and check out one of the following fall food festivals!
Sept. 19–29 | Various Locations
Sacramento’s preeminent food festival, the Farm-to-Fork Festival celebrates the bounty of local farms. The festival comprises several key events: Legends of Wine Sept. 19, featuring tastings from dozens of area wineries; a street festival Sept. 27–28, with musical performances and local farmers selling their produce; and the Tower Bridge Dinner Sept. 28, where the city’s top chefs prepare a multi-course meal.
Oct. 12–13 | Old Town Auburn
Photo courtesy Auburn Wine, Ale & Food Festival
This annual event in Auburn features two days of tasting local wines and beers, both paired with tasty bites from the area’s top restaurants. On Sunday morning, savor the flavors of Placer County at a gourmet brunch presented by top local chefs.
Oct. 19, 1–6 p.m. | Cesar Chavez Plaza
Photo courtesy Sacramento Vegan Food Festival
Who needs meat when there are so many plant-based goodies to indulge in? This annual festival celebrates all the healthy (and delicious!) animal-free options out there, from juicy plant-based burgers to vegan street tacos. Cooking demonstrations, live music, and arts and crafts round out this family-friendly event!
Sept. 14 | Gold Country Fairgrounds
Photo courtesy Craig Silberman
Why a pepper festival? Why NOT a pepper festival? This family-friendly event in Auburn celebrates the habanero, the serrano, the jalapeño and even the hair-raising Carolina Reaper. Flex your Scoville tolerance at a pepper eating contest, enjoy live music, devour some pepper-centric food, watch a salsa dancing demonstration and take home a bottle or two of hot sauce. You can even try a pineapple-jalapeño margarita or a local beer or wine. Pre-sale tickets are $16 and kids under 12 are free.
Sept. 28, 1–4 p.m. | Central Park
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Coinciding with Farm-to-Fork month, this community dinner in Davis aims to bring people together to enjoy the bounty of local farms. The family-style meal features Yolo County wines, seasonal fruits and vegetables, bread, grilled meats, dessert and coffee.
Sept. 7–8 | Yolo County Fairgrounds
Photo courtesy Crawfish & Catfish Festival
Savor the taste of the bayou in Woodland at this food and music festival dedicated to southern cuisine! Try crawfish etouffee, catfish po boy, alligator sausage or fried okra, and finish it off with a beignet, New Orleans sno-ball or sweet potato pie. Dozens of bands will be performing zydeco, blues and soul, and a brass band competition will be held Sunday afternoon.
Oct. 4–6 | Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Photo courtesy Sacramento Greek Festival
This big fat Greek festival has every Mediterranean delicacy you can imagine. Start with domathes or souvlaki, move on to moussaka or pastitsio, and finish it off with loukoumades, baklava or other Greek pastries. In between, sip Greek coffee, wine or beer, watch traditional Greek dancers and browse the stalls for food items, jewelry and home goods.
Sept. 15, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Congregation Beth Shalom
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Celebrate Jewish cuisine and culture at this annual festival in Carmichael, now in its 42nd year! Traditional food offerings include pastrami sandwiches, latkes, cabbage rolls, noodle kugel and matzo ball soup, while imported baked goods include challah, babka and marble rye. Listen to traditional music and browse the arts and crafts vendors.
Sept. 14, 12–5 p.m. | Bijou Community Park
Photo courtesy Lauren McMillin via Tahoe Chamber
South Lake Tahoe’s own farm-to-fork festival showcases the best of El Dorado County growers and producers. Local chefs come together to turn out gourmet bites, all paired with wine or beer. It also features the Sierra Chefs Challenge, which pits chef against chef in a drama-packed cookoff, as well as live music, farm tours and locally-produced goods such as jam, honey and olive oil.