What weekend events most promotes Sacramento agriculture? First there’s the tomato contest in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento on Saturday. Restaurant chefs will compete on Saturday on tasty ways to cook tomatoes. Check out the Shop Town and Country website. On Saturday, July 30, 2011 Sacramento will feature a tomato cooking and tomato sizing contest. Enter your tomatoes in one of three categories: Largest, Smallest, and Ugliest. There’s a $500 prize for a winner in each category. Register on the day of the event or online at the Terrace Cuisine site.
It’s the Annual Center-Wide Sidewalk Sale and Tomatofest. Town & Country Village will host its Annual Center-Wide Sidewalk Sale Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. Take a stroll through our beautiful garden setting and enjoy special savings at the once-a-year sale. The Town & Country Village shopping center is located on Marconi Avenue in Sacramento at the corner of Fulton Avenue. On Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. you will also be able to show off your green thumb – even if it’s not so green at Sacramento Tomatofest.
Restaurant chefs will compete in three categories: Salsa, Bruschetta, and Tomato Soup (hot or cold). The Festival will include Art, Wine Tasting, Cooking Demonstrations, Kids’ Area, and Live Entertainment. For further information, check out the site, Shop Town and Country. Town & Country Village is located in Sacramento, California at the corner of Fulton and Marconi Avenues. Directions from MapQuest.
Next, on Sunday, July 31, 2011 you have the Pear Fair that celebrates the Sacramento River Delta’s Bartlett pear harvest. Besides the wide variety of pear foods and vendors, there will be a parade at 1:00 p.m. The hours on Sunday are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. But you’ll have to drive to Courtland. The location is at Washington and Primasing Avenues. Free admission, but $10 parking fee. For further information, check out the Pear Fair website.
If you’re looking for a nutrition discussion, Linda Middlesworth, organizer for the Sacramento Vegan Society, will speak on the topic of the health benefits of a plant-based diet. The nutrition discussion will take place on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road, Sacramento. The event is free.
There also are other food-related events on Saturday and Sunday such as the wine, cheese, and bread fair featuring cheesemakers from the California Cheese Guild and local bakers, including cheese education seminars and cooking demonstrations by chefs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The location for Saturday and Sunday is the Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Avenue in Clarksburg. Check out the Old Sugar Mill website. The $20 fee includes a commemorative wine glass and bag.
And another fee-based event is the cooking class next Wednesday, at the Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa at 1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento. Chef Josh demonstrates time-saving cooking techniques. The event emphasizes incorporating fresh ingredients into meals. It’s at 6 p.m. next Wednesday. For further information, check out the Arden Hills Resort site.
What Sacramento needs most are more events taking place in the midst of Arden Arcade’s most dense senior citizen homeowner’s and assisted living neighborhoods where the fewest nutrition-related and cooking-related or any other non-sports-related events take place. You have the Country Club shopping mall at Watt and El Camino Avenues, yet this mall offers only one harpist from 11 to 1 pm on Fridays and nothing else in the way of events or entertainment that seniors can easily walk to in daylight hours. The exception is the Town & Country shopping center’s tomato event on Saturday, since that shopping area is right on a number 25 bus stop, where a bus on Saturday comes once every hour. There are no public transportation on Sundays along Marconi Ave.
What Sacramento also needs are additional free or low-cost daylight hours food-related and music-related events that the many seniors can easily get to by walking. There are no sidewalks along most of Marconi Avenue between Fair Oaks Blvd. and Fulton Avenue, except for the sidewalk directly in front of the supermarkets in those areas. Interestingly, with a church every few blocks along Marconi between Becerra and Fair Oaks Blvd, and a public library a few blocks before Fair Oaks Blvd on Marconi nearby, there should be more senior-related free or low-cost events, since so many of those in the area with low mobility issues have so few events that are affordable or free or presented during daylight hours in the Arden Arcade area close to public transportation or located anywhere near where the streets have sidewalks.
Even some of the bus stops near senior centers in Arden Arcade have few or no sidewalks. It’s a bus ride to the light rail and a long light rail ride downtown or to midtown before you see sidewalks near senior centers or other locations of affordable daytime events.