(From press release) Every year, The Village Feast celebrates the Sacramento region’s Farm-to-Fork season, where the community gathers to enjoy and honor the bounty of local farmers. The event has been an afternoon of dining at a communal long table in Davis’ Central Park, in the style of a Provencal grand aioli.
This year, because of the pandemic, the entire event will be online, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Virtual Village Feast 2020 is free to attend, and has two parts:
- An online auction with items donated by chefs, restaurants, wineries and community members.
- A live Zoom hosted event, where participants will share their home feasts virtually, play trivia games, and bid on auction items.
Participants will have several options for enjoying the Village Feast at home. Bella Bru Cafe will offer ready-to-eat Provencal-inspired meals, which may be picked at three locations or delivered through DoorDash.
Farm Fresh To You will offer an “aperitif” box (baguette, olives, roasted nuts, cheese) and a CSA ingredient box to make your own grand aioli feast at home. The Davis Food Co-op will offer a special selection of Yolo and Sacramento county wines to accompany the feast.
People wishing to participate may register for the event at https://thevillagefeast2020.eventbrite.com.
Davis Farm to School and Les Dames d’Escoffier, Sacramento Chapter are the beneficiaries of this event. They work together to support education programs around food and agriculture. All proceeds from The Village Feast go toward these missions.
Davis Farm to School funds the following programs in Davis public and private schools:
- Free farm-fresh, local produce to Davis Joint Unified School District students in conjunction with school meals, in partnership with Fiery Ginger Farms
- Free edible plant starts to the community at Grab ’n Grow plant giveaways
- Development of farm/garden related digital content for use by schools during Distance Learning and beyond
- Garden grants to start new school gardens or improve existing school gardens
- Development of preschool through 12th-grade programs for cooking, recycling, gardening and the environment
Les Dames d’Escoffier, Sacramento Chapter funds scholarships and grants for the following programs:
- Housing stipends for women graduating from Saint John’s Program for Real Change, a residential shelter with a with a culinary training program
- American River College’s Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Program
- Court of Master Sommelier Americas entry-level sommelier courses
- California Farm Academy training programs at the Center for Land-Based Learning • Professional development courses within restaurant and hospitality fields