RIO VISTA — Last year, Tom Surh was a festival attendee with an interest in the slow-food movement. This year, he’s hip deep in helping the Slow Food Rio Vista president, Janith Norman, put together the event.
Saturday will see the return of the Slow Food Rio Vista Festival for the second year. It’s purpose is to support and promote local food producers.
“Slow foods emphasize local, fresh (and) sustainable,” Surh said. “(We’re) right in the middle of a very vibrant, local agricultural area that not only produces a lot of fruits and vegetables but meat (too).”
The festival will include locally grown food, local wines, demonstrations, seminars and entertainment. This year will also feature a presentation by Solano County master gardeners about incorporating edibles into home landscaping. The ticket price includes all the demonstrations and entertainment, plus the food tastings and a commemorative wine glass to sip wine from eight wineries during the event.
Among the presentations will be local rancher Jeannie McCormack, who will talk about raising, preparing, cooking and ordering lamb from a menu.
The menu includes the following foods: lamb tacos, piggly-wiggly pork sliders, Cajun stuffed chicken leg, endive salads and appetizers, bacon-wrapped asparagus, fireman baked beans, beef brisket, Jamaican-style roast goat and curry goat.
Local ranchers and farmers have donated a variety of foods such as lamb, goat, pig, beef, endive and organic vegetables.
“You will learn a lot,” Surh said of the festival. “And enjoy some excellent food prepared by very good chefs. If you like wine, there is ample opportunity to sample from the local region.”
The festival also benefits those in need locally. After expenses, the remainder benefits the local food bank, Rio Vista Community Services. Its first year, with about 250 attendees, the festival was able to give $500 to the food bank, Surh said.
The festival goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 45 Main St. For tickets and more information, go to www.slowfoodriovista.org.
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