The Village Feast
What is The Village Feast?
The Village Feast commences upon the closing of Saturday’s Davis Farmers Market —America’s Favorite Farmers Market—in celebration of September’s Sacramento-region Farm to Fork Month. Yolo County puts the “farm” in America’s Farm to Fork Capitol, and so we come together to enjoy and honor the bounty of our local farmers. Guests bring their own table settings, arriving with baskets filled with the necessary plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins, before aperitifs are served—with olives, nuts, and local light wines. With friends and neighbors gathered around, sharing a table and raising our glasses, we feast.
This year, because of the pandemic, we are hosting the entire event online! The Virtual Village Feast 2020 will be held on October 17th, 2020 from 1-2:30 PM. The event is free to attend; and there are three ways to participate:
1) The online auction, which will take place at http://www.auctria.com/auction/VILLAGEFEAST, with fabulous items donated by chefs, restaurants, wineries, and community members.
2) A live Zoom hosted event, where we will be celebrating community, sharing our home feasts virtually, playing Trivia games, closing out the online auctions, all the while raising funds for our missions.
3) Enjoying the Village Feast at home. Where is a “virtual” feast without a “feast”? There are several options for enjoying the Feast at home with offerings from local purveyors.
Please make sure you are signed up on our Eventbrite page to get the notifications about the Zoom event and the food options, as well as updates on this auction.
What is a Grand Aïoli?
Our Village Feast follows the tradition of one of the great, late-summer feasts of Provence, France, where vast amounts of pungent aïoli—the golden garlic-mayonnaise that is a symbol of Provençal cuisine—unites people and food for a gastronomic celebration. The Sacramento region and Provence share a rich agricultural bounty owing to our Mediterranean climates. All that is needed for a feast—olives and olive oil, vegetables, nuts, wines, lamb, and more—is cultivated from the soil of our region.
Who does it benefit?
Les Dames D’Escoffier, Sacramento, and Davis Farm to School have paired together because of a shared vision: both are charitable, tax-exempt organizations who work in support of early and continued education around food and agriculture. The Dames provide scholarships to women in food, wine, and agriculture, and Davis Farm to School provides garden grants, farm field trips and support for farm-fresh food in the schools. All proceeds from The Village Feast go toward these missions.
You can learn more about Les Dames D’Escoffier, Sacramento Chapter here: https://lesdamessacramento.com/
If you are interested in joining The Village Feast as a Sponsor or as a Community Partner, please email for more information.