Capay Tomato Festival

Half an hour outside of Sacramento is the tiny town of Capay. A green sign at the entrance announces the population: 200. Elevation, 250.

Kim and I visited last month, driving up for the annual Capay Tomato Festival. The event is actually named after Capay Organic Farm (the town is just a few miles east)–all festivities, including overnight camping in the fig orchards, take place on the 30 year old farm.

We learned about the event from Bay-area friends who went a few years back. Our group claimed three rows in the fig orchards, and re-acquainted over drinks, contraband cheese from Italy, and what could only be described as food porn: homemade crème fraiche, mixed with fresh berries and drizzled in honey. *Drool*

This was a tomato tasting, so we sampled:

Of course, with only six or seven varieties to taste (that’s all the family grows on the farm), that didn’t take long.

Not to worry, we didn’t go hungry–not that a group of foodies would. Vendors sold tacos, elote, paletas and more.

Really, though, the event wasn’t about tomatoes. It was about great music, strawberry picking, tractor rides, roaming about and exploring the family’s farm.

Other activities included picking fresh fennel, infusing herbs and rock salt, and several things for families and kids.

And more great music.

We partied into the night, eating, drinking and dancing (even I danced, though that could be credited to the drinking).

Cool mornings don’t last long in the Valley, so we rose early, ate breakfast (thanks to Neil), and packed up our tents.

Well, not all of us got up. Last we saw Alex he was asleep inside of the case he brought for his upright bass…

4 Responses to “Capay Tomato Festival”

  1. Deidre
    August 30, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    awesome. i am particularily impressed with the last two photos . . .

    • james
      August 30, 2011 at 3:22 am #


      Next time, you have to join us Deidre!

  2. Emily
    August 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    A new annual tradition!
    Someone should have put a dollar in Alex’s hat.

  3. Phillip
    September 3, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    That looks like a lot of fun!

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