Can there be enough food-and-wine events? Not if you love sampling and sipping. Two more chances are happening this Saturday. Start at one, transition to the other.
We're talking about the 17th annual Grape & Gourmet, and the 14th annual Off to the Races.
Grape & Gourmet will feature pours (and sales) from the 200 wineries that won medals in the California State Fair Wine Competition. Nosh on award-winning cheeses and samples from 20 area restaurants.
Grape & Gourmet will be 3 to 6 p.m. in Buildings A and B at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Online group sales of 10 or more are $35 per person. To buy tickets and get more information: (916) 263-3636, www.calexpo.com.
After Grape & Gourmet, more goodies await at Off to the Races. Line up for hors d'oeuvres from Bella Bru Cafe, Fabian's Italian Bistro, Monsoon, Roxy's, Ruth's Chris, Splendid Gourmet, Sutter Street Steakhouse, Mandarin, and Zac Jack Bistro. Sip wines from Napa Cellars, St. Supéry, Andis, Mount Aukum, Sean Minor, Shadow Ranch and the Hess Collection.
Off to the Races will be emceed by KCRA news anchor Edie Lambert. Accompanying will be live entertainment.
The event will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard at Pavilions center on Fair Oaks Boulevard (east of Howe Avenue), Sacramento. Tickets are $40 at the door or in advance at (916) 933-4056.
Off to the Races is the kickoff event for the 14th annual Race for the Arts, Aug. 25 at William Land Park. Both "Race" events benefit arts groups and arts programs throughout California.
For more information: www.raceforthearts.com.