Tickets are now available for the ninth annual Village Feast, which begins at noon Saturday, Aug. 24, in Central Park. Tickets are $75 per person in advance, and are available at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.; online at www.brownpapertickets.org and at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Tickets are $85 the day of the event, if available; past events have sold out.
The afternoon kicks off with an aperitif hour featuring wine from Davis-based Senders Wines. Guests will enjoy lunch at linen-draped tables and will be served a family-style meal, featuring produce from local farmers prepared by Buckhorn Catering.
The Provencal-inspired menu will include savory grilled lamb with fresh herbs, heirloom tomato salad and roasted vegetables with garlic aioli.
There will be music and a silent auction featuring unusual items and regional experiences. All proceeds from the event will benefit Yolo Farm to Fork and Davis Farm to School programs, which support maintaining school gardens, recycling programs and local food in school cafeterias.
The Village Feast is modeled after “Le Grand Aioli,” the food lovefest that is a summer tradition in Provence, France. This traditional event brings the community together around a local farm-fresh meal during August.
In keeping with the “Le Grand Aioli” tradition, participants will bring their own dinnerware, flatware and cloth napkins. Many bring their best china, silver and linen napkins. It adds to the specialness and enjoyment of a long leisurely meal.