August is still several months away, but organizers of the seventh annual Village Feast can’t contain their excitement as they firm up plans for the popular event.
Tickets will go on sale June 15 for Davis’ favorite feast, at which friends and neighbors and spend the afternoon sipping Yolo County wines and enjoying a Provencal-inspired meal in Central Park. This year’s feast begins at noon Saturday, Aug. 27.
Local ingredients from the Davis Farmers’ Market will be showcased in a menu that includes savory grilled lamb with fresh herbs, heirloom tomato salad and fresh fruit tarts. Guests will be wined, dined and entertained, with music and dancing courtesy of Yolo County’s own West Nile Ramblers.
The Village Feast was established in 2005 by cookbook author Georgeanne Brennan and food writer Ann Evans. The festive event is modeled after “Le Grand Aioli,” the food lovefest that is a summer tradition for the people in southern France.
“In Provence, it’s a set meal that doesn’t vary from town to town because those are the local farm-fresh foods available in August,” Brennan says. “We knew that Yolo County produced all the same farm-fresh foods.”
Evans adds that at a traditional grand aioli, people bring their own plates.
“Everyone brings their best china, silver and linen napkins,” she says. “It adds to the specialness and enjoyment of a long, leisurely meal.”
The approach is also consistent with the Davis Farm to School Connection’s zero-waste initiatives.
Tickets are $65 per person or $55 for Slow Food members. They may be purchased starting June 15 at http://brownpapertickets.com or at the Davis Food Co-op, 6250 G St. Proceeds will go to the Davis Farm to School Connection, which supports school gardens, recycling programs and local food in school cafeterias.