H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Sep 23, 2013 3:33 PM by Associated Press

Sacramento to showcase region's local food options

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Like a scene out of the Wild West, more than 50 longhorn cattle were herded down one of Sacramento's main thoroughfares to kick off a weeklong celebration of locally sourced agriculture.

The cattle and several dozen wranglers on horseback crossed the iconic Tower Bridge over the Sacramento River on Monday morning, then marched beside high-rise buildings down the Capitol Mall toward the state Capitol.

The event was the kick-off to Sacramento Farm-to-Fork week, a first-time event that celebrates the region's abundance of locally grown food and the restaurants serving those products.

Organizers have been planning the event since Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson proclaimed the city as America's farm-to-fork capital last fall. They say the region's long growing season and plentiful farmland help drive the local food movement.

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