Tower Bridge shuts down for banquet dinner and for a ‘cattle drive’


The Tower Bridge will shut down and forks will go up on Sunday, September 29, for the first-ever banquet dinner served on the Tower Bridge. The event is sponsored by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau as the culmination of that city’s first “Farm to Fork” week celebrating local food sourcing.

The 600 available tickets for the event sold out within eight hours, reported a visitors bureau spokeswoman.

Diners on the bridge will enjoy a four-course meal including such treats as summer squash and chimichurri sauce, roasted whole pig strewn with blistered summer peppers, smoked white sturgeon with beans, and endive with pears. The food will be prepared by “top chefs” from Sacramento. With Mayor Kevin Johnson’s support, Sacramento is seeking to become the “capital” of the “Farm to Fork” movement.

The bridge will close to traffic from 1-10 p.m. to accommodate the “inaugural” event.

Another “Farm to Fork” event might not be a first, but it’s certainly something the Tower Bridge hasn’t seen in a few years:

On Monday, September 23, the Flying U Ranch of Yuba County will present a cattle drive that will go from West Sacramento over the iconic Tower Bridge into Sacramento and down Capitol Mall. The drive will take place between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Interested spectators are encouraged to stand on the median along Capitol Mall to watch the 40 to 50 longhorn steer and cattle go by.

For more information on these and other events involved in Sacramento’s first “Farm to Fork Week,” visit or call 808-5978.


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