Woodland’s Dinner on Main: Uniting Farmers, Winemakers & the Community

Nothing brings people together more than great food. And no food is greater than food grown on local farms. This is the hallmark of Yolo County’s agricultural heritage, which is celebrated each year during Woodland’s Dinner on Main, a community-wide feast in the center of town.

The event is highlighted in the fourth episode of a new travel podcast, “Yolo County: Indulge in the Authentic.” In this episode, host Aaron Millar shares his experience attending the signature event, which features not only great local food, but also local wine.

Farm-to-Fork in Downtown Woodland

In the podcast, Millar explains that Woodland’s Dinner on Main brings together farmers, winemakers and the community to celebrate all things farm to fork. It’s a magical event, with communal tables stretched down two city blocks, bedecked with white tablecloths and flowers and illuminated by twinkling fairy lights.

Not even a spot of rain could deter the now-annual event from taking place. In 2022, the feast was moved to the California Agriculture Museum, a fitting tribute to Yolo County’s food heritage. Vintage tractors and farming equipment provided the backdrop to the gourmet meal and served as a reminder of the work that goes on behind-the-scenes.

Giving Back to the Community

Dinner on Main connects the community to their food sources in more ways than one. Proceeds fund Woodland’s Edible Learning Garden. Produce from the community garden is donated to Fourth & Hope, a community-based organization that helps those in need.

Millar said Dinner on Main is Yolo County on a plate, not just because of the food, because of what it represents — slow food, slow wine, sustainability, community, buying local and eating seasonally.

Come Together During Dinner on Main in Woodland

To learn more about Woodland’s Dinner on Main, check out episode four of  “Yolo County: Indulge in the Authentic.” Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.