Utah summers are filled with great food and food festivals. The Farmers Market in St. George's Ancestor Square started a few weeks ago, and in the next couple of weeks, we can look forward to the opening of the Downtown Farmers Market (Come to the party tonight at Squatters Pub Brewery downtown - you can get tickets at the door!), Savor the Summit is on June 25 with its long Grande Table down Park City's Main Street. This weekend Savor Idaho offers its third annual tasting of Idaho's vineyards and restaurants.

And on July 17, Sandhill Farms hosts Pago chef Michael Richey at the first-ever Utah Outstanding in the Field Dinner.

Outstanding in the Field is dedicated to re-connecting diners "to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it." A restaurant without walls, its organizers travel across the country and host dinners in various communities, bringing together local food resources and chefs to showcase a region's best. Long dinner tables have been set up in firlds, barns and orchards.

It sounds like an event tailor-made for Utah - community could be the strongest aspect of our growing food scene. The Utah event, Table on the Farm, takes place on Sunday, July 17 in Eden, Utah at Sandhill Farms and Pago's chef Michael Richey is the presiding chef - of course, since farm to table is Scott and Michael's fundamental philosophy.

Over the next month, I'll be posting regular updates on the preparations for this mammoth event - from planning the menu to harvesting the ingredients. Right now, we're glad the weather has finallly turned so the golden beets, purple carrots, fingerlings and sunflowers - not to mention 30 kinds of garlic - will be ready for farmer Pete Rasmussen harvest for Table on the Farm.

Meanwhile, you can buy your tickets here.