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51st Artichoke Festival, Castroville, CA, May 15-16, 2010

Thistle Be Fun!  Agro Art Competition, Parade, Live Music, Children's Activities.  Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh and creamed in soup. Cooking Demos, Wine Tasting, Farmer's Market, Arts & Crafts, Field Tours to the artichoke patch.

SATURDAY 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. SUNDAY 10:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M. AWARDS PRESENTATION 4:30 P.M. TICKETS ON SALE at the Door $10 Adults/$5 Children (4-12) and Active Military/Children 3 and under free


  • AGRO ART Competition: AGRO art is 3-dimensional fruit and vegetable artwork. This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity and fun for both participants and the viewing public.
  • PARADE: Our sanctioned parade is one of the largest and most colorful of its kind.
  • MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Two days of live music! Everything from Swing to Mariachi, Country to 50's Rock & Roll.
  • CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES: Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets and more!
  • FOOD: Artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character.
  • COOKING DEMOS: The area's finest showcase the versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes.
  • WINE TASTING: Sample the best from the area's award winning producers.
  • ARTS & CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Plus artichoke souvenirs galore!
  • FARMERS MARKET: Artichokes and more, fresh from the heart of the salad bowl.
  • FIELD TOURS: Hop a bus to the artichoke patch for grower talks and photo ops.

Please No Pets 

The Castroville Artichoke Festival is presented by the North Monterey County Chamber of Commerce.


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