Wish You Were Here


This year’s Artichoke Festival was a resounding success for the community! The weather was perfect, the food phenomenal and the entertainment spectacular! Here’s just a pinch of what happened.


Belly’s full of delicious artichoke delicacies is what this festival is all about. Cupcakes, Sausage, Deep Fried Artichokes – Oh My! My personal favorite, that I took home for dinner each night, is the artichoke burritos. Chock full of beautiful and delicious baby artichokes made lovingly by Julia Perez from the Ocean Mist Farms Sales team  – yummo!


From Lady Gaga to Bruno Mars (tribute bands that is), from Martial Arts to Mariachi, the stage was full of music and entertainers to enjoy in sun .... while eating artichoke delicacies.


The first annual Quilt Challenge and the annual Agro Art Competition showcased the talents of local artists of all ages. The Kids Zone and the Wine & Beer Garden were busy each day with respective age groups enjoying a few of their favorite things.

And last but certainly not least, the Chef Demo Room was buzzing each day with crowds learning new and delicious ways to enjoy our favorite thistle.


Check out the Festival website to see the highlight reel and plan your trip to Monterey, California next year to enjoy this artichoke lover’s paradise. We will be celebrating the 60th year and you don’t want to miss it!


The annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses the Castroville Artichoke to raise money for the town of Castroville and surrounding communities.

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Diana McClean
Growing up on California's central coast, I enjoyed delicious artichokes around the family dinner table and always on Christmas Eve! It is beyond perfection that I now market artichokes for a living and get to share the Ocean Mist Farms story and my love of all things fresh.
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