CASTROVILLE, Calif. – May 16, 2016 – We have our #ArtiAdventurer! 

Congratulations to Trissina Kear from Valley Village, Calif., in the greater Los Angeles area, she is the winner of the Ocean Mist Farms’ Artichoke Adventurer Contest and will attending the 2016 Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival.

Kear was selected by Ocean Mist Farms, the largest grower of fresh artichokes in North America, as the winner of its nationwide sweepstakes, Be an Artichoke Adventurer.  

Earlier this spring, home cooks were invited to upload a picture or video of themselves preparing or eating a fresh artichoke for a chance to win a trip for two to Monterey, Calif., including tickets to the Annual Castroville Food & Wine Artichoke Festival.

Entries were judged on creativity of the photo or video, and how well it showcased the cook’s adventurous spirit.  Kear submitted the winning video after purchasing artichokes at a Whole Foods store.

“I'm a massive fan of artichokes but additionally a fan of fresh veggies from Monterey. Every time we go there we always bring home a bunch of veggies,” Kear said. “I was cooking (an artichoke) and read the tag announcing the competition to win a trip for two to our favorite vacation place.

“We combined my love of artichokes with Dave’s fancy chef twist and had a fun date night making the video, laughing together and being creative with food and wine. That's my favorite thing: All this came out of us just having fun together. We had no idea we'd get this far!”

Kear’s winning video showcases a recipe for a grilled artichoke accompanied by an adventurous sauce combining Habanero pepper, bacon and tzatziki – paired with a glass of Monterey wine.

Diana McClean, director of marketing for Ocean Mist Farms said, “We loved Trissina’s passion for artichoke and food.  She embodies what we’re looking for when we asked people to go on an artichoke adventure.”

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