About The Festival
Artichokes: A Peninsula Legacy
Since 1959, the Monterey Peninsula has come together to celebrate California’s official state vegetable. California’s artichoke history begins in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in Castroville. Today, more than nine decades later, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply is grown in California and nearly two-thirds is grown in the small town of Castroville.
The annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival began in 1959 as a harvest festival to celebrate the iconic artichoke and the region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became a primary source of funding for local non-profit groups that depend upon a successful event for their viability.
Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was named California’s first honorary Artichoke Queen in 1948. The official festival started eleven years later and continues to grow, appealing to visitors from near and far. Now an official 501(c)3 organization, the annual Artichoke Food & Wine Festival continues to support the heritage of Castroville’s farming community.
NEW WINE & BEER GARDENGuests over 21 can stroll and sip wine and craft beer from some of our favorite California producers.
Monterey County’s finest chefs and food personalities will showcase the versatility of the artichoke and share their own preparation techniques.
FARMERS MARKETThis popular and anticipated produce market features Artichokes and much, more!
AGRO ART COMPETITION
This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity, and fun for both participants and the viewing public. Learn More
ENTERTAINMENTTwo days of live musical acts on our Main Stage and strolling through the NEW Beer & Wine Garden. Learn more
Enjoy a guided tour into an Artichoke field and learn how this unique plant grows from the ground up. Tickets purchased onsite. Learn More
Steamed, Grilled & Fried Artichokes, Artichoke Burritos, Sausage, and Artichoke Cup Cakes. If you dreamt it, chances are you’ll find it at the festival.
Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets, live entertainment, and more!