Don’t miss the biggest veggie event on the California Central Coast
The Artichoke Festival!

Celebrate the Heart of the Harvest with us at the Artichoke Festival at the historic Monterey County Fair & Event Center. This 62-year old tradition runs June 11-12, 2022, and will celebrate the full range of tastes that the Monterey County farming community has to offer:

Artichoke cooking demonstrations, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, family-friendly fun activities, and lots and lots of artichokes — prepared in some of your favorite ways, including the fan-favorite — fried baby artichokes! Plus, steamed, grilled, and in unique forms such as lumpia, burritos, sausage, cupcakes and even ice cream.

But that’s not the only fun we’ve planned—enjoy artichoke eating and harvest contests, arts and crafts vendors, a family fun run on Sunday, and our ever popular wine tasting event, featuring the boutique wines from around California.

Out-of-town guests can find great room rates for a limited time—look for Preferred Hotels on our Lodging page. But, hurry, rooms are going fast!

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ATTENTION: New for 2022, we’ve established a Clear Bag Policy for all attendees and guests entering the Artichoke Festival.
Please click here for more about this policy.

Chefs

Hondo Hernandez

Pit Boss at Showoff BBQ

KEVIN FISHER

Sous Chef at Sea Root, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

IVAN GUADARRAMA

Executive Chef at Tarpy’s Roadhouse

LUIS OSORIO

Executive Chef at Rio Grill

JUDY BURDITT / Pat Hopper

The California Artichoke Advisory Board’s Artichoke Queens

Tony Baker

Baker’s Bacon, Marina

Visit Chef Demos to learn more!

MAIN STAGE Bands

Shane Dwight

The Lost Boys

Feat. James Durbin

The Money Band

Wild at Heart

CHICANO ALL-STARS

JOHN MICHAEL BAND

Visit Entertainment to read more!

Spread those good artichoke-y feels!

All choked up over artichoke kitchenware? Want to find out how Castrovillians cook their artichokes? Visit our online souvenir store to purchase cool, thistly swag. We’ll ship it to anywhere in the US, and beyond.

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