2022 Vendor Registration for June 11-12 Artichoke Festival is Closed. Thank you for coming!

We look forward to seeing all our Vendors again in June 2023.

All vendor registration is OFFICIALLY CLOSED. Join our Vendor mailing list for early notification for next year’s event! Send your name, business name, and contact info by email to: artscrafts.artifest@gmail.com

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2022 Event Dates: TBA

Time: Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

The Artichoke Festival is a unique, two-day outdoor event—celebrating all things ARTICHOKE! An estimated 5,000-8,000 visitors attend the Artichoke Festival to enjoy fun for the whole family, featuring artichoke cooking demos by local chefs, artichoke ag-education activities, a fabulous farmer’s market where artichokes are the hero, artichoke-inspired delicious food, activities for families & kids, great musical entertainment and more. Proceeds from the Festival are used to support Castroville’s neighboring community non-profit organizations and activities. All donation recipients must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Artichoke Festival also welcomes arts organizations, non-profits, and neighborhood groups to participate. Artisans, Crafters, and Non-profits receive discounts off the commercial vendor rates.


The Artichoke Festival is held at the beautiful Monterey County Fairgrounds, with room for lots of vendors!

All booth spaces are located outdoors. A deposit (non-profits exempt), along with the fully completed and signed application form, a copy of current resale license, and two (2) photos of booth and/or merchandise display will hold a space until application deadline (TBA). After that time, uncompleted registrations will forfeit prior booth assignments and be released into open space que.
Space fees include entry passes for booth workers, and liability coverage provided by California Fair Services Authority (CFSA). Electrical services, tables and chairs can be rented, fee schedule is located on the application.
NOT included in space fees: tent/canopy, parking passes, required state/county/city licensure and/or permit fees.

The Artichoke Festival also welcomes arts organizations, non-profits, and neighborhood groups to participate. Artisans, Crafters, and Non-profits receive discounts off the commercial vendor rates.

Vendor Types & Fees

Commercial Vendors (FEE TBA – 10’x10’ booth)

Vendors and commercial retailers who are selling or exhibiting products which are mass-produced, imported, mass-marketed or manufactured by or purchased from a wholesale or retail provider. Vendors selling prepackaged, bulk foods are included in this category.

Arts & Crafts Vendors (FEE TBA – 10’x10’ booth)

Artists and crafters who personally make their own products or merchandise for sale. Vendors who sell imported, manufactured, mass-produced, or mass-marketed items are not eligible for this booth price.

Non-Profits (FEE TBA – 10’x10’ booth)

Both nonprofit vendors who are selling products or services, and those providing information only are included in this category. Please upload a copy of your proof of non-profit tax exempt status with the link provided in the form.

Food Vendors (Fees based on booth sizes below, TBA)

Booth spaces are sold in 3 sizes: 10ftx10ft space, 10ftx15ft, and 10ftx20ft for the two-day festival. Rig size can be indicated on the form. We also welcome Food Trucks. Stand alone BBQs, grills, and fuels used for cooking must be disclosed on the form.

Non-profit food vendors: please contact us at foodvendorartifest@gmail.com <mailto: foodvendorartifest@gmail.com>, or 888-808-7707, ext 2.

Permits & Licenses

Links to City and County permit forms are provided within the online registration system and below. Please refer to documentation on the Vendor application form for requirements for your particular operation. Please upload a copy of each completed license application or final license with vendor registration submission as proof. Copies only! Do not mail your original City or County license application, fee or licenses to us; we will NOT be able to forward them.

Here are some handy links to help with the required permits or licenses you’ll need in order to operate as a vendor at our event:


Register for a California Seller’s permit:  https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/permits-licenses.htm

Apply for City of Monterey Temporary License To Do Business (every vendor needs this regardless of selling or not selling, whether your business is a for-profit or non-profit): http://cmbuslic.ci.monterey.ca.us/businessLicenseApplication/

Food and Beverage sellers: apply for a Monterey County Health Dept Temporary Food Facility permit: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showpublisheddocument?id=24906

Inclusion of these website links is for convenience only and does not in any way imply or guarantee that the City of Monterey, Monterey County, or State of California will issue licenses or permits applied for by Vendor. 

Regarding Food Vendor County Health Dept. Permits:

ALL Food Truck or Food Concessions Vendors (prepared on-site, ready-to-eat) must provide us with a copy of their Monterey County Health Department Temporary Food Facility Permit application. This permit application must include a copy of the Booth Layout, which we are required to forward to the State Fire Marshal. Those vendors selling wholesale or bulk pre-packaged foods, such as baked goods, olive oils, jarred pickles, and jams, may apply as a Commercial or Arts & Crafts vendor, but are also required to apply for the Monterey County Health Department’s Temporary Food Facility Permit covering free samples. (Valid TFF sampling permits alone are accepted for pre-packaged food vendors; we don’t need the layout section.) The copy of your completed Health Department TFF permit application must be included with Festival Vendor registration. Upload a COPY of the application only! Do not mail your original and only copy of the TFF application and fees, to the Festival; we will NOT be able to forward it to the Health Dept.


As a public event, the Artichoke Festival must comply with all CDPH and County Health Dept. safety guidelines at the time of the event is held. Head counts and space capacity will be closely monitored and state fire safety rules will be enforced. And, depending upon the status of Health Dept restrictions at the time of the event, all Vendors may be required to bring proof of fully completed COVID-19 Vaccination, or negative test results.

Final welcome packets with vendor booth location, entry tickets, set-up details, and parking info are provided during Vendor set-up at the Fairgrounds. Registration deadline will be announced. A $50 late registration fee will be applied to all Vendor applications received after this date. All Vendors must be approved by the Vendor Committee. Acceptance will be sent via preferred communication method chosen during ONLINE REGISTRATION process.

We are proud to support the Monterey County Fair & Event Center’s Sustainability Policy!

Food Waste Collection Program and Sustainability Policy: As of April 1, 2016 California legislation (AB1826) requires food waste be collected separately for “recycling.” The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, in cooperation with the Monterey County Fair & Event Center and Blue Strike Environmental, is participating in this mandatory waste reduction and recycling policy for all exhibitors, vendors, and concessionaires. Vendors are expected to comply with AB1826, and separate food waste from recycling and trash. Information about acceptable materials and food waste recycling can be downloaded here, and will be provided to Vendors prior to the event. Education and training will be provided to food vendors before the start of the event.

(Please refer to the application contract for a complete list of regulations per your vending area.)

Set-Up: Logistics and deliveries on the grounds during set-up must be carefully orchestrated to avoid delays and traffic snarls. Food Vendors and Arts & Crafts/Commercial Vendors will be allowed to set-up on the day before the event, per a separate schedule to accommodate Fire Marshal and County Health Dept inspection times. These schedules will be listed here, and on each Vendor’s application form. Your booth is required to be staffed at all times during the festival’s regular hours of operation.

Parking: Space is extremely limited and Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc. cannot guarantee that free parking spaces will be available to vendors. Vendors are encouraged to arrive early on the days of the event in order to find free parking on Fairground Road. All other parking on the Fairgrounds during hours of operation will be for fee only. If Vendor must enter grounds with, and wishes to store a trailer or equipment hauler, please request a special entry/parking pass for this purpose from the Vendor Coordinator; spaces are limited. A small number of RV parking spaces may be available on the festival grounds, at the rate of $70.00 per night. For further information about RV space, please contact the Monterey County Fair & Event Center Administration Office well in advance at (831) 717-7167, or visit their website at www.montereycountyfair.com

Camping: Camping on festival grounds is absolutely prohibited. No ice chests (except those used in Food Vendor prep), will be allowed onto the festival grounds after the festival opens each day.

Lodging close to the fairgrounds.

Driving directions to the fair grounds.

2022 Arts and Crafts/Commercial Vendors

Business Name Artist/Contact Name Website/Home Town
Aromas Dog/Leslie Rootsaert Glass Leslie Rootsaert Aromas, CA
Arts Council for Monterey County Erin Lyman arts4mc.org
Aspire Health Plan Alicia Soto www.aspirehealthplan.org
Bass Pro Shops Tammy Perales www.basspro.com
BerBlue Boutique Elizabeth Martinez www.instagram.com/berblue.boutique
Cal Fire Jahaira Zaragoza www.fire.ca.gov
California Hats Company Mario Garcia www.californiahats.store
Carol Long Jewelry Carol Long www.facebook.com/Point-of-Bliss
Castroville Chiropractic Clinic Randal and Molly Jones www.castrovillechiropractic.com
Chamoy Bros LLC Vanessa Puga www.instagram.com/chamoybros
Cupcakes for College Olympia Neville www.instagram.com/cupcakesforcolleges
Cutco Cutlery Faith Perkins www.cutco.com
Cynara USA Inc Nina Kalandadze www.Cynara.net/en
Dancing Spirits Sandra Aguirre Norwalk, CA
DeBrito Chocolate.net Juan Hernandez www.debritochocolate.com
Deb’s Calming Creations Deborah Flores www.debscalmingcreations.com
El Colibri Maylin Marin www.instagram.com/roxyhummingbird
G.B. Creations Jacqueline Gastelum g-b-creation.myshopify.com
Garden Art by Layla and Floral Fusion Studio Layla Sandell www.etsy.com/shop/FloralFusionStudio
Happy Nest Nidia Magdaleno www.instagram.com/happynest_boutique
Haute Pink Boutique Deborah Potter www.hautepink.shop
Highway One Station DK Tucker Hoshemp.com
His & Her Rocks Mark Verba www.instagram.com/hisandherrocks
Hummus Heaven Omen Hussein www.facebook.com/Hummus-Heaven-Monterey-San-Benito-Santa-Cruz-counties
HWBUSA Naser Ashraf www.healthwristbandusa.net
Jerky Hut Tracy Hood jerkyhutjerky.com
Jerry Miller Jerry Miller www.facebook.com/HandCraftedByJerry
John Chappell Design John Chappell www.facebook.com/JohnnysGardenReDo
Just Cloudin’ Around Gina DeVecchio www.etsy.com/shop/JustCloudinAround
Kamani Designs Lia Harty www.etsy.com/market/kamani_designs
Kitchen Craft Lesley Scott www.waterlesscookware.com
LeafFilter Gutter Protection Justin Lowry www.leaffilter.com
Leah Mark Designs Leah Dombrowski www.instagram.com/leahmarkdesigns
Mac City Macarons Jacquelyn Nickerson www.instagram.com/maccitymacarons
Mi Distinctive Tastes Denise Bartolomei distinctive-tastes.com
Mimi B Creations Beth Buck www.facebook.com/mimibcreation
MJATI Carmel’s Finest Embroidery Masheed M. Khani Carmel, CA
Natural Accents Sigrid Long Danville, CA
Natures Candy Co. Sean Nash www.naturescandycompany.com
Natures Tech Inc. Greg Sollecito www.aloemoistorganics.com
New York Life Luis Macias https://www.facebook.com/LuisMaciasNYL
Ocon Family Chiropractic Luis Ocon oconfamilychiropractic.com
Odin’s Organics Shannon Furr www.odinsorganics.com
Oh Shirt and More Jill Drexhage www.ohshirtandmore.com
Papers, Fibers, and Gemstones Karen Johnson www.facebook.com/PFGartist
Pretty Nails by Jenn Jennifer Williams linktr.ee/PrettyNailsbyJenn
SeneGence/LipSense Pamela Mitchell www.pamelamitchellbeauty.com
Sepoli LLC Sezin Kutlu www.sepoli.com
Signs and Designs by Chandra Chandra Lee www.instagram.com/signs_and_designschandralee
Simply Essential Wares Rachel Wobrock www.simplyessentialwares.com
Small Kind Soaps Jon Forbes smallkindsoaps.com
Stonehenge Llama Ranch Margaret Drew Vacaville, CA
Sweet Prairie Haskap Courtney Kramer Wilson www.hellohaskap.com
T and Pearls Maribel Gomez www.instagram.com/tandpearls
Tupperware Michelle Reeder my.tupperware.com/michellereeder
What’s Popp’n Popcorn Yesenia Casillas www.instagram.com/whatspoppnpopcorn
Willow Studios Catherine Cervantes www.willowstudios.online
Wiser Arts And Crafts Sarah Bailor www.wiserartsandcrafts.com
Yosemite Vanessa Cornett www.facebook.com/yosemitefudgefactory
Zum Zum Tea Anthony Chavez www.zumzumtea.com

2022 Food Vendors

Business Name Owner/Contact Name Website/Home Town
Artichoke Ice Cream – North County Recreation and Parks District Alex Lopez North County Recreation & Park District
Capitol Concessions Kevin Peck Capitol Concessions
Central Coastan Pizza Chris Elkins www.instagram.com/centralcoastanpizzallc
Danny’s Vegan International Vegan Cuisine Sakda Siridechakul dannysvegan.org
Frutas Frescas Barajas Juan Barajas Salinas, CA
La Papa Baked Potatoes Alexis Paredes www.instagram.com/lapapa.bakedpotatoes
Lins Dim Sum Emily Lin linsdimsum.com
Louisiana Cajun Food Danielle Pearson Hemet, CA
MacFranco BBQ Ryan Franco www.instragram.com/mfbbq22
Mekeni’s Kitchen Grace Parker www.Mekenis.com
Mmm Churros LLC Priscilla Jones www.mmmchurros.com
Monterey Bay Calamari Maria Mojica Salinas, CA
NorCal Snowie Robbie Thedford Hollister, CA
Porters Bar-b-que Bryan Porter portersbbq.com
Sierra Korn Enterprises Richard Allen Oroville, CA
Spice It Up Catering Seaside, CA
T and T’s Kitchen Toney Candy www.instagram.com/tandtskitchen


CHANGE IN POLICY — Liability insurance coverage is automatically provided to every arts & crafts, commercial, non-profit, and food concessions vendor by California Fair Services Authority (CFSA), so we won’t be asking for your proof of liability insurance (COI). Cost for this insurance coverage is rolled into the cost of booth space fees. We cannot prorate the booth fees for vendors who have their own liability insurance, as this coverage is mandated by the Monterey County Fairground’s.
**EXCEPTIONS: Vendors whose activities include hands-on work with attendees (such as face painting, massage, etc.), or the sale of liquor, will not be covered under the CFSA group liability policy. Such vendors will be required to provide their own certificates of insurance (COIs) as proof of self coverage. These COI’s will need to list Monterey County Fair 7th DAA and Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc. as additionally insured. Detailed instructions for obtaining the correct COIs for your vendor activities at the Festival follow:

Vendor’s current policy of General Liability Insurance must not be expired, we need to have a Certificate incorporating the dates of inception and expiration of the insurance. The specific event dates must be listed, along with all set-up and tear down dates. This certificate must have the following exact wording in order to be valid: 

Certificate Holders:
                Monterey County Fair 7th DAA
                2004 Fairground Road
                Monterey, CA  93940

                Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc.
                PO Box 1041
                Castroville, CA 95012

Under “Description of Operations/Locations/Special Provisions” please include:
“That the State of California, the California Fair Services Authority, the District Agricultural Association, County Fair, the County in which the County Fair is located, Lessor/ Sublessor if fair site is leased/subleased, Citrus Fruit Fair, California Exposition and State Fair, or Entities (public or non-profit) operating California designated agricultural fairs, their directors, officers, agents, servants, and employees are made additional insured, but only insofar as the operations under this contract are concerned.”
Minimum coverage must be $1,000,000.00

All final details regarding day-of information and booth assignments will be provided at set-up. Questions can be emailed to artscrafts.artifest@gmail.com, or foodvendorartifest@gmail.com or call toll free 888-808-7707 (ext 2 for Food Vendors, or ext 3 for Arts & Crafts/Commercial Vendors).