Hot Spot: Monterey County Fair and Event Center, Monterey, CA
Deets: The 57th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival will be at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center on June 4 and 5, 2016.
The Monterey County Fair and Event Center allows The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival to improve and expand the two day event at a landscaped, permanent facility capable of hosting an anticipated 20,000 visitors.
So amazingly popular that it has had to move out of its namesake town, the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival is a longtime favorite along the Central Coast. Cool fog and warm sun are the perfect environment for growing these edible thistle flowers—considered one of California’s signature foods. If you have never tried them—or have only eaten them out of glass jars—this festival will be a sensory sensation. Have them dipped in traditional melted butter, or get adventurous and try one of the countless artichoke preparations (some decidedly wacky) offered here. There are also cooking demonstrations, artichoke-themed art, and a parade featuring the annual Artichoke Queen. The first honorary queen? Marilyn Monroe.
Who You May Spot: Artichoke lovers, vinos, festivalgoers