Living a mere 15 minutes from the artichoke center of the world, the Castroville Artichoke Festival has been on my calendar since the first week we moved out here.
This festival had a bit of everything. Walking through the gate put us smack dab in the middle of a classic car show.
We also got to watch artists put together their entries for the Agro Art competition.
From the Agro Art exhibit, Trenton spotted the inflatables in the kids area. We were all getting hungry though, so we decided to save that for later, and grab some lunch instead.
The concessions offered artichokes in almost every way imaginable. We went with artichoke taquitos, artichoke topped nachos, fried artichokes, and artichoke cupcakes (sounds healthy, don’t ya think?).
Yes, I said artichoke cupcakes. And they happened to be quite tasty. They reminded me of carrot cake or zucchini bread.
We ran into the Zaker crew while getting our food, so we all sat down to eat together in front of the main stage. There was a band playing on stage and a stilt walker visiting all of the families. None of our kids wanted anything to do with the “tall lady”.
We had a great time at the Artichoke festival, even though we weren’t able to see everything that it had to offer. There was a hall with wine and beer tasting, but it was far too crowded when we went in to do a tasting and keep the kids happy. There were also cooking demonstrations (I sat down to watch one while Jarrod watched the kids on the inflatables, but a artichoke eating contest was scheduled for that time), farm tours (right up my alley, but Jarrod wasn’t interested), and the crowning of the Artichoke Festival King and Queen.
*Factoid: The first Artichoke Queen was crowned in 1948. Her name was Norma Jean…later known as Marilyn Monroe.