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Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

The Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival started in 1959 and has since developed to become a harvest festival to celebrate the iconic artichoke and region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became the primary source of funding for local non-profit groups that depend upon a successful event for their viability.

Today, the Castroville Food & Wine Festival operates as a 501(c)(3) with a mission to use the artichoke, the official state vegetable of California, to raise money for the surrounding communities of Castroville, CA. Each year the Festival serves to engage, inform and excite attendees about the unique qualities of artichokes including farming, harvest, preparation, and eating and to demonstrate how the artichoke industry has influenced the history of Monterey County. All donation recipients must be registered as 501(c)(3) organizations.

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