The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival has been dedicated to informing the public about the unique qualities of artichokes, but one of its main purposes is to also give back to the community.
Castroville, California, July 15, 2019 — The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival has been dedicated to informing the public about the unique qualities of artichokes, but one of its main purposes is to also give back to the community.
Proceeds from the 2019 festival are being used to support 501c3 community organizations and activities that align with the festival’s mission. The board of directors of the 2019 Artichoke Food & Wine Festival approved donations to the following 15 organizations:
Hope, Horses & Kids – $2,200
North County Middle School Library – $2,500
Marina Lions Club – $2,000
Ashleigh Nicole Swain Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Golden State Elite Gymnastics – $1,800
Cursillo in Christianity – $2,300
Sun Street Center – $1,000
North Salinas Athletic Booster Club (Baseball Team) – $1,000
Manzanita Park Playground – $1,000
North County Wrestling Team – $1,000
Ord Terrace Elementary School – $1,000
Monterey High Girls Basketball Team – $1,000
North County Bulldogs Cheer – $1,000
North County Recreation and Park District (Party on the Plaza) – $2,000
Ariel Theatrical Inc. for Transportation $500
The festival’s first-ever sponsor dinner was held June 27, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey. More than 100 guests attended and 44 sponsors honored. The event was catered by Showoff BBQ, with Grandma’s Catering providing a no-host bar, Ocean Mist Farms providing artichokes, and the Artichoke Festival board and committee members providing table service and support.
The 60th anniversary Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival was held June 1-2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.
The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival began 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.” The festival features family-fun events for all ages and has been a primary source of funding for local non-profit groups for many years. For more information, visit http://artichokefestival.org/.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901