Castroville, CA, May 11, 2018 — Advance tickets and discounted ticket packages are available online for the 59th annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, set for June 2-3, 2018, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey.
Festival attendees will enjoy dozens of fresh artichoke food delicacies, a beer, wine and spirits garden, chef demos, live entertainment, field tours and more during the two-day festival.
General admission is $15 for those 13 and older; seniors 62 and older and military personnel with ID are $10; children ages 6-12 are $5; general admission for one adult, with wine tasting pass, is $45 (must be 21 years or older); wine tasting alone is $30; and field tours are $10 (daily tour schedules to be announced at the Festival), good for adult or child 5-12. Online purchases are available through 9 a.m. June 3, 2018. No refunds.
Two discounted packages are also available, the Arti-Family Pack and the It’s A Date package. The former is $30, a $10 saving over the regular price. It includes two adult tickets and two children’s tickets, good for Saturday or Sunday. This early bird discount ends May 19, 2018, at 12 a.m. No refunds.
The It’s A Date package for 21 and older only, is $70, a savings of $20, includes two adult tickets and two wine and beer tasting tickets, good for Saturday or Sunday. This early bird discount also ends May 19, 2018, at 12 a.m. No refunds.
The festival’s live entertainment lineup, free with festival admission and held on the Main Stage, includes Uptown Funk, Lady Gaga Tribute Band, Wild Turkeys, Chicano All Star Band, Sasha’s Money, and West Coast World Martial Arts, whose members have won 30 championship titles.
Sasha’s Money rocks the Main Stage at noon Saturday; local favorites Wild Turkeys take the stage at 2 p.m. Saturday; Lady Gaga Tribute Band plays 4:30 p.m. Saturday; West Coast World Martial Arts 11:30 a.m. Sunday; Chicano All Star Band plays at 1 p.m. Sunday; and Uptown Funk plays 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Main Stage will also host the Ocean Mist Farms Scholarship Presentation at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Artichoke Canasta Contest at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, and an Artichoke Eating Contest at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
In addition, singer-songwriter Bridget Marie will perform from noon-4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wet Your Thistle Saloon.
The Family Stage features Absolute Magic (11 a.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday), Monterey Zoo (noon Saturday), Samz School of Rock Youth Band 2018 (1 p.m. Saturday), NCA Dance Studio (11 a.m. Sunday), and Estelar Mariachi (noon Sunday).
The Wine & Beer Garden is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Must be 21 to enter.
In addition to live entertainment, there will also be live chef demonstrations. All chef demos will be held on the Chef Demo Stage at the festival and are free with admission to the festival.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
10:30 a.m. Pat Hopper — Artichoke ABC's
11:15 a.m. Butch Francis — Cowboy Sausage
12 p.m. Estevan Jiminez — Rancho Cielo Culinary Arts
12:45 p.m. Dyon Foster — Chef's Palette Spice Rubs
1:30 p.m. Chris Vacca — Hyatt Carmel Highlands
2:15 p.m. Paul Blackerby — Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
3:00 p.m. Pat Hopper — Artichoke ABC's
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
12:45 p.m. Dyon Foster — Chef's Palette Spice Rubs
1:45 p.m. Chris Vacca — Hyatt Carmel Highlands
2:45 p.m. Estevan Jiminez — Rancho Cielo Culinary Arts
3:15 p.m. Pat Hopper — Artichoke ABC’s
Live Entertainment Bios:
Uptown Funk offers a unique experience that will exceed your expectations! This tribute includes a high stepping male vocalist and a group of very talented musicians, who together provide an exciting mix of the Funk and R&B sound of Bruno Mars. Uptown Funk will guarantee to keep an audience on their feet!
Lady Gaga Tribute Band
Erika Moul, and The Lady Gaga Tribute Band, created her Lady Gaga act out of passion and connection to Lady Gaga’s message of love, freedom and acceptance. Her alias as “Baby Gaga” made Erika a small town celebrity that eventually caught the eyes of Vegas before she even graduated from high school. After meeting Gaga’s parents and opening up for her best friend Lady Starlight, she began performing all over the world, including Jakarta, Indonesia where Lady Gaga’s concert had been banned. Erika has since then been recognized by her ͚Mother Monster͛ via social media regularly. Singing and performing 100% LIVE, Erika proves that true talent is the ability to transform. Erika will always actively support the Born This Way Foundation as well as her own little monsters worldwide.
An old-school rock sound with an energetic, youthful vibe; that’s what characterizes the Wild Turkeys’ live performance. Covering classic rock standards from the 60’s to the 90’s, Rolling Stones to Judas Priest, the Wild Turkeys are less interested in breaking new ground as they are in treading familiar territory in a brand new pair of snakeskin boots. This is fun dancin’ music for the fun-loving crowd, nothing pretentious or artsy, just goodtime tunes that appeal to music fans spanning several decades.
Chicano All Star Band
The Chicano All Stars Band is an extremely talented, dynamic and energetic all pro-musician band that plays Latin Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Old School and danceable Reggae. Lead vocalist Sam Martinez and lead guitarist and vocalist John Mallare, along with the polished horn section, create a sound that has made it one of the top Latin Rock bands in the area.This dance band’s music appeals to a wide variety of audiences and will keep everyone dancing ‘til the music stops.
This hot, cover band from Santa Cruz, includes Michelle Kraft (Sasha) (lead vocals, percussion), Mike Kelly (bass, lead vocals), Bill McBride (guitar), and Randy Solomon (drums) and legendary local guitarist, Johnny McCullough. Starting in 2015, they play an eclectic mix of dance songs from several decades, including covers of The Police, Sublime, Elle King and No Doubt. In October 2016, Sasha’s Money had the honor of opening for James Durbin at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. Inspired by the music of Amy Winehouse, The Pretenders, and Blondie, Sasha’s Money will get everyone out to the dance floor and leave wanting more.
Bridget Marie has consistently Ranked #1 On ReverbNation Music Charts for the last few years and may be one of the best undiscovered singer-songwriter talents on the planet. And though many have seen her beautiful exterior, it is not until one hears her soulful voice that her complete, vulnerable beauty is revealed.
About the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival
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/.
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Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901