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The 59th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine
Festival Gives Back to the Community through its 12
The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival not only provides the community with a wealth of
fun and learning every year, it gives back to the community through its dozen charity partners.
Castroville, CA, April 13, 2018 — The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival not only provides the
community with a wealth of fun and learning every year, it gives back to the community through its
dozen charity partners.
The 59th annual festival takes place June 2-3, 2018 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in
Monterey and continues the legacy of celebrating the iconic artichoke and region known as the
“Artichoke Center of the World.”
For almost six decades, the Artichoke Festival has been dedicated to informing and exciting festival
attendees about the unique qualities of artichokes including farming, harvest, and preparation to
demonstrate how the artichoke industry has influenced the history of Monterey County. And now, as a
501c3 organization, the purpose remains the same with an emphasis on giving back to the local
“We look forward to the Artichoke Festival each year because the event paints a clear picture of how
this community comes together to support one another,” said Diana McClean, senior director of
marketing at Ocean Mist Farms and board member for the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival.
“The purpose of this organization aligns directly with Ocean Mist Farms’ values, which is part of the
reason we enjoy sponsoring this annual event.”
Proceeds from the festival are used to support 501c3 community organizations and activities that align
with the festival’s mission. The following are the 2018 Artichoke Food & Wine Festival Donation
>Ashleigh Nicole Swain Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was set up in the memory of Castroville’s Ashleigh Nicole Swain, 16, a junior at
North Monterey County High School, who died in a tragic car accident on Nov. 4, 2011. She was born
January 18, 1995 in Salinas, to Jeremiah and Tobi Swain. She was a member of PAL at NMC, was talented
in stained glass and jewelry making, and hoped to pursue a career in nursing. A page on Facebook was
set up for her, In Loving Memory of Ashleigh Swain. https://www.facebook.com/In-Loving-Memory-ofAshleigh-Swain-218362504897879/
>Bikers for Bikes
Founded in 2008 by motorcyclist Rick Jenkins and members of the West Coast/Monterey Bay Harley
Davidson Owner’s Group, Bikers for Bikes provides 20-30 new bicycles a year to underprivileged youth.
The group is also involved in a Turkey Trot to raise funds and buy turkeys for holiday meals, donates toys
to kids during Christmas and participates in other charitable events. This is their third year with the
festival. To donate to Bikers for Bikes, contact Rick Jenkins at 831-320-2956.
>North Monterey County High School Baseball
North County High School Baseball is heading in the right direction of its old traditions. NMC Baseball
teaches young teens the core values of life through the game of baseball while pursuing greatness,
sportsmanship and respect. North County has a rich tradition of athletes, who can play at the highest
levels of baseball if given the opportunity and financial help they deserve. nmcusd.org
>North Monterey County High School Golf
Head Coach Tim Bearden heads the 2018 Condor Golf Team in Monterey Bay League action. nmcusd.org
>Marina Lions Club
The Marina Lions Club, established in 1984, is a small, but active club, part of Lions Clubs International,
the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately
46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. One hundred percent
of funds raised by the club goes back to the community. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/marina_lionsca/
>Ord Terrace Elementary School
Ord Terrace Elementary School in Seaside provides a positive learning environment, establishes high
expectations, and worsk collaboratively with each other, families, and the community to ensure all
students achieve academic success and demonstrate social responsibility. https://ote-mpusdca.schoolloop.com/
>Agricultural History Project
The Agricultural History Project (AHP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in
1986, and opened its doors to the public in May 2004. Its mission is to honor and promote knowledge
about agriculture on the Central California Coast, both past and present. It does this through exhibits
and interactive activities that help visitors experience daily life on farms and ranches on the Central
Coast during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Peacock Acres in Salinas provides supportive housing, intense case management, and life coaching for
foster children and young adults who have been separated from their families. With high character and
resolve, Peacock Acres youth are steered towards opportunities for healing and growth as they continue
their journey toward a fulfilling, productive life.
>North County Bulldogs
The North County Bulldogs play in the 12-team Monterey Bay Youth Football League in Midgets, Pee
Wee and Jr. Pee Wee divisions. The league’s mission is to provide a positive outlet for the youth around
the Monterey Bay and tri-county areas. The league strives to teach kids the sport of football and cheer
and how to be productive citizens who are proud of their teams and the MBYFL.
>North County Recreation & Park District
NCRPD is a Local Government Agency (Special District) providing recreation and parks services to the
North Monterey County area, including the communities of Castroville, Moss Landing, Oak Hills and
parts of Elkhorn and Prunedale, along with the surrounding rural community. NCRPD operates the North
County Recreation Center, Cato-Phillips Park, Crane Street Park, Japanese School Park, Rancho Moro
Cojo Park and the Moro Cojo Nature Trails. ncrpd.org
>Hope Horses & Kids
Hope, Horses & Kids serves as a resource for families, organizations and schools that utilizes authentic
learning experiences to foster positive character and leadership development. HHK, a non-profit
organization, is committed to positively impact the emotional, mental, behavioral and social challenges
of individuals that are underserved or have special needs. www.hopehorseskids.org
For more information contact:
>North Monterey County Middle School Library
The library has been partnering with the festival for the past 25 years. Funds are used to buy books,
computers, and whatever is needed for the library. And from time to time, funds have been used to gift
students who are unable to afford graduation. nmcusd.org
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.
Festival attendees enjoy several fresh artichoke food delicacies, a beer, wine and spirits garden, chef
demos, live entertainment, field tours and more during the two-day festival. To support these events,
the Artichoke Festival is encouraging individuals and organizations to volunteer their time to ensure
another successful year.
For more information about giving back to the community through volunteering, please visit
http://artichokefestival.org/general-info/volunteers/. For general information, visit
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901