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Seven California food fests you'll have to see to believe
Seven California food fests you'll have to see to believe

Do you find yourself wishing artichokes got the respect they deserve? Do you feel a pang of guilt when you realize you haven’t dedicated your life to garlic? Neither do we. But farming towns around California feel that the produce they grow for America needs some pomp and circumstance. That’s where food festivals come in. California summer marks the season for parades and pageantry -- all devoted to specific crops and beloved ingredients abundant here. Many of these events are wholesome, most are bizarre, and all are a bit gluttonous. Here are our picks for the California food festivals that deserve a trip this summer: Castroville Artichoke Festival -- The area around...

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