Sunday, April 12, 2009

Castroville, California

Every city likes to be known for something, and Castroville, California, is proud of its claim to fame. As the sign above says, it's the artichoke capital of the world. No dispute with that here. There are artichokes everywhere. A restaurant has a giant replica of an artichoke outside of its door, and serves it on a bun inside.

The Artichoke Festival is held in May each year. Based on a quick Internet search, William Hung of "She Bangs" fame recently turned up and was named "Artichoke King." Congratulations, William. Hope you didn't sing your acceptance speech.

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