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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

17th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival Oxnard, California Herb likes spicy food, but isn’t much into dancing; his girlfriend Rosemary likes Latin music and goes out cutting the rug every chance she gets. Is there any chance for this relationship? You … Continue reading

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Even Artichokes Have Hearts

Annual Castroville Artichoke Festival Castroville, California The artichoke is a confusing vegetable; Curly Howard once threatened, “I’d like to meet the guy who invented this barbed-wire pineapple”. The Globe artichoke we’re familiar with in the U.S. is a native of … Continue reading

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Extending The Olive Branch

El Paso del Robles, California Paso Robles Olive Festival It’s hard to imagine a festival centered on the humble olive, but since 2004, the city of El Paso del Robles, California has taken celebrating the Middle Eastern fruit tree to extravaganza status. … Continue reading

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A Story That’s Not Hard To Swallow

San Juan Capistrano, California Fiesta de Las Golondrinas In 1776, while the English colonists were throwing down with the British in the east, Spain was having its way with the Acjachemen band of native Americans in the west, founding a … Continue reading

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Vampires, Beware!

Gilroy, California Gilroy Garlic Festival There are several urban legends about Gilroy, California: that you can smell the town before you get to it, and that you can marinate a steak simply by hanging it from a clothesline. Although neither … Continue reading

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