Ocean Mist Farms plans to show its support for artichokes by sponsoring the 52nd annual Artichoke Festival at the artichoke capital of the world, Castroville, Calif.

The festival, which started in 1959, will feature live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, field tours, a classic car show, a farmers market, an arts and crafts fair and a parade, according to a news release.

Vendors will highlight the best of artichokes by serving them fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh and creamed in soup. Vendors will also serve foods from various ethnic groups.

Ocean Mist will sponsor an agro-art competition during the festival. Participants in the competition will build 3-D artwork made out of produce. Individuals or teams of professional artists, adults, and children from kindergarten through high school can compete for cash prizes.

The festival will take place May 21-22 in downtown Castroville. For more information, visit www.artichoke-festival.org.

Festival highlights best of artichokes