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Asparagus, Pizza and Asparagus Pizza at Central Valley Food Festivals

Published on: April 09, 2019


California, the nation’s top grower of asparagus, is home to San Joaquin Asparagus Festival April 12-14, 2019 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton. While Asparagus Pizza is on the menu at this event, you can alternately head for Lemoore’s Central Valley Pizza Festival April 12-14 at Lemoore City Park where pizza is the main dish. Ideally situated in California’s Central Valley, the festivals are approx. 155 miles distance from each other.

San Joaquin Asparagus Fest

For asparagus fans, this annual food event is not to be believed! It features Asparagus Alley serving up outrageous asparagus drinks & dishes such as: Asparagus Margaritas, Asparagus Corn Dogs, Asparagus Fried Rice & LoMein, Asparagus Nacho, Asparagus Chili Cheese Fries and even Mac & Cheese with Asparagus! Guests can eat their way down the Alley trying out dozens of unique concoctions made with one of the Central Valley’s great vegetable crops.

Sprint Car Races, Monster Trucks, a carnival, concerts with band such as Pablo Cruise and Parmalee, cooking demonstrations, and a fairground full of things to see and do are on the plate for this lively, annual celebration.

California Asparagus

  • 250 asparagus growers in California (approx.)
  • 41% decrease in asparagus production 2017-2018 from prior years
  • Mid-February through June growing season
  • Nearly 50% decrease in acreage for growing ¬†from 15,000 acres in 2008 to 8,000 in 2018
  • Asparagus was introduced to the U.S. around the time California became a state in 1850
  • 1852 asparagus first planted in California
  • California’s total value of asparagus (crops) has dropped from close to $52.6 million in 2008, to $16.3 million in 2018
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