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PHOTOS: Asparagus Festival 2011

PHOTOS: Asparagus Festival 2011

STOCKTON - Downtown Stockton was transformed into the city's annual Asparagus Festival 2011, kicking off the festivities Friday morning. The festival runs through Sunday.

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Asparagus Festival kicks off today

Asparagus Festival kicks off today

STOCKTON - As you might have already noticed, downtown Stockton has transformed into this year's Asparagus Festival, a city-wide annual tradition. The festival will run from Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. all three days.

Tickets for the event cost $12 for adults, $7 for college students with proper ID, $7 for teens ages 13-17, $7 for seniors and free for children ages 12 and under (with paying adults).

MAP: Where to park 

FOOD

The famous Asparagus Alley returns with dozens of unique asparagus dishes to choose from. Last year, over 36,000 pounds of asparagus was enjoyed by attendees! The alley will offer everything from deep-fried asparagus, asparagus tri-tip sandwiches, asparagus burritos and pasta dishes to refreshing drinks and more.

Contributor of the Month: Blogger Catherine Enfield

Contributor of the Month: Blogger Catherine Enfield

The contributor of the month piece will highlight a My Neighborhood blogger who has posted multiple pieces during the month and is doing something exciting. The contributor of the month is picked by News10 My Neighborhood staff.

I met up with Catherine Enfield at the Sugar and Spice Bakery at 12th and F. Bakery Owner Carissa went about her afternoon as she baked more treats and helped patrons pick out their perfect dessert.

Catherin and I stood in the corner and chatted about her blog Munchie Musings.

“The Munchie Musings is actually an appropriate title because if I had to think of a mission statement it would be thoughts, musings, about food and life,” Catherine explained.

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: Farro, Sungold, and Basil Backyard salad

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: Farro, Sungold, and Basil Backyard salad

Beginning Friday, March 11, local celebrity and TV personality Laura McIntosh will offer a new recipe each week. This week's recipe is for a Farro, Sungold, and Basil Backyard Salad.

Ingredients:
Serves 6

1 1/2 Cups Farro
1/2 Red Onion, julienned
1 Head of Fennel, julienned
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
1/4 Cup Sherry Vinegar,
1 Each Basket of Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, halved 1 Each Basil Bunch, cut in chiffonade, Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Cooking Instructions:

In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the farro until done, about 10 minutes. Drain. Transfer to large bowl.

Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out begins April 1

Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out begins April 1

STOCKTON - Local restaurants featuring locally grown asparagus will be showcased during the first part of April for the Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out, April 1 - 10. Restaurants will serve locally grown asparagus in a variety of dishes in celebration of our most famous spear and the upcoming Stockton Asparagus Festival (April 15-17).

Over 20 restaurants are expected to participate.

"The Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out was created by the Stockton Conference & Visitors Bureau, following the successful fall-time Stockton Restaurant Week, to showcase locally grown asparagus and its use in local cuisine!" noted Wes Rhea, Director of the Stockton Conference & Visitors Bureau. "The trend of focusing on local cuisine that utilizes locally grown and sourced ingredients is growing nationwide. The Dine Out is here to remind locals of the rich bounty of locally grown asparagus available fresh only this time of year.

'Buy 1, get 1 free' at Boudin Bakery Feb. 25

'Buy 1, get 1 free' at Boudin Bakery Feb. 25

STOCKTON - National Clam Chowder Day is Friday, Feb. 25 and Boudin Bakery, located at 5615 Pacific Avenue, is celebrating by offering a "buy one, get one free" deal for clam chowder soup in a bread bowl.

Print out this coupon and take it with you to receive the discount. The voucher is only valid on Feb. 25.

Boudin Bakery, established in 1849, is San Francisco's oldest continuously-operating business and the creator of San Francisco’s Original Sourdough French Bread that has enthralled generations of San Franciscans and is sought after by visitors from around the world.

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