STOCKTON, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 27, 2012) - Everything will be popping up green as the "Best of the West Food Fest," kindly dubbed the Stockton Asparagus Festival, draws guests to this Central California city and its festivities set to take place April 27-29, 2012 near welcoming hotels in downtown Stockton.

From "Spear-It" Lane and Asparagus Alley to Asparazone rides and lively entertainment, there's always something for everyone at this annual culinary fest which has been ranked by food critics as one of the best food festivals in the West. Thousands of pounds of locally grown asparagus from California's rich Central Valley will be featured in many forms including delicious deep fried asparagus, Asparagus Tri-Tip Sandwiches, Asparagus Burritos and the festival's always popular pasta dishes. These tantalizing entrées coupled with plenty of flowing drinks and other popular festival foods add to the excitement of an extraordinary three-day event loaded with entertainment and family fun.

Promising to be bigger and better than ever, activities can easily be accessed from downtown Stockton hotels, and include "Chef of the Fest" competition and cooking demonstrations; Delta Cruises; rides and attractions for kids of all ages in Asparazone; musical entertainment, including an appearance by American Idol finalist Bucky Covington; Saturday's "Great Spear-It Run," and a deluge of daily amusements. Sky Doggs U.S.A. and Tyson the Skatingboarding Bulldog, Velocity Circus and Sea Lion Encounter will present headlining daily performances for the delight of festival goers.

Ideal for a spring weekend getaway, the festival typically draws attendees from throughout the area, all making their way to the comfortable accommodations of Stockton, CA hotels like the roomy Residence Inn Stockton, where studio, one- and two-bedroom suites make it easy for family and friends to participate in the events and still enjoy the comforts of home. Easily accessible just off Interstate 5, the Residence Inn pampers guests with fully-equipped kitchens, and separate areas for living and sleeping. This impressive Stockton, California hotel provides guests with complimentary value-added amenities including high-speed Internet access, free grocery shopping service and a bountiful daily breakfast buffet. Guests are also welcomed to the evening Manager's Reception held Monday through Thursday in the Gatehouse and have access to this pet-friendly hotel's heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, Sport Court and barbecue area.

About the Residence Inn Stockton Hotel

The Residence Inn Stockton hotel welcomes California travelers with gracious accommodations in a relaxed atmosphere ideal for extended-stay needs, family vacations or those simply seeking added comfort while on the road. Conveniently located near popular destinations, the Residence Inn is one of the most stylish hotels near University of the Pacific, Bob Hope Theatre, the Haggin Museum and Lodi Wine Country. The hotel also boasts a spacious meeting room with seating for up to 80 persons so families, friends and/or business associates can gather as needed for events such as reunions, tour group meetings, training sessions or retreats. Audiovisual equipment and business services are also available.

Contact Information:

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Residence Inn Stockton
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