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22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival offers Music, Food, Art and Lots of Family Fun

Rockin it at the 22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival
Rockin it at the 22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival
John Blanchette

Rocking the Surf in Santa Monica

The 22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival is introducing the talented locals, neighborhood services, top chefs, live entertainment, fun shops and the people of Santa Monica that make this such a unique and innovative city, Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Clover Park.

Showcasing sustainable living and culture through an array of fun, family-friendly activities and performances, this free festival provides an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come together, connect, create, and celebrate Santa Monica.

The Festival features live music, dance performances, art workshops, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and other interactive activities for the whole family.

On the Culinary Stage MC Eddie Lin of Deep End Dining will get things cooking with local
chefs and culinary experts who will share their secrets to sourcing and preparing meals that are delicious, budget-friendly, and sustainable. Chef Clemence Gosset of the Gourmandise
School of Sweets and Savories will start the day with a decadent dessert demonstration,
followed by Ricky Flores of Co-Opportunity, who will demonstrate how to prepare his
signature Co-op kale salad.

This year’s Chef Challenge features Chef Josie Le Balch of Josie Restaurant and returning champion Chef Nyesha Arrington of Wilshire Restaurant. Their task is to create a “$15 Meal for Four,” a delicious and nutritious vegetarian dish that feeds four for $15 or less.

Lastly, kids can join in the fun with Kid’s Kitchen with Kelly Dumke where they can participate in several nutrition-related presentations. Kids can also test their culinary skills during a kitchen tool quiz and simple recipe preparations.

A full day’s line-up of eclectic music and dance performances will include the Hip Hop dance routine led by Angela Robinson. Other performances include: songwriter, singer, and accordionist Jessica Fichot, whose style combines the French chanteuse tradition with gypsy jazz and the folk music of China and Latin America; The Lions, a reggae-infused sound firmly rooted in soul music, and Contra Tiempo, a non-profit, activist dance company, dedicated to transforming the world through dance, with their contemporary take on Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and urban styles.

To honor the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth presents the Voice of ONE Gospel Singers. CREST Elementary School’s flash mob dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller will follow and then the 12-piece party band Boogaloo Assassins will close the event with their rousing fusion of R&B, doo-wop, Afro-Caribbean jazz, and salsa.

A variety of fun and active workshops throughout the day will prove that fitness can be fun. Classes range from square dancing and salsa, to yoga and self-defense – and of course, the festival favorite Zumba!

Fun, do-it-yourself workshops and demonstrations, the Art Zone, celebrates the creative spirit of Santa Monica, which is home to more than 1,600 arts-related businesses that employ more than 11,000 people.

Contemporary artist Cassandra Tondro leads a kid-friendly workshop creating eco-friendly art, using recycled latex house paint collected from the City’s Household Hazardous Waste facility. The Mobile Mural Lab (MML), a traveling art studio and multi-media exhibition space, offers an interactive painting workshop, where everyone can contribute to creating a mural painted on the MML vehicle. The Santa Monica Museum of Art encourages kids to get in touch with their creative superpowers by designing their own wearable cape made of recycled fabric.

The Santa Monica Public Library reinvents the library experience as an “ant farm,” where kids can craft playful headband antennas and dig into a magical colony of engaging books. The

Festival's Art Zone also features live music, drawing workshops, games, storytelling, and face painting. Participants will include the Santa Monica Symphony, Kids on Stage!, the Santa Monica Playhouse, and The Broad Stage.

It’s like a monster truck show, but with food! More than a dozen food trucks and carts park here for the day, with a wide range of healthy fare and tasty treats.

The Marketplace section offers guilt-free shopping featuring earth-friendly, artistic wares, jewelry, and crafts from Santa Monica’s favorite artisans, artists, and independent vendors.

Booths will be set up so you can meet the people committed to keeping Santa Monica safe, fun, and beautiful. Participating organizations include the American Red Cross, Santa Monica Fire Department, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Santa Monica Conservancy, and many more.

Bike valet is available on 25th Street at Ocean Park Boulevard. Bikers receive a free raffle ticket for participating. Learn do-it-yourself bicycle repair, maintenance, and safety tips from Bikerowave. Santa Monica Spoke will have more than 30 bikes on view, showcasing the adaptability of bikes and the importance of finding the right “bike fit,” as well information on confident city cycling. Walk n’ Rollers will be hosting bicycle safety clinics where kids and adults can learn about street riding and the rules of the road.

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif. 90405

COST: The Santa Monica Festival is free of charge, and open to all. No reservations are required. Parking and bike valet are also free.

For more information on parking, food trucks, live entertainment, and a line up of the day’s
events, please visit Become a fan on Facebook or follow them on
Twitter. The festival is presented by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and
the Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE). It is produced by Community Arts
Resources (CARS).

Sponsors for the Santa Monica Festival are: Alter Eco Foods, Southern California Ford Dealers, Wholefoods, Mittel’s art supply store, and Yelp!.


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