2014 L.A. Street Food Fest

Jun 23, 2014
Photo courtesy of Crossings Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Crossings Restaurant

We’ve heard good things and bad things, marvelous raves and emphatic thumbs down, but we’re still going to provide a promo for this year’s L.A. Street Food Fest held at the Rose Bowl because, well, we love food. Any time there is an opportunity to avail ourselves of a wide selection of cuisines and libations, we gravitate towards it. An irresistible magnetic field.

This is the 5th year of Altadena resident Shawna Dawson Beer’s food festival. Guests will get to sample signature bites from one hundred—100—street food vendors such as gourmet food trucks, old school carts, celebrity chefs, pop-ups, and restaurants.

Angel City Brewery, Singha, Golden Road, and Stella will have cold beer for a hot day (the forecast for Saturday is a high of 91 degrees Fahrenheit), while cocktails will be offered at the Fest’s so-called “Caroline on Crack Approved” bars, frozen treats may be enjoyed at the Ice Cream Social, and local roasters may be found with a caffeine boost at the new Iced Coffee Lounge.

Representing local eateries will be Grist & Toll, Picnik, Sushi Roku, Trattoria Neapolis, CRÊPEstudio, Dog Haus Dogs, and South Pasadena’s new Aro Latin Bar & Restaurant and Crossings.

We got hooked following all the links to food trucks, restaurants, and caterers—especially since it’s midday and only coffee and a horrid combination of water, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper (supposedly a metabolism stimulant for the 50+ club) has passed our lips so far today. One particular business that caught our attention is Octavio Olivas’ Ceviche Project:

I am Octavio Olivas, founder and owner of Ceviche Project, a concept that my wife Shannon and I have been dreaming about and developing for several years. I work in law by trade and enjoy rock-climbing and spinning records for fun but my passion is preparing Ceviche. I was born in Mexico City and my love for the cuisine started when my parents introduced me to the sea at a very young age. My dad used to take me fishing in Mexico and together we’d prepare a fresh and simple citrus-marinated-fish using the catch of the day. Since then I have lived in New York, London and Los Angeles… tasting Ceviche in as many places and as often as I can. My travels have brought many moments of inspiration that I’ve incorporated into my own recipes. Today, Ceviche Project is a Los Angeles-based pop-up concept that aims to bring together family, friends, music and new tastes in a communal and one-of-a-kind dining experience. ( 

The Ceviche Project; photo by Rachel Jacobson

The Ceviche Project; photo by Rachel Jacobson


On Saturday, for $55 and a four hour span, attendees may eat and drink as much as they desire. Stretchy pants highly recommended.

2014 L.A. Street Food Fest
Saturday, June 28th, 6-10 p.m.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Tickets: $55, general; $80, VIP early admission at 4 p.m.
No tickets will be sold at the door
For complete details, visit

Dieter Foerstner, head brewer at Angel City Brewery; photo by Mel Melcon/LA Times

Dieter Foerstner, head brewer at Angel City Brewery; photo by Mel Melcon/LA Times (photo found at 213Nightlife)



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