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LA Vegan Food & Beer Festival

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The LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival proved to be just right for vegans and non-vegans alike.


 The day was Goldielocks kind of perfect—not too hot, not too cold; tap after tap to sample endless craft beer, and unlimited options for incredible vegan food. All was just right. Who could find anything to complain about at the LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival? Not us.

We arrived at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, grateful to skip over the lines of people at the main gate awaiting the fun inside. Beyond the gates, the eager crowd only grew. After being greeted with our complimentary LAVBFF 4oz glasses, we passed a couple vendors near the entrance (including a free breathalyzer test booth—genius!) and followed the trail of people pouring in through the stands.



Families and kids, young and old—people sprinkled the stands with vegan snacks and beer tastes. Lines formed at every tap and food tent, framing the entire stadium in happy faces. There was clearly a lot to be experience, and we were on a mission to get to everything!





From IPA's to ginger beers, sours to stouts; funny vegan shirts, pretzel strung necklaces, po-boys, dumplings, donuts, burgers, burritos and beer cheese: the vegan beer fest doesn't miss anyone. There is the "just right" beer and food to be found to make everyone's experience great—vegan and non-vegan alike.

We heard all about macaroni and cheese waffles and saw nearly everyone holding a dish of dumplings. As we scanned the lines, we quickly realized the Grilled Cheese Truck and Clara Cakes were crowd favorites. No one was empty handed and no line unpopulated. We dove in to try it all for ourselves.



With over 50 food vendors and 50 breweries, as well as fun chalk walls—there could never be enough time to accomplish what we set out. But, after a couple laps and an incredibly full belly, some of our favorite tents were: Anderson Valley, Dr. Jekyll's, Solarc, Royal Jamaican, Floret Vegan Kichen, Bling Bling Dumpling's, Hugo's Tacos and Mama's Tamales.

Anderson Valley had a sensational sour (the Holy Gose). Dr Jekyll's savvy marketing included superfood in their delicious beer. Solarc had a Belgian with mugwort and sage, and Royal Jamaican brewed real alcoholic ginger beer!




Shannon from Floret Vegan made some seriously amazing sauce and seitan.



Bling Bling Dumpling's owner reeled you in with her "garlic crack sauce."



Hugo's Taco's were stuffed to the brim with colorfully fresh, all vegan fuel to help us continue through the plentiful beer tastings.




Mama's Tamale's wrapped their cactus and Mole tamale in a banana leaf! Not only was it innovative, it's presentation was on point.

There is so much to be said about the local businesses and business owners that played a part in this flavorful vegan fest. It was crazy to find out the intriguing details about many of these businesses. Clara Cakes was started by a 12 year old vegan! Bling Bling Dumplings is a company that is just three-years-old and from Taiwan. And Pasadena's Real Food Daily underestimated their awesomeness as they ran completely out of their adorable sliders and fauxnuts (but I'm sure you can find them if you follow RFD's chef @cheftarapunzone and pastry chef @pastrycheftony on Instagram!)



After a long day, we can definitely say the LAVBFF gained some loyal attendees. We cannot wait to go back to the festival next year to find some serious eats and delicious drinks; to support local business and meet and connect with awesome people from just about everywhere.



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