The Los Angeles Vegan Beer and Food Festival – by far my favorite vegan event of the year and arguably my favorite day of the year. It’s hard to explain if you’ve never been, but it’s just such a marvelous time. There’s a collective energy in the air of excitement and compassion and it seeps into your soul. This was the 6th annual and my fourth year attending and absolutely the best for a few reasons.
For starters, the first year I went to beer fest it was held in the parking lot of the Roxy theater – a small-scale space without a ton of room for vendors, but it was still packed to the brim with tantalizing bites and brews. The 4th and 5th (rough year for me, I didn’t blog about it) annual fests took place in an empty lot across the street from the Roxy that was probably 3 times the size of the original space… This year my friends, it was held on the field at the frickin Rose Bowl!! It was HUGE and still packed with people, which means this vegan thing is catching on – big time. Now – I know not everyone in attendance was vegan, but they were there experiencing all the positive vibes the vegans were giving off (not to mention amazing food) and hopefully some of it influenced them to make more compassionate choices in life.
Second, the FOOD! There was SO MUCH GOOD FOOD! I barely made a dent in my list of must-haves that day but I still left full and happy. I must admit, I was disappointed The Franken Stand wasn’t there, they’re kinda like a beer fest tradition for me (nothing goes better with beer than a hearty vegan hot dog!), but I moved past the hurt and forged ahead. Without further ado, here’s what I ate:
Third, and this one may seem a little odd…this was the first year I’ve gone to beer fest actually looking forward to trying the beer! Over the past year I’ve kind of developed a liking for beer so I was excited to try different breweries and not only be stuck with the one or two cider choices (though I do still love my cider!). The standouts to me were the Almond Milk Stout from Golden Road Brewery and the spicy Ghostface Killah from Three Weavers Brewing.
And lastly, I got to see all my favorite people! The people are one of the best parts of the festival, so many happy vegans in one place getting tipsy! Also, since moving away from L.A. – I miss my people! Like, a lot. It warms my heart to be able to spend time with them all.
It was a completely satisfying day and so full of love and food that we got back to the hotel and passed out for a few hours! Totally worth it.
I can’t wait for next year’s event!