When it comes to vegan food, my main objection is to the processed fake “meats” that many use as substitutes for traditional meat-centric dishes—which taste neither like meat nor like vegetables—I’d rather eat a simple salad. That said, the vegan Big Mac that promises to be at the upcoming L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Festival definitely intrigues me.
Held at the Rose Bowl on May 16, the shindig promises to include vegan versions of grilled cheese, burgers and doughnuts as well as more than 100 vegan beers with unlimited pours, according the LA Times.
In case you’re wondering, beer is made of vegan and vegetarian substances, but some makers use animal products during the filtering process so it must be labeled “vegan” to make sure that it doesn’t contain any meat.
Over 65 breweries are expected to participate in the grand event, including many local ones: Golden Road, King Harbor, Angel City, Oskar Blues, Pizza Port, Smog City, St. Archer, Firestone Walker, Ballast Point and Three Weavers.
Food vendors include Mud Hen Tavern, M Cafe, Broke Hungry Vegan, Ihsan’s Falafel, Hugo’s Tacos, Mama’s Hot Tamales, the Rabbit Hole Cafe and Sage Vegan Bistro. And the most-talked about vendor, Doomie’s Home Cookin‘, is bringing its vegan “Big Mac” burgers. You can also find vegan grilled cheese from the Grilled Cheese Truck and vegan donuts from local donut shop, Donut Friend.
“For the last six years, this festival has always been about drinking the best craft beer, eating L.A.’s best food and enjoying hanging with friends while taking in the sounds of great music,” Nic Adler, co-organizer of the event, said in a news release, via the LA Times. “It just happens to be vegan.”
And because no festival is complete without tunes, vegan foodies will be listening to music from bands such as Jamestown Revival, the White Buffalo, the Drowning Men, Miner, Petty Cash, Joel Jerome and Lucy & La Mer.
And while the $50 cost of admission sounds high, it’s easier to swallow when paired with a 4-ounce festival glass with unlimited pours. VIP tickets are also available for $80, as is a general-admission non-drinking pass for $30, which includes kombucha tastings. More details about the event can be found at http://www.veganbeerfest.com.