My First Vegan Festival

November 2, 2016

This weekend, I had the privilege of attending the SoCal Veg Fest. I had been counting down the days for a few months, excited to be in the presences of like minded people and eat tons of vegan food.

I wanted to post a little recap of what Marty and I ate (because it was a lot) and how the experience was for me as a whole.

Day 1

Upon walking into the festival, we immediately felt overwhelmed with all the food choices. I’ll be honest and say that we just wanted to just eat the whole weekend, so we headed for our first stop. “Scandylous Delights” caught our attention with their menu of fresh baked pretzels with mustard and vegan queso.

We immediately ordered.

This was the best pretzels I have ever had. Not just the best “vegan” pretzel…no…THE BEST PRETZEL.

Scandylous Delights Vegan Pretzels

After walking around and checking out the rest of the festival (actually we had just heard that there were donuts somewhere) we stopped at Cena Vegan, as they claimed to have to World’s Best Vegan Tacos. I am not sure if this is the case as I have not tasted every vegan taco the world has to offer, however! They had to be in the top 5, because, holy crap, these were amazing. Full of a smoky rich flavor and homemade sauces, we were in taco heaven.

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Because my diet consists of mainly fruits, vegetables and beans, I wanted to take this opportunity to eat as many vegan treats as I could.

This brought me to “The Dirty Cookie,” where I purchased a peanut butter cookie shot glass filled with homemade almond milk. Marty got the peppermint chocolate shot, filled with coconut cold brew coffee. They were both unreal.

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The rest of the day consisted of hot dogs. Marty got hot dog gumbo from Best Gumbo In The Hood. And I got a corn dog for nostalgia sake.

 

Day 2

Since we had already scoped out the place, we knew exactly what we wanted to eat today. Which was everything we didn’t have room for yesterday. But first, more pretzels…

This time we mingled and ended up meeting some really cool people. It was so refreshing for me to able to be in a place where I wasn’t the odd man out. Everyone, there was either vegan or open to the possibility of being vegan. It was especially encouraging to see so many kids. It gave me hope that there may be a generation of people who aren’t as affected by the diseases and hormone imbalances that so many people face today.

After that, we ate more.

“Clean South” gave us a plate full of homemade seitan buffalo “chicken,” mac and cheese, cornbread and veggie slaw. It even came with vegan blue cheese dressing. 10/10 on the buffalo pieces.

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To continue on this eating journey, we got a “steak and cheese” sub with a side of mac and cheese. This actually looks better than it was. I liked the sandwich as a whole, but it was a little too rich for my taste. I mean, it’s not like I was eating all day or anything.

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Finally, we shared two scoops of coconut milk ice cream in flavors strawberry and coconut chocolate chip. Best vegan ice cream I have had. Hands down. Which is probably why I couldn’t even take a decent picture of it.

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So if by now, you are thinking “Wow, Kailey, you are kind of disgusting,” just remember that two people were eating all this food. And yes it was kind of disgusting…

But at least no animal flesh was consumed, no unnecessary hormones were eaten and no one threw up.

Thank you, SoCal Veg Fest for an amazing time! Can’t wait to go back next year 🙂

 

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  • Reply bakingal76 November 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Wish I could have been there. Can you provide a list of other Vegan festivals? Also, can you suggest vegan/healthier alternatives at theme parks, like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Far, & Universal Studios? That would be great.

    • Reply avocadogypsy November 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      I have not been to any of these parks but if I do I’ll be sure to post about it 🙂

      • Reply bakingal76 November 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm

        Thank you. And I love your picture with Jon Snow!

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