California Vegetarian Food Festival Returns to LA This September!

Good news, Californians! The California Vegetarian Food Festival is returning to Los Angeles for the second year in a row, and it sounds like an absolute blast.

The two-day festival will take place from September 16-17, 2017 at Raleigh Studios and will feature more than 50 vendors, exhibitors, and speakers as well as a screening of the documentary Walk With Me. Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda, founders of U.S. Veg Corp, the event production and marketing brand behind other large-scale festivals such as New York VegFest, are the masterminds behind the event.

The festival will also feature an Innovation Pavillion, a stage that will “showcase the brands and technology driving the world’s most environmentally-friendly and most humane meat, dairy, and eggs — which, of course, is the vegan kind.” 

The current roster of vendors will include treats from Scandylous Delights, who took home the Best in Show for the Sweet Category at the 2017 Vegan Street Fair in LA, Lulu’s Sorbetto, who serves dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free sorbet, vegan grilled cheese from The Grilled Cheese Truck, and more.

Cena Vegan, purveyors of housemade plant-based meats with international flavors, will be in attendance. Below is their vegan biria, a meat-free version of Mexican beef stew.

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According to the website, the current list of vendors is expected to grow. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you can do so by clicking here.

Can’t Make it to the Festival? 

Even if you can’t make it out to LA for the festival, you can still celebrate it in your heart, at home … with homemade vegan food. We browsed The Food Monster App to find some festival-worthy vegan noms for you to make, and here’s what we found:


Grilled Cheese With Caramelized Onions and Pineapple Grilled Cheese With Caramelized Onions and Pineapple

This Grilled Cheese by Chris Bartis is melty, sweet, and salty. To be frank, it’s simply outta this world. Onions are caramelized and then cooked with fresh pineapple, making the pineapple tender and allowing the flavors to mix. The cheese is stretchy like it should be and the bread is crisp and buttery from the skillet.

BBQ Bean or Seitan Nachos

These BBQ Bean or Seitan Nachos by Zsu Dever are a plant-based take on a food fest classic. These nachos are fully loaded with homemade Chili con Queso, pulled BBQ seitan, BBQ sauce, collard greens, scallions, and pickles. This unique combination of flavors will surprise and delight you.

Tandoori Tikki Tofu

It cannot be stressed enough how yummy these Tandoori Tikki Tofu skewers by Melanie Sorrentino are. Tofu is always best if you marinate it, so just throw them into a dish and let the magic happen. These are like fried tofu without all the work! You can simply bake these instead of char them if you don’t want them charred. The flavor profile here is a must try and it’s almost too easy to prepare.

BBQ Jackfruit and Pineapple Pizza

Yeah, you read that right! BBQ jackfruit, your favorite pulled pork vegan substitute, is the topping on this super cheesy, homemade BBQ Jackfruit and Pineapple Pizza by Amanda Sager.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

These vegan Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches by Lauren Hartmann are so good, so easy, and so perfect in every way. The cake batter ice cream and rainbow sugar cookies by themselves are amazing, and putting them together creates the best dessert ever! Even if you don’t have any birthdays coming up, these babies will make every day feel special! Have a very merry unbirthday!

Looking for more fun, delicious festival recipes? Then we highly suggest downloading our Food Monster App, a food app available for Android and iPhone, which can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source:  J Dennis/Shutterstock

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