On Sunday, some friends and I spirited ourselves away to Los Angeles to attend the first ever Vegan Street Fair!
We started the day with this:
…and ended it with this:
Hail, you guys! HAIL!
We arrived at the street fair early. Parking was already difficult and by the time we lined up for tickets there were crazy-long lines at every ticket booth. Eager to get started and starving out of our minds, we tried to make a plan of attack for the day: first the savory, meal-type dishes and then dessert. So much dessert. (hey, I didn’t say it was a unique or genius plan, just a plan!)
Before eating anything, though, my friend T and I both bought this shirt, because it was way too cute:
This t-shirt is by BEETxBEET Apparel & Awareness, a very cool company. They had a bunch of stuff I loved, including “Tofu Bishes” and “Monsanto Kills” muscle tanks that I would’ve bought if I wasn’t already (way) over-budget.
As we lined up to purchase our first few items, the lines got longer and longer and the crowds got thicker until we couldn’t move very easily, read the signs to see what the vendors were offering, or even figure out which line was for what.
Fortunately, we got pulled in by the owner of SunCafe Organics who urged us to get the gluten-free vegan mac-n-cheese. His line wasn’t too too bad and the mac-n-cheese was the best vegan mac-n-cheese I’ve ever had. I would plan a trip up to LA just for that! Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it, womp womp. #bloggerfail
It kept getting worse and worse until we finally gave up trying to spend our food tickets on things that we had been dying to try, and started just buying whatever we could get access to. By the time I was making a desperate last bid to get a sweet potato shepard’s pie from The Rabbit Hole, the skies opened up and started hailing all over us.
I gave up and spent all my last tickets on gluten-free bread from Vromage instead (guys! They have the BEST gluten-free bread I’ve ever tried ever. It’s so good! Unfortunately, you can’t buy it anywhere. But at least know if you go there, they have some damn amazing GF bread for your sammies!)
I know this all sounds dire and miserable and like a terrible day, but it wasn’t! Me and my buddies had a great time and were very happy we made the drive up from San Diego.
The ran kept the traffic on the freeways down so we made good time both ways, and we had decent weather for most of the day. The crowds, though frustrating, were heartening – I learned that over 10,000 people came out for the fair! Most of these people are not vegan, which is amazing. The fact that a little vegan street fair could draw such numbers is surely a sign that the times are changing.
We headed home, happy, exhausted, and looking forward to next year :)