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What To Eat And Drink At The 2016 L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Fest
Sample craft brews and chow down on vegan eats when the yearly celebration of all things vegan returns to the Rose Bowl this June. The seventh annual L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Fest kicks off June 18, 2016, and we've got the low-down on the delicious brews and special bites in store for you this time around. The festival will give you the chance to enjoy unlimited sips from over 90 breweries—more than double last year's offerings—including plenty of local brewers and popular, small-batch producers from elsewhere. There will also be over 60 popular food trucks, vendors and restaurants with vegan options for sale, as well as live music and a craft fair. New this year will be the addition of a cold brew and craft soda tent.
In case you're wondering why all beer isn't vegan, some beer makers use non-vegan-friendly additives during the brewing process. In some cases, gelatin and fish finings are used for filtering, but are often not mentioned on labeling. Vegans won't have to wonder about any unwanted additives with the participants at the fest, and non-vegans can also just enjoy delicious, well-crafted beer.
With the recent surge in new breweries around L.A. and neighboring counties, there will be plenty of great local options you can look forward to sampling. Some of the highlights include Three Weavers, Smog City, Monkish, Macleod, Ladyface Alehouse, Solarc and The Bruery. You'll also see out-of-town favorites like Pizza Port, Ommegang, 21st Amendment, Bear Republic, Boneyard and Allagash. All told, there will be over 150 beers available to taste, so pace yourselves. For those not interested in beer or looking to take a brief break, there will also be craft kombucha and soda, and cold brew curated by Constellation Supply Co.
The food options will be curated by vegan blogger Quarrygirl, and will include hits like BurgerLords, Blue Window, Pizzanista, Doomies, Bling Bling Dumplings, Plant Food For People Food Truck, and Donut Farm.
Here's a list of many of the breweries and food vendors that have been confirmed:
What's in store this year (Courtesy of the L.A. Vegan Beer and Food Fest)
For those looking to pick up some vegan-friendly gear at the festival, there will also be a pop-up marketplace featuring local vendors with clothing, ceramics, craft goods and more. And don't forget to bring your vegan dancing shoes for the live music.
Here's a spin around last year's fest to give you an idea of what to expect:
General admission tickets are $50, which will get you a 4-ounce glass and unlimited pours starting at noon. VIP tickets are $80 and give you unlimited pours starting at 11 a.m., including exclusive beers, and access to a special VIP lounge. The "No Beer All Cheer" option is $40, which provides admission and unlimited kombucha, cold brew and craft soda sampling. The VIP "No Beer All Cheer" tickets allow early entrance at 11 a.m., access to the VIP lounge and unlimited non-beer samplings. This year, they're also offering a limited amount of $100 Vegan Road Trip Two City VIP passes, which provide access to both the L.A. event and the Portland festival taking place on June 11, 2016 at Zidell Yards.