Do you have a happy place? Like in Happy Gilmore, when he tries to visualize his ultimate happy place, to relax and therefore, play golf better?
There have been a few places throughout my life, where I feel like I had found my happy place; a beach in Tarifa, Spain as I enjoyed a watermelon mojito and read a great book, a sunny, but brisk afternoon in Napa Valley, as I enjoyed delicious wine and great company. I have one more place to add to this list: The LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest.
I was surrounded by amazing beer, delicious, flavorful food and amazing company. It was lovely to be in the company of so many like minded individuals.
I had VIP tickets and was able to get access to the festival 1 hour early. I took advantage of the shorter lines and filled up my cup more than once, throughout the hour.
Fireman’s Brew was my first tasting. It was delicious and refreshing. Then I moved on the Big Wig IPA, I love hoppy, earthy beers and this one delivered!
Next was Figueroa Mountain’s Hoppy blend (yum!) and Wahine’s Strawberry Wheat (a little too sweet for me, almost like soda).
By this time, I was starved and ready for food! I first had a vegan grilled cheese from The Roxy menu:
I was then ready for more beer! White Dog IPA was flavorful and earthy, Triple Vodoo brewing was up next:
At this point, I was definitely ready for more food! Seabird’s truck was my favorite of the day. We ordered the beer battered avocado tacos and cheezy potato taquitos. The ingredients tasted fresh and flavorful. The food was crunchy without being greasy.
Next up was Golden Road’s Heal the Bay IPA (I love IPAs!)
I was still hungry, so we got Southern Fried Vegan BBQ. We ordered macaroni and cheese and chickun sliders. The flavors were perfectly smoky and rich:
We also ordered some simple, yet flavorful potato chips with sriracha and sweet potato tamales + black bean pupusas:
Soon enough, the sun, food and beer started lulling me into a coma. I started getting pretty sleepy and was ready to leave. Next year, I will pace myself a little beer.
This was a great event! There were so many amazing vendors that I did not even get to, I am pretty bummed that I did not stop by the Frakenstand. I definitely will have a different game plan for next year, since this will be a new annual event. Until then, cheers!
I am BEYOND jealous right now! I used to live in LA (long time ago, before I was vegan) but never did anything this fun. I’ve been wanting to plan a visit there, guess I’ll have to wait until next year’s festival 😉
This is definitely something you do not want to miss. You should totally plan a trip this time next year 🙂
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