Eat Drink Vegan Festival Recap: We Came, We Ate & Drank Vegan, We Conquered! πŸ»πŸƒπŸ•

Hello friends, enemies and non-biased readers!
On Saturday, May 27th, I got the chance to attend "Eat Drink Vegan," a vegan food and beer festival in Pasadena, California. 



I've been to a lot of vegan and vegan-friendly festivals and they've all operated very differently. Some of them are a free-for-all where you just walk in ticketless and buy food that catches your eye while others are trade-show style where you either pay for a ticket or represent press / a distributor / company / etc and just get endless free samples, coupons and food, in addition to an A+ goodie bag.

"Eat Drink Vegan," however, was a combination of both. To enter the fest, you have to buy a ticket. (GA $60 VIP $120) I know, it sounds pretty pricy, but if you loooove alcohol, it might be worth it!

Once you enter, you get unlimited pours of beer, wine, sprits, kombucha, tea and coffee in the cute little 4 oz souvenir glass they provide you with. Considering most festivals charge just $5 for water and $10-$15 for alcohol, it ends up being worth your while.

What makes EDV so different from other vegan festivals is 1. the atmosphere and 2. the vendors. First of all, the atmosphere will make you feel like you're at Coachella or something! Considering it takes place at the Rose Bowl, you have soooo much space to roam. With blue skies above you and the view of mountains everywhere you go, it's hard not to be smiling the entire time. 

Secondly, the vendors are from all over the U.S. From Portland to New York and everywhere in between, you'll be able to get your vegan on all in one place. 

While I love attending local vegan fests in Long Beach and Anaheim, most of the vendors are places I have access to already. It's still fun seeing them, but it doesn't quite give me the stimulation I need. At EDV, I got the opportunity to try things I haven't even heard of before! 

Honestly, it was the little things that made the festival so epic. In addition to unlimited pours of drinks, they have water stations all over the festival so you can periodically fill the water bottle you brought in. When I read about these water stations, I thought they were going to be gross water fountains but they were actually pretty luxurious! 

Food is not included in your ticket, but the unlimited drinks make up for that. In addition, a bunch of companies were giving out free grub and free samples! A lot of people asked me throughout the festival, "Is VIP worth it?" And honestly, I think it depends on the person. With VIP, you get early entry, an exclusive area to relax with shaded couches + charging stations, and exclusive drinks to try. You also get a tote bag filled with goodies! So you have to sort out your priorities: are you willing to pay $60 extra to avoid some lines? Do you need a charging station? Is a goodie bag worth it? Based on your answers, you'll be able to figure out if VIP is for you. 

Overall, we had a blast at Eat Drink Vegan. 10/10 - I would go again!

Here are some of the yummy things we munched on:


We started the fest with popcorn chicken from Clean South. While it was good, something was missing. I think they just needed to be a bit crispier and have a tad more spice, like popcorn chicken typically does. I think chicken is the hardest fake meat to master, but based on the previous pictures I saw of their popcorn chicken, I got super excited. I would try this again, but I wouldn't pay $10 for it like we did.


After chowing down a free hot dog from Lightlife Foods, we came across this to-die-for taco trio from Cena Vegan! We got two carne asada and one barbacoa. Authentic street tacos that are also vegan are hard to find. Usually, we have to settle for a rice and beans type thing, but these? Oh my gosh, I was in heaven. They were spicy, the tortilla was fresh, the onions and cilantro made it feel so genuine, and the meat was ridiculously convincing. I really hope I can have these tacos again because I was on cloud nine!


While I was waiting in line for Sizzle Pie, my boyfriend snatched these sushi tots from Sumodog. The flavor profile here was like nothing I've ever tasted before! The spicy mayo and jalapeΓ±o gave it a kick, while the pickled peppers and rice gave it a vinegary taste. Fusion food is my favorite, so this was definitely something I'd eat again! 


Portland-based pizza shop Sizzle Pie sure knows how to do vegan pizza. Most establishments that offer vegan pizza just slap Daiya cheese on it and call it a day, but Sizzle Pie really puts effort into their pies. Seriously, just look at the menu! How detailed is that? I got the Buffalo, but can't wait to try the others once I visit Portland. My mouth is already watering.


One of my favorite brands, Califia Farms, was at the festival handing out some free coffee! I was happy they were handing out bottles so I could save it for later. We got two of our favorite, their almond milk salted caramel lattes! It was so cool seeing Califia here because they've truly grown so much as a company. I remember seeing them in a tiny booth at a vegan festival I went to 2 years ago! 


Vegan Power Co was selling super adorable stickers, pins, patches and buttons! I loved how they integrated pop culture into their designs. Agggh, so cute!


And lastly, I had to take a picture with this unicorn, provided by Thrive Mags. I mean, come on. Is it really a festival if you didn't take a picture with an over-the-top inflatable object? 

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