2015 Los Angeles Vegan Beer and Food Festival | In Photos
Another Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival is in the books! This year’s major expansion into Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena saw over 5,000 people during the 6-hour event featuring unlimited craft beer pours, live music, and access to some sinfully delicious vegan food vendors. With the help of the Goldenvoice team, festival founders Nic Adler, Tony Yanow, and Quarry Girl were able to bring together a well-executed festival with much more space for attendees, more vendors, and even an upgraded VIP section within the stadium’s core. We’re happy to see this already solid brand grow.
Our favorite things: There was a diverse mix of breweries bringing a nice range of styles. Booths were manned by brewery employees which gave the event an edge over others where volunteers may or may not know much about what they are pouring. The food also had a lot of variety this year, although we still went directly to the Doomie’s Home Cooking booth for Deep-Fried Oreo’s right when we got inside. The Fried Brussels Sprouts on a Stick from The Rabbit Hole and sweets from The Pudding Truck and Bramble Bakeshop were also high on our list.
Not-So-Favorite Things: Although manageable, lines got a little long for both beer and food. There were a couple of questionable breweries that we could have done without (but that’s a personal preference). There was a larger upgrade-able glass floating around — and while we see the convenience of filling up so you don’t have to get back in line right away, we saw a few people pounding their brews in line and subsequently going into the danger zone considering the expanded festival hours.
We wish we could say more about: The music. While we appreciated the barrier between the music and the rest of the fest, we really couldn’t hear much of it and when we did walk over to watch some of the bands, we would only stay for a couple songs before wanting to grab another beer or more food.