So, VeganMoFo is in September this year. I thought about signing up over a month ago, and I even came up with a fun theme. And I meant to plan for it and cook ahead in order to be prepared, then I realized I just didn’t have the time so I sadly decided not to sign up. Just now, I looked at the backlog of photos from the last year that I’d love to write about and realized I ought to do it, even if my posts are totally random and sometimes very short. So, I’ve done it! VeganMoFo here I come! My goal is to post every weekday in September.
I know that Vegan Food & Beer Festival 2013 already happened and it was bigger and better than the year before, but I was lucky enough to attend in 2012 and I have to post about it! When I first found out it was planned for three days before my birthday I asked Dave if we could go as my birthday present, but we decided that it was too far away and too much money to go to LA just for one day. Then Dave’s sister, whose birthday is a few days after mine and lives in LA, invited us to her birthday party at Marina Del Rey that evening. Serendipity! We decided to drive down that morning, go to the beer fest, clean up, go to the boat party, crash at a hotel, then drive back the next morning.
We left at 6AM in hopes to get to the festival by 1, but traffic is always hellish getting into LA, and we had to drop the car off at the hotel and get a cab back to West Hollywood. We got there closer to two and were starving, so we headed to the closest and fastest food source, The FrankenStand, which has the cutest logo ever.
It was a premade sausage (Tofurky, I believe), but that’s okay! They had lots of homemade toppings and interesting condiments to choose from, which made it especially tasty.
With some food in our stomachs, we quickly developed a system. Dave wasn’t that interested in trying all the different foods, so he went and got beer samples for us while I waited in line for food, and boy were there lines! I really wanted to try Seabirds, but the line was just too long. Since we arrived late and our time was limited, I basically stood in line then ate, then stood in line then ate…
Next, I headed to the Doomie’s Home Cookin’ tent for their barbecue seitan sandwich. which was perfect for such a warm day. The sandwich was on the smaller side, as were most of the offerings at the festival, which made it easy to try lots of different things.
I couldn’t resist trying their chocolate covered bacon too. It started melting right away, but it was really interesting; the bacon was extremely salty next to the sweet chocolate. The bacon part was a little chewy, and I think it might’ve worked better if it was crunchy.
Next up was Plant Food for People and their delicious jackfruit tacos. They came with a choice of two sauces, and I believe this was chipotle cream and green chile salsa.
I was getting pretty full by this point, but I can’t pass up vegan southern food!
Sadly, by that point in the day they were out of most everything except the mac and cheese, and it wasn’t my favorite. Even though it was super hot outside, the cheesy shreds were clumpy and not melted. I’m sure I would’ve liked their other food if I had gotten there earlier!
I couldn’t eat another morsel at that point, but I also couldn’t resist getting some baked goods to go from Amanda’s Bakery. I ate them the next day on the way home.
Apple stuffed donut! I don’t think I have to say that it was delicious…
I believe this was a maple crumb cupcake. (This is the problem with not blogging about something for over a year!) Whatever it was, I do remember that it was really delicious. The frosting looked lovely before it sat overnight and came on a road trip :)
Although it was hot and crowded and there were long lines for food, we really enjoyed the festival and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who can go! I hope the event keeps going and growing and would love to go back someday myself.