May 26th, 2011vegan events
good god, people! if you’ve never been to worldfest, i don’t even know how to describe it to you. the best i can do is to say that it’s like a super hippie, eco-friendly, and all vegan coachella with an emphasis on educational speaking rather than music. it took place last sunday in los angeles, in the valley, in a huge dusty field, just like it does every spring. the deal was: $5 for parking, $7 for admission, plus any food and beer you wanted buy inside. what did you get for your ticket price? several bands and “celebs” (i use that term quite loosely!) playing or speaking on the main stage, plus lectures and seminars in the various stages and “huts” scattered around the fest. not to mention animal adoptions, clothing vendors, and access to more vegan food than you could ever hope to try.
we attend worldfest every year, but not for the education or music…as you can probably guess, our interest lies solely in the sheer abundance and variety of food we can eat. EVERYTHING AT THE FEST IS VEGAN (supposedly), which means it’s just too much of an opportunity to pass up. PLUS, they have a beer garden sponsored by lagunitas: the perfect place for us to get sloppy on IPA with our friends and laugh at all the other nerds attending the fest that we’re having such a great time at. that’s exactly what happened this year.
you must forgive me, after the previous night’s feast that would feed a small country, we didn’t eat much food at worldfest this year. we did—however—get pix of most of the vendors, as well as our friends’ food. so hopefully you can live vicariously through their meals, just like we did on the day of the ‘fest!Tags: worldfest
May 16th, 2010vegan events
worldfest this year was fucking epic. were you there? ARE you there? i mean, it’s going on until 7pm, so if you read this post in time, seriously get over there.
i just got home, and i must say it was an incredible day of drinking and eating. many hours were spent in the beer garden sipping on bottle after bottle of lagunitas ipa and czech style pilsner. after several helpings of beer and several sets of loud ska music (the drinking area is located right next to the main stage), we decided to make the rounds and eat as much as we possibly could before heading home. the highlights of the day were as follows:Tags: events, worldfest
as of friday evening, both the weho and chatsworth locations were clueless about the promotion. however, santa clarita is totally legit. let’s hope they get this ironed out soon. we want slices!
hey everyone, another weekend full of awesome vegan events is comin’ atcha!
i’m gonna go a little bit out of order and say the one thing you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO check out this weekend is worldfest which takes place on sunday may 16th from 10:30am to 7pm at woodley park. there is gonna be music, vegan food galore, bands, beer, and celebrity speakers. it costs $7 to get in for adults, $5 for seniors, and kids under 12 are free. for more info check out the worldfest website, and be sure to read my review from last year.
the food alone is seriously worth the admission price. vegan ice cream, corndogs, funnel cakes, and lots of new products you haven’t had before. see ya there…Tags: daiya, frankenstand, weekend, worldfest, zpizza
it was a super eco-friendly day in los angeles as hippies, vegans and all around earth lovers gathered to partake in worldfest, “a solar-powered celebration of music, the environment, animals and humanity.” basically a big grassy field in the valley was fenced off and people were charged 7 bucks (+ $5 for parking) to hear to jam bands, listen to animal activist speakers, and have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of all vegan food and alcohol. i went for a couple hours today and didn’t spend much time with the speakers or the music…i did get my fill of food though, and that’s what i’m here to tell ya about.
between the two of us, my husband and i murdered a lot of vegan goodies. one of my favorites was a corn dog offered up by a stand selling field roast sausages, tofurky links, curly fries and vegan burgers. the corn dog was a standard veggie dog turned spectacular with corn batter and a deep fryer. this was nothing like your out-of-the-freezer family meal corn dogs…this thing was just like the old school hot dog on a stick meals i used to get at my local mall. the batter formed a crispy and almost burnt layer on the outside which surrounded fluffy moist corn bread and finally a plump and juicy soy dog. this totally brought back childhood memories.
we also tried the vegan chicken curry from the bodhi tree stand, which was excellent. the bodhi tree is a vegetarian restaurant located in huntington beach, and after eating their curry, i know i will be making a trip there very soon. the sauce was sweet with a perfectly subtle spiciness, and the soy meat was thick and juicy. all the vegetables were fresh and well-prepared as well, and they had so many other appetizing dishes i didn’t even get to try.
the chicken sandwich from follow your heart was another high point of the festival—at only 5 bucks it was a total steal, considering it was huge and came with a side of greens and potato salad. we interrogated the booth about the ingredients in the bun (normal follow your heart buns contain honey), and they ensured us that not only were these special vegan buns ordered just for worldfest, but that their restaurant buns may soon no longer contain honey either! (we will try to keep you posted on that.) aside from the bun, the sandwich was awesome and extremely well priced. the bbq sauce was mild and tangy, not overwhelmingly sweet, and the slices of soy meat were thick and hearty. the potato salad was on point as well: soft and creamy yet not too full of vegenaise. total perfection.
for dessert, we rounded off the feasting with some maggie mudd ice cream all the way from san francisco. they offered a whopping bowl filled up with ice cream, chocolate sauce, nuts, sprinkles and whipped cream (ALL VEGAN) for just $7. it came with the choice of three flavors, but i stuck to two: memphis mudd pie (coffee flavor with chocolate cookies, fudge swirl and whiskey) and tarmack (chocolate peanut butter flavor with chocolate cookies and peanut butter swirl). the ice cream itself was extremely decadent, and it came with the most amazing toppings….this has to be the best old-fashioned dessert i’ve had since i was a child. no vegan ice cream has anything on maggie mudd; this stuff was so good, i’m considering a move to SF.
to top it all off, worldfest had a bad ass beer garden serving up $5 pints of lagunitas ipa and $10 bottles of double ipa. that made coachella’s beer garden look like a total shithole. i’m telling you, this beer was off the chain. not only was it well priced, this stuff was hoppy and flavorful as hell…i’d be stoked to get brew this good in a bar, so imagine how thrilled i was to drink it at a sweaty festival in the valley.
although i did try a lot of great stuff at worldfest this year, i can only eat so much…so naturally i missed out on tons of vendors. i wanna give some shout outs to places that looked delicious, yet i was way too stuffed to try. to name a few: luscious organic desserts, c’est la v bakeshop, friedel caribbean cuisine and sunpower cafe. the frankenstand was also supposed to make an appearance, but to everyone’s dismay, ended up cancelling. basically what i am trying to say is, even with all the ridiculously tasty vegan food i got to eat today, it was still just the tip of the iceberg. worldfest is apparently THE PLACE to get your vegan eats on—i’m talking several entirely animal-free stands with stuff ranging from salads, to burgers, to fried foods, to desserts including ice cream, cookies, funnel cakes, and cobbler.
word to the wise: save up for worldfest 2010. the amazing food will make all the bitchy fees and unhealthy calories worth it. i’ve never seen so much food i can eat in one place, it made me feel like an omnivore…in a good way!Tags: alcohol, beer, beer, corn dog, curry, huntington beach, maggie mudd, san francisco, the valley, worldfest