We got a chance to go to the Vegan Street Fair while we were in Los Angeles and it reminded us of the Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival. Except without all of the beer… and the drunken interactions. Ah, memories. We got to the fair a little later so we didn’t have to experience the massive lines that people were talking about most of the day. For the most part, we only waited about 5-10 minutes in each line. Each vendor offered at least one dish that was only $4, which we tried to stick to, but they also offered some larger, more expensive plates as well.
We did see some of the vegan accounts we follow online, which was cool, including The Vegan Zombie, The Vegan Fat Kid and the Vegan Bros. We also met our Google ranking rivals Veg Voyages and had a light-hearted discussion thanking them for free advertising. Aaron and Aryanna also got a picture with John Salley who was attending the fair.
Southern Fried Vegan – Cheeseburger Mac’n Cheese: We had previously eaten Southern Fried Vegan when we were at the Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival and almost ordered the same thing we had there, but decided to go ahead and get their cheeseburger mac’n cheese. It wasn’t the best mac’n cheese we’ve ever had, but the hamburger bits added some nice flavor. It was a good way to start off the day’s food festivities.
Trejo’s Tacos – Seared Carrot & Soyrizo Taco, Roasted Cauliflower Taco, Chips & Salsa: Aaron has been dying to get his hands on Trejo’s Tacos ever since we decided we were going to be coming to LA. Unfortunately, we were not impressed at all with the tacos we got. Neither of them really had any flavor to them and left us disappointed. The lone saving grace here is that the salsa was incredible. Aaron doesn’t like tomatoes and by proxy, doesn’t like salsa, but devoured this. Hayden’s cousin Rachel, a (non-vegan) chef, was with us. She tried the Jackfruit Tacos, which she thought were amazing. She had never had jackfruit before and said that it would have fooled her into thinking it was chicken. So clearly we ordered the wrong thing! Damn!
Falasophy – Spicy Falafel Taco: Falafel, avocado, pickled red cabbage, cilantro garlic-crema, house-pickled jalapeños in a flour tortilla. This was one of our favorite food items of the day. The falafel was cooked well, the sauce was the perfect accompaniment and the level of heat was awesome.
Jaycelab – Deviled Egg & Beet-Pickled Deviled Egg: These were weird… Made out of soy, agar-agar, vegan mayo, dijon mustard, paprika, black salt, turmeric, nutritional yeast, & chives. The beet-pickled one had all the above as well as beets, apple cider, coconut sugar, red onions, garlic, and topped with seaweed caviar. We figured we HAD to at least try them because it’s not too often you come across a vegan deviled egg. Aaron thought the filling was really really good, but the egg white portion of this felt really stiff and rubbery. That being said, it tastes like it was described and texture issues aside, was really good. Hayden has never been a fan of eggs and did not care for these at all. Glad to have tried them, though! Aaron, surprisingly, preferred the beet-pickled version to the regular one!
Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen – Open-faced Jambalaya Slider: This is the world’s first vegan cajun restaurant! They were all out of their “meat” that they were putting on their open face sandwich, so it essentially was flavored rice and some vegetables. That being said, the rice had a really good flavor and heat level to it. We wish we would have tried more from them, but we’ll just have to come back some day!
One Veg World– Philly Dream sandwich: Steak, sauteed mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, & mayo spread on a french roll. The flavor on this was good but could have used a little more heat. It also would have been better if the sauce had soaked into the bread a bit more. Otherwise, it was a lot of bread for the smaller amount of fixing’s on the inside.
Coconut Cowboys – Queen of Green Ice Cream: Aaron is a notorious chocolate ice cream fan so you know when he says that this might be his new favorite ice cream that there is some magic happening here. Overall, the actual flavor is probably a bit closer to a vanilla or french vanilla, but there’s something extra there that just keeps it from being too sweet that gives it an edge. We also tried the chocolate, which was equally delicious. These ice creams may have been the best thing we tried all day!
Overall, there were a LOT of things we wish we would have tried, funnel cakes, elusive corn dogs (which might not have existed after all), donuts, and much more. We had a great time and somehow made it out without breaking the bank! Thank you $4 servings!