If a friend who favors hamburgers and a friend who is vegan attend a street fair together, chances are one friend will find the eating choices more plentiful.
To have a full-on vegan food festival, though? A formerly rare thing, thought the winds of cookery, and culture, say that such happenings may become happily more plentiful, serving many people who've formerly found choices a bit limited. Look to signs like the recent vegan chili cook-off and vegan hot dogs fundraisers at Burbank's own Tony's Darts Away, and look to the first Vegan Street Fair, which lands in North Hollywood on Sunday, March 1.
Ken Schoech, organizer of the fair, says that "NoHo is the first city to host in LA." Yay on you, NoHo, and yay for the stroller diners who will not have to go digging too deeply to find the food they seek.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Because vegan-minded chefs shall be out in savory, sweet force. Participants include Doomie's Home Cookin', The Karma Baker, Vegan Pizza, Southern Fried Vegan BBQ, and Divine Dips (Premium Vegan Ice Cream).
And while every grub-gathered-up to-do has different pricing rules and try-a-taste plans, the fair is keeping it affordable: It's free to get in and "(a)ll bite-size portions are $3 max."
So think bite-size, rather than whole plate, and think about trying a wide array of vegan vittles. You won't need to think "is there something that I can order here?" when you approach the next booth or chef or tray of goodies — there will be.
Make for Weddington Street and Bakman Avenue in North Hollywood from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 (and fingers crossed the rain stays mostly away, though rain can't dull a delightful, targeted-to-you dining experience).