21 things to eat at the reopening of Los Angeles’ largest weekly vegan street food fair
After a 15-month quarantine, vegan Angelenos and foodies are eager to host in-person events where we can eat our own way, mingle with animal lovers, and soak up the Californian sun. Fortunately, as the state reopens and restrictions are lifted, our dreams have come true. The weekly Vegan Exchange vegan market is back with a bang, and we’re more than ready to go. Every Sunday, a rotating roster of vegan vendors gathers at the free-entry event, preparing everything from authentic street-style Chinese dumplings to Peruvian fusion banana leaf tamales. Plus, you can even find clothes, cosmetics, candles, and more at the family-friendly outdoor market. (Not in Los Angeles? Vegan Exchange founder Jessica Cruz shares with us that over the next few months, Vegan Exchange will be arriving in several new cities in the United States.) So grab your friends and family, make sure get hungry and check out this list for all the drool-worthy dishes you can find this Sunday.
Plant-based soul food specialists serving multicultural cuisine without soy or nuts, famous for its crispy oyster mushroom chicken
Family-owned, Long Beach-based donut and confectionery business named after daughter Vrinda
Modern Chinese Food Truck Wielding Authentic Handmade Street Style Chinese Dumplings
A 51-year-old Orange County institution producing dozens of different classic (and unique) donuts
Erva Brew Co.
Brand Yerba mate making 13 different organic and fair trade blends (such as Strawberry-Lime and Guava-Rooibos)
Society of good vibrations
Experts in cold brew coffee and oat milk with a twist (coffee infused with ingredients like beetroot, ginger, reishi mushroom, matcha and ube)
Green vegetable juice bar with honey
Raw vegetable juice bar and soft-serve truck
Child-owned and operated business making healthier popsicles
Long Beach pop-up serving comforting classics and Mexican, Jamaican, and Cajun dishes filtered through a barbecue lens
Photo credit: @msvegan
Mac & Cheese Rebel
Cheese pasta (and fries) truck with an extensive vegan menu, including additions like braised kale, fried Brussels sprouts and vegan duck
Madison Rose Bakery
Cupcake Wars-winning ‘sensual vegan’ baker making breathtaking baked goods and treats
My daddy’s recipes
Homemade vegetable sweets adapted from family recipes
Pop-up boba owned by a Latina known for her Horchata Boba and other classic flavors
Traveling sushi bar that makes irresistible sushi buns, bowls and burritos
Mexican-Bolivian pop-up serving everything from burritos and tamales to peanuts sopa de mani and squid tacos
Pink Star Coffee
Mobile African cafe with an assortment of vegan pastries and super colorful lattes, teas and lemonades
The plant laboratory
Rising star cuisine blazing trails with premium sushi and Japanese cuisine
Photo credit @ kstyles.images
AF Vegan Food Truck
A brand new business owned by a black woman wowing customers with a hot pink food truck and a heartwarming menu of giant stuffed egg rolls and fully loaded fries
The vegan thugs
Comfort Food Restaurant and Food Truck creating indulgent fast food copiers Potato and chorizo crunchwraps, BBQ Western burgers and Filet O ‘Fish sandwiches
Word of mouth
Legendary LA food truck where patrons flock to burgers, buffalo cauliflower and fried mac and cheese bites
Peruvian fusion pop-up that prepares traditional dishes like Lomo Saltado, banana leaf tamales and Papas la Huancaina
Aruka Sanchir is VegNews” Beauty & Style Editor who loves to try new dishes every time she’s at Vegan Exchange.
Richard Bowie is the editor-in-chief of VegNews who can be found speechless at the pink and blue slats of the Pink Star Cafe.
Header photo credit: Elizabeth Ward & Pink Star Cafe
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