Big Macs + ‘ Booch: We’re Going to Vegan Paradise || The VBFF 2016 Preview

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In two days, The Vegan Project team departs for Portland, to visit the annual Vegan Beer + Food Festival. Originally launched in LA, the Festival highlights the best of the region’s ” craft beer, wine, ciders, kombucha, cold brew and craft sodas.” The top vegan food carts, trucks, vendors and restaurants are expertly curated, and supported by a marketplace, and full musical programming.

We often refer to the Festival as ” the day we eat everything”, ” food fest of the century”,  “all of the food”, or simply put: vegan paradise. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Doomie’ s Home Cookin (Toronto version coming soon: Home of the infamous vegan Big Mac. This was at the top of the list last year, and will no doubt be a main contender yet again. Featured in multiple photos, praises, and posts, the burger was one of the most delicious, decadent, on-point vegan items that the team had ever (ever) tasted.



2. Kind Kreme: Our Vancouver go-to when it comes to vegan ice cream is without a doubt, our dear friends at Nice Vice. When Nice Vice is not around to satiate us, there is Kind Kreme ( Some of the vegan ice creams on the market don’t quite hit the texture factor that we all know is so important. We’re talking psuedo-smooth, sometimes grainy, and sometimes with random chunks and flakes of ice where they are just not supposed to be. Kind Kreme is smooth, perfectly sweetened, and has the consistent texture of a classic vanilla/chocolate cone.


3. Sage Vegan Bistro ( Sage believes in providing a taste experience that gives people the comforting feeling they’re used to while gently challenging their perception of food – where it comes from and how what they eat impacts the world. They partner with local farmers, and base their menu accordingly on crop seasons, creating a win win for farmers, patrons, and animal friends. Fingers crossed they will be bringing their infamous vegan waffles:


4. Upton’s Naturals: ( One phrase: Pulled Jackfruit. We are lucky enough to be able to source Upton’s products at several Vancouver spots, but the full selection of seitan, burgers, jackfruit, “bacon”, and more, all in one place? A non-meat-eater’s nirvana.



5. The Herbivorous Butcher: ( The lovely team at THB have been featured in numerous press features since opening, one of the most prominent being the infamous Food Network spot ” Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.  The Herbivorous Butcher sibling owners Kale and Aubry Walch report that the host loved their vegan offerings, revealed that members of his family had recently eschewed meat and dairy from their diets, and commented about the positive health aspects of veganism. Sample item? Turkey and Dill Havarti Sandwich and or the Italian Cold Cuts Sandwich—made with pastrami, ham, pepperoni, and mozzarella served on a hoagie bun with pickled cherry peppers, mayonnaise, dried oregano, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.




To follow along with the eats, treats, beverages and adventures, follow us all along on Instagram for regular photos, live videos, and a few surprises from our pals.

The Vegan Project is: Bridget (@theveganproject), Zoe (@zoemarg), and Rhiannon (@rhiannonthevegan). Plus, our dashing friend Derek will be joining us for the adventures: @the_vegan_alpha.

See you in Portland, or back in Vancouver!


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