Oktoberfest is almost here, and most of the celebrations around town will be meaty, sausage-and-schnitzel-filled affairs. What’s a vegan to do? Well, there’s always second annual Vegan Oktoberfest, where vegan beer, meatless sausages, and pretzels prepared without a drop of butter abound.
Last year’s event, which was touted as the world’s first ever vegan version of the festival, was a complete sell out, so this year organizers have added a day and changed venues to accommodate up to 3,000 people each day.
“Any first year event is bound to have some kinks to work out, but the day after 2014 Vegan Oktoberfest, we were already planning how to make the 2015 event even better. And I can confidently say that we’ve made enormous improvements in every possible area—food, beer, entertainment, and venue. We’re proud of what we accomplished in 2014, but 2015 Vegan Oktoberfest is going to be a step up!” contends event producer David Edward Burke, who says that adding the extra day was the best way to make sure that anyone interested in going has a chance.
This year’s breweries include Einstock, Angel City, Modern Times, Lagunitas, and dozens more, who will all be serving beer sans any animal additives. Admission comes with a 14-ounce stein, which attendees are allowed to fill up three times—sample pours are unlimited. The food selection will feature big, doughy Bavarian pretzels from Sage Vegan Bistro, plus treats from Donut Friend, The Grilled Cheese Truck (a lot of strides have been made in vegan cheese in last few years), and Follow Your Heart among others. Downtown Dogs will fill the bratwurst void, and there will be plenty of german chocolate desserts.
In addition to the food and beer, you can also expect oompa bands and plenty of lederhosen, plus stein-holding, costume and chicken dancing contests. They had us at lederhosen.
Vegan Oktoberfest will take place at LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel Street on October 3-4 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Tickets ($45 general admission/$55 VIP/$20 if you’re not drinking) can be purchased here. No tickets will be sold at the door.