2015 Portland Vegan Food & Beer Festival

Herbivore Clothing Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival

At the Herbivore Clothing booth!

FINALLY sorted through my tons of pictures from the Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival from September 26th! If my BFF has to live on the other side of the country, I’m glad she picked a super vegan-friendly place 😀 I was due for a visit and this seemed too perfect.

We were lucky enough to win tickets, but even if you paid, it was a decent price and for a good cause – with a $25 non-drinking ticket you got admission to the event, three concerts, and unlimited pours of kombucha. For $45 you got the same, plus unlimited pours of beer. For the $65 VIP ticket you got the same, but you also got in an hour early to beat the crowd and not have to wait in line, and you got access to the VIP lounge. There was also a designated driver ticket, I think it might have been $35? It’s the same as the non-drinking ticket, but with VIP access. And proceeds went to Out to Pasture Sanctuary. Sure you still had to pay for food, the vendors have to make a living!

Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
We arrived early and I knew exactly what I wanted before anything else…

Doomie's at Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
I was reading about Doomie’s on facebook during the couple weeks before the festival. Do you know what they were selling???

Doomie's at Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
VEGAN BIG MACS. In case you can’t read the sign, the price is $15. This thing better be good.

Doomie's at Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival
Here’s the Big Mac work station where they make a million at a time.

Doomie's Vegan Big Mac
It got a little scrunched because they cut it in half for us – it’s big enough to feed two!

Doomie's Vegan Big Mac
The buns were well toasted, a little charred. They spread a “special sauce” on the buns and a vegan cheese sauce on the burgers, then added lettuce, pickles & onions. It was wonderful. L said she wouldn’t have known it was vegan, except, ya know…we were at a vegan food festival 🙂

Sizzle Pie at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Next we got a big slice of Spiral Pizza from Sizzle Pie – I love their “Death to False Pizza” slogan! Delicious tomato sauce swirled with caramelized onions. We were pleased.

Grilled Cheese Truck at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
So this is another one I checked out before the festival, the Grilled Cheese Truck. They’re not a vegan food truck, but they went vegan for the festival and I’m so glad! The menu was awesome, but I could only eat so much.

Grilled Cheese Truck at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
I went with the “Chicken” and Waffle Melt. I think they used the original Chao flavor for the cheese, it was very tasty with the maple syrup – my little cup tipped over in my dish and soaked one half of the sandwich, and I didn’t mind at all.

Heidi Ho at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Next, BFF wanted nachos so we headed over to Heido Ho. I’ve seen their stuff at Whole Foods and tried one of their chia cheeses. It didn’t really taste like cheese to me, but it was really good and really addicting.

Heido Ho at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
We had the same reaction to the nachos. Not really like cheese, but still delicious.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Okay, now this time I was bad. I found a place selling beautiful doughnuts, really, really beautiful – vegan and gluten free. And they had my old favorite, apple fritter. I forgot to get the name of the place, and…I was so happy to eat an apple fritter again, I didn’t even bother taking a picture. It’s not that I forgot, either. I just didn’t want to waste any time. But anyway, there were doughnuts. And lots of other great looking pastries I would’ve loved to try if I could fit them in my belly.

Follow Your Heart at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
That was all we purchased, but there were also a bunch of free samples. We visited the Follow Your Heart booth and tried a cheese sample. We also tried a raw cheesecake place that was great, and I found some curry flavored popcorn. And there was more than food for sale.

Panda with Cookie at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
We checked out some awesome plushies from Panda with Cookie. We actually won a free ticket to the festival from Panda with Cookie, yay!!! I bought a special gift here for my nephew, but I can’t say what it is because we haven’t celebrated his birthday yet!

I also got a lovely pair of laser cut deco-style earrings from Salty & Sweet <—-You can see all their cute earrings (and other stuff) on their website.

Oh. Did I mention…

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
We also got unlimited pours of kombucha and beer?! I guess I did, but here’s proof. BFF was happily checking off all the many kinds of beer she sampled (I think I had three) while I tried as many kinds of kombucha as possible.

At one point we heard this music start up. “Ha. It sounds like a marching band.”

Go Go Marching Band at Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Well actually,

Go Go Marching Band Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
it IS a marching band! The Love Bomb Go-Go Marching Band. So that’s why we saw people walking around dressed like they were from outer space in the 1960s.

So it was the first ever Vegan Beer & Food Festival in Portland. Did many people attend?

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
There were a couple.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Maybe a few.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival
Maybe a few thousand??

Portland Vegan Food & Beer Festival

In front of the giant chalkboard


I’m not sure what the actual count was, but I’m glad I could be numbered among the throngs of the weird vegans of Portland. I hope this is what our VegFest is like in Grand Rapids next year.

What vegan vendors would you like to see at a Vegan Food Festival?

Stuck at O'Hare: CIBO Express

This is the third trip in a row I’ve had a delayed flight! Since I’ll be getting into OR so late now, I decided to grab dinner. I found this handy little feature on the O’Hare website:

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It can find your location, then tell you how far you are from whatever you searched for – in this case, I searched for “vegan”. Of course CIBO was in the B concourse, the one I flew into…but I had already walked to the C concourse in another terminal before I saw this. I got my exercise.

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10 or 12 minutes later, I found CIBO Express in the main hall of terminal 2, across from a sushi bar.

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Love seeing Vegan right on the sign 🙂

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There was a big section in the refrigerated case with vegan sandwiches, salads, and meal pack with hummus, tortilla chips, and two small salads. None of it was cheap, but that’s the airport for you. There were lots of little snacks, too.

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I went with the Vegan Jerusalem Steak sandwich, the “meat” is made with vital wheat gluten.

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Since CIBO is just a place to grab something on the go, there’s no seating area. I had a heck of a time eating this thing, I had to sit in a seat in the main hall and stuff my face in front of hundreds of people. I did it, though. And it was good. I think it would be better at room temp instead of chilled, but it still had a nice flavor, a little sweet, and a good amount of heat from the jalapeños.

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I grabbed a drink from another spot. Just another 1.5 hours to kill now!
(Well, the WiFi wouldn’t work at the airport so that was yesterday…)