This past weekend the world’s first Vegan Oktoberfest took place adjacent to the beach in beautiful Santa Monica, California. Modeled after the original German festival, which is known to offer a lot of meat, the Vegan Oktoberfest provided a fun and cruelty-free alternative.
Packed with beer, cider, and food vendors, the festival began at noon and lasted into the evening. The crowd swelled and a line formed around the block to gain entry. Stewedsheidzel, a veteran Oktoberfest band, welcomed revelers from the stage with traditional German anthems.
Festival-goers dined on German-style soft pretzels from Sage Bistro, pizza topped with brussels sprout shavings, vegan sausage, and nondairy cheese from Urban Pie, and an array of vegan ice cream varieties from Divine Dips. Other food options included a vegan grilled cheese truck and Southern Fried Vegan’s comfort food.
Many local breweries from Golden Road to Drakes provided beer for every pallet and Ace Premium Hard Cider served a delicious and seasonally appropriate pumpkin cider.
We’re so thrilled Vegan Oktoberfest was such a huge success and we hope it spurs similar festivals across the country.