Tasty Tuesday : Vegan Beer & Food Festival

The Vegan Beer and Food Festival Logo

The Vegan Beer and Food Festival is coming to Portland. Wait… a vegan beer and food festival that was not in Portland? Too true. The VB&FF got its start six years ago in a large city in the southern section of a state that lies south of Oregon. This inaugural event takes place at Zidell yards in Portland’s South Waterfront.

Saturday, October 26th, 2015, will be the day that over a hundred vegan beers will be available for tasting. Some of the brewers who will be offering their vegan beers include; Fatheads, Ninkasi, Natian, Portland Cider Company, Finn River Cider, Culmination Brewing, Coalition, The Commons, and Basecamp to name a few.

The Vegan Beer and Food Festival Logo

Along with the beers and ciders will be vegan restaurants and food carts with all manner of vegan dishes, deserts, and delectables for your enjoyment. Food vendors will include; Back to Eden, Clean South, The Coffee Bus, It’s a Rawsome Life, Native Bowl, Petunia’s Pies and Pastries, Snackrilege, SushiLove, and one of Portland’s newest vegan restaurants. Of Roots & Blooms.

Vegan Mac and Cheese from the Of Roots and Blooms restaurant

Of Roots & Blooms chef Nick Dickison, will offering their vegan mac and cheese. Made with cavatappi pasta smothered in a creamy cheese sauce using cashew fromage fort and Daiya Foods cheddar. The pasta is served on a bed of baby spinach and topped with kale chips and coconut bacon. The coconut bacon is made with large-flake, unsweetened coconut marinated in “a variety of things,” and baked till it’s golden brown.

Vegan coconut bacon from the Of Roots and Blooms restaurant

In addition to the beer and food there will be live music and a craft marketplace. The Vegan Beer & Food Festival opens at 1:00 P.M. and closes at 7 P.M. The last pour will be at 6:00 P.M. You must be 21 years-of-age or older to gain admission to the event.

Zidell Yards is located right next to the base of the Portland Aerial Tram and just south of the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge at 3121 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR. TriMet’s MAX and the Portland Street Car both have stations at Zidell Yards.

Admission to the event is $45 with a non-drinking ticket costing $25. Each visitor receives a 4 ounce VB&FF glass for tasting which they can keep. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit Out To Pasture Sanctuary of Estacada, OR.

Listen now as Steven Shomler and Ken Wilson talk with Nick Dickison about his new Of Roots & Blooms restaurant and deli and his participation in the Vegan Beer & Food Festival.

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