Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival returns with plant-based delights
Atlantic City, are you ready for your vegetables?
The Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival returns to the city’s waterfront on July 16-17, bringing together more than 100 plant-based vendors for the committed, the curious, and those who simply want to eat well.
Featured on Vegan Local, an online specialty marketplace based in Morris County, the festival will feature businesses from across the Northeast offering food, merchandise, lifestyle products and other wares that do not use any animal products.
This year’s event features both established favorites – Prospect Park-based Freakin’ Vegan’s empanada mastery, Brooklyn’s impressive Yeah Dawg hot dogs and expert sandwich work from Philadelphia’s Algorithm restaurants. among them – and promising sellers. South Amboy-based Style and Vegan Kitchen, a longtime clothing vendor that began offering food at Arnold and Sweeney’s Asbury Park festival in May, will offer sushi, empanadas and horchata.
Festival co-founder Kendra Arnold said one of the joys of organizing festivals is the opportunity to work with new vendors and guide them through the food festival process.
“We’re changing the state of food here in New Jersey, one empanada at a time,” Arnold said.
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Arnold and co-founder Marisa Sweeney have presented vegan food festivals and lifestyle events across New Jersey for the past eight years. After Atlantic City, they will present the New Jersey Vegan Food Festival on November 12-13 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, with an Asbury Park Vegan Food Festival in the works for 2023.
“The way our events are spread out with the Meadowlands in North Jersey, Asbury Park in Central Jersey and this one in South Jersey, it’s the perfect location for it,” Sweeney said. “And we get a lot of people from Philadelphia, we actually get a lot of people from all over the country who come here, which is kind of cool. It’s just fun – in my opinion, it’s the event that’s focused on fun because that’s a big part of what Atlantic City offers.
Atlantic City’s fourth arc for the Vegan Food Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in front of the Showboat Hotel, 801 Boardwalk, in the main entrance parking lot.
General admission tickets, $15 per day and $20 weekend in advance and $20 per day, $30 weekend, are available through theveganlocal.com, and children 13 and less will be admitted free.
Alex Biese has been writing about local and national art, entertainment, culture and current affairs for over 15 years.