If you’re planning on hitting up the annual Life is Beautiful (LIB) festival in Las Vegas this September and are vegan, you’re in luck. For the first time in its seven-year history, the massive three-day music, arts and culinary festival has an entire area for the plant-based peeps.
LIB is no stranger to community partnerships and this year, we’re stoked to announce that Vegans, Baby is a proud partner in the all-vegan culinary element in the festival footprint and curating The Farm Stand.
Fresh off curating the Vegas Vegan James Beard event (with more to come), Vegans, Baby was tapped to curate the Farm Stand, which unites local chefs and restaurants with local farms to create farm-to-table vegan eats all festival long.
With a rotation of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants daily, festival-goers can chow down on vegan eats just off The Huntridge Stage daily from 4 – 8 p.m.
The vegan line-up for Life is Beautiful’s Farm Stand
We’re proud to present the vegan culinary line-up for Life is Beautiful’s Farm Stand. Stay tuned for our complete guide to vegan food at Life is Beautiful 2019.
We’re bringing Executive Chef Andrew Carroll of CATCH Las Vegas and his culinary team back after the James Beard event to create a gorgeous vegan dish for Life is Beautiful. If you’ve never been to CATCH, the vegan-friendly (and beautiful) Strip restaurant serves some of the best crispy cauliflower we’ve ever had, plus other dishes like a hearts of palm crab cake and pistachio cheesecake. Friday, Sept. 20: Lychee Ceviche – fresh tropical lychee, jicama, yuzu-citrus emulsion, pickled onions, and a wasabi-avocado puree.
Greene Street Kitchen
This new, street-art encased restaurant at The Palms is one of the new favorites. Aside from the street art (hello, Banksy), we love what Greene Street Kitchen’s Executive Chef Joe Zanelli has done with the vegan offerings here for both regular service and brunch. We’re big fans of the King Oyster Mushrooms with smoked miso sauce that you cook on a hot rock, as well as their hearts of palm salad with the perfect hit of spice courtesy of the jalapeño vinaigrette. Sunday, Sept. 22: Vegan Sliders – Beyond patty, vegan cheddar, tomato, vegan thousand island, arugula, sesame seed bun, compressed watermelon, tajin and lime; Grilled Mushroom Handroll – Soy glazed grilled trumpet mushroom, green onion, yuzu, togarashi, marinated cucumber salad, radish
The JOLT Coffee Co
This coffee shop/cafe at The Center is sister to TIABI (which also happens to be at part of The Farm Stand). Here, JOLT serves up gooey vegan grilled cheese and pastries, plus plenty of caffeinated beverages, the team here has always worked hard to cater to the vegan community. No visit here is complete with the grilled cheese. Sunday, Sept. 22: Grown Up Grilled Cheese – blend of local vegan cheeses, avocado aioli, coconut bacon, avocado and grilled onions on multigrain bread; Blue Moon Milk – silky blue pea flowers, almond milk and coconut poured over ice and topped with cardamom
OG Lola’s may be a pop-up, but its one majorly popular pop-up thanks to it being the only one in town serving 100 percent vegan Filipino food. We’re hoping owner Mary Dee gets more regular appearances so we can eat her food all of the time, and so can you. Sunday, Sept. 22: Lumpia – served with pancit, empanadas, fresh exotic fruit
Vegas’ only vegan Egyptian restaurant — and only Egyptian restaurant if we’re going to get super detailed — is one of the best restaurants in town. Everything about the POTs experience is incredible, from the food to the owner, Iman, who goes above and beyond to create a warm, welcoming environment to everyone who comes in. If you’re there, order the carb-heavy (and delicious) koshari, a traditional Egyptian street food dish. Friday, Sept. 20: Fava Dip – topped with preserved Meyer lemon, served with assorted vegetables and pita chips; Saturday, Sept. 21: Exceptional Hummus – topped with smoked lentils and chili oil, served with assorted vegetables and pita chips
TIABI Coffee & Waffles
Located near UNLV, TIABI is a coffee shop and waffle bar. Come here to order up sweet or savory waffles and wash ’em down with some specialty caffeinated beverages (many of which they can make vegan). Our go-to is the Viva Las Elvis, a fresh waffle topped with creamy peanut butter, sliced bananas, coconut bacon and agave. Friday, Sept. 20: Kale Waffle – with fresh avocados, tomatoes, spring greens, vegan cheese and TIABI sauce (tofu aioli and fresh herbs); Saturday, Sept. 21: Churro Baby – churro waffle with horchata ice cream and vegan honey, Cactus Juice – refreshing lemon juice, agave nectar and citrus mint tea shaken and iced
Vegan Yack Attack
Jackie Sobon (aka Vegan Yack Attack) doesn’t have a restaurant in Las Vegas, but she is one talented chef. The author of Vegan Bowl Attack! and Vegan Yack Attack on the Go!, the local Sobon debuts her next cookbook – Vegan Yack Attack Plant-Based Meal Prep later this year. She makes it easy to create fantastic vegan food (and yes, even we can make her stuff, despite being culinarily challenged). Saturday, Sept. 21: Kimchi Mac and Cheese
The Downtown vegan restaurant specializing in global street food is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Vegas. Helmed by Chef Donald Lemperle (who beat his cancer by adopting a vegan diet), VegeNation has a huge focus on community and regularly holds socially-driven and conscious events. Whether you’re at the Downtown location or their Henderson one, you’ll have one happy belly with their Chicky Chicky Bang Bang chicken sandwich (who needs Popeye’s, amiright?). Friday – Saturday, Sept. 20 – 21: Beet poke – served in nori cone
The Clintons love Simply Pure. Vegans, Baby loves Simply Pure. And, you will love Simply Pure, too. Located in the Container Park Downtown, Simply Pure serves up both raw and cooked dishes. Our go-to? The lasagna. Which is one of the best things we’ve ever eaten. Ever. Sunday, Sept. 22: Nachos with Mac and Cheese
We’ll have more Life is Beautiful details soon; in the meantime, check out these restaurants and chefs to satiate your appetite!
Photos: Life is Beautiful
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism, being a positive activist and entrepreneur at events including TBEX, SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more. Diana is a proud partner with the James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinner series at the famous James Beard House, as well as the vegan activation, The Farm Stand, at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival.