By Melissa Locker
September 24, 2015
Courtesy of Vegan Beer & Food Festival

The least surprising part of Portland’s upcoming Vegan Beer and Food Festival is that they will be giving out free kombucha to festivalgoers.

The most surprising part of the festival is that it’s taken this long for someone to establish a Vegan Food Festival in the notoriously food-conscious, left-leaning city.

The first-ever Vegan Beer and Food Festival is taking over downtown Portland’s Zidell Yards on Saturday, September 26 for a full day of music, arts, vegan food, and more than 100 varieties of beer and cider to wash it all down.

The festival will feature meals from 50 vegan purveyors, including Portobello’s refined Italian food, Southern Fried Vegan’s festival fare, slices of Sizzle Pie’s cheese-less pizza, and Masala Pop’s addictive popcorn (a.k.a. the best bar food ever). In true Portland fashion there will be food trucks and carts doling out local food to the masses and 50 breweries serving beers and ciders to anyone with a drink ticket.

There’s plenty to do at the festival when you’re not stuffing your face with Petunia’s Pies and Pastries or Doomie’s Home Cookin’, including an incredible line-up of bands (no word on whether they are vegan). There is a headlining set by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and an appearance by local act Mimicking Birds and an undoubtedly raucous performance by the Lovebomb Go-Go Marching Band.

There will also be a Pop Up Marketplace featuring vendors selling animal-free clothing (stylish pleather and faux fur?), lots of vinyl, and handmade craft goods. Sip a cider while drawing on the festival’s chalk walls or challenging an opponent to a giant game of Jenga.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival is at Zidell Yards, 3121 S.W. Moody Ave., in the South Waterfront District.