The Vegan Street Fair is Coming to the East Village (Eventually)

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 at 5:12 am by

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​Listen up, vegans. A food festival just for you is coming to the Lower East Side. The Vegan Street Fair. Patience, though, as it probably won’t happen until next fall. And not a done deal, at that.

After just one year in Los Angels, organizers Ken and Jessica Schoech hope to up the ante this time. For its second outing, they plan to go bicoastal with the annual affair. The formal application submitted to Community Board 3 is the first inkling of evidence.

The concept is pretty straight-forward. Vegan Street Fair, as its apt name suggests, is an annual “food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place.” The inaugural event attracted some forty vendors to Los Angeles last year. The vegan bites sold are priced to please – everything is cheap at $3 max.

That same mojo is in store for 4th Avenue near East Ninth Street in the East Village. Date set is September 18, but they are still working out the kinks, and might need to postpone until 2017. Either way, it’s happening in this neighborhood because it’s Jessica’s old stomping grounds.

“I hope to keep it in the East Village as I am originally from NY and went to NYU so its all familiar territory,” tells us. “It started in LA but the vibe was meant to embody the same vibrant energy that NYC street fairs have. My #1 inspiration for VSF was the San Genaro Festival so its all about food, culture, music, and good vibes with a vegan twist.”

The crew will appear before CB3 this month for the proper blessings.

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