Los Angeles’ premier vegan food and beer festival Eat Drink Vegan (EDV) is ending after 10 years, with its final event this Saturday in Pasadena, CA. EDV brings together a curated selection of more than 100 vegan restaurants and food vendors, more than 250 vegan beverages, a culinary stage, CBD village, and a marketplace. Originally called the Vegan Beer and Food Festival, the event first took place in a parking lot with a dozen breweries, two food trucks, and about 300 people, and has grown to more than 10,000 attendees. EDV creator Nic Adler is the festival director for Coachella’s promotion company Goldenvoice and co-owner of vegan eateries Monty’s Good Burger and Nic’s on Beverly. Alder decided to end the annual festival after realizing that, after a decade, Los Angeles now boast a number of vegan-friendly festivals on any given weekend. “I think what’s important for people to know is that this is the last year of Eat Drink Vegan as they currently know it,” Adler told media outlet The Orange County Register. “And you know what? There’s a ton of great events out there. I don’t think they’re at the level of Eat Drink Vegan, which makes me think that we might need to figure out what the next iteration of the next Eat Drink Vegan is.”
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