21 Things to Eat at the Reopening of LA’s Biggest Weekly Vegan Street Food Fair

After a 15-month long quarantine, vegan Angelenos and foodies alike have been itching for in-person events where we can eat to our hearts’ desire, mingle with animal lovers, and enjoy the California sunshine. Luckily, as the state reopens and restrictions lift, our dreams have come to fruition. Weekly vegan market Vegan Exchange is back with a bang, and we’re more than ready. Each Sunday, a rotating list of vegan vendors gather at the free-entry event cooking up everything from authentic street-style Chinese dumplings to Peruvian fusion banana leaf tamales. Plus, you can even find apparel, cosmetics, candles, and more at the family-friendly outdoor market. (Not in Los Angeles? Vegan Exchange founder Jessica Cruz shares with us that in the coming months, Vegan Exchange will be coming to several new cities around the United States.) So grab your friends and families, make sure you’re hungry, and look to this list for all the drool-worthy eats you can find this Sunday. 

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Centric Eats

Plant-based soul food specialists serving soy- and nut-free multicultural cuisine, famous for its crispy oyster mushroom chicken

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Devi’s Donuts

Long Beach-based family doughnut and sweets business named after daughter Vrinda

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Dina’s Dumplings

Modern Chinese food truck slinging authentic street-style Chinese dumplings made by hand

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The Donuttery

A 51-year-old Orange County institution turning out dozens of different classic (and unique) doughnuts

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Erva Brew Co.

Yerba mate brand making 13 different organic, fair trade blends (like Strawberry-Lime and Guava-Rooibos)

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Good Vibes Society

Experts in cold-brew coffee and oat milk with a twist (coffee infused with ingredients like beet, ginger, reishi mushroom, matcha, and ube)

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Honey Greens Juice Bar

Plant-based raw juice bar and soft-serve truck

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Jiggy Pop

Kid-owned and -operated business crafting better-for-you ice pops

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Leaf Over Beef

Long Beach pop-up serving saucy comfort classics and Mexican, Jamaican, and Cajun entrées filtered through a barbecue lens

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Mac & Cheese Rebel

Cheesy pasta (and French fry) truck with an extensive vegan menu, including add-ons like braised kale, fried Brussels sprouts, and vegan duck

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Madison Rose Bakery

Cupcake Wars-winning “sensual vegan” baker making show-stopping baked goods and treats

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My Daddy’s Recipes

Homestyle, plant-based treats adapted from family recipes

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Nova Boba

Latina-owned boba pop-up known for its Horchata Boba and other classic flavors

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Oono Sushi

Roaming sushi bar making craveable rolls, bowls, and sushi burritos

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Pacha Taco

Mexican-Bolivian pop-up serving everything from burritos and tamales to peanutty sopa de mani and calamari tacos

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Pink Star Cafe

Mobile African café with an assortment of vegan pastries and super-colorful lattes, teas, and lemonades

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The Plant Lab

Rising star kitchen blazing trails with premium sushi and Japanese cuisine

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Vegan AF Food Truck

Brand-new Black woman-owned company wowing customers with a bright pink food truck and a comforting menu of jumbo-sized stuffed egg rolls and fully loaded fries

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The Vegan Hooligans

Comfort food restaurant and food truck creating indulgent fast-food copycats potato-chorizo Crunchwraps, barbecue Western burgers and Filet O’ Fish sandwiches

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Word of Mouth

Legendary LA food truck that customers flock to burgers, buffalo cauliflower, and fried mac and cheese bites

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Yogi Chef

Peruvian fusion pop-up whipping up traditional eats like Lomo Saltado, banana leaf tamales, and Papas la Huancaina

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Aruka Sanchir is VegNews’ Beauty & Style Editor who loves trying out new eats whenever she’s at Vegan Exchange.

Richard Bowie is VegNews’ Senior Editor who can be found gawking at Pink Star Cafe’s gorgina pink-and-blue lattes.

Header photo credit: Elizabeth Ward & Pink Star Cafe