On Saturday, June 25, 2016 I attended the Chicago Vegan Food and Drink Festival with a few friends. We had a great time eating and drinking vegan treats, but the festival wasn’t without it’s problems. Here are my pros and cons.


  1.  Nice Layout! The Festival offered a misting tent and tables with umbrellas to beat the heat, plenty of places to sit, and a hydration station to refill water bottles. There were also games and a selfie tent.
  2. Great Food! Vegan restaurants a spread out primarily across the North side of the city so it was nice to try many different restaurants in one space. The standouts for me were the vegan donuts, the Chicago style vegan hotdog, and the thai iced tea. For footage of everything we ate check out the video below.


  1. Expensive! Expensive! Expensive! Early bird tickets were about $15 after fees, general tickets were about $20 after fees, and tickets at the door where $20. Once inside the festival we still had to purchase food with most items not very reasonably priced. $12 for two tacos was a no go.
  2. No Maps! There was a map online but none available at the door which made it hard to find vendors.
  3. I Could Have Melted! The festival did all they could to combat the heat but it didn’t change the fact that my friends and I were fatigued by the sun after only being there a few hours.
  4. Who approved the Music? There was a band singing in both Spanish and English that was great but the other artist left much to be desired and the DJ wasn’t great either.

Note: I left my camera a home by mistake so I didn’t get many pictures and had to rely on my phone for photo and video.