Everything from vegan crab cakes to coconut quinoa bowls will be served at the vegan fest
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Chef William Henry brings an evening edition of his popular Vegan Wonderland to DTLV this Saturday, June 25. Held from 5-11 p.m. in the lot at Fremont and 8th next to Container Park, the Vegan Wonderland Market After Dark boasts vegan street eats, live music, yoga, 70+ local vendors, a vegan burger cook-off competition and more.
“I call it a ‘vegan variety pop-up market.’ It’s like a variety show. It’s got a lot going on,” William says.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, where he threw underground warehouse parties, the veteran chef moved to Las Vegas 14 years ago to ope a Caribbean restaurant. After turning vegan three years ago, he launched vegan meal prep and catering service Off The Vine Food.
The first Vegan Wonderland was held in January in a parking lot near Eastern and Trop. A thousand people showed up, mostly through word of mouth. This next one is the fourth, and it’s his biggest yet.
“I look at each event like an album,” he says. “This is like a double Michael Jackson Thriller album. It’s gonna be a banger.”
Bring an appetite for all the vegan goodies
The tracklist looks fire, too. Among the many food vendors is popular Texas-based plant-based chicken sandwich chain Project Pollo; family-owned MeDiet SuperFood Eatery Cafe food truck which serves a variety of smoothies, plant-based sandwiches and acai bowls; Yaqui Zen which specializes in vegan Mexican food; and The Edible Bunch which boasts an eclectic menu of everything from vegan crab cakes to coconut quinoa bowls.
Enjoy throwback jams and tech-house vibes
On the live music front, the multitalented Sugatone will bring his one-man show to Vegan Wonderland, playing guitar while simultaneously spinning Top 40 hits and throwback jams (he’ll also be vending via his Vintaged LV (thrift pop-up), alongside acts like Barry Black and eclectic electronic DJ Brandon A. Godfrey bringing tech-house vibes.
There’s also the cook-off, drum circle, yoga classes led by Rooted N’ Flo Yoga & Wellness, fresh produce from Fresh52 Farmers Market and more.
“I like the little guys to win,” William says. “I’m just trying to help small businesses to get their product out there. There’s not a lot of famers markets that have a fun vibe, that’s why I try to add entertainment and cook-offs so the vendors can get creative.”
Craving more vegan options? Find out more about what vegans eat downtown.