Go vegan or go home this weekend as Bay Shore makes way for The Grass is Greener: An All Vegan Food & Arts Festival at the Brewers Collective Beer Company on Saturday and Sunday. The event returns after a successful start last October.
“We want people to learn more about vegan culture on Long Island,” says Jose Tutiven, founder/executive director of Colored Colors, which hosts the event. “It’s about empowerment through nutrition.”
The festival will feature a vegan food court serving a variety of plant-based dishes from 10 different local trucks and stalls. Take a bite of Soul Plant Food’s vegan burger topped with vegan bacon. Meanwhile, Green World Smoothie & Eats offers superfood salads and fruit smoothies. Don’t miss Waffle Chic’s famous vegan chicken and waffles. Sip Fresh Factor squeezed juice like Turbo (apple, lemon, ginger, pineapple) or Sunrise (lemon, nectarine, apple, ginger, strawberry, orange, pepper).
BREW BAY SHORE
The Brewers Collective tasting room will be open and serving 13 craft beers on tap, including McKenna, a dry Irish stout; For you Lot! a New England-style IPA; Outside the company, sour beer aged in gold casks; and Nein Helles, a German lager.
“Nein Helles is our flagship beer. It’s a clean, crisp lager that fits any weather,” says co-founder and co-owner Sarah Dougherty. “The flavor is light and refreshing with no bitter or hoppy taste.”
MUSIC, MERCHANTS AND MORE
Live music is played throughout the day by a dozen local artists, such as Arahmus Brown, Chelsea Takami, Laurie Anne Creus, Izzy Potter, Fancy Cat and Dudley Music, who take to the stage inside the tap room where participants can sit at tables to drink and eat near the entertainment. There will even be a photo spot inside a colorful interactive garden with fruits and vegetables for customers to take selfies at the brewery.
A market will be set up outside the brewery with 30 vendors in the parking lot selling arts and crafts, as well as vegan-based health and wellness products.
“Our goal is to promote local artists and bridge the gap between art and business,” says Tutiven. “We are always trying to get more involved in the arts and make it accessible to everyone.”
The Grass is Greener: An All-Vegan Food and Arts Festival
WHEN | OR: noon-6 p.m., April 2 and 3, The Brewers Collective, 1460 North Clinton Ave., Unit N, Bay Shore
INFORMATION: Instagram: @colored.colors, facebook.com/Colored.Colors, eventbrite.com
ADMISSION: Free, but RSVP is suggested