VegOut Events host various events in Portland, Scottsdale and Tucson. Being from Sahuarita, we had been to their Tucson event, and wanted to see how their Scottsdale event would compare.
For starters, the entire Phoenix valley including Scottsdale has about 3X the population of Tucson so we knew this event would be considerably larger. VegOut Scottsdale was held at the beautiful Scottsdale Waterfront in heart of Downtown Scottsdale.
We were excited to hear vendors from California and as far as Illinois would be there. Ticket prices ranged from $15-$50 per adult depending on the purchase date, multiple day tickets and special package tickets such as V.I.P. Children under the age of 12 were free. One drink token is included with your ticket and can be exchanged for beer or kombucha.We wanted to try as much food as possible and opted for a two-day ticket. Each day hosted different guest speakers and demonstrations as well as different vendors and we wanted to make the most of our weekend.
Upon arrival we greeted with smiles and given our drink tokens as well as some other goodies including, rice crackers, bars, cooking oils, stickers and a VegOut avocado pin. The first vendor that caught our eye was Cena Vegan. We first heard about them at the L.A. Vegan Street Fair back in March when someone sitting next to us had their nachos and were raving about them. Being so full at the time, we were bummed we didn’t get to try them. So of course, we were stoked to see them in Scottsdale. We ordered their nachos and were blown away by the flavor. We continued on and noticed more vendors from California we had missed out on in L.A. such as Compton Vegan, Evolution Burger, Dank Vegan, Eat Love and Chicana Vegan. Yep, we tried them all. We also tried a vendor form Chicago called These Wingz. All were amazing in their own way.
VegOut also had plenty of nonfood vendors, live music and guest speakers. The guest speaker lineup included local activist Jasmine Afshar, local trainer Will Tucker, High Carb Hannah, The Sustainable Duo, Johnny Juicer, Brenden Fitzgerald, Tactical Vegan, Lisa Villegas and many more. There were quite a few clothing vendors including Vegan’s Rock Apparel, Cow Hugger clothing and accessories, Epic Vegan Wear, and our new favorite Doshi accessories. The entire exhibitor list can be found below.
We loved that VegOut Events brought vendors from out of state and overall we think it was a great festival. Aside from a balloon artist, face painter, hula hoops and chalk there weren’t many activities for kids. Seeing as how quickly our children became bored, we hope they offer more family friendly activities in the future.