No lying about this weekend with so much to do!  »

First, Bay Area friends, don’t forget to enter our contest to win two tickets to the premiere of Bold Native in San Francisco next Saturday, Nov. 18! The contest ends on Thursday, Nov. 11, and entering is as easy as commenting on the pertinent post with your favorite ice cream flavor. Nothing to it, this competition.

OK, this is mainly (exclusively) Los Angeles-centric, but that’s all right, we’re happy everyone’s here.
First, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset, it’s Vegan Beer Fest no. 1, as sponsored in part by Quarrygirl (hooray!)! We mentioned it once, and now it’s in a more prominent position! The pertinent details are still on other sites, however. Have lots of fun, and do consider a guest post for us!

Immediately following Beer Fest (!!), have a sober driver take you to Venice for the release party of The Kitchen and The Garden Patch cookbook, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Me & Blue, 566 Rose Ave. (at 6th Avenue). We continue to recommend this event as well—a lovely vegan cookbook and recipe samples? You are strongly encouraged to pay them a visit, yes.

Saturday and Sunday!
SF Green Fest fall 2010 has arrived! Remember last year’s? We got vegan corn dogs and saw creepy milk-soliciting, Tessa tried a preview taco from Gracias Madre, and A QUEEN spoke. Among other things.

How can this year possibly compete with solicitation and the author of Overcoming the Angry Vagina? For starters, if you have spent $10 or more at Rainbow since Nov. 1 and through Nov. 7, bring your receipt to Green Fest for free admission! Now, that is either a savings of $5, since one-day admission costs $15, or a savings of the full $15, since you were going shopping at Rainbow anyway, you vegan hippie weirdo.

Amy Goodman and Dolores Huerta and y/our state Senator Mark Leno will speak! There are a bunch of Slow Food-related speakers, too, which is why we say, go listen to some people talk about less aggravating subjects. At a skim, the food options look like Gratitude, Chad’s Grill (?), Donna’s Tamales, Star Anise Foods, and Underdog; various chocolates, bars, drinks, and produce; Tofutown North America, makers of Soyatoo! vegan whipped cream!, and our BFFs Sugar Beat Sweets!!

SF Green Fest fall 2010 will happen at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center, at 635 8th St. at Brannan Street. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Have we missed anything? You should let us know, via email or a comment, and we will happily update this post. Enjoy your weekend!


Hey L.A.: Come to The Kitchen and The Garden Patch cookbook release party!  »

Melissa of The Kitchen and The Garden Patch contacted us the other day because her gorgeous-looking, eponymous cookbook is about to be published and she wants the whole veg world to celebrate with her. “Party?” we said. “We’re there.”

Unfortunately this party is in L.A.—Venice, specifically—and that is a bit far for your Vegansaurus, spread around the Bay Area, the East Coast, and somewhere in Central Europe at the moment. But you Southern Californians can make it!

On Saturday (that’s Nov. 6!) from 6 to 9 p.m., get over to Me & Blue at 566 Rose Ave. (at 6th Avenue) in Venice for fun party times, plus recipe samples. If you’ve never visited Melissa’s site before, you’re missing out; it’s beautiful, as she is a most talented graphic designer, and she’s created an eclectic mix of recipes, photos, videos, notes, facts, lists, and much more, all about veganism. Go have a look, when you’ve got an hour or so. And definitely go to the release party for The Kitchen and The Garden Patch! What kind of a Vegansaurus reader would you be if you didn’t take every opportunity for free food?

Update!: Before the book party, check out L.A.’s very first Vegan Beer Fest! It’s on Saturday too, from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Roxy! There will be 50 different beers from 20 craft breweries, five food carts, tons of live music, and it’s co-sponsored by our friends at Quarrygirl! Advance tickets cost $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP, which will increase to $45 and $55 on Saturday. All the details you need are here! We assume! Have fun and send us pictures!

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