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I heard Vegan Taco Party and started packing my bags and flew all the way to L.A. to attend the 3rd Annual L.A.’s Best Vegan Taco’s hosted by Eat Drink Vegan and Café Gratitude. Showcasing L.A.’s best chefs and vegan taco vendors. All proceeds from the event went to benefit Voto Latino which is a organization that seeks to build a stronger and more inclusive American democracy by recognizing Latinos’ innate leadership.

With each ticket purchased you receive 10 delicious vegan tacos, a punch card to keep track of which tacos you’ve tried, and coin to vote for your favorite taco. Ben and I arrived around 1pm and there were already lots of people lined up in front of each booth to receive their taco. Each restaurant described their taco and where they were located in the area while they handed out the taco of the day. Every restaurant was different and unique in their own way and you could see their personality through their taco. How many times will I say "Taco" in this post?

Our strategy was to stand in the shortest line, get our taco, and head to a table to enjoy. I have listed all 10 tacos in the order that I ate them. Enjoy!

Vegatinos @vegatinos - Chef Alex Vargas

Taco de chicharrón

Taco de chicharrón - non- gmo soy curls, pico de gallo, cabbage, chipotle mayo

Tacos La Tehuanita @tacoslatehuanita - Chef Richard Chang

Chile Relleno Taco

Chile Relleno Taco - crusted sweet pepper stuffed with black beans, rice, onion, garlic and vegan cheese, topped with housemade mole sauce

Sage Vegan Bistro - @thekindsage - Chefs Mollie & Elias Sosa Engelhart

Bahn Mi Taco

Bahn Mi Taco - fried tofu, spicy pickled cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, basil, jalapeno, habanero cream cheese, sweet & sour sauce

Cooking with Om - @cookingwithom - Chef Om Rishikesh

Ayurvedic Jackfruit Taco

Ayurvedic Jackfruit taco - jackfruit marinated in ayurvedic spices, pickled red cabbage turmeric cashew queso, chipotle cashew crema, cilantro, radishes, coconut bacon.

Cena Vegan - @Cenavegan - Chef Carmen Santillan

Taco de Alambre

Taco de alambre - House made Seitan, bell peppers, onion, tomato, garlic, soyrizo, vegan bacon, and guacamole on a flour tortilla

Café Gratitude - @cafegratitude - Chefs Beto Roque & Hugo Ramos

Remember Me Taco

Remember me taco - Steak fries, fuji apple & mango slaw, kale chicharron, avocado salsa cream, pickled onion, garlic bread crumbs, heirloom blue corn tortilla

Gracias Madre - @GMweho - Chefs Miguel Gutierrez

Chickpea Chorizo Taco

Chickpea Chorizo Taco - chickpea chorizo, avocado & tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, salsa roja, lime

Chispi Modernista Cocina - @Chispi_modernista_cocina - Chef Emmanuel Nunez

Cauliflower Chorizo con Papas Fondue

Cauliflower chorizo con papas fondue - cauliflower, soy, lentils, lima beans, pasilla chili, yellow onion, black beans, vegan cheese, guava, tomato, guajillo chile, garlic, cumin, oregano, cilantro, ginger, paprika, cayenne, serrano pepper, coconut milk

Amo Nakatl Asada - @Amo_nakatl_asada - Chef Tony Oseguera

Adobada Taco

Adobada Taco - fresh chopped cilantro, onion, mild guac-salsa, microgreen radish sprouts & a piece of grilled pineapple on the side

Just Vegana - @justvegana - Chefs Jae & Janet Tuiolosega

Taco de Cochinita Pibil

Taco de cochinita pibil - jackfruit, onions, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, orange, vinegar, cilantro, peppers, celery, avocado and spices on a handmade native corn tortilla

Believe it or not, 10 tacos is a lot. We took small breaks in between and cooled down with Kombucha from GT’s Living Foods. We check out Kernel Of Truth Organics booth where they were handing out free tortillas.

After all 10 tacos were demolished, I had to decide which taco was my favorite to cast my vote. I voted for @Cenavegan because it was spicy, the tempeh was perfect and I love a good flour tortilla.

The winners of the 3rd Annual L.A.’s Best Vegan Taco:

People’s Choice Award: @vegatinos
Judge’s Pick: @tacoslatehuanita

Taco bout a good time! This was such a fun event! Eating tacos, saving lives, and spreading kindness is my kind of party!

Thank you Eat Drink Vegan and Café Gratitude you guys put on a great event!

P.S. Taco was mentioned 29 times throughout this post. Taco bout over kill! Shoot now that's 30.

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By Logan about 2121 days ago

I’ve literally never seen so magical. We have a festival in New England for chowder but tacos seems WAAYY better! I would literally eat until I couldn’t anymore.

Xo Logan

By Briana about 2122 days ago

Looks amazing! Wish I had known about this!