A Celebration of Vegan Delights: The Third Annual Bizerkeley Vegan Food Festival Arrives September 3

The Bizerkeley Vegan, led by vegan entrepreneur Erika Hazel, is excited to announce the third annual Bizerkeley Vegan Food Festival taking place on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 11am-5pm at Sports Basement Berkeley.

Regarded as the Largest Vegan Food Festival in the Bay Area, this year’s event will showcase a tantalizing array of culinary delights with over 75 vendors, both new and returning, from across the country. Expect to taste free samples, savor $5 food offerings, and experience an unforgettable day filled with live entertainment, games, prizes, and giveaways.

As if the promise of a vibrant celebration of plant-based foods wasn’t enough, the festival will also be raising funds to benefit the Herd And Flock Animal Sanctuary. This underscores the festival’s commitment to creating a more compassionate world, not just through what we eat but also how we care for all living beings.

Supported by sponsors including the City of Berkeley, Eclipse Foods, Nature’s Fynd, Sports Basement, and Three Trees Organics, the festival also boasts exciting new vendors such as the vegan Brazilian bread company RioGood and Los Angeles’ Voodoo Vegan Cajun food truck. And fan-favorites from previous years, like The Vegan Hood Chefs and Dr. Hops Hard Kombucha, will be making a much-anticipated return.

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The festival is not just about food. Alongside the smorgasbord of vegan cuisine, attendees can enjoy the Festival Foodie Games, Bizerkeley Bar, silent auction, and even a vegan designer fashion show. Children have their own dedicated space for fun – the Kids Zone: Chalk, Bubbles, and Vegan Story Time.

There are a variety of ticket packages available to make the festival accessible to everyone. Whether you are opting for free entry, general admission, or the new VIP Experience, you can expect a day filled with delicious plant-based foods, fun games, entertainment, and a community spirit that champions the vegan lifestyle.

Speaking ahead of the event, Erika Hazel, The Bizerkeley Vegan, said, “It’s a dream to be able to host our third annual Bizerkeley Vegan Food Festival and be a growing entrepreneur in the vegan community. At our festival, guests can experience delicious plant-based dishes, connect with other vegans and aspiring-vegans, and enjoy entertainment.”

In partnership with Herd And Flock Animal Sanctuary, the festival is committed to creating a strong sense of community. This non-profit organization provides rescued animals from various food industries a safe and comfortable home, educates the public about animal welfare, and promotes a plant-based lifestyle.

Hazel further added, “The Animal Sanctuary and their mission to save animals holds dear to my heart as we continue to navigate consumption habits of humans and ways to educate humans on cleaner living.”

The festival, taking place at the spacious and ADA accessible Sports Basement, is a testament to the growing popularity and acceptance of vegan food and lifestyle. As more people become conscious of their dietary choices, such events provide an excellent platform to explore plant-based options and to see how delightful and diverse vegan cuisine can be.

To make the most of this vibrant celebration of vegan food, culture, and lifestyle, tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, visit

Here’s to a day filled with fun, food, and compassion.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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