November is Veg Awareness Month, Vegan Wineries Make a Splash

The outset of San Diego Beer Week means even popular wine hubs like Wine Steals, which serves both beer on tap as well as a large selection of wines, will have deals to cater to both brewed and fermented aficionados. The craft beer movement has expanded not just within the county, but also it’s creative reach in food and audiences with standard bar menu. Take Modern Times Brewery, for instance, whose owner has been vegan for 17+ years and manages San Diego’s only vegan brewery (honey which is made from bees, are not used in their products). In a city that is increasingly green and conscious about its food sources, San Diego is now seeing vegan wineries enter the scene.

The growth of wineries with a responsible, social philosophy has piggy-backed off the voluminous start-up scene which includes the global Startup Weekend and Entrepreneur Day. One example is California Fruit Wines in Vista, California with a company philosophy to “Rethink Wine, Rethink Business, Rethink Society.” The company also produces its own unique blends including their fall specialties, pumpkin spice and cranberry wine. In support of Veg Awareness Month, the company has donated bottles to the San Diego Veg Festival as part of it’s “Fine Wine Wednesday” giveaways to the best veg-lifestyle #sdvf social media posts.

Another conscious wine company in San Diego: Vinavanti Urban Winery & Tasting Room produces natural wines with 100% local grapes and no sulfites added. This year the winery celebrates a landmark achievement of gaining the official USDA Organic certification, being the first certified organic winery in San Diego. The makers take pride in making wines without any additives or yeast, showcasing their “Black Label” line where wine lovers can purely taste the grapes through native fermentation and without filtering when bottled. Vinavanti also takes part in this month’s Veg movement with a Vegan Happy Hour and Wine Mixer on Saturday, November 2nd at their location in Sorrento Valley near Qualcomm and Karl Strauss.

On Saturday, November 9 in North Park from 10 AM- 5 PM, thousands of health-minded foodies and wellness enthusiasts can enjoy all things veg in an all ages, outdoor street celebration. In it’s 2nd year, the San Diego Veg Festival‘s goal is to build a healthy and sustainable movement of conscious San Diegans with a live Cooking Challenge all attendees can enter, hourly yoga, giveaways from EASY 98.1, Sunday Vegan Brunch and more. The event aims to support a compassionate, plant-based, animal-friendly lifestyle. Whether you are a first time or long time vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, flexitarian, locavorian, or curious foodie, the festival is for everyone! It features 2 stages of speakers, live food demonstrations, tons of food samples, documentary screenings, a book store, recipe contest, children’s corner, a holistic exercise activities, an official post-festival brunch, and Greensteading component.

For more details, follow #sdvf for updates on Facebook or visit the website to buy tickets: www.sandiegovegfestival.com. Contact info@sandiegovegfestival.com to inquire about the cook-off or to get involved as a sponsor, exhibitor, or supporter.

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