By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
The Resilient Palisades Plant Based Solutions team hosted its second Vegan Food Truck Event on Sunday, June 27, welcoming six options to serve fare to hungry Palisadians along Alma Real Drive.
“Our team estimated that close to 300 people attended our event,” Resilient Palisades Plant Based Solutions team organizer and leader Aleksandar Pavlović shared.
For its second iteration of the event, the team doubled the number of trucks present from three to six, with Compton Vegan, Honey Greens Juice Bar, Original Herbivore, The Plant Lab and Refillery LA rounding out the lineup.
“Many people were very enthusiastic about the ice cream from Honey Greens Juice Bar and the sushi from The Plant Lab,” Pavlović said of the most popular dishes.
The first event took place on Sunday, April 25, on Swarthmore Avenue. The event was so popular, organizers shared that the trucks sold out of many of their menu items just halfway through the afternoon.
“People were definitely excited that we bought back a second vegan food truck event,” Pavlović said. “In fact, many people told us that they want this festival to happen much more frequently in the Palisades.”
He shared that the first event drew hundreds of people, which was a lot more than the team expected. In order to accommodate the crowd this time, they needed to find a new location that would be more spacious, have additional room for trucks to park and allow for more places to eat.
“The front of the library was definitely a better fit for a larger event,” Pavlović said of the new location. “Also advantageous that it’s right next to the park where people could have picnics and find more tables. We would love to have more events at this new location.”
When it comes to future events, Pavlović said it’s clear to the team that the demand for vegan food in the Palisades is “pretty high,” so locals can expect more events in the future.
“We will also be planning for other events that will raise awareness on the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle soon,” Pavlović said.
Sara Marti-Corral shared that it is “amazing and inspiring” to her how delicious plant-based seafood has become.
“Between the shrimp po‘ boys from Compton Vegan and the sushi from The Plant Lab, my taste buds were blown away and the texture was unbelievably on point,” she said.
Locally based environmental nonprofit Resilient Palisades, which was launched in 2020, has four teams, including Zero Waste Team, Clean Air and Water: Green Gardens and Clean Energy Resilience Team. The Plant Based Solutions team was created to “effectively communicate the power of a plant based diet and lifestyle to help stop and reverse climate change while supporting [the] local community in becoming more vegan-friendly,” according to the organization’s website.
The team aims to “inspire excitement around living a healthy vegan lifestyle,” with “taste, quality and convenience” not being sacrificed.
Marti’s husband Jordan Corral, another member of the Plant Based Solutions team, shared about what the team is doing.
“We want to accept those who are interested in making a difference, no matter how far along or how far they must go on their journey toward veganism,” Corral said. “Our Plant Based Solutions team is the bridge that many may cross and many will succeed with our utmost support.”
For more information, including upcoming events, visit resilientpalisades.org.
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