Jew wrote:Looks amazing! I'm going with a friend who is Vegan this year...what options did you see besides the hummus that she'll be able to have?
Unfortunately the boysenberry hummus was the only vegan "food" item
. To be 100% honest, I wouldn't recommend the festival to vegans. It's a shame, because it seems like some simple changes like taking the meat out of the chili recipe (or replacing it with Beyond Meat) could easily create more options so that all guests could have a great time. But at the end of the day, I get it - they're in business to make a profit, and it's much easier for them to make items that appeal to 95%+ of their guests than to try to cater to that last ~5% who are vegan or have food allergies.
For the vegans who still end up going nonetheless, I'd recommend:
- The Boysenberry and Basil Lemonade is great.
- Last year they were able to make the Boysenberry Boba with non-dairy milks such as almond and coconut milk, but I don't know if they're still doing that this year. You'd have to inquire at the park.
- Keep an eye out for little boysenberry treats at some of the stores and stands. For example, in past years the boysenberry licorice was vegan (and delicious!). If they still have that this year I'd recommend it! I’m pretty sure the Boysenberry Cotton Candy is vegan too.
- There are some vegan options that aren't related to the Boysenberry Festival. The Chicken Dinner Restaurant has a special vegan menu with a few ok options. I haven't been super impressed with any of them, but they’ll get you by! You can also get alcoholic drinks there, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- If you’re willing to leave the park, I’m sure you guys can find other restaurants outside the park that would have vegan options. Carl’s Jr. is 1 mile away - they recently added a Beyond Meat burger that can be veganized.
- Trust me on this if you’re willing to drive a bit. After you’re done at the park and have had dinner, drive 15 minutes to: 14241 Euclid Street C115, Garden Grove, CA 92843. It’s a vegan ice cream shop called “Hug Life” - you will both love it!
And just to clarify so there’s no confusion, I think the staff in charge of food at Knott’s are all great. They’ve always treated Brittney and me with respect, been very responsive and helpful to us, and have even gone above-and-beyond for us at some of the media events. I do think the vegan options are few and far between at the park, but I think it has a lot to do with the realities of trying to run a profitable amusement park - not that the staff are doing anything wrong. Unfortunately this is an industry-wide issue with no easy solution.