Life is Beautiful is back! The 2021 three-day music/arts/food/comedy festival takes place Sept. 17 – 19, 2021 in Downtown Las Vegas. We’re stoked because Vegans, Baby’s founder, Diana Edelman, has been asked to curate The all-vegan Farm Stand for the second year.
This year, The Farm Stand features 12 different restaurants and chefs, four each day.
The Farm Stand is one of a handful of curations from culinary leaders in Las Vegas. Check out the full culinary line-up for Life is Beautiful.
Paradise City Creamery
Head creamstress Valerie Stunning brings Paradise City Creamery’s plant-based sexy ice cream to LIB for the second year. This year, she’s scooping two flavors — the Trophy Wife Breakfast (golden mylk cream, peanut butter swirl and cinnamon toasted coconut) and Spoil Me Daddy (double caramel, dark chocolate stracciatella). Both are served in gold waffle cones and topped with a signature Disco Cherry®
Phyto’s Vegan Eats
Phyto’s Vegan Eats, the only all-vegan hot dog stand in Las Vegas, brings their award-winning Crispy Cowboy to the festival. Chef Anibal Flores’ dog comes topped with crispy onions, white onions, fakin’ bacon and BBQ sauce. It comes with a side of hand-cut chips.
OG Lola’s, a vegan Filipino pop-up that relocated to Florida during the height of the pandemic, makes its triumphant public return at LIB. Chef Mary Dee Moralita is serving her popular lumpia. These crispy spring rolls are hand-rolled and filled with her signature seasoned plant-based grounds and veggies, plus a side of sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Vintage Vegan Diner
Chef Taylor Riley-Parham of Vintage Vegan Diner is bringing festival-goers one of their most popular dishes — their sliders. They’re serving a plate of two sliders with smoked homemade turkey and mozzarella topped with their garlic butter sauce. It comes with a side of their garlic-parm fries.
Saturday, Sept. 18
You’ll want to get in line early to devour festival favorite Garden Grill. Owner Leslie Marroquin’s making the sandwich that always draws the masses at LIB, the Chick’n Sandwich. This housemade chick’n sandwich is breaded, fried and comes topped with chipotle aioli, lettuce and tomato on a grilled bun.
POTs returns to The Farm Stand this year with owner Iman Haggag’s mushroom shawrama that first debuted on Diana’s In the Kitchen series. Her famous shawarma uses oyster mushrooms topped with Egyptian tzatziki, arugula, pickled tomatoes and marinated red onions with pita bread.
TIABI Coffee & Waffle
TIABI also returns this year. This time, owner Tiffany Stiles is making pumpkin cookie butter waffles. These waffles come stuffed with pumpkin, cookie butter, chocolate chips and fire-roasted vegan marshmallows.
Rounding out the line-up for Saturday is Souley Vegan, a newcomer to Las Vegas. Chef Tamearra Dyson’s Creole vegan soul food makes its festival debut with her Aint Gator Po Boy. The veganized gator dish features toasted bread stuffed with housemade Louisiana vegan meats and battered mushrooms with pickles, onions, tomatoes and lettuce. It comes smothered in a special swamp sauce and served with a side of fries.
Sunday, Sept. 19
Chikyū Vegan Sushi and Izakaya
Chef John Le of the wildly popular Chikyū in Silverado Ranch created a special September bento box for the festival. The box features a selection of four plant-based Japanese dishes celebrating the season, three of which use the new-to-market Omni! vegan meats.
K.ANDO, a pop-up, joins The Farm Stand this year with tofu kushi katsu. Chef Kevin Hernandez-Ng’s katsu skewers come with vegan Sichuan aioli, balsamic katsu sauce and chives.
Chef Stacey Dougan and Simply Pure return for this special engagement. She’s making Maryland crab cake sliders using hearts of palm and jackfruit. They come topped with butter leaf lettuce, tomato and a dill remoulade on toasted mini buns. The dish is served with a side of pineapple jalapeño slaw.
Rounding out Day 3 of LIB is the all-vegan Underground Burgers. This delivery-only restaurant is live and in person and serving The Classic Underground. Chef Emmanuel Zambrino’s burger is a blend of Impossible and ‘shrooms and comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles, caramelized onions and secret Underground Sauce.
50 Shades Tastier, 595 Craft Kitchen, Afters Ice Cream, Cafe Lola, Can’t Dutch This, Cornish Pasty Co., Dragon Grille, Grouchy John’s Coffee, Joy Pop, Khoury’s Mediterranean, Nacho Daddy, Romega Taqueria, Rooster Boy, Saint Honore, Spicy Pie, The Açai Shack, The Cookie Bar, The Street Kings LV, The Twisted Lemon, This Mama’s House
PHOTOS: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. Images may not represent actual dish served.