Forget the music, opt for all vegan options at Coachella

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Grab your crop tops and sunnies — after a two-year mandatory hiatus, Coachella is just around the corner. This mainstream music festival in the California desert is famous for its big headliners and all-day parties, but since Nic Adler took his place as Culinary Director, the multi-week event has quickly become a foodie destination as well. As a vegan and co-founder of Monty’s Good Burger, Adler has provided Coachella with a plethora of equally exciting vegan options. Check out these vendors and surrounding vegan-friendly spots if you need to refuel between standout performances.

Coachella kicks off the festival season on April 15th. Between the stalls at Indio Central Market and the lavish Outstanding in the Field dinner, there’s a delicious and filling vegan option for every price point and craving.

Indo Central Market

Cena Vegan

1 Cena Vegan

This family-run vegan pop-up dominates the Los Angeles food scene, so it’s only fitting that it has a spot at the state’s largest music festival. Choose Cena when you crave vegan tacos, nachos, or a soul-warming burrito the size of your head.

2 All Dat Dim Sum

When the sun goes down and the weather turns chilly, warm up with a soft and cozy vegan bao bun. Filled with meaty mushrooms and other veggies, these calming handles will get you going from day to night.

3 coffee of the day

Give adult beverages a break for an expertly crafted non-dairy latte. The coffee supplier has its experienced baristas and a professional espresso machine ready to meet your caffeine needs.

4 Milk Box Bar Boba

Technically a snack and drink, these vegan-friendly milky boba teas are perfect for keeping cool and satisfying those small hunger pangs. Don’t worry if you can’t fit these here — the brand sells DIY boba boxes on-lineto!

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5 Ramen toque

The days may be hot, but the desert nights sure are a little chilly – especially for those rockin’ tank tops and cropped shorts. Settle in with a comforting bowl of vegan ramen and a vegan egg.

6 Slutty vegan

Finally, Californians and out of state west coasts can try this legendary vegan burger joint. Plan your visit accordingly as there is bound to be a very long line. Don’t be surprised if it takes over an hour.

7 Sumo Dog

You’ll find this unique hot dog pop-up conveniently located next to the beer garden in the Indo Central Market. Top your vegan bratwurst with any number of pre-made toppings like Sumo Dog (wasabi relish, pickled peppers, teriyaki, furikake, and chopped onion) or The Romeo (guac, pico de gallo, tempura crunchies, and cilantro).

8th Sus arepas

Sink your teeth in a super-stuffed vegan arepa at least once during your festival experience. The masa-based portable sandwich is filled with sliced ​​avocado, seasoned black beans, and fried plantains. You won’t find anything like it under the Indio Food tent.

9 Sweetfin Poke

Looking for a meal that won’t slow you down? Recharge your batteries with a vegan poke bowl. Layered with tender sushi rice, sweet potatoes, avocado, carrots, cucumber and edamame, this daytime meal will see you through afternoon encores.

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10 Van Leeuwen ice cream

As a reminder, you’re in the desert and it’s getting hot. Cool off with a scoop or two of sweet non-dairy ice cream. Flavors are varied, but Van Leeuwen is sure to have favorites like Planet Earth, Mint Chip and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

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Those with food intolerances, rejoice! This healthy vegan chain is known for its allergen-friendly meals that deliver flavor and satiety. You can’t go wrong with the Mediterranean Bowl.

2 Craig’s Vegans

Fancy something sweet? A scoop of Melrose Mint Chip or Sunset & Strawberry will do everything right.

3 backyard bowls

Need something refreshing but not quite ready for ice cream? Swing into this açaí and smoothie bowl concept for an energizing bowl of mixed fruit and crunchy granola toppings.

4 El Chino Grande

Try Chef Chris Yang’s culinary fusion concept for a superb Yuba ‘N Rice dish made with Hodo Foods tofu, sesame yuba, short grain rice and crispy coleslaw. Who would have thought that feasts could be so great?

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5 salad festival

Sometimes all you want is vegan fried chicken. If you get that feeling rocking out at Coachella, take a break from the music and pick up a plant-based fried chicken sammie at this local Legends retailer.

6 mane plant

Sip deliciously spicy noodles in front of thousands of people. One bite and you won’t care if you have chili flakes all over your face. The less daring can play it safe: fluffy bao buns filled with fried mushrooms, coriander and chilli oil.

7 ronan

There’s a reason this Neapolitan-style pizzeria is in the VIP section. Don’t expect a cheap slice operation here – Ronan is all about quality ingredients and dough left to ferment for several days. The vegan option – Tomato, Tomatho – features light cherry tomatoes, squash blossoms, garlic and oregano on a super thin, puffy crust.

8th Taco 1986

If you’re settled into the VIP area and don’t feel like traversing the grounds to get to Cena Vegan, this taqueria has options for you. Spicy mushrooms are the star for vegans, accompanied by guacamole, onions, cilantro and ranchera salsa on a handmade corn tortilla.

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When it’s not time for a meal but you’re in dire need of a nutritious snack, grab a plant-based omusubi from this vegan-friendly vendor. The street food consists of a furikake dusted rice ball filled with a vegetable-based filling of your choice. We’re big fans of the miso mushroom – a stuffing of king oyster and enoki mushrooms in a homemade miso glaze.

Rosengarten VIP

1 Post & Beam

Serving up 1 upscale festival fare for weekends only, grab your plant-based crab cakes while they last! We guarantee these will not be like the frozen variety you will find in the store.

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2 Bridgetown Roti

Attention: This provider will only be on site for the second weekend (apologies for weekend 1 attendees). The vegan chana and sweet potato roti wrap will keep you full for hours after the sun goes down on the California desert scene.

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1 salt and straw

Coachella is big enough for more than one vegan-friendly ice cream vendor. Salt and Straw changes its vegan flavors from season to season, but you can always rest assured that Freckle Mint Chocolate Chip and Marionberry Coconut Sherbet are always in stock.

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2 Monty’s good burger

A music festival wouldn’t be complete without the vegan version of In-N-Out. Get a plant-based double burger along with fries and a shake for the ultimate California-cool experience.

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Trill Burger

Get a taste of this Houston-based smash burger concept while you can. Order the secretive Vegan Trill Burger for a super moist and crunchy double patty, served with grilled onions and non-dairy cheese on a squishy burger bun.

Excellent in the field dinner

In celebration of Earth Day, this transcendent dining experience is transitioning from table to farm to plant-based. On April 22, Chefs Ayinde Howell and Makini Howell of Plum Bistro will serve a four-course vegan meal for 275 guests at Outstanding in the Field. Tickets will sell out fast, so get yours today.

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SOHO house

You’ll need a pass to get into this exclusive celebrity-studded tent, but if you’re lucky enough to snag one, you’re in for a treat. Los Angeles taco chain Chica’s Tacos will be on-site, serving an all-plant-based menu that pays homage to Mesoamerica, according to co-founder Chris Blanchard. He gave us a rundown of the entire menu: “We’re honored to have our plant-based ground beef partner at Abbot’s Butcher, who creates our award-winning Crispy Taco with Chica’s Taco Sauce, citrus salad, radish and Daiya grated cheddar. Other offerings include a fajita-style jackfruit taco, plant-based queso, guacamole, plant-based paletas (popsicles) from Daiya, assorted salsas, and non-GMO corn tortilla chips. Our late-night menu includes plant-based nachos with Abbot’s Butcher.” Be warned, you might not want to leave the tent with a lineup like this.

Vegan offers in the area

Exhale with relief. Vegan options are available off the festival site. Heading to Coachella, Chef Tanya’s Kitchen is the first sign of vegan civilization you’ll encounter. The Native Foods founder sold the company in 2012 and moved inland. Their branded restaurant has two locations — one in Palm Springs and one in Palm Desert — and offers hearty plant-based sandwiches, bowls, desserts, deli sides and more. Take advantage of the refrigerated grab-and-go options to stash at your hotel or Airbnb. You won’t find any all-vegan spots closer to Indio apart from a handful of juices, but there are vegan-friendly restaurants. Your Pie and Cork and Fork both offer vegan pizzas with dairy-free cheese (the latter even offers a full vegan menu with appetizers and entrees). For decent Thai, head to My Thai and tick the vegan box when you place your order online – guaranteed cruelty-free!

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