Here at GastroFest, we embrace different kinds of eating. Most of the selections at a tasting fest like ours tend to be omnivore in nature. We’ve gathered all the vegan selections together so that you’ll know who to hit, where they’ll be, and when, if you are looking for plant-based options on March 24th at Friendship Fountain and the MOSH!

Since plant-based selections have less of a carbon footprint, to reward those fest-goers committed to Greening GastroFest, there’s a hashtag campaign with a chance to win rewards for greening the fest. Anyone posting a picture of a plant-based selection on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) with the hashtag #greeninggastrofest gets a chance to win one of our Greening GastroFest prizes such as tickets to Sun Ray Cinema, or gift certificates to Foo Dog Curry Traders, or  Bistro AIX!

Vegan Tastes at the Fest


Blue Bamboo

Bold City Sauces Kitchen on Wheels

The Bread & Board

Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

Khloe’s Kitchen

Nomi’s Cheese Bar

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

House of Leaf & Bean

German Schnitzel Haus (FULL VEGAN MENU!)

3-7 p.m.


Plenty of our marketplace vendors will have vegan products. In particular be sure and visit The Zen Butcher Company. All of their products are 100% vegan, hand crafted, and created in Jacksonville, with a diverse line up of artisan meats and cheeses that are sure to trick even the most devout carnivore.


Green & Plant-Based Events

Noon Black Garlic is a delicacy that you should be using in your kitchen! Learn more at this demo from Fred Bergen of Artisan Black Garlic and buy your own at the Saturiwa mobile market during GastroFest! SAWYER GAS COOKING STAGE. FREE!

1:30pm Native Sun Eat better at this plant-based cooking demo, with locally delicious grocers Native Sun! If you haven’t been to one of their locations, you’re missing out!  SAWYER GAS COOKING STAGE. FREE!

5:30 pm Vegan Wine Tasting with Zen Butcher Company Try a flight of four wines, two red, two white, along with vegan fare from The Zen Butcher Company! Only a limited amount of tickets are available this year, as it will also be included in our top tier of VIP tickets. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS SOLD OUT. AVAILABLE IN VIP top tier: What makes a wine vegan? You’ll find out! Not all wines are, surprisingly. A GastroFest favorite is back again this year, this time at the Wells Fargo Room of the Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville. Both dedicated vegans and wine loving omnivores have enjoyed this yearly event within the fest. $20 before platform fees.

Greening sponsors include the Jacksonville Transit Authority; Delegal our Green Plates Sponsor, who helped to fund eco-friendly plates for our events; Native Sun Natural Foods Market, SunRay Cinema, Bistro AIX, Foo Dog Curry Traders and Apple Rabbit Compost, which will be handling the composting for the fest, in partnership with Celestial Farms.

GastroJax thanks the Museum of Science & History and our biggest GastroFest supporters who include EU Jacksonville, Jax Beer Society, Chameleon Cold-Brew, Bark on Park, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Sawyer Gas, Great Atlantic Outfitters, All About Events,, Jacksonville Magazine,, and Fusion Light & Sound. We’d also like to thank those who donated to various events, including Yelp, Moxie, Town Hall, Gilbert’s Hot Chicken, Fish & Shrimp, Berndt Ends BBQ, Zen Butcher Co., Delegal Law Offices, Congaree and Penn, Little Black Box Baked Goods and Native Sun Natural Foods Market.