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New Vegan Pop-Up Event Downtown LA Aims to Highlight Black-Owned Businesses

The Meet Up LA will be a monthly event held at High Tide in DTLA.

The Meet Up LA, founded by two Black women in the vegan space, is a new pop-up event in Downtown LA that features local Black-owned vegan businesses. This curated Black-owned business pop-up kicks off on March 10.

Curated Vegan Pop-Up Event Featuring Black-Owned Businesses

On Thursday, March 10, 2022, the first official Meet Up LA event will take place from 5-9pm at High Tide, a bar and event venue that features both indoor and outdoor spaces with a garden lounge. The venue is located at 605 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. The event aims to bring veganism and culture together and will feature a variety of local vegan Black-owned businesses.

The event will feature a live DJ, a poetry session, and Black-owned businesses ranging from food trucks to skincare pop-ups and more. The Meet Up LA is a ticketed event, with tickets running from $5 for general admission to $20 for VIP entry—complete with a VIP gift bag loaded with coupons from sponsors, complimentary drink vouchers, and freebies from select vendors.

The vendor list for the March 10 event includes Vegan AF, Centric Eats, Compton Vegan, Veginning Vegan, Heir Haircare, Oh Bunny Brand, Kickass Vegans, Soul Food Candles, Day Drinkers Truck, New Heritage Brand, and Nairobi Natural Skincare. Sponsors for this event include Blaqstar Farms, Daiya, Marquis, and Beyond Meat. The Meet Up LA will be a monthly event, and tickets can be purchased here.

Celebrating Black Culture and Veganism

The Meet Up LA was founded by the owners of two local Black-owned businesses: Ashley Crawford of Veginning Vegan and Chanel Goodson of Vegan AF food truck, who have known each other for years and have crossed paths in the vegan pop-up space frequently. The two decided to create this event to bring together the local community in support of Black-owned businesses and to celebrate Black culture alongside veganism.

Give @themeetupla a follow on Instagram to find out more about the next event.

Cayla White


Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.

Must-have products: Trader Joe’s Tangerine Juice, Miyoko’s Vegan Butter, Chef Hak’s Plant-Based Caesar Dressing, Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce

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