Join us!
Friday, December 1, 2023 at First Friday Night Market
Grossmont Center, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa
next to Chuze Fitness and Macy’s

Join Vegan in San Diego for our fifth annual Holiday Fair, Food & Toy Drive on Friday, December 1, 2023, at First Friday Night Market at Grossmont Center in La Mesa! Admission is free and open to the public. We will be collecting vegan pantry items for a local food bank in an effort to make compassionate food choices more accessible to our San Diego community members. We will also be collecting toys for San Diego children in need as well as supplies and toys for several local animal rescue organizations. To thank you for supporting our efforts, all donated items can be exchanged for opportunity drawing entries (one item for one ticket — prizes listed below!) to win your choice of awesome prizes!

Food, Toy & Supply Drive

Food donations benefit: Porchlight Community
Suggested donations: (all vegan) non-perishable foods, lentils, garbanzo beans, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, pasta, noodles, pasta sauces, shelf stable plant milk, dehydrated fruit, nuts, seeds, vegan jerky, soup, broth, protein bars, chips, crackers, pretzels, nut butter, granola, oatmeal, cooking oils, spices, vegan sugar, and any other shelf-stable vegan pantry items that you think would be appreciated!

Children’s Toys: San Diego Youth Services
Donations requested: new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

Adult cold weather supplies benefit: Detention Resistance with Pink Fairy Armadillo
Donations requested: blankets, beanies, hand warmers

Cat/kitten food and supplies benefit:  East County Animal Rescue
Donations requested: Purina ONE +Plus Healthy Kitten Formula Natural Dry Cat Food; Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food Variety Pack, 5.5 Oz. Cans; Litter (Clumping & non-clumping)

Cat/kitten food and supplies benefit:  Feral Cat Coalition
Donations requested: Large towels (New or used); Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food Variety Pack, 5.5 Oz. Cans

Rabbit food and supplies benefit: San Diego House Rabbit Society
Donations requested: fleece blankets, approved treats and toys from the Bunny Supply Store, items from Amazon Wish List, eco laundry soap, nitrile exam gloves size small, paper towels, toiler paper, kleenex, copy paper, puppy pads, trash bags in sizes 33 gal, 50 gal, 13 gal, postage stamps, disinfectant wipes, professional spray bottles, galloon Ziploc bags

Small companion food and supplies benefit: Wee Companions
Donations requested: white vinegar, cotton swabs, bleach, paper towels, and fresh veggies on day of (green/red peppers, romaine lettuce, parsley, oranges, bok choy, organic dandelions)

Farm animal supplies benefit: Farm Animal Refuge
Donations requested: Stauffer’s Animal Crackers, items from Amazon Wish List

Farm animal and bird supplies benefit: The Shore Sanctuary
Donations requested: blankets, laundry detergent, XL potty pads

Holiday Fair

Come enjoy veganized holiday favorites from some of your favorite local food and drink vendors, as well as gift ideas, goods, apparel and more!



  • Entrance is free!
  • This event is family friendly, although music may be loud.
  • This venue is ADA accessible. If there is anything Vegan in San Diego can do to be of assistance, please feel free to reach out via comment, direct message on Facebook or Instagram, or email at
  • Pets are NOT allowed within 20 feet of open food vendors due to state law. Service animals are always welcome.
  • Carpooling, ridesharing and bike riding are encouraged.
  • There is free, unlimited parking on site, surrounding the shopping center.
  • Most vendors accept cash and card.
  • Most vendors bring at least one gluten free menu item.
  • No soliciting or signature gathering will be allowed at this event.
  • Please bring reusable straws and utensils! Plus reusable containers for to-go orders. ?


To thank you for supporting our efforts, all donated items can be exchanged for opportunity drawing entries (one item for one ticket) to win your choice of awesome prizes. We want to give a huge, whole-hearted thank you to these local businesses that donated prizes to our 2023 opportunity drawing!


* Indicates must be present to win this prize
** Indicates donated by Vegan in San Diego

  • Compassionate Paws “vegan” necklace
  • Donna Jean $25 gift card (two chances to win)
  • Embers and Blooms candle
  • Kindred $50 gift card
  • Maya’s Cookies Holiday Decorating Kit *
  • Maya’s Cookies $20 in-store gift card
  • Mothership $50 gift card
  • San Diego Vegan Market gift card
  • Scratch House vegan cheese block *
  • Tacotarian $25 gift card
  • TNT Pizza $50 gift card
  • Cat Lover’s Basket **
  • Dog Lover’s Basket **
  • Vegan Smores Kit ** *
  • and more!