NEXT EVENT:  December 2, 2022
First Friday Night Market — Holiday Fair + Food, Toy & Supply Drive

Join Vegan in San Diego for our fourth annual Holiday Fair, Food & Toy Drive on Friday, December 2, 2022, 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!

PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT.
Due to state law, pets are not allowed within 20 feet of open food vendors per state law (service animals always welcome).

WHEN: December 2, 2022
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Now located next to Claim Jumper!
COST: Free! Open to all ages. No pets allowed.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Vegan in San Diego’s First Friday Night Market team

VENDORS 

 

TIPS

  • 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 veganinsandiego@gmail.com.
  • Pets are NOT allowed within 20 feet of open food vendors due to state law. Service animals are 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. 😉

 

Food, Toy & Supply Drive

Food donations benefit: Jewish Family Services “The Corner Market” food pantry
Suggested donations: (all vegan) non-perishable foods, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, lentils, 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

Dog food and supplies: Lionel’s Legacy(rescues dogs, senior guinea pigs, and chickens!)
Donations requested: Amazon Wish List items, timothy hay, guinea pig bedding, chicken feed and scratch

Cat/kitten food and supplies benefit: Orphan Kitten Club
Donations requested: gently used beach towels, cans of adult wet cat food for TNR program, baby blankets and cat toys

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)

Bird food and supplies benefit: Parrot Education and Adoption Center
Donations requested: items from Amazon Wish List, unsalted and unshelled nuts — walnuts, almonds, pistachios, newspapers for daily cage changes

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

 

OPPORTUNITY DRAWINGS

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 2022 opportunity drawing!

Hot Bevs Coffee & Tea Co gift card

Donna Jean gift card ($25, two opportunities)

Embers and Blooms Christmas candle

Estasi Massage certificate

Good Vibes Society Brew two drinks

Grammy’s Bakeshop basket of goodies, includes three loaves of bread and a dozen cookies

Maya’s Cookies cookie decorating kit (two opportunities)

Maya’s Cookies in-store gift card ($20)

Maya’s Cookies tote bag

Totful Treats 12oz bag of dog treats (two opportunities)

Scratch House block of all-vegan cheese (three opportunities)

Snopel’s Bakeshop baked sweets

Vegan Mirai catering tray, requires two weeks notice

 

 

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Past Media Coverage

Read about our 2019 move to Grossmont Center in the La Mesa Courier!

Check out a gallery from our January 2019 event, captured by PACIFIC Magazine!

PACIFIC Magazine wrote an article about the return of First Friday Night Market after our first hiatus. Please note, our party has since relocated to GROSSMONT CENTER in La Mesa.