Join us on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Fair@44 and The Dojo Cafe for the Third Annual Vegan Taco Cook-off presented by Vegan in San Diego. Some of our community’s top taco vendors will be slinging their favorite dishes to battle for the title of San Diego’s Best Vegan Taco of 2019.

Two titles will be awarded: Judge’s Prize and People’s Choice. This year, each winner will also receive a $50 award.

Online ticket sales have ended. A limited amount of General Admission tickets will be available at the door for $7. Crowd Judge tickets have sold out.

There are two ticket options.

Crowd Judge ticket: SOLD OUT

  • EARLY entry at 4:00 p.m.
  • One taco from each of the nine (9) taco cook-off competitor
  • Ballot to vote for your favorite taco of the night (tacos included with ticket)
  • All guests are entered in their choice of opportunity drawing
  • $37 (price inclusive of EventBrite fees)

General Admission ticket:

  • Entry at 5:00 p.m.
  • All guests are entered in their choice of opportunity drawing
  • Ballot to vote for your favorite taco of the night (tacos purchased separately)
  • $6 (price inclusive of EventBrite fees)

Children age 12 and under free with paid admission of one adult.

Sorry, no pets are allowed at this event per state law.
Service animals always welcome.


  • El Veganito: “Taco Koreano,” marinated grilled tofu in a corn tortilla topped with Korean style claw, Gochujang aioli, fresh mango, cilantro, sesame seeds and crispy rice noodles.
  • Santosha Nutrition: “The Jack Attack,” spicy slow-cooked jackfruit cabbage slaw, smokey sunflower seeds, lime crema.
  • Veg’N Out: “Burger Taco,” Beyond Meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, mayo, mustard and ketchup.
  • The Vegan Tamale Company: “Shrimpless Taco,” Konjac shrimp on a handmade corn tortilla topped with cabbage, cilantro, onions and chipotle cream.
  • Dos Tierras: “Veggies Adovation,” charred grilled veggies, marinated in house adobada sauce.
  • La Casita de Vero: “Mole Negro Taco,” tofu and mushroom with a sweet and spicy mole negro sauce.
  • FaVe Tacos (*2018 winner): “Mushroom Taco,” mushrooms cooked in an ancho pepper sauce, served with jicama and carrot lime slaw, cashew crema, salsa verde and pickled onions.
  • Eat Your Heart Out: “‘Fish’ Taco,” pan-fried hearts of palm, hand-cut slaw, housemade vegan kimchi and a slice of lime.
  • Jennhouse: “Curry Potato Street Taco,” curry fire-roasted anaheim shili, sweet corn, yellow potato, garbanzo and spinach street taco. Garnished with avo salsa, cashew parmesan and house purple slaw.



Your ticket includes one entry for your choice of the following opportunity drawing prizes:

  • Eco-friendly Starter Bag: reusable shopping bag, set of napkins, tupperware, travel utensils, silicone and metal straws and cleaners, hot/cold to-go mug, and reusable produce bags!
  • Animal Lovers Gift Set: Saving Animals and Healing Hearts sanctuary private tour for 4, fun animal-themed socks, and Tiny But Mighty book by “Kitten Lady” Hannah Shaw (just released August 6, 2019)!
  • Vegan Foodie Bag: $25 gift card to Donna Jean restaurant, Kelly’s Croutons vegan parm, Kip’s kale chips, Sky Valley vegan Taco Sauce, sparkly taco socks!
  • Vegan Newbie Basket: gift card to Plant Power Fast Food, vegan cookbook “Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, bag of nutritional yeast (a vegan essential), vegan sugar, vegan chocolate chips, Amy’s mac and cheese, and vegan candy!

We’ve assembled a team of taste testing professionals to help us name the Judge’s Choice of 2019. Meet our panel judges!

A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to San Diego Animal Support Foundation, a San Diego-based, volunteer-dependent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in overburdened, under funded local shelters and rescues through events, fundraising campaigns, and a car donation program. Remaining proceeds will be used to support the inaugural San Diego Vegan Festival on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at the Waterfront Park.


By purchasing tickets and attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded for video content. This agreement includes any minors and children in your care. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media, for any purpose by Vegan in San Diego, Incorporated. Photos may be used for promotional material by Vegan in San Diego, Incorporated. If you do not wish to be on photographed or on film, please avoid cameras in this area.