Every four months, the Green Saturday Marketplace offers vegan, cruelty-free items.
Starting as a small Black Friday super store alternative in November 2016, the event, known then as Green Saturday, had more than 30 vendors and 500 attendees.
"We (co-organizer Mary Medellin) did the first event on the Saturday after Black Friday, which is why we called it Green Saturday," co-organizer German R. Verdilak said.
A year later, Alpine Village's main hall (in Torrance) was overtaken with more than 65 vendors and 900 attendees, according to a release. Some of the food vendors completely sold out.
Then, Eat Drink Vegan took notice and Green Saturday curated the marketplace at the 2018 Rose Bowl and was rebranded as the Green Saturday Marketplace, with more than 10,000 attendees. Verdilak also organized the inaugural Vegan Chili Cook Off on Jan. 28.
Verdilak said the next event — the third in Long Beach and ninth altogether — will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Long Beach Petroleum Club (3636 Linden Ave.). The Long Beach Vegan and Vegans from Mars presenters will provide features, such as an indoor venue, full bar, dining area, two rooms and free street and lot parking. Wares include apparel, food, art, skincare, entertainment and more. He said more than 1,000 attendees are expected and more than 50 vendors will be available.
"We believe this event is going to be a valuable asset to the growing vegan community in Long Beach because it brings together a large number of cruelty-free vendors that offer products not available at any local shops or even online," Verdilak said.
A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit nonprofit Whiskers & Tails Foundation, a pet rescue organization based in Rancho Palos Verdes. The foundation also will bring some adoptable dogs and cats.
Vendors include Devi's Donuts & Sweets, Vegan Power Co., Kelly's Croutons, Casa Papaloti, JFox Jewelry, Love & Snow, Suja, LuLaRoe, Immortal Bites, Cowhugger, and many more.
The Wacko Show's Wacko (magician) will provide entertainment and DJs Lissy Suede and Nelson Rome will spin tunes.
Raffle tickets are $1 apiece — all going to Whiskers & Tails Foundation — and offer a chance to win cruelty-free gifts. A photo booth also will be on hand.
Ages 12 and older get in for $5; 11 and younger get in free. Tickets are available online or cash only at the door.
For more information and tickets, visit greensaturdayla.com.
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