Life is Beautiful festival announces participating restaurants


Tickets for the Life is Beautiful festival are sold out, but dedicated foodies who haven’t moved fast enough may want to participate in the official ticket exchange, as this year’s culinary program is extensive.

Culinary Vendor Villages for the festival, scheduled for September 17-19 in downtown Las Vegas, will feature food from over 70 local vendors, including newcomers such as Soulbelly BBQ, Snap O Razzo Hot Dogs, Afters Ice. Cream and Eataly.

Several choices are available to you for general admission ticket holders and even more for VIP, VIP + or All-In pass holders. GAs can participate in the Cocktail School three times a day and at the farm stand, a variety of vegan choices at restaurants such as POT, Chikyu, and Garden Grill from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. or until it is complete.

Prominent local chef Justin Kingsley Hall assembled a group of live-fire supporters for The Cookout, with demonstrations by representatives from Jaleo, Majordomo Meat & Fish, Echo & Rig and District One Kitchen and Bar. It will be daily, while supplies last.

And Secretburger founder Jolene Mannina hosts the Omakase Cantina, available to All-In ticket holders or as a general admission add-on. It will be presented in three seats each evening of an omakase-style dinner with chefs representing restaurant Guy Savoy, La Strega and Sparrow + Wolf.

Other opportunities are available to premium pass holders. The VIP + Observation Deck overlooking the downtown scene will be the site of the VIP + happy hour each day, featuring food from Eataly, Honey Salt, Jing, and The Black Pearl. And Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is planning a daily culinary popup for All-In ticket holders and festival performers. The resort’s Night + Market, Casa Calavera and Kassi Beach House will be among the participants.

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Contact Heidi Knapp Rinella at [email protected] To follow @HKRinella on Twitter.

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