Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge

The 2024 Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge is coming up in August. Restaurants (including food trucks, pop-ups): registration is now open below. Diners: mark your calendars for some delicious dine-outs in August, and follow us for news at @exploreveg!

The 2023 Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge is now over. During August, local restaurants showcased innovative and delicious vegan dishes for diners to sample and rate. Diners voted on their meals and posted about them on social media to enter gift card drawings! Tori Ramen won grand prize, and Reverie Cafe + Bar and Namaste Cafe took second and third place. All maintain excellent vegan offerings year-round — check them out!

Have questions? Contact us at vcc@exploreveg.org.

2023 grand prize winner: Birria Ramen from St. Paul’s Tori Ramen.

About the Challenge

Chefs and restaurants have come together to create an extraordinary experience for all food enthusiasts. Throughout August, they will craft 100% plant-based dishes for you to savor, purchase, post about, and rate online.

Visit Participating Restaurants

Embark on a culinary adventure by visiting the diverse range of participating restaurants. Throughout August, indulge in their specially crafted plant-based dishes. Explore new flavors and support local establishments.

Rate, Post, and Win Prizes

Your opinion matters! After relishing the challenge dishes, share your experience by voting and posting. When you vote, or tag us in your posts, you enter to win exciting prizes!

2023 Challenge dish: The Wild Rice Burger from Hi Flora.

Various Ways You Can Win

You have multiple opportunities to win prizes like gift cards and restaurant merch. To stay updated on the latest news and prize winners, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Vote & Win

Rate restaurants to boost chances. Weekly winner selected at the end of every week during August. Voting closes at the end of the day on Aug 31, 2024.

Post on Social Media

Tag @tcveganchefchallenge on Instagram, and @Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge on Facebook. Weekly winners selected from tagged posts! Make sure your post is public, too.

Cast the Most Votes

The person who rates the highest number of restaurants will receive a gift certificate as a special reward for their dedication.

Win a Social Media Challenge

Be the first account to tag us on Facebook (@Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge) or Instagram (@tcveganchefchallenge) for five unique meals: you’ll win a restaurant gift card. The top poster in August gets rewarded too!


Really, really good. I actually took someone back to order this again.

-Diner, 2023 Vegan Chef Challenge


Pictured above: The second- and third-place dishes of 2023’s challenge!


Superb, just fantastic. Tastes exactly like a non vegan dish- only better!

– Diner, 2023 Vegan Chef Challenge


2018 Twin Cities VegFest
2018 Twin Cities VegFest

September 22nd: Awards Ceremony at Twin Cities Veg Fest

Join us for the awards ceremony as we reveal the culinary champions of the TC Vegan Chef Challenge. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 22, 2024!


My first time having vegan food and I loved it!

– Diner, 2023 Vegan Chef Challenge


Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge in the News

Contact vcc@exploreveg.org with inquiries.

Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge on Popular Social Media

Make your own post about your dish and tag us for a chance to win in weekly drawings during August! On Instagram, tag the account @tcveganchefchallenge. On Facebook, tag the page @Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge.

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