Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita’s first vegan market will pop up downtown this weekend

Here’s how to make vegan hot dogs

Wheat Street Dogs show how to make their vegan hot dogs.
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Wheat Street Dogs show how to make their vegan hot dogs.

Wichita has never been the best place to be a vegan. But over the past several years — especially with the dawn of the food truck trend — it’s become a little bit easier for people avoiding all animal products to find something good to eat.

On Sunday, a bunch of vegan friendly businesses will bet together for what’s being billed as Wichita’s very first Vegan Pop-Up Market. It’s scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park downtown at 121 E. Douglas.

Vendors at the event will include Wheat Street Dogs — a vegan hot dog cart that opened last year — as well as vegan food truck Nora’s Kitchen and vegan bakery NiceBites. Garden Grill, a onetime restaurant that Nick Stroot now runs as a home-based meal delivery and catering business, also will be there.

One of Wichita’s most well-known vegan food businesses, Kind Kravings, was supposed to be at the market but owners weren’t able to secure all their licensing for their new rig in time. Rochelle Collins and Shea West sold the double-decker bus they were running their business out of and are moving into a trolley bus they’ve been converting.

Vendors will also be at the market selling things like soy-based candles, home decor products, recycled items, artwork, bulk herbs and more. The event also will include live music by Pretend Friend.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.