Well, yesterday I had a day.
Have you heard of VegFest? All over the nation and in Canada, there are VegFests that celebrate vegetarianism and veganism in food, clothing, and lifestyle. They have speakers who present on a number of topics, and booths of merchants selling, rescue dogs barking, and vegans eating.
Did I mention vegans eating?
Because the grounds of the DC VegFest opened at 11:00 AM, and the first 1000 people to enter the grounds got a free SWAG bag, the blonde had us out of the house at 9:04 exactly, and we were luck enough to meet her omnivore sister and brother-in-law just as we got of of the DC Metro station. We walked a few blocks, and got in line at about 10:15.
At 11:03, they opened the grounds of the Yards park, near the Navy Yard, and the DC VegFest began!
The first things I noticed were the stacks of bags, and the hydration station, sponsored by DC water. They had Brita filter stations hooked up around the grounds of the festival, so that there was always free, clean water. Which was good, because it was about 85* out.
Starting to recognize the heat, we strolled up to the first tent we saw, and got ourselves some juice. We visited Puree Juice Bar, and grabbed two different juices. Both were good, if a bit cucumber-y, but certainly refreshing.
We put away the juices, and headed for what we really wanted. . . sweets.
First on our list, Sticky Fingers Bakery. What’s that? You aren’t familiar with Sticky Fingers? Ahh, they are currently 2-0 on Cupcake Wars, on Food Network, where they compete against other cupcake bakers. Not other vegan cupcake bakers, just other cupcake bakers. Who clearly aren’t as good.
The oatmeal cream pie was extra tasty. Somehow, we managed to split one between the four of us, and no fingers were lost. It isVegFest, after all. . .
On our way to the next bakery (yeah, I said it) two blonde girls accosted an innocent carrot. Just sayin’.
The next bakery, however, was Vegan Treats, in Bethlehem, PA. Wait, you’ve never heard of Vegan Treats either? Oh the humanity! You see, Vegan Treats was named one of the 10 best bakeries in the world by American Express Departures magazine.Yeah, and they were at DC VegFest. Jealous yet?
Oh, where to start. . . How about the vegan cannoli? See, I’m Italian, and I miss certain things from my pre-vegan days. Pizza is one. Cannoli are another. Now I know that I can make cannoli, so eventually I have to. Or, since they’re a dessert, I have to make the Blonde do it. The cream was missing a tiny bi of savory-ness, and, well, they weren’t the cannoli that I ate when I was a kid, but no animals were harmed in the making of this delicious confection.
I can’t begin to describe the sweets they had laid out here. They went on for miles of sugar, and they all looked amazing.
The Blonde got a box of delicious desserts, and kept the hidden until later. First, beer and nachos!
There was a good selection of quality local beer to be had, but, since I was familiar with, but had never had a, Fordham Beer, I chose the Fordham Copperhead.
Without spending too much time on the beer, that’s what Wednesdays are for, let me just say that I was not disappointed, especially when it paired with the nachos from Bread and Brew.
See, last year, when the Blonde was a new vegan, and I was still an omnivore, we went to DC VegFest, and enjoyed ourselves. The highlight of that day was probably these very same nachos, served in a recycled Frisbee. Thankfully, they were present at VegFest 2012 also.
The nachos were as good as I remembered them, and just the right heaviness to make us feel full, without being stuffed.
After lunch, more dessert! We busted out the box of sweets that the blonde had purchased ( I love her) and we proceeded to devour all four.
Wow. I mean, just wow. Look at them. Go ahead, I’ll wait. . . Don’t they look amazing? They tasted even better.
Look, I could go on and on. I mean, I have gone on and on, but I don’t have any bad things to say about the DC VegFest. They did one hell of a job, and even the omnivores were suitably impressed. Not impressed enough to go vegan, but, we’re working on them. Baby steps, right?
So, this was my third VegFest, two in DC, one in Baltimore. Have you been to any VegFests? How are they? Better than this? Bigger? If not, is there one near you? And, more importantly, is it worth the Blonde and I vacationing to come visit it?