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Boston Vegetarian Food Festival!

The Boston Veg Fest is this Saturday!  I have been looking at it for a week or two and just made up my mind today to go.  Unfortunately its going solo, plus I have to drive all alone as the trains simply do not run that way at the times I need.

Anyone else planning on going?

Link to the web site is HERE!  They will have cooking demonstrations, free samples, two floors of exhibitors as well as FREE SAMPLES!  Imagine, deliberately vegan free samples.  *swoons*

I am so excited.  The vegan blogs I lurk at and the PPK forum speak of herds of veggies, vegans and signed cookbooks.  I cant wait!

I was there as well today and I was completely floored by the masses of people and yet I was completely thrilled by all of the free food and amazing vendors. I ran into dinkfeet first since she had her fabulous shirt on and she was with Celtkat. My friend Kate who works at Cafe Indigo with me was there and thought it was hillarious that I ran into friends from the internet :) they told me rumors of Cali running around and later I saw the three of them standing together so I got to meet her as well. It was fabulous meeting all of you ladies and I really hope that we can all meet up some other time :)

by the way.. I went to grasshopper afterwards in Boston and it was fabulous. I had a coconut bean shake and the fried tofu fingers as well as a number 102 (lo mein with veggie beef) and it was incredible. I totally think we should all have  lunc  there some day ;D

wish i had gotten to meet you owalker. glad you had some good food at Grasshopper!  they have some great stuff.  sure would like some of those tofu fingers now.  we'll all go there sometime soon.

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I happened to be in Boston for a class field trip and hit this event up.  It was my first veg festival!  AMAZING!

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wow, fantastic pictures! so much fun! dink-- you got veganomicon?! so jealous!

so i think Dink and Celtkat are so far "winning" the "meet people in real life from vegweb" imaginary contest!

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The Festival was awesome!  In an attempt to be complete I tried to remember and take pictures in a journalistic manner, so all of you that could not attend still get a feel for the fun.  So with that idea, here is my report!

At 6:35am I left my lovely little Connecticut town and began the 3 hour drive to Boston.  Despite the early hour there were quite a few cars on the road but thankfully no accidents or inclement weather.  I arrived at the site at 9:15am, just a wee bit early.  So after finding a lovely parking spot, strolling up to the entrance and watching them hang the sign, I went inside.  Much to my surprise, rather than making us wait while people finished setting up we were able to simply walk in at 9:50.  This was great! 

My first stop was the Herbivore table where I bought an awesome shirt.  Next I tried some hummus from the good folks at Tribe. mmmm Pita & 40 spice hummus.  Makes good breakfast food.  A few tables down I spied Chef Colleen Patrick-Goudreau author of The Joy of Vegan Baking.  After sampling one of her Chocolate chip (banana) mini muffins I got a signed & personalized copy of the cookbook.  I am so looking forward to just about every recipe in the book.  After this it gets a little blurry as I sample vegan treat after treat.  I did buy a Little Vegan Monsters' cookbook.  The sample of Lemon Poppyseed muffin and the picture of tamales sold me.  I tried the seitan loaf from Cafe Indigo.  Phenomenal!  They are brilliant to have thought to add pureed cannellini beans to the mix.  I am so going to try that but I do wonder if they ship.  (Yes make 'nom nom nom' noises now!)  I tried pancakes, muffins, rice mixtures, gladcorn, soup, and yes marinated mushrooms.  Norm's Best mushrooms are an aphrodisiac.  I bought two jars but one is already  half eaten.  I was completely serious when I asked if I could take Norm home.  Man, those mushies are good.

Despite being full from samples I partook of a plate full of goodies the lovely Asian food table.  Nom nom nom!  I ate this lovely repast while awaiting the first speaker Chef Cathi DiCocco!  The soups looked lovely and I learned very important things; to make broth use cold water, to cook veggies use hot.  Brilliant information with the whys and hows explained.  I lamented on my inability to try the Thai Sweet Potato Stew, but I asked what could be substituted for the pesky sweet potatoes and was told any yellow squash, like butternut, would work lovely!  Yay!

After this I wandered around some more, shoveling sample after sample in my mouth.  It was so exciting to not have to spaz about what I could and couldn't try.  I bought my copy of Veganomicon and got a picture!  I was so trilled and nervous that I hugged that book to my chest and took a step before Terry reminded me that it was $25!  Doh!  Feeling foolish I forked over the cash without relinquishing my book.  I'm such a goober in front of such awesome people.  After that I took a minute to sit outside and enjoy the lovely 70 degree day.  Veg*ns lined the building, walking in and out, talking about booths or samples or chortling over loot.  Once I had caught my second wind I ventured back in and picked up some lovely fragrance free Arbonne body lotion after skirting the organic soaps table like a chicken.  Now I wish I had the guts to go sniff them but then I did not want to risk a headache!  After a sample or two of italian ices I slugged back another mushroom shot or two.  Checking the time I realized that I had well over an hour to kill before the next talk was happening but my feets were tired.  Looking at people's hands I decided a plate of soul food was in order.  I stood in line and picked up a plate of rice, lentils, tofu salad and a veggie empanada.  I took this upstairs to the speaker room and sat down on the last 10 minutes of the Why Animals Matter talk.  Not quite the best time to be eating but Ms. Erin Williams made so many good points and had lovely slides.  Very moving as I sat chowing down on vegan fare.  The rice & lentils were good, but I was not fond of the tofu salad nor the empanada as they were cold and greasy (respectively).

By the time the talk ended I had finished and threw the plate away while sitting and enjoying not having a 15lb bag on my shoulder.  Three cookbooks will do that to ya!  Much to my surprise a green shirt rearranged chairs to have three free right in front of me.  I laughed as I read the fuzzy black letters spelling out "Dinkfeet".  Thats how I ran into the VegWeb crew!  Yay!  Dr. Michael Greger's talk was awesome.  Funny, insightful and full of information.  He told us to eat cocoa, date sugar, soymilk & berries every morning.  Yay!  He had the crowd laughing repeatedly, so much so that I decided to take video of his talk.  Of course my batteries decided to put an end to that after 5 minutes.  But soon as I figure out how to share it, there will be insightful video!

After that the VegWeb crew split up.  I stayed to watch the next cooking demonstration where I learned something very important from Chef Colleen.  "If you want to eat a healthy chocolate chip cookie, eat broccoli."  *nods*  She is wise!  I ventured down stairs once more where I promptly found DinkFeet & CeltKat snatching up samples of organic tea.  We stood and chatted for 30 plus minutes.  We even saw oWalkerJillo & friend!  It was nearing 5pm as we went our separate ways with hugs and promises to post of our Veg Fest experiences.  I of course went and snatched up another mushroom shot and debated getting two more jars.  I really should have.

The three hour drive home was not bad, except the torrential downpour near the MA/CT border but even that passed quickly.  Honestly I was hyper from all the food, fun and experience.  Even after three hours of driving I was able to go to a friends house till 11:30pm!  Sharing my mushrooms and recounting tales of veggie goodness.  All in all, it was an awesome experience.  I hope to go next year as well and so should you! 

Pictures can be found here!

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I tried the seitan loaf from Cafe Indigo.  Phenomenal!  They are brilliant to have thought to add pureed cannellini beans to the mix.  I am so going to try that but I do wonder if they ship.  (Yes make 'nom nom nom' noises now!)  \
Pictures can be found here!

we do ship :) I'm not sure if the seitan turkeys are ready to be shipped yet but I think that the plan is to have them ready by thanksgiving :) but we DO definately ship out our cakes

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we do ship :) I'm not sure if the seitan turkeys are ready to be shipped yet but I think that the plan is to have them ready by thanksgiving :) but we DO definately ship out our cakes

Sign me up for two or five!  hahah

Nom nom nom nom!

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Great report, Cali! Add me to the "jealous crew." CeltKat called me a couple of times to keep me as updated as possible--and I was wearing last year's t-shirt in solidarity. :D

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we do ship :) I'm not sure if the seitan turkeys are ready to be shipped yet but I think that the plan is to have them ready by thanksgiving :) but we DO definately ship out our cakes

Sign me up for two or five!  hahah

Nom nom nom nom!

when I go into work on tuesday I'll looking into the shipping status for the turkeys and I'll definately let you know :)

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actually Cali, I lied :) I just checked on our website (www.cafeindigo.com) and we do ship the turkeys! http://www.goestores.com/tabular.aspx?Merchant=cafeindigollc&DeptID=245649. yay :)

they're a bit pricey, for me anyways, but they certainly are good, aren't they? :)

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Nice!  I just may be ordering one before too long.  Do they come with that fantastic gravy that was on top of the samples? haha    I feel like a seitan addict!  I think on a whole, that loaf was second only to the Marinated Mushrooms.  Man I could have eaten his entire sample bowl.

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mmm no i don't think so since they're shipped frozen but we do include the recipe for the gravy so that when you're ready you can make it yourself :)

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OMG.... cali, thanks for the play by play. im now bruised from kicking myself  :'(

im intrigue w/ this seitan loaf! hmmmmm.... i just might have to...... :-X

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Dude you guys, I suck so bad that I didn't post my review!

I got to VegFest LATE because I was lacing my new Montrails, and ran to Michaels for the iron-on letters for my shirt. As soon as I made it, I felt guilty for adding the "vegweb" part to the front because it could be copyright infringement or misrepresenting the brand, so Yvette, I'm sorry  :(

Buuuuttt....it was a great idea 'cause I got to meet so many people! Hehehe. It's really funny to be hanging out in downtown Boston and have people say, "Dinkfeet? I know you!" Including some of the Boston Vegan Assoc folks 'cause that's my screen name there too.

Okay - the food is REALLY why we were there, and yes, it was amaaazing. I asked one of the vendors if their FairTrade chocolate was vegan, and he informed me that ALL the exhibitors were told to only bring vegan samples - how cool is that?!

I met Isa Chandra and acted like a DORK, and yes, the Veganomicon is exclusively the coolest ever. Did I mention she signed it "To Dinkfeet" with a little heart over the "i"?! ::sigh::  ::)

There was wheat gluten teriyaki jerky that I bought for my little sister, Norm's mushrooms of course, the incredible ice cream jw502 mentioned, but the highlight was DEFINITELY the carrot cake at owallkerjillo's stand: Cafe Indigo. I'm going to quit my job and move to NH just to eat their food every day!

I'd never heard of Dr. Greger, but I'm glad that jw502 wanted to go to the talk (not only because we met up with Cali), but because it was humorous and informative. He said one of the healthiest breakfasts you can have is a smoothie with soymilk, cocoa, dried cherries, and date sugar! He covered all the medical journal publications to compare veg/meat eating and ended with his "top three" articles of the year. I told CeltKat that the "stinky" meat eater study that we chatted about on here, would come up - and sure enough! It was #1!

A great time had by all - I could totally do a VegFestival tour of the country - I was SO stuffed. For all those that went - post Product Reviews!!!

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Dude you guys, I suck so bad that I didn't post my review

but the highlight was DEFINITELY the carrot cake at owallkerjillo's stand: Cafe Indigo. I'm going to quit my job and move to NH just to eat their food every day!

haha oh I highly encourage it :) about 75% of the food I eat comes from there. it's incredible :)

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