Seattle Veg Fest 2011!

Whew!  Feels good to sit down.  My awesome husband is upstairs giving three kids a bath right now while I get to relax and do a blog post, while eating a Daiya grilled cheese sandwich on Dave’s Killer bread.  Bliss!

I spent the afternoon at Seattle’s Veg Fest, which happens once a year at the Seattle center.  I’ve gone probably 5 times before, missing a year now and then.  This year, I decided it was time to volunteer.  The festival could not happen without the 1000 volunteers that show up every year, so I thought it was high time I did my part.  For those of you who haven’t had the chance to go to Veg Fest (or are not local), it is a big vegetarian food festival.  There are numerous booths with free food samples, as well as cooking demonstrations, nutrition talks, and even a clown show for the kids!  I ended up spreading Melt butter substitute on crackers, which would not have been my first choice as Melt is not even vegan!  It was still fun to chat with the other volunteers.

I got so immersed in working that I didn’t have a chance to snap photos while I was actually at Veg Fest.  But I did get a shot of my loot when I got home (pictured above).  I decided to renew my Vegetarians of Washington membership for the piddly price of $22 when you consider all the free gifts you get with it.  You not only get a Vegetarian Times magazine, you get a full year’s subscription!  Add to that a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread, a half gallon of soy milk (So Nice brand, which I haven’t tried yet), several soy and almond milk yogurts, 6 Odwalla bars, 2 bags of salt and vinegar potato chips, an Odwalla green drink, 2 bottles of Acai juice drink, coconut water, tons of tea bags, sunflower butter samples, Larabar samples…I’m sure this all would have cost much more than the price I paid for my membership.

My very favorite sample was the Dave’s Killer Bread Sin Dawg cinnamon roll!  It was the best thing I have ever tasted.  Another favorite was the Daiya pepperjack cheese which is just about to arrive in stores.  It was awesome and I cannot wait to buy some and make a big plate of vegan nachos!

I also sampled a new almond milk yogurt called Amande, and I got three cups of it with my membership bag.  I liked what I tried, and I’m always excited to find a nondairy food that is not soy based.

I am worn out and now it’s time to help put the kiddos to bed.  If you missed Veg Fest this year, look for it in 2012, it always happens sometime in the month of March.  Maybe I’ll see you there!

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  1. How fun! I just went to the Natural Foods Expo West and left with a whole kitchen table worth of free samples…I love free stuff!

    Sounds like it was a good time.

    1. Yes! I have seen it at Costco. I was super excited to see the Dave’s Killer Bread booth at Veg Fest, with none other than Dave himself! I wish I had gotten a chance to go say hello, but by the time I was done working at the Melt booth, he was already gone. Next year!

  2. The Sin Dawg was awesome. Exposing the kids to VegFest felt good, but I might try going a little later in the day next time when it starts to thin out. Trying to navigate three kids with one of them in a stroller through the madness that is VegFest was a bit much.

    1. I think working at the Melt booth was probably much easier than navigating Veg Fest with our kids! Thanks for doing that, by the way. 🙂

  3. Oh, my gosh – how fun!!! Look at that haul!

    I am SO EXCITED for Daiya pepperjack. Ahhh, I already know I will love it. And I have been eying that almond milk yogurt at my local Whole Foods but haven’t bought any yet. I, too, love finding nondairy items that are soy-free, but I didn’t like how much sugar was in that Amande… I’m sure I’ll still try it sometime, though!

    1. The texture of the Amande is a little more gelatinous than the Wholesoy yogurt, and it holds its shape when you scoop it. The texture improves if you stir it. It’s good, but I think it will take some getting used to.

  4. We wish you would have come and introduced yourself at VegFest as we follow your blog! We hope you enjoyed volunteering, I’m sure you were very busy like we were since it was such a large turnout. Thanks for reviewing our new Pepperjack flavor on your blog, we look forward to what recipes you cook up with it 🙂

    Shnane Liem
    Daiya Foods

    1. Oh, thank you for coming by to comment! I stopped by your booth just before my volunteer shift started at 1:30 pm and it was such a thick crowd, I just squeezed in and grabbed a sample. I would have stopped to chat if there wasn’t such a mob of people around the booth at the time. The macaroni and cheese was incredible!

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