Bethlehem VegFest 2014

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It’s been a week since this year’s Bethlehem VegFest and I’m already excited about next year. Just like last year, being in a place where you know everything is vegan and nothing is off limits is an amazing feeling. There was no walking around looking for a place that sold only salads or veggies, or possibly a tofu dish. There was real, delicious food, and it was all vegan.

Aside from the food, they also had speakers, cooking demos, yoga, music, and activities for kids. I was really impressed with the speaker line up, but unfortunately we didn’t really sit and listen to anyone since the kids wanted to walk/run around. We also missed the yoga flash mob, which I was a little bummed about, but we totally lost track of time and I realized it after it was over. I’m already planning a better game plan for next year.

The biggest thing I was looking forward to was eating from the Cinnamon Snail. They were going to cater our wedding, but the logistics didn’t end up working out, so when it was confirmed they were going to be at VegFest I knew we were eating there. The line was always long, but it moved fast.

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We ordered two Gouchujang Burger Deluxes and two Ancho Chili Seitan Burgers:

  • Ancho Chili Seitan Burger
    With beer simmered onions and garlic, arugula, piri piri pepper sauce, and horseradish cream on grilled herb focaccia
  • Gouchujang Burger Deluxe
    with sautéed kimchi, arugula, pickled red onions, black sesame gomasio and sriracha mayonnaise on herb grilled focaccia
Gouchujang Burger Deluxe

Gouchujang Burger Deluxe

Both burgers were humongous and so incredibly delicious. Seriously folks, if you’re ever in NYC and looking for lunch, hunt these guys down. This was the most filling, gourmet vegan food I’ve ever had.

Gouchujang Burger Deluxe

Gouchujang Burger Deluxe

My only regret was not getting donuts to take home. Sigh.
DSC_0693Right after we had lunch we grabbed some kombucha. I’ve gotten my mom hooked and we both drink it just about every day. The kombucha they were selling was pineapple ginger, and it was sooo good.

DSC_0715 We did a take a small pause to listen to some live music, and pet some of the dogs that were there. By the Catskill Animal Sanctuary table, we met a beagle named Max, who is looking for a home. He stole both of my parents’ hearts and they were seriously considering it for a while. We also stopped by the Pig Placement Network again and pet some pigs. How could anyone want to kill one of those sweeties??

 

Music Pavillion

The Veggie Kid’s Zone had a face painting, coloring, and a neat veggie quiz where we won a few apples.

Veggie Kid's Zone

Here is the section of this post with all the picture spam of the Vegan Treats desserts. 

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My mom and I did all the ordering and picked a few things that jumped out at us. Honestly, it’s so hard to choose at Vegan Treats. This year, I got a Raspberry Mousse Chocolate Mousse cake (the one with the purple flower), the Dulce De Leche Cake, and a Chocolate Cannoli.

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My mom ordered the Peanut Butter Bomb, Raspberry Cheesecake, and a Chocolate Cannoli also.

DessertsDSC_0748editI totally missed the Chicken and Waffles donut that was down at the other end, and I’m kicking myself for not getting the Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Cake (bottom left corner). There’s always a huge crowd of people around their table, but they’re super quick about helping people.

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We got the Vegan Treats to go, and I was really hoping to eat some other food there, but I was still stuffed from the burger. I also wanted to try the ice cream from Alchemy Creamery, but I felt like I might puke if I tried to eat anything else. 

DSC_0763editMy mom really wanted to grab a vegan hot dog, but she was stuffed too.


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I didn’t end up shopping at much as last year, but I did grab a few bottles of wine from Franklin Hill Vineyards before we left. I think I got the Sir Walter’s Red last year too, it’s one of my favorites. I also got the Fainting Goat, which is a black cherry wine, and gave it to my mom.

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I should’ve taken pictures of our treats before we left since they got a little smashed on the way home. It’s okay though, they still tasted wonderful. I didn’t realize the Dulce De Leche cake had so much coconut, but that’s the one my husband ate and he really liked it despite not really liking coconut.

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The raspberry mousse was so rich and decadent. I felt like I was going to go into diabetic shock after all the fondant and ganache, but it was so worth it.

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There were layers of raspberry mousse, vanilla mousse, chocolate mousse, and chocolate cake, all covered in chocolate ganache. DSC_0691EditWe had a great time at the Bethlehem VegFest. It’s one of the few events that I look forward to every year, and I hope it continues to grow!

Check them out on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date for announcements for next year!

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Balance Basics Yoga Challenge

Balance Basics Yoga ChallengeSeptember’s yoga challenge is a Balance Basics challenge. This looks like a great set of poses that anyone can do. There’s only a few more difficult poses towards the end and the hosts always have modifications if you aren’t there yet.

This month’s challenge is sponsored by Athleta, and hosted by the always amazing @KinoYoga, @beachyogagirl, and @lauraykora.

Related Links:

August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs - Week 2

August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs - Week 1

August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs

July Yoga Challenge – Independence ARMy Challenge

June Yoga Challenge – Summer Splits

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!

 

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August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs – Week 2

Day 8: Marichyasana A.

Marichyasana A.

Marichyasana A.

Day 9: Marichasana B.

Marichasana B

Marichasana B

Day 10: Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana. Half-Bound Lotus Seated Forward Bend. (Even though my picture is missing the bound part…oops.)

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana. Half-Bound Lotus Seated Forward Bend.

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana. Half-Bound Lotus Seated Forward Bend.

Day 11: Reclining Straddle. This was the first time in 96 days that I didn’t post a yoga pic on Instagram. Mainly, because my phone had a very unfortunate dip in the washing machine. I ended up digging out my old phone to use, but with the news of Robin Williams’ death, it didn’t seem like an appropriate time to post a yoga pic. I took two days off from posting, and then ended up catching up. I did still practice every day though, so I’m still going strong with 119 days straight at the time of writing this post.

 Reclining Straddle

Reclining Straddle

Day 12: Marichasana C.

Marichasana C

Marichasana C

Day 13: Navasana, Boat Pose.

Navasana. Boat Pose.

Navasana. Boat Pose.

Day 14: Padmasana I, Bound Lotus Pose.

Bound Lotus

Bound Lotus

 

Related Links:

August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs - Week 1

August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs

July Yoga Challenge – Independence ARMy Challenge

June Yoga Challenge – Summer Splits

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!

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