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DC Vegfest 2014

This past Saturday was the DC Vegfest sponsored by Compassion Over Killing. I only realized it the Monday before, so it was a wonderful surprise and a totally spur of the moment trip. DC VegFest

The day was a total blast and even though it was a bit hot, the weather was beautiful. It’s been announced that there was about 15,000 people there throughout the day…15 THOUSAND people! That’s crazy…and awesome!

The first thing I wanted to do when we got there was obviously eat! Only having gone to the Bethlehem VegFest, I was NOT expecting such crazy lines. I didn’t mind it for the most part, but we actually skipped Vegan Treats all together because the line was ridiculous from the second it opened. We took a quick stroll around to check out what food vendors were there, and I saw someone with a plate of nachos from DC Bread and Brew and very enthusiastically exclaimed, “I NEED NACHOS!” And boy were they worth it. They were huge and delicious, and were served in a frisbee. We sat in the music tent and listened to  a very talented two person music group, Buntopia.

DC Bread and Brew Nachos
DC Bread and Brew Nachos

I ate most of the nachos, so my husband wanted to grab some sushi. I only had a piece of two, and it was good, but I think the nachos were a better deal (both being $7 each).

Vegan Sushi from Vegetable Garden
Vegan Sushi from Vegetable Garden

I was super torn because I really wanted to buy a bunch of crap I don’t need stuff, but the sensible side got the best of me. I really wanted a t-shirt from Herbivore Clothing, but my husband politely reminded me I don’t need anymore t-shirts, and he’s completely right. I love supporting ethical companies, but not just for the sake of acquiring more stuff.  Although, I did see someone later tweet about this tank top they got and I had a small twinge of buyers remorse.

Herbivore Clothing
Herbivore Clothing

There were a lot of free samples to be had, especially from the bigger companies. So Delicious (have you read about their latest news?) had a little stand with a bunch of free samples and coupons. There was always a line but it moved quickly. They had a coconut cappuccino drink (Cococcino), which was sooo good, I wish I could drink/eat coconut products without breaking out. They also had chocolate milk samples, and ice cream bars in strawberry and mocha almond fudge.

So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge
So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge

We ate our ice cream and listened to Bryant Terry speak a bit. I learned that the Black Panthers started the free breakfast for school children program. There was ALWAYS a crowd in the speaker tent. A little later in the day we listened to Robin Quivers talk about going from working in the medical field to being a patient. I was very impressed with their speaker line up.

Crowd for Guest Speaker Bryant Terry
Crowd for Guest Speaker Bryant Terry

I do have a few regrets of the day, and it’s always the same thing when I go to a food festival…I get so full and can’t try everything I’d like to. I saw someone sit down with a Gyro from Randy Radish and for the rest of the day I kept saying “I’d really like one of those gyros…maybe next year we should bring a Tupperwear.”

Randy Radish Menu
Randy Radish Menu

The lady from Ape Man Foods mentioned to me that their food was all raw because I had my Eat Raw Live Long shirt on. I declined politely, but what I really wanted to tell her was how much I wanted to try her BLT (with eggplant “bacon”) but that I was so stuffed nothing I was afraid to shove anything else in my face.

Ape Man Foods
Ape Man Foods – I really wanted to try everything they had, but I was so stuffed at that point. Very reasonably priced too!

I also kept saying we’d get some Sticky Fingers on the way out so we wouldn’t have to carry it around with us, but by the time we were leaving it was so hot, I was still full, and there was a decent crowd around their tent. Plus we still had cake at home.

Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers

Even though DC is a good 2 hours away, I think it’s important to support these events to let companies/organizations know the demand is there. 15,000 people were there this past weekend, and whether they were vegan, vegetarian, or neither, the attention being brought to animal activism and a plant based diet is amazing.

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!

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe: Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are incredibly chewy and moist. They taste like a traditional brownie, but there’s no sugar or flour, and they’re completely raw. The icing is just as rich and delicious, and it only contains cashews and agave (or date paste).

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
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Recipe type: Vegan, Raw
 
Ingredients
Cupcake
  • 1 cup dates + water to blend
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • maca powder (optional)
Icing
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked over night
  • agave to taste
Date Caramel (optional)
  • 5-6 dates
  • water to blend
Instructions
Cupcake
  1. Start by making the date paste. Blend the dates with about 2 tbsp of water. Add more water if necessary.
  2. You can remove the date paste from the blender to grind the oats, or blend everything at once. I do it all together, but it takes a few minutes longer to break the oats down that way.
  3. Blend date paste with the rest of the ingredients. The mixture should be moist enough to stick together, but not watery. You can add more water if it's too dry, or more of any of the dry ingredients if it's too wet.
  4. Form into balls, or use a silicone mold to shape cupcakes. I used a silicone mold to make the heart shaped cupcakes.
  5. Dehydrate the cupcakes 4+ hours until they are the desired consistency. The longer you dehydrate them, the less moist they will be in the inside.
Icing
  1. Drain the cashews of the soaking water and add them to the blender. Add about 3 tbsp of fresh water and blend together.
  2. Add the agave and any other flavorings you would like.
  3. The more water you add, the thinner the consistency.
Date Caramel
  1. Blend dates and water til a smooth consistency.

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes