Yesterday, I decided to crash DC Veg Fest with a few friends in tow, of course! I’d heard good things about Veg Fest and was eager to check it out. At noon on Saturday, I headed down to GWU campus to see what DC Veg Fest had to offer.
Here’s what I found.
Coconut Bliss ice cream samples were heavenly. I tried chocolate and cherry amaretto. Perfect on a sunny September day!
Who knew vegan desserts could be so tantalizing? I was impressed.
Samples galore. Love free stuff!
Found some interesting and surprisingly delicious non-meat (meat-free, mock meat, faux meat, etc.) meat products. Loved the spicy grain sausage! Although my friend Scott (aka connoisseur of brats and other types of sausage), did not think they resembled the real thing. I’m not a fan of mock meats, but thought these were some of the best I’d tasted.
Loved the Soyummi vegan pudding station. I sampled the rice pudding. Drool.
My friend Lauren liked it too.
DC Veg fest featured cooking demos and several speakers, including a Vegan body builder who talked about about the Body-For-LIFE program and how it worked for him. He also talked about holding yourself accountable for what you choose to eat. I could barely concentrate- too busy staring at his bulging biceps. Vegan? Really?!
There were tons of booths with information promoting veganism by providing evidence of how eating animal products is cruel. For now, I’m comfortable being a vegetarian/ pescetarian, but it gave me a lot to think about.
After working up an appetite at the various sample stations, my friends and I decided to hit up the Amsterdam Falafel Shop booth for lunch. The line was insanely long (see below!), but I love falafel so much I didn’t mind.
Finally, I got my falafel and LOADED it up with bright, colorful and delicious toppings. I’m a sucker for pickled purple cabbage and tahini dressing. YUM.
My friends and me enjoying our falafel sandwiches.
Washed it down with a tangy, refreshing lemonade.
After lunch, we left the Veg Fest and headed across the city to a local Art festival in Chinatown.
The festival wasn’t exactly what we were looking for, so we popped in nearby artisan cheese shop (which is all the rage in DC), Cowgirl Creamery. This shop features all natural, organic cheeses, very serious stuff.
There’s a fairly deep cheese and wine selection- esp for such a small shop. We tried a few Virginia and Wisconsin cheeses that were out of this world.
But, I decided to end my visit on a sweet note with a salted caramel.
What a great Saturday! Hope yours was as much fun as mine!
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