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Boston Veg Fest

“If you use words like ‘hate’ and ‘kill,’ understand you are those words. That’s who you are.”

“If you like crossword puzzles, don’t do them. Do Sudoku instead…As soon as you start to say ‘I can’t,’ that’s how a senior feels all day long. You have to stimulate that brain in unique and unusual ways.”

John Pierre

 

I had a gay old time at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend! I couldn’t get there on Saturday, but I spent the afternoon there on Sunday, eating scrummy food, chatting with exhibitors, and listening to funny and inspiring presentations from John Pierre and Dr. Michael Greger. I also came thisclose to plunking down $449 for a Vitamix after tasting the samples, including an incredibly yummy peach sorbet. I will buy one eventually, it’s just not the right time yet. I need a kitchen!

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I arrived with an empty stomach, naturally, so I first got myself a chocolate chip muffin from the Sabertooth Bakery and an equally delicious coffee with soy creamer from Café Indigo. Both booths had lots of tasty baked goods on offer.

 

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I couldn’t resist these bumper stickers at the Micah Books booth, where I got to talk with Roberta Kalechofsky, author of Thanksvegan and many other books. Turns out she’s a fiction writer as well, but she’s spent the past thirty years devoting all her writing energy to veganism, Judaism, and animal rights. (I can definitely see myself heading in that direction—writing about veganism, that is—but don’t worry, I have a bunch of novels in me yet.)

 

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I stopped at the Two Trick Pony table to admire their clean and vibrant designs, picking up a set of holiday greeting cards. (I’m looking forward to getting that ‘animal-friendly kitchen’ print for myself someday!)

 

I picked up a Teeccino sample from Vegan Cuts, ate some tasty butternut quinoa risotto from Root, and found out about the local chapter of a vegetarian spiritual organization called Science of Spirituality, who meet in West Newton. (I’ll attend their Sunday morning meditation group this weekend.)

I also got to meet Kristin Lajeunesse of Will Travel for Vegan Food, who is lovely. You should check out her blog if you haven’t already—she spent almost two years traveling all over the country eating in vegan restaurants and connecting with compassionate small business owners. So cool!

 

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While eating my chocolate chip muffin outside the exhibitors’ hall, I struck up a conversation with a lovely lady named Pat who works with Pukka. When I finally made it over to her booth, she insisted on giving me a free box of tea! I’m hoping the elderberry and echinacea blend will keep me cold free.

 

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I will admit that I bought a bunch of soap from Leap Organics because I love the illustration as much as the scents. (I also added my name to the list of people asking for beeswax-free lip balm.)

 

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Isn’t this the most gorgeous packaging ever??

 

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When I came downstairs after Dr. Greger’s talk, I was glad to see the Sabertooth folks had sold out and gone home, even if it meant I didn’t get to try one of those lavender white chocolate chip cookies!

 

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My haul!

 

3 Comments to Boston Veg Fest

  1. October 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a great haul and veg festival. I really like the cute paper goods at the Two Trick Pony table. I can’t wait until Atlanta’s veg fest. They are great for discovering new veg friendly products and companies.

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    This looks awesome! It seems like there were lots of sweet, did they have any savory food besides the risotto? I especially like the environmental bumper sticker 🙂

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

      Yeah, and guess who I thought of as soon as I saw it!

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