Wow! What a weekend!
The sixth Ottawa Veg Fest was held this past weekend, June 6-7, and the organizers knocked it out of the park. Words and even photos can’t possibly describe the amazing energy that characterized the event. It was consistently busy, attendees were happy, exhibitors were happy, and all-in-all it was a terrific showcase of the vegan lifestyle (as well as some peripheral elements.)
This year I had several roles at Veg Fest, none of which included organizer. I was an exhibitor (PlantKind and Live the Smart Way), I was an attendee, and I also delivered a surprise cooking demo! I was asked with about 24 hours notice, and ended up giving a humourous demonstration of mango summer rolls with peanut dipping sauce. I’ll post that as a separate post soon,
Our PlantKind booth was hopping! We gave people who signed up for our blog a sample of Kyle and Jane’s simple lentil dahl recipe – a nod to our “Vegan Living, Simplified” tagline.
I was disappointed that some of the local veg hot spots were not represented at Veg Fest – it is a community event as much as a marketing opportunity, so big props to The Table Vegetarian Restaurant for its enduring support – but the event was definitely not lacking for great food! On Saturday I forgot to take photos of what I ate. I had some of our lentil dahl, a Jamaican patty from Strawberry Blonde, and some amazing oat-based ice cream – fried banana and walnut – from Oat & Mill. On Sunday, I bought a Caribbean platter and patties from Baccanalle for later (it was fantastic!), and then ate a decadent mac and cheese platter (three cheeses!) from Nona Vegan Foods.
Some of the other things that I picked up include:
- Kale chips from Raw Mountain
- Earth Balance vegan cheddar puffs from Rainbow Foods
- Coffee soap from Saaboon
- Pure organic argan oil from Biosecrets
- Maple floss!
- A fruit cozy from La Belette Verte
- Coconut milk chocolate from Olivia Chocolat
- Vegan Toona!
- Cupcake from Auntie Loo’s
Squirrel spatulas from La Belette Verte
Butter Me Up moisturizer from Demes
Lip Colour from Penny Lane
Nettle mint stevia tea from Take Charge Tea
I haven’t tried everything yet, but I am so excited to do so! There were also lots of products that I buy regularly that I didn’t happen to purchase at Veg Fest, such as Zengarry Cashew Cheese, Garlic Garden Hummus and Nelakee meats, and organizations that I support like Rideau Carleton Wildlife Sanctuary and the Ottawa Humane Society (I worked with them on a co-branded brochure about veg lifestyles).
Why don’t you share your finds now? 🙂