One Girl, Two Cities

Mad City Vegan Fest 2015 (Part 3 of 3)

veg fest cooking demo 1Part 3 of 3

As much as we loved wandering around for free food samples, Chris and I figured we should check out at least one of the six speakers at Mad City Vegan Fest. Conveniently, we picked the Vegan Food Made Easy cooking demo with Dama Wells-Foster of Sol D’Licious which included samples of the food she made. We’re sneaky like that.

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble

Dama demo’d four recipes in 45+ minutes which was a little hectic but at the end of it, I could appreciate that prep did not take long for any of the dishes. Sometimes people think that vegan food has to contain 46 ingredients and take 3 hours to prepare, but that is not the case! She made tofu scramble, a vegan burger, mock tuna salad and chocolate mousse.

I was most intrigued by the Chocolate Mousse that had an avocado base and may have been too excited about trying it to take a picture… I’ve heard many people mention avocado mousse/pudding before but had never tried it. While I found the cinnamon flavor a little heavy for my liking (it’s supposed to mask the avocado flavor), the texture was lovely and I could taste the cocoa in it. I can’t wait to make it at home! And by make it at home, I mean ask Chris to make it. (I promise I do the cleaning!)

Mock Tuna Salad

Mock Tuna Salad

Adding dulse to the mock tuna salad gives it a mildly fishy taste because it’s an algae, but it’s not overpowering. I’m glad they served it on a cracker because otherwise it was one big mushy lump. These little bites would make for an easy dish at a party, though, and like I mentioned, prep is speedy!

These were the other speaker topics:

  • How Eating at Every Vegan Restaurant in the U.S. Changed a Young Woman’s Life by Kristin Lajeunesse
  • Farmed Animals Have Feelings, Too by Lorri Houston
  • Vegan Nutrition: What Does the Science Say? by Jack Norris
  • Fictions, Facts and Food Choices by Robert Grillo
  • Plant-Based and Powerful: What We Know About Vegan Athletes by Matt Ruscigno

You can find videos for all the speakers on the Mad City Vegan Fest YouTube channel. Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my recap as well!

Coming up on the calendar, we have Chicago VeganMania October 10, Fargo Moorhead VegFest October 18 and the Twin Cities Veg Fest November 1.

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