Another wonderful Twin Cities Veg Fest is in the books. In last year’s post, I talked about how 2014 was much more about community than the previous year. This still rings true for 2015, and I felt so uplifted to spend the day in a place filled with so much happy energy. Chris and I helped set up, which is something I plan to continue doing in years to come. The excitement of the vendors and exhibitors is infectious – who needs coffee? Well… I did, about half way through the day anyway, so thank goodness for Peace Coffee. One of the first things I tried was a Night Moves donut (blackberry Hennessy icing & blackberry jam!!) from Glam Doll Donuts; they introduced their new cake donut recipe and it’s awesome!
It’s no secret that I’m an avid social media user. I absolutely love connecting with people on twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and meeting someone in real life is always fun for me. So I was thrilled that my Instagram friend Amanda Evans who has a hair & makeup artistry business was an exhibitor, which ensured she was easy to find. I’m honestly not sure how long we’ve been following each other on IG, but it’s been a long time, and meeting in person was overdue. We both love sharing food and pet pics, so we’re basically the same person. I also met another friend, Shane, for the first time. We’ve been Facebook friends for several months and have followed each other on Instagram and twitter for awhile, so it was fun to finally meet face-to-face.
I loved seeing so many new exhibitors and food vendors this year, including Agra Culture (also a sponsor) who sampled three amazing pies that I’m filing under the “I can’t believe it’s vegan” category. A new vegan baker, Two Ships Baking, was also there and I ended the day by bringing home 4 cupcakes and 4 cookies. They don’t have a physical location (yet), but it’s easy enough to order on their website. And let’s talk about the Stanford Inn for a moment, shall we? It’s an all vegan resort in California. This is definitely going on the to do list. My new friends from K’ul Chocolate gave out samples, as well as Grlk (amazing!) and Superior Switchel, a natural energy drink.
Chris and I ran into so many other people we’ve met through the Compassionate Action for Animals dineouts, our MeetUp Group (feel free to join!), and other areas of our lives. Our BFFs from The Herbivorous Butcher and Comfort Candy conveniently had tables right across from each other. HB had a huge line for pretty much the entire time, and they sold out again, which was awesome to see. I’m always excited to see what delicious sweet treats Nicky comes up with for events. This time around, my favorite was the Frankenstein Krispy treats – adorable and yummy!
In my post about Chicago VeganMania, I talked about how I feel isolated as a vegan sometimes. TC Veg Fest was an excellent reminder that I’m not alone in this journey. After we got home, Chris mentioned that the hugs was his favorite part of the fest, and I can understand this. We’re fortunate to be part of such a caring, supportive community, and it’s not something I take for granted.
Click here for my recap of the two cooking demos we attended!
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