The First Ever NYC Vegetarian Food Festival Had Its Highs…and Lows.

Got myself a scoop of the popular Cinnamon Vanilla!
Should we stay or should we go now?

The first ever NYC Vegetarian Food Festival had a room full of vendors and many were dishing out the samples! From Sweet & Sara to Gnosis Chocolates, the tasty treats were everywhere…but that was only if you got in. The line for the event ran around three-fourths of the block.

After waiting in line for hours, many people had to make the decision of whether the potential wait and what waited for them was worth their time. As the building owner came around, stern-faced, calling out that everything was being shut down and that no one else was getting in, some wills faltered and the line thinned. I have to admit, even my feet did a bit of a stutter step. As the owner came back by shouting, ‘Why are you all still waiting? What are you waiting for?’ I planted my feet; I’m pretty stubborn. I’d already waited 2 hours, I had to know what was inside; I wasn’t leaving until I got in or cops dispersed us.
Taking pictures of you's a blogger thing.

Some tagged teamed it; one would save their place in line, while the other went to get food or use the bathroom. The Cinnamon Snail food cart was outside the entrance of The Altman Building. (Note: if you went to the festival but didn’t get the chance to try it or you missed the festival altogether, you get a second chance to try The Cinnamon Snail next weekend at the Food Cart Festival in Hell’s Kitchen.)

This father/daughter duo waited nearly two hours before they called it quits.

Many (legitimately) complained about how disorganized the event was. One man contemplated why they didn’t have the event outside. As I considered a possible location, my same thoughts were voiced by another young woman, ‘Why not Union Square?’ The square is spacious and already has other vendors, why not increase the foot traffic by hosting the festival there. However, we’re to prevued to the reasonings behind this inaugural festival’s location. The location will change next year cause there is probably no way The Altman Building will want the return business. While Union Square may seem a great idea in theory, the logistics of permits and weather are things not really considered after waiting hungry and chilled in line for hours.

Savory fuel for the long wait.

After waiting 3 hours in line, I was running on empty until Danny from The V Spot came around with his egg crate full of yummy empanadas. I happily handed over $3 for a delicious Philly Cheesesteak empanada, which fueled me for the the last of my wait. Not everyone I talked to while I’d waited made it to the proverbial “finish line.”

…Stay tuned for more…

4 thoughts on “The First Ever NYC Vegetarian Food Festival Had Its Highs…and Lows.

  1. Ok, so I’m no longer totally bummed that I didn’t go. Altho’ the little guys are used to being on their feet for long periods of time, I get really bitchy if I have to wait for my food.
    Yeah, Union Sq is a great idea! Especially with the weather yesterday. I love the pics you took – the one of the guy photographing his food while you photograph him made me laugh. We’ve got a veggie fest coming up in a couple of weeks that we’ll be attending in Worcester (it’s the second largest city in New England, so we’re excited.)

    1. It got better, for me at least, once I got inside. Yeah, I wish I had written down her, the other blogger’s, name and exact blog title cause now I can’t find her. If you like the photos so far, check back tomorrow or on my FB. Totally awesome shots of Sara Sohn and Terry Romero!

  2. Wish I could have attended but it was out of the question. What I would really like is if they could do something like it in Houston, TX. There are not a lot of us vegetarians but I think it would open up some eyes of non-vegetarians as to the wonderful food that can be made without meat. I look forward to seeing the rest of your pictures.

    1. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” You could probably contact the coordinators of this NYC festival, and they might be able to guide you on starting one up in your area. Now that I’ve starting like vegan/vegetarian businesses and organizations on Facebook, and other vegans/vegetarians that like the same things, been to Vegan Drinks, and gone to the fetsival, I thought I was much more alone than I am. People came up to us and asked what the huge line was for; we created quite a buzz. Passersby would never have hopped into a long line like that, which is why an outdoor festival/market, like the Manayunk Arts Festival in Manayunk, PA (just to name one that I am familiar with but I’m sure there are many great festivals to mention), would have been more encouraging for all!

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