The odds were in favor of the 2011 D.C. VegFest, held this past Saturday at George Washington University. Those dreading the onset of fall and dropping temperatures, a prelude to winter, were actually treated to a balmy afternoon.

Organized by Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of D.C., this free outdoor festival featured well-known speakers presenting on topics such as cooking, health, environmental issues and animal cruelty.

Umbrellas stayed closed as veg*ns and passersby alike made the rounds to the tents of dozens of food vendors and non-profit organizations. To fully explore all the VegFest had to offer, took some time. If you’re in it for the food, there was plenty.

Samples weren’t as abundant as at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival last April, but this festival scores major points for being so much more accessible to the general public. Passersby didn’t just ask what the crowds were for, they were easily able to experience everything for themselves.

The sugar flowed as homegrown Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats and PA-based Vegan Treats piled the goods high. Vegan Treats owner Danielle Konya had her signature Peanut Butter Bomb, as well as an array of single cakes, cannolis, and cookies. Sticky Fingers’ Doron Petersan, Cupcake Wars winner, was grilling up some vegan stromboli.

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