‘You should just take those…’

So much anticipation over the 2012 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, I can’t believe it’s now a week past. I’m sure it’s obvious how informative, fun, and positive the weekend was. At the close of the second day, I stayed on hand to help break down. *little tears*…of giddiness. The guys at Chicago Soy Dairy gifted me a box of Dandies Vegan Marshmallows (oh, you’ll see the goodies I make with those bad boys) and yummy cartons of Sunsational Sunflower Milk and Earth Balance Soy Milk were left for grabs. On that day, ‘You should just take those,’ was quite a … Continue reading ‘You should just take those…’

Brazier Draws Crowd Connecting Veganism to Athletic Performance

On Saturday, Brendan Brazier took to the Mercy For Animals stage at the 2nd Annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. Brazier, an Ironman Triathlete and author, has maintained a plant-based diet for 20+ years. When Brendan was in high school, back in 1990, he knew he wanted to find a way to run, swim, and bike–three things he really loved–as a career. At 15, he researched the training programs of top athletes and realized they didn’t train much different than regular athletes. Success was tied to good eating practices; 80% of performance was nutrition. After trying various diets, he tried an … Continue reading Brazier Draws Crowd Connecting Veganism to Athletic Performance

Top 5 Happy Thoughts from the 2012 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

The speakers were so informative. I laughed through Dr. Gregor’s lecture as he made nutrition fun. The samples were plentiful. Vegan marshmallows, Yves sandwiches, PB, raw ice cream…just so much. It was said, and really is true…unless you liked eating sprouts by yourself…there has never been a better time to be a veg*n. Two days, three stages, 90+ vendors and organizations, and 1000’s of people. For me, the high points were many but five top my list. 5. Jill from Vegan Cuts knowing of my blog…holy crow. I walked up taking pictures and Jill asked if I was a blogger. … Continue reading Top 5 Happy Thoughts from the 2012 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Chaining Myself To The Mercy For Animals Stage

The four speakers I am most looking forward to at this year’s NYC Vegetarian Food Festival are all appearing on the Mercy For Animals Stage on Saturday. Brendan Brazier 12-1pm Dr. Michael Greger 2-3pm Matt Frazier (No Meat Athlete) 3-3:45pm Ashley Byrne (PETA) 4-4:45pm Vegan triathlete, Brendan Brazier, the force behind Vega, will likely be a big draw. One of the, if not thee, most notable faces (and bodies) on pro-vegan athleticism, Brazier’s advice on training is highly sought-after. Not really sure how the speaker series will be run, but I’m hoping to get there early just to make sure … Continue reading Chaining Myself To The Mercy For Animals Stage

Take Two a Day And See Me At the Festival

Here’s a list of 12 vendors/organizations I am looking forward to most at the 2012 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival: Chicago Soy Dairy – Had their Teese last year but can’t find it anywhere locally. Saratoga Peanut Butter Company – I hope they bring their Gingerbread variety. Bixby Co – Just so curious; I want to try a Bixby bar. Vegan Bodega – First of its kind in NYC; picked me up some Vegan Queso at the Valentine’s Shop Up a couple weekends ago and I want to see what other goodies they’re gonna stock. Herbivore Clothing – If I could … Continue reading Take Two a Day And See Me At the Festival

Shout Out Addendum: Never Give Me a Mic

Last night I attempted to do a shout out for the Green Holiday Festival…epic fail…at this month’s Vegan Drinks. I kind of got tripped up on the question, “What do they get for $20?” Honestly, I didn’t really know what to say. Once I saw the Green Holiday Festival, and that it was being organized by the ladies behind the 1st NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, I was like, ‘Where do I sign up to help?’ I had such an amazing time last April…even with the 3+ hour wait. Essentially that’s what the $20 is for: to weed out the line … Continue reading Shout Out Addendum: Never Give Me a Mic

Whispers of NYCVFF Parte Duex

The first NYC Vegetarian Food Festival was amazing…once (if) you got in. Both Lauren of Gnosis and Eddie of Mercy for Animals have mentioned that there will be a second NYCVFF. However, it turns out there will be two events! The Green Holiday Festival will be held December 11, 2011 and the 2012 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival will be held March 3rd and 4th (yes, two days!). Both are slated to again be held at the infamous Altman Building; the festivals will reportly be in a larger area, though. (We’ll see how that works out.) A potentially good and rewarding strategy … Continue reading Whispers of NYCVFF Parte Duex

NYCVFF Had Food for the Body and Mind

Sandwiched between the good eats and sweet treats at the 1st NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, were a number of organizations. Potentially overlooked between the decadent cupcakes and vegan fast food, groups like these are the backbone of veg*ism; some putting in the long hours to fight through the red tape around sanctioned animal cruelty. Here are just a few paving new roads to the future and fueling our minds. NY CLASS Horse drawn carriages in NYC were necessary…a hundred years ago. If you feel the mean streets of the city are no place for these creatures, this organization is for you. Mercy For Animals Battling cruelty to farmed … Continue reading NYCVFF Had Food for the Body and Mind