Monday, September 19, 2011

Photo Recap: NW Veg Fest!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this past weekend I worked the NW Veg Fest with Earth Balance. Here are some photos from day 2. :)

Snapped this on the walk to the MAX (Portland's train system). Wearing my new Earth Balance hoodie! You wouldn't believe how many people asked where to buy one; unfortunately they're for staff only right now, bummer! :P


Walked to the MAX station, only to decide to walk the rest of the trip. It was too beautiful of a morning to waste on the train. 

A dragon-boat suspended from the ceiling of the Convention Center. 

Some of my favorite booths this year at Veg Fest:

Seriously amazing!!! Just discovered ecoVegan, a small company out os San Francisco CA. EcoVegan makes a range of delicious vegan meat alternatives, from seafood substitutes to traditional patties, some of the best faux-meat I've ever had! I can't wait to cook some up at home. :)


Check out the up close view! This is their "Zen Patties", moist and flavorful. Sure to please carnivores and veg-heads alike. 

Of course I have to include our booth, Earth Balance! Earth Balance is pretty famous for their organic vegan "buttery" spread, but did you they make so many other wonderful things too! Like the best, most creamy organic soymilk in the world! haha ;)


Earth Balance just came out with a new Organic Coconut Spread that I'm completely mad about! So far I've tried it on toast and air-popped popcorn, but I can't wait to try it in my vegan lemon bars! This spread is made with a blend of tropical oils, including coconut, and can be used in place of butter or Earth Balance buttery spread in any recipe... think of it like a coconut-y salted butter, but better for you. ;) I will for sure be sharing so recipes soon, so keep your eyes peeled. 


One of my favorite cruelty-free clothing stores in Portland had a booth this year, Herbivore Clothing! I am pleased to say I've been a long time fan, and own a few of their tees and accessories. 


Another great meat substitute! Upton's Naturals was here all the way from Chicago to share their Seitan goodness. I tried the chorizo and have to say, boy-o, it's full of flavor! I need some more Upton's Naturals in my life, I'm thinking taco night soon?


Some of the best bread around, Dave's Killer Bread. You haven't lived until you've had a warmed up "Sindog" and an ice cold glass of vanilla soymilk. <3 


The best brand for packaged grains and gluten-free options, Bob's Red Mill. I'm a huge fan of the Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal, and I'm using the Muesli to make "swiss-style" oatmeal for lunch today! Affordable and easy to find, Bob's Red Mill is where it's at. They even have cake mixes! 


Equal Exchange was there sampling fair trade, organic tea and chocolates. (does it get any better than that?) Equal Exchange puts it best: "By choosing Equal Exchange fairly traded products, you support a food system that builds stronger farming communities, creates a more equitable trade model, and preserves our planet through sustainable farming methods." Chocolate is so commonplace these days, it's easy to become detached from it's origins. 


Equal Exchange is an amazing example of a company working for the greater good, not to mention, their chocolate is incredible! Stay tuned for my review of the Mint Chocolate Bar... (head's up, it's delish)


These a just a few of the great groups there this year! 

There was also a free photobooth set up by DA Booth and Upton's Naturals. I popped in for a few quick snaps... 

Borrowed from and Property of DABooth.org

Borrowed from and Property of DABooth.org

Borrowed from and Property of DABooth.org

After looking through the photos of other events on their website, I'm actually pretty impressed my DA Booth, I'd love to have them at my wedding next year! Ideas, ideas.... ;)


Did you go to Veg Fest this year? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear about your favorite booth!

Be Well,
-Eliza


3 comments:

  1. I didn't make it to VegFest OR The Race :( So superthanks for sharing the love I missed out on. :)

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  2. PS, is that Mint Chocolate bar dairy-free? My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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  3. Yes, it's dairy-free!

    But you wouldn't know it from how creamy and smooth it was... ;)

    -Elizabeth

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