Monday, March 19, 2012

2012 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Here's my recap of the 2nd NYC Vegetarian Food Festival which I attended two weekends ago:

The line was much shorter than last year's! And moved much faster!

My good friend, fellow vegetarian, and soon-to-be roommate Sasha joined me for the adventure.

Inside, the event was much more spread out than last year (yay, bigger venue!). It was still pretty crowded when we arrived though, and the more popular tables were already hard to get to with so many people clustering around them.

Let the food-sampling begin! Even though I make this kind of daiya quesadilla at home all the time I had to have a slice...

Free snacks? Don't mind if I do... (I saved these in my purse and they made an excellent dinner later, by the way)

Probably the most popular booth: Sweet & Sara! I happily purchased some vegan marshmallow peeps. They are just too good.

more samples - mmm kale.

This stuff was really delicious!

And I finally got to try that Faux Gras stuff everyone has been blogging about! I have to say, I thought it was going to be gross, just because fois gras always sounded gross, so wouldn't a vegan imitation have to be gross too? But nope, it was really tasty!

Love this picture of the little kid enjoying vegan ice cream :)

By the time we left, the place was about as crowded as I remembered it being last year (so crowded it was hard to walk around or see anything!). I was starting to feel claustrophobic, so I was glad we'd arrived earlier this year and gotten to see and sample everything.

Was it worth the $5 ticket? (last year it was free) I'd say yes - I felt like I got my $5 worth of free samples, not to mention some cool coupons, etc. And having the chance to try samples of things I wouldn't have otherwise been exposed to was great.

And there was a veggie burger this year! Naturally I had to try it... stay tuned for the full review ;)


  1. Awesome! I dream of someday attending a veg food festival somewhere. Sigh ... and faux gras?! I must try!

  2. I didn't attend this year because I was still feeling claustrophobic from last year. Not sure why veg food fests in other cities don't seem to have the same over-crowding problem; are their organizers so super-rich that they can afford massive space? Hopefully by next year they'll have worked out even more kinks; $5 is a small price to pay for all those vegan goodies under one roof!

  3. Bianca, definitely see if you can get some of the faux gras to try!

    Abby - I agree, I almost didn't attend again. But then I thought I'd regret it if I missed out. Going earlier in the day was definitely better. I imagine other cities are just less crowded because space is cheaper there - like everything outside of NYC :( sigh! I hope they don't jack up the price of tickets too much next year to try to move to an even larger space.