DC VegFest 2011

Things have been a little hectic around here but we haven’t forgotten to post about our trip down to DC VegFest. Better late than never, right? Even better, we have two posts for the price of one. Our teen vegan correspondent, Andrea Powell, has contributed with her first post on our site and her perspective as a first-time DC VegFest attendee.

We’re always excited to go on road trips, to vegan events or just to a good restaurant, and we were particularly excited to go to DC VegFest. We had heard so much about past events that we couldn’t miss this one. So we scheduled our departure for 6:30 am. We wanted to get to DC early enough for some morning interviews we scheduled with Paul Shapiro form HSUS, Chetana Mirle and Elissa Lane (coming soon) from HSI. We also had an afternoon interview with the simply lovely Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Yay!

The event was at George Washington Universtiy’s Law campus and seemed a bit small at first, or at least compared to Bethlehem VegFest the month before. It was an all vegan event, although I did hear that there was one food vendor that wasn’t.But looks can deceiving, there was so much to see and do, people to talk to, samples to try, things to buy and talks by renown speakers (Dr. Greger, Wayne Pacelle, Collee Patrick-Goudreau, a demo by Isa Chandra Moscowitz, to name a few).

Highlight of the days: We got four awesome interviews AND we were able to snag a couple the much coveted goody bags —stuffed with munchies, samples and coupons— I felt like a kid on Halloween, and stuff our bellies with lots of good food.

Worst part of the day: Deciding where to eat, there were just too many choices. But who’s complaining? In these situations we try to adopt a broad strategy, eat as much as you can from as many places possible, and we’re mastering it quite well. We had a great time. If you’ve never been to DC VegFest, or any veg fest for that matter, we highly recommend going.

Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of D.C. did a great job organizing the event. Their staff and volunteers were extremely helpful and courteous. A big round of applause for them.

 

About Lydia Grossov


Lydia has been a passionate cook since she was 13 years old, a vegetarian/now vegan for a over 21 years, a graphic designer for over 18.... read her full bio or send her a message here.

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