This weekend we attended our second Vegfest. For those of you that are thinking this may have been a chance to veg out in a huge exhibition hall with hundreds of other folks…sort of a Woodstock without the bands…or the drugs…you would be mistaken. “Veg”, in this instance is referring to the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. (then again, maybe it is just referring to vegetables)
Now, those of you who are thinking that we would all just sit around with hundreds of other folks talking about tofu and rabbit food, (I know that thought had passed though my mind the first time I heard about Vegfest.) you also would be mistaken. (Doesn’t it just drive you nuts when you are wrong? Maybe that’s just me…) If I had to narrow it down, Vegfest is about educating the public about eating and living in a healthier way. This is accomplished through cooking demos, lectures, books and most of all hundreds of free samples.
Our oldest daughter, KT, who is a strict vegan was in hog heaven. Rarely can she go somewhere and be able to eat almost everything surrounding her. We sampled everything from vegan meat, quesadillas, chili, granola bars, ice cream, cookies, whipped cream to sliders. In fact we sampled so much that our stomachs started to ache! (The picture I didn’t get was of KT holding her tummy while reaching for yet another small taste!)
Vegfest is powered by a huge team of over 500 volunteers…people that passionately believe in vegetarian eating for whatever reason. KT was one of those volunteers. I just find it so amazing that our little girl has grown up enough to form her own beliefs and to act on them.
Veggie folks are different than your average person. Most of them are very “green”. Just look at this neat and well organized waste/recycle area. Granted, it had just been emptied, but this was a very clean bunch of people. I was impressed.
I’m not sure if this is the cause or the effect of being vegetarian. I wish I had been braver with my camera. My kids are pretty mainstream, but there were some pretty wild outfits and hair styles/colors in that building. I honestly didn’t know that mohawks were coming back into style. But, as Mimi says, all the antique styles of the 80’s are coming back. (It doesn’t matter that she wasn’t even a thought waaaay back in the 80’s!)
Last year, to my amazement I really enjoyed myself. This year, I simply expected to. The added bonus was that I learned a few new things, a few new products that I enjoyed and just had fun with my family. I’m sure we’ll be there again next year.
Even if we don’t get to hear great bands…