All the Food: Texas VegFest 2015

standard April 10, 2015 Leave a response

One of my all time favorite Austin events is Texas VegFest. One day of all the vegan things. All the food, all the swag, all the people. I volunteered at the event two years ago and again this year (I missed last year when we were in Chicago).  I love volunteering because I get in early, can help get the event set up, meet a ton of fun new people, and get in the food lines before it’s all gone!

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This year I noticed how unhealthy a lot of the food is. Don’t get me wrong – I will take a vegan doughnut any day! But it seems to me like the majority of vendors there had vegan versions of standard food favorites that are unhealthy to begin with. I feel it’s absolutely necessary and awesome to have these foods, for those who are new to a plant-based diet and not wanting to give up old favorites. And for the plant-eating veterans who just want some good ol’ comfort food. But it would be awesome to have more of a balance. I was thankful for a few healthy options this year. There’s always juice vendors, and I made sure to start my eating adventures with a quinoa spring roll from Unity Vegan Kitchen, which was delicious.

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My eating adventures then took me to Capital City Bakery where I had to get a vegan strawberry pop tart. The flaky pastry dough was ten times better than any butter version I’ve ever had. So so worth every bite.

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Mad props have to go to Reverie Bakeshop who had the most melt-in-your-mouth vegan macarons ever. The pistachio chocolate one was perfection.

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And of course, my meal had to include a vegan bacon cheeseburger from Arlo’s, hailed the best vegan burger in Austin. And it was alright. Definitely not my favorite, but a pretty good contender.

After a full day running around in the cold and then eating all my favorite junk foods in one sitting, it was definitely time for a big kale salad for dinner. All things in moderation!

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