DC VegFest was this weekend.
I happened to be visiting my friend in DC. <–see I was totally meant to be a plant-strong foodie.
I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed. No free parking (no cheap parking either..the $20 lot was the cheap one) like in Boston. Fewer take-home food vendors, more restaurants (and non-profits). Different companies, including more processed foods than ever and fewer whole foods vendors (and dessert vendors…I was definitely missing Emmy’s and Theo like WHOA). I expected differences but to be honest I wasn’t impressed with some of the fill-ins. Oh well.
It also didn’t help that the weather decided to be almost summer-ly and I had only brought black jeggings with me.
Oh well…at least I looked cute while having my first ever coconut experience.
This was by far my favorite part of the fest. Or maybe my 2nd…but since the triple chocolate donut I savored (and for reals…it took me an hour to eat it because I just wanted to enjoy every glorious bite) didn’t get photographed, we’ll go with the coconut. <–plus I got to ask the girl I was buying said donut from if she would “hold my coconut.” Tehehehe Seriously though, you need to go get a coconut (and a machete) and try this. The machete is so you can open it with a super-cool swish/swish!
I also got some pretty decent swag:
Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of the first 1,000 to arrive (see aforementioned note re: parking) but the bag + swag only cost $5. <–also a tax write-off since it’s supporting a non-profit. #win What you don’t see are the coupons…there’s a decent amount of them, including enough Earth Balance ones to replenish my stash which is expiring at the end of this month. That totally counts as another #win.
After the Fest + some bonding time with my bestie (who I was visiting), I headed off to the happiest place on (my) earth: the Glut Food Co-op. This place is like my heaven…its filled with just about every bulk item you can want, including liquid bulk items like tahini, tamari, and maple syrup. The prices are ridiculously affordable…$3.52/lb for tahini, <$10/lb for raw organic nuts, etc. And you don’t have to be a member to shop there or get the discounts. Its owned by the people, for the people. And it is simply amazing.
I had pictures of the liquid bulk items to insert here but I accidentally deleted them…think the giant things you usually see lemonade in…except rectangular in shape…and filled with deliciousness. <–you get what I’m saying, right?