Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Vegfest at Riverside Park: Piglets, Goats, Puppies, Plants and Veggie Feasting
I missed my neighborhood's annual Vegfest vegan food festival last year while I was in Puerto Rico visiting family, so I was super excited to get my grub on this year and dragged my mom along for the ride. I was pleasantly surprised to see more attendees and vendors that when I last attended two years ago. And creatures to pet! Behold the delicious cuteness:
For the indie business dreamers there were a couple of vintage campers converted into portable food and craft selling mobiles. Always inspiring.
And scrumptious locally grown veggies to buy, artfully displayed with fake fall foliage. We have to use the fake ones in Florida where we don't get the real thing!
There were scrumptious vegan samples to try around every corner. We left full and happy but I kind of wish I'd have bought even more home to freeze and munch on for the next few days. I need to make some spinach and mushroom taco recipes. Yum!
For lunch we shared a vegan burrito and a vegan taco with "dragonfruit" and "mexican lime" teas. All very delicious, especially the sweet Jamaican jerk sauce inspired jackfruit tacos!
And then there were critters, so many to behold, photograph, and pet!
There was a hotdog Chihuahua on wheels! Yep!
He was adorable and slightly recalls my mom's long-haired Chihuahua, the excitable "Gizmo".
But the real Chihuahua-ganger was this little guy is could pass as a twin to my mom's dog Pete, both were runts of their litters. Pete's hilarious, he's scared of everything. You can see him running from Yuko in this instagram photo. I don't know how the poor animal hasn't died of heart failure yet.
I have never been closer to adopting a dog that when I met the sweet Foxie here. She's a lab mix and full-grown at about two years hold. I love that's she's a perfect medium-sized dog that looks like a lab puppy, she's a forever-puppy!
And then there was a goat, dried leaves were like chips to her and I enjoyed petting her ears and feeding her some.
And perhaps the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life was this piglet! So cute! He was so soft, I loved petting his snout. I wanted to steal him away. He won't get too big and can be trained just like a puppy.
The permaculture booth reminded me to get my sustainable permaculture garden back underway! I'd love to grow tons of greens to save money. Organic produce costs a small fortune after all, time to grow as much of it as possible!
'Twas a fun and inspiring event, we left with full bellies of loads of ideas for projects to start on.
Do you have any local food festivals and fun to explore? I want to do some more art, animal, and garden volunteer work!