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Friday, August 31, 2018

Chester County Vegan Festival and More

Hi everyone! On the 25th, I went to the Chester County Vegan Festival with Zach and my sister Alena. We hadn’t been there for a few years, but decided to try it again. It used to be a picnic buffet, which was really cool – you got to pick what you wanted to eat and fill up your plate from the great variety of food – and it used to cost $10 (or $9 if you brought your own place setting). This year it was in a different park, catered by El Burrito, and more expensive ($15, or $13 if you brought your own place setting, which we all did). Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, you ended up with less food. At the start of the food line, you were asked to pick either a vegetable tamale or a mushroom tamale. Both sounded good but you could only get one, so I went with the vegetable and Zach got the mushroom and we ended up sharing them between us. I would have loved to be able to get both because they were amazing! The mango salsa was pretty good, too, but the corn was just OK (I’ve been spoiled by the corn I grew in my garden this year haha) and the salt didn’t stick to it (they rubbed lime over the corn before sprinkling the salt on). Additionally, the whole mango was a) a bit redundant since we’d already been given mango salsa and b) way too sweet to eat all of it. 


I felt bad that there was no compost nearby (or at least not one that I could find, maybe I missed it) for the corn husks (from the tamale), corn cob, and leftover mango; it felt like such a waste throwing all that out. As for the rest of the festival, which we explored after lunch, there weren’t as many vendors as in the past, and only two offered free samples (one had small pieces of Violife cheese and one had bread topped with a vegan cheese and also cups of potato salad, which were awesome). There was a food truck there (Self Love), and their menu seemed nice; I don’t know if I plan to go back to the Chester County Vegan Festival next year, but if I do, I think buying from the food truck makes more sense than paying for the catered lunch. All in all, though, it was still a nice day; we got to hang out and see cute dogs that people had brought with them, and we got some free snacks to bring home, too – these were pretty good… 


Some other fun things I’ve enjoyed this week include these ice cream popsicles…



And these veggie burgers from Aldi… 




Here are some of my sketches from this week…

bell pepper (original photo)

potato (original photo)

snow pea (original photo)

spinach (original photo)

And here’s Leela… 


See you all tomorrow for the start of Vegan MoFo!

Peace. :)

8 comments:

  1. I love the vegan Rob's Brussels sprouts and cauliflower puffs. I haven't seen the beet puffs.
    I miss Aldi, and they just had to come out with a vegan line once I'm far away! But how wonderful that they're coming out with all this stuff that's affordable!

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    1. The Brussels sprouts and cauliflower puffs both sound really good, too! I need to make another Aldi trip soon; I love finding new vegan items when I go there! :)

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  2. I forgot to mention Leela's face!!! So funny!

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    1. That's Leela's "are you done yet?" face haha! :D (I'd taken a bunch of pictures but the light coming in through the window had made them all super blurry. This picture finally worked when I set the camera down on the bed and slightly tilted it up at her.)

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  3. Sweet Leela!! I love the kitty pics and sketches always :) The food from the festival looks great but it's too bad it just wasn't as good as a value as the past. The veggie burger looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! The veggie burger was definitely delicious and held together well, too; I always love black bean burgers, but most of the ones I've tried tend to crumble and fall apart easily, so I'm glad this one didn't! :)

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  4. I bought some of the cauliflower puffs in that brand after seeing them on Hilary's blog, though I haven't tried them yet.
    I really hope we get some cashew milk So Delicious ice blocks here soon!
    Leela looks so beautiful, such a pose!

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    1. Thanks, Susan; I'm keeping an eye out for the cauliflower puffs! :)

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