NYC Vegetarian Festival
The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival was held this past weekend at the Metropolitan Pavilion. It’s a two-day annual event that features a large number of vegetarian/vegan food vendors and features a showcase of passionate speakers.
This was my first time attending the event and I had no idea what to expect. I arrived Sunday around 11:30am to find a very large line of vegetarians waiting to enter the building. Luckily, I had purchased a VIP ticket online which unknowingly let me bypass the line.
Inside the space was crowded and full of vegetarian delights. On stage was Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete fame giving advice on “how to quit failing at creating healthy habits.” At the booths lines of people were eager to sample new food products. The most popular vendors appeared to be serving up vegan ice cream or cake.
Two of my favorite finds of the day were:
#1: Rescue Chocolate - “100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country.”
Overall, I’m not sure the festival is something I’d return to in upcoming years, but I’m glad I finally went to see what all the buzz is about. Despite all the sampling that was going on I surprisingly found very few items I actually wanted to try and headed to Hu Kitchen for lunch.
This festival is for you in 2014 if you are looking to connect with new vegetarian companies, something to do with the kids (the activities for kids sounded fun!) or if there is a particular speaker on the agenda that you want to connect with in person.