Our NYC Correspondent Laura Yasinitsky took her adorable self out to the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend, and made a video for us! It’s so great! We love you, Laura Yaz! Now tell us some highlights.
The 2nd annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival was a slamming success! Seriously, I am bad with numbers but I would estimate that there were at least 1,000 people there over the course of the weekend.
I ate an enormous amount of food and documented it all for your viewing pleasure. Please enjoy, but be warned, it was raining and my hair looks terrible. You can also check out my photo album from the event on my Facebook.
The ONLY thing the video does not contain is information about Sarah Gross’ amazing company, Rescue Chocolate, and I want to give them a shout-out here since she is so awesome and I LOVE Rescue Chocolate, both their products and their activism. I’m actually wearing my new Rescue Chocolate t-shirt right now and I should mention that I look fabulous.
Thanks, Laura! She’ll be back soon with product reviews of some of the awesome swag she picked up at the festival. Can’t wait!
Laura Yasinitsky is a writer, comic, waitress, and animal-lover based in New York City. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Open-Mic Fight, and writes for US Weekly’s Fashion Police. You can follow her silliness on Twitter @LaraYaz, and read about her animal-friendly adventures here.
Guest Post: Go to the 2nd Annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival! »
Start getting hungry now cause this is just around the corner! The NYC Veggie Food Fest is almost upon us. The first weekend of March, Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th, The Metropolitan Pavilion will be taken over by vendors, speakers, and various so-and-sos who are there to spread the good vegan word (Yes, the festival is 100% vegan. No, I do not know why it isn’t called the Vegan Food Festival).
I attended last year and had a total blast despite a three hour wait in line and being packed in like a 6 train during rush hour. The good news is that opposed to last year, the festival is now a two day event! Also apparently the space is larger, although it’s still at the same address, we’ll see how that pans out, I guess. (Maybe it expands or something? Fingers crossed!)
The schedule looks amazeballs. Featured speakers such as Gena Hamshaw from Choosing Raw, Brendan Brazier, creator of Vega and founder of Thrive Foods Direct, Terry Hope Romero (I’m assuming you know who she is, yes?? I LOVE YOU TERRY!), Ayinde Howell, and Steve Meyerowitz the ‘Sproutman,’ will all have segments over the weekend. You can see the schedule of events for a complete list and more details.
There is also a screening of Vegucated Saturday night with a talk back from the filmmaker Marisa and some of the cast members. The Saturday evening event is VIP which I think means you can only get in with VIP tickets. They are limited so get yours ASAP! After the movie there is a party with an all vegetarian band called Dynasty Electric.
What’s I’m trying to say here is that it’s a blast! And I’ll be there both days tasting everything and making friends with everyone. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for which snacks are the most outstanding and any celebrity sightings. Or come find me if you want to be friends! I’m tall, vegan, I like cats and tattoos. I might be hard to locate at this event actually.
Get your tickets! There are VIP tickets still available, $20 for a one day pass or $30 for the whole weekend. The main thing the VIP allows you to do is cut the line. No waiting, you just walk right in whenever you want. However, it’s only $5 if you’re willing to wait and I’m going to bet that the wait won’t be anything like it was last year since it’s a larger space and a longer event. Besides, I don’t actually mind waiting in line as long as I’m not hungry and I have someone to talk to. Last year I made lots of friends in line and the Cinnamon Snail and the V Spot were there to feed me whenever I got the tummy rumbles. (This happened multiple times. I ate a great deal of food that day)
The best part of all is that a portion of the proceeds from this delightful eating extravaganza go to For the Animals Sanctuary. You’re doing good simply by showing up. Now that’s what’s I’m talking about. See you there!
Laura Yasinitsky is a writer, comic, waitress, and animal-lover based in New York City. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Open-Mic Fight, and writes for US Weekly's Fashion Police. You can follow her silliness on Twitter @LaraYaz, and read about her animal-friendly adventures here.
Good things coming your way, NYC! The Green Holiday Festival happens on Sunday, Dec. 11, with all kinds of good stuff. Our pal Louzilla (love you, girl!) sent us this flyer for the event, and says that it is “organized by the same people that brought us the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival last year. I got an inside look at the list of vendors, and it looks like it’s really going to be an amazing event to fulfill all your vegan holiday gift needs in one place. The best part? a portion of the proceeds are going to benefit For the Animals, which is in dire need of funds!”
Sounds great, right? Be at the Altman Building at 135 W. 18th St. in Manhattan on Sunday, Dec. 11. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can shop, learn, donate, eat, and be entertained. Get more information at the event’s Facebook page. Thanks for the tip, Ms. Louzilla!
But wait, there’s more: Sarah of Rescue Chocolate, one of the Festival’s organizers, has offered free tickets for our readers who want to go! She has 50 tickets for you East Coast Vegansaurs, so if you can attend, email Sarah no later than Friday at 5 p.m. EST with the subject line: “Vegansaurus wants to send me to the Green Holiday Festival!” Please include your name, and please only enter if you can go. I can’t! But you could! And it’s going to be great!
Top 10 links of the week: a rollercoaster ride through veganism! »
[Deer and Goose are BFF. Your cute animal viral video of the week!]
Ecorazzi had a post today where they quoted yours truly! In Martha Stewart, Honey and the Great Vegan Debate, they discuss the state of honey in the vegan community. Is honey vegan? Do bees count? Go comment and weigh in!
From City’s Best, “10 Meatless Musts in San Francisco." Vegansaurus is about to drop a similar list so be on the lookout. Ours will of course be not only informative but also the funniest ever.
Recently, Huffpo did a piece about the best sandwiches in the U.S. and none were vegan. Now they’re all vegan! Huzzah! A bunch of vegan bloggers—like, everyone besides us—created vegan versions of each sandwich. Maybe next time we’ll be included, eh? Just kidding! Cooking is for the womenfolk.
Our Hen House (who I hear was at the Martha Stewart episode with me but I didn’t meet them!) has started a cool endeavor, The Gay Animal Series, about the relationship between gay rights and animal rights. Check it out! You will feel so cultured and smart, you can skip the next This America Life! Which works out great for me because when you rehash the episode to me in detail, that’s not actually a conversation.
The Village Voice has an NYC guide to tofu—imagine that! I love me some tofu so I’m all over this one. It’s all the best tofu from various restaurants throughout the city. I haven’t been to any of them. How come you never take me out anymore!
Head over to A Soy Bean for a recap of the NYC Vegetarian Food Fest last weekend. Treehugger has a review too but no pictures! There’s a few videos, but no pictures? We love the pictures! Abby Bean has a ton of pictures. Pictures.
Cheeky Chicago has a nice post on how to make a variety of vegan cheese-substitutes. Walnut Parmesan Sprinkles? YES DEFINITELY GIVE IT HERE.
For a little homespun fun, check out Laura’s The Week in Vegan at SF Weekly. Leave a comment, let her know you care! And let SF Weekly know we vegans are plentiful and emotive.
Babe in Soyland has a great post about veganism and the idea that it means AUTOMATIC weight-loss. Here’s a taste: “People need to know that vegans come in ALL shapes and sizes and that fat vegans (the ones I’ve met are proud to be both fat and vegan) aren’t doing something “wrong” in their vegan diets. There is no “stereotypical vegan”—unless the stereotype is having awesomely low cholesterol.” Read it and tell me what you think.
Finally, from Lovely Bike, a list of vegan bike saddles! That means bike seats. I’m partial to this first one they’ve picked out, it’s the hotness:
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is this Sunday! »
Sunday, Apr. 3, is the New York Vegetarian Food Festival! Huzzah! Are you going? I’m going to try and make it. You should be able to recognize me, I’ll be the one that looks extra Hollywood! I don’t know what that means. Regardless, the festival is being held at the Altman Building at 135 West 18th St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be lots of dope vendors there like Coconut Bliss, Sweet and Sara, and Foodswings. Sounds like a party!
UPDATE: The festival is totally FREE! Fantastico!