The 2012 Boston Vegetarian Food Festival was truly incredible for a multitude of reasons, and high on that list is the fact that I got to stand next to the sensational Rachel Atcheson all day! (She was working at the Humane League booth and I was helping Andrea Hornbein of AKA Marvelicious cookies sell her vegan, organic cookies). The Festival, which took place at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, was filled to the brim with positive energy and buzz about health, gustatory delight, and animal advocacy.
The vibe of a space where a wide spectrum of people are all drawn toward one thing is always inspiring; whether at a concert where thousands of people sway to the same rhythm or at a temple service where everyone clasps their hands and feels moved by a common presence, it is always a phenomenal experience to be joined by people who care about the same things as you.
At the food festival, hundreds of people enjoyed delicious food samples of spicy Indian food, raw vegan granola bars, savory bakery treats, and the revolutionary Daiya cheese substitute. Rad shirts were available for purchase and people also had a chance to learn more about organizations like The Humane Society of the United States, Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition, and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society.
Among my favorite vendors was the vegan Field Roast grain meat company who offered the most amazing faux meat completely out of veggies and grains, which I thought was fantastic for people like myself who try to avoid soy. The Vegan Proteins vendor offered great tasting protein shakes for vegans and vegetarians who seek to get more protein.
Oh! I also learned about this charming vegan bed and breakfast called the Caroline Cottage in Cape Cod (in the town of Centerville). So, if any of you want to get away for the next long weekend with a special someone and enjoy great scenery and hot vegan meals, check them out!
Sponsored by the non-profit Boston Vegetarian Society, the festival is an absolute must for people who want to expose themselves to the various vegetarian and vegan options available to us this day and age. Other highlights: I heard numerous languages, had my very FIRST vegan donut, and met some unbelievably friendly and down to earth individuals with whom I will be remaining in contact.
For those of you who made it out, I hope you had a blast, and for those of you who were unable to come, next year, a very pleasant experience is in store for you!
– Gunita Singh