Whether you’re already a vegetarian or just interested in expanding your culinary outlook, you’re in luck: this weekend, Seattle will host Vegfest – the largest vegetarian food festival in the country. We’ve put together a list of highlights that promise to delight herbivores and omnivores alike.
1. Sample food. Lots of food.
This is one event where it’s totally cool to come for the food! Attendees can taste from over 500 different FREE food samples. You’ll find every kind of cuisine from Mexican to Mediterranean, from Italian to Indian, from Thai and Chinese to good old stick-to-your-ribs American.
You’ll also find exquisite chocolates, almond mousse that will melt in your mouth and exotic foods like kombucha.
2. Explore savory substitutes.
Other Vegfest favorites include dairy-free ice cream and yogurt and meat-free hot dogs, burgers and chicken. Many of these veggie-based “meats” taste so real you might not even be able to tell the difference. Cutting out dairy? Discover the delectable world of vegan cheese.
3. Enjoy cooking demos from cutting-edge chefs.
Vegfest 2017 will feature several prominent vegetarian chefs, from our region and from around the country. This year’s featured guests include:
- Makini Howell, creator of the hugely popular Plum Bistro restaurant on Capitol Hill and author of the popular cookbook “Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle’s Plum Bistro”
- Ramses Bravo, chef at the TrueNorth Healing Center in Santa Rosa, California, and author of “Bravo! Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Health Kitchen”
- Miyoko, owner of the vegan cheese company Miyoko’s Kitchen and author of the cookbook “Artisan Vegan Cheese”
4. Score some free health advice.
Learn about the health advantages of vegetarian foods from onsite doctors, who will be available to answer questions. Event speakers include specialists from disciplines as varied as Gynecology, Obstetrics, Oncology, Urology and Internal Medicine. Find out about all the health advantages of vegetarian food from the specialists and learn how what you eat affects the different systems in your body.
5. Pick up a vegetarian cookbook.
The Vegfest bookstore features a huge selection of vegetarian cookbooks. Find one that intrigues you and invest in a volume with recipes that will keep things interesting in your kitchen.
6. Clown around.
Kids aren’t known for their love of vegetables, but we defy them to resist the charms of the onsite clown duo Zero and Somebuddy. Vegfest is also a great opportunity to let kids sample different foods, encouraging nutritional exploration and healthy eating habits.
Vegfest is this weekend at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Mercer Street. Admission is only $9 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door. For more information visit www.SeattleVegfest.org or call 206 706 2635.