Sneak Peak: DC VegFest (Festival Sept. 20th)

Recently, Busboys and Poets hosted a media preview of DC VegFest, showcasing many vendors that will be at the larger scale event on September 20th. I had the opportunity to try some really amazing vegan products from local companies, as well as some tasty tapas provided by Busboys and Poets and Sticky Fingers.

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First stop was the Better Beans table, which focus on exceptionally delicious, freshly packed beans. The ucanny refried black beans with sautéed Serrano and habenero put El Paso to shame.

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Now, I have ventured into the realm of juicing a time or two, but I always fall off the bandwagon because of the time commitment juicing requires. South Block Juice Co. takes all of the work out of juicing and provides insanely delicious and refreshing juices out of their shop in Alexandria, VA. My favorite was the Cure, including: pineapple, carrot, lemon, cayenne, turmeric, and ginger.

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As I have mentioned, I am a Maryland girl through and through. So when I saw the Charm School Chocolate table my immediate question was, are these guys from Baltimore? Sure enough Charm School Chocolate is a Baltimore based, non- dairy chocolate company using fair-trade cocoa beans and organic ingredients to cultivate flavors from Vanilla Bean White to 70% Dark Belize Chocolate with Jalapeño, Nibs, and Sea Salt.

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Kelis once said, “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard”, and if you show up to Yards Park at the Capitol Riverfront on Saturday, September 20, 2014, vegan milkshakes will be just the beginning of what’s planned for this year’s event.

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Cooking demonstrations, over 100 food vendors, and artists are on tap to provide you with good food and all the vegucation you need. So whether you’re vegan, veg-curious or just plain hungry, check out DC VegFest!

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