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Dispatch: Boston VegFest 2014

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I’ve only been living in Boston for a year and a half, but the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival has already become one of my favorite annual events. Hosted by the Boston Vegetarian Society, Boston Vegfest is much more than food: the event also features animal-friendly artisans, non-profits, and many well-known speakers. Last weekend, I spent two days working at the festival for the non-profit I work at. In doing so, I had ample time to visit all of the vendors, sample new vegan products, and talk with like-minded folks. Here are some of my highlights:

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First, I made sure to visit all my favorite vegan companies, including Upton’s Naturals, which sells some of the best seitan that I’ve ever had.

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I also stopped by the Chicago Vegan Foods table, which was giving away samples of Dandies and Teese. I only had a a few marshmallows, as they were out of the cheese when I stopped by. I’ve actually never tried Teese before–dumplings, is it any good?

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I was really excited to see Plant Fusion, one of my favorite protein powders, on display and giving away free samples. I’m really picky about vegan protein powders–so many are chalky or too sweet–but I love that this brand is soy and gluten-free and made with pea protein.

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I ventured over to FoMu, a local company here in Boston, that serves up some of the best and most inventive vegan ice cream I’ve ever tasted. My go-to is salted caramel, but on this day they were selling apple cider donut–divine. If you’re ever in the Boston area, I highly recommend a visit (or two) to FoMu!

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How cute is this jewelry? A sanctuary was selling these handmade charms, which I think would make wonderful holiday gifts for family, friends, and even yourself!

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After all that walking, I had worked up quite an appetite! I made sure to save room for my absolute favorite exhibitor at Boston Vegfest: Vegan Treats! I’ve heard many, many friends wax poetic about this wonder of a bakery, and for good reason. Based in Bethlehem, PA, this all vegan bakery is truly incredible, turning out cakes, cookies, donuts, and more. I settled on a cannoli; although I never had one before going vegan, I can’t imagine that anything tastes better than this.

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 On my way out of Vegfest, I came upon this adorable vegan ice cream truck called Like No Udder. This truck is based in nearby Rhode Island, but I’ve tried their ice cream at other Boston events. I love that they serve classic soy-based soft serve, and delicious milkshakes!

Have you ever been to a Vegfest? What were your favorite finds?

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Photo: Molly Lansdowne

Molly Lansdowne

Molly Lansdowne

Contributing Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.
  • Juhea Kim

    “although I never had one before going vegan, I can’t imagine that anything tastes better than this” – #truth! I’ve never had cannoli either…vegan or nonvegan…am pretty jealous 😉

    • Molly Lansdowne

      It was AMAZING. I know there are a lot of places in NYC that sell Vegan Treats…maybe you can track one down?

      • Juhea Kim

        yep. Cakeshop on Ludlow and Stanton has Vegan Treats though not sure about cannolis. They do have chocolate peanut butter bomb cake. Also, Wild Ginger in Little Italy. Clearly I have a vegan map in my head 😉

        • Molly Lansdowne

          Amazing!!! You might just have to suggest that they start stocking those cannolis 🙂

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