Saturday, November 15, 2008

Green Festival

Last weekend (I'm way behind in my blogging, eek) I volunteered with COK (I know, the acronym is unfortunate!) at the DC Green Festival. It was a really cool event with tons of different things to check out - sustainable clothing and gifts, bath products, travel agencies, charitable organizations and lots of different food vendors. I got samples of products ranging from dish soap to gluten free crackers. I even got a free can of pureed sweet potatoes!

It was nice to be speaking about veganism to such a receptive audience for a change. Nearly all of the people who came by our table were vegan, vegetarian, or open to the idea. We gave out lots of veg guides to DC, vegetarian starter kits, and easy recipe pamphlets. We also talked to a lot of vegetarians and omnivores about the realities of the dairy industry. For a visual aid, we had an actual battery cage on our table, showing how awful conditions are for the 5-8 birds who spend their lives crammed into one.

In addition to all the food-types that were tabling, there was food for sale from Java Green, Soul Vegetarian, Nirvana, and a bunch of other local places. I got a plate from Soul Vegetarian with veggie pot roast, mac & cheese, collards, and cornbread. Their mac & cheese is unbelievably rich and creamy, I don't know how they do it.
The big treat, though, was Wheeler's Black Label ice cream. Sooooo good. It was almost cruel of them to introduce us to it, since there's no place to buy it anywhere near here. I got rocky road and maple pecan (the maple pecan is hiding at the bottom of the cup). Absoultely amazing.


jessy said...

that's got to be sooo cool to be in the company of so many green & like-minded people! yay! your plate of yumminess is making me crave all of it! mmmmmmmmmmmm! and the ice cream - oh my goodness! it's a good thing i can't get that around here 'cause i would make myself sick by eating a million bowls of it! ooooooh!

mad about udon said...

Sometimes I wonder how "creamy" stuff can be so creamy and delicious without having any dairy! It's so amazing what alternatives people are coming up with the mimic the taste and texture. Wow--that ice cream looks to-die-for! Glad you had fun at the event.

Ricki said...

Hi Kate,
Thanks so much for your comment on my blog and the amazing compliment about the pancakes! I'm so glad you liked them and that they worked out so well for you. (Hmm--now I think I may just need to have pancakes for breakfast tomorrow!). And thanks for introducing me to your blog. I've added you to my Google Reader so I can keep up from now on :)

Also, I know what you mean about Wheeler's. I keep reading these incrediblereviews about the stuff on multiple blogs, and I'm dying to try it, and it's NOT AVAILABLE IN CANADA. Sniff, boo hoo! I'm thinking I need to take a trip to the Boston area!