Portland VegFest 2010 and a Giveaway!!!!!!!

Hey everybody! I hope you’re all enjoying the last weekend of summer. It’s raining in Portland and I couldn’t be happier! Tim and I spent a decent chunk of our day at Portland’s 2010 VegFest, which seems to grow bigger each year. There were heaps of vendors, exhibitors, and some amazing speakers. The event lasts two days but I am pretty sure I got more than my fill in one day! We sampled treats ranging from Equal Exchange Chocolates, Wild Wood Smoked Tofu, Dave’s Killer Breads, Doctor Kracker, Coconut Bliss, Numi Teas, Amy’s Mac-n-Cheese, Genesis Juices, Galaxy Rice Cheeses, Earnest Bars, Blossoming Lotus’ Live Fudge, Tempt Hemp Milk, Chicago Soy Dairy’s Nacho Cheese and Dandies, Heidi Ho Organics Cheeses (a new local Portland company!!!), and a medley of other yummy delights. It’s quite possible that I revisited some of the tables more than once (or twice).

The growing crowd wandering tables at VegFest

Flapping my arms with glee over my love for broccoli (note the circular tile by my feet)

With tummies full, we headed across the hall to watch Tal Ronnen do a live chef demo. This may have been my favorite part of the day. It’s always fun watching a professional chef prepare delicious foods (some of which we were able to sample!). Chef Ronnen was extremely personable, entertaining, and mesmerizing to watch. He prepared two recipes from his book, The Conscious Cook, Celery Root Soup with Granny Smith Apples (so gooooood!) and Quinoa, Avocado, and Sweet Potato Timbale with Roasted Tomatillo Dressing. Tim and I weren’t able to get a seat in the crowded room, but we did get to stand in the back with an unobstructed view of Chef Ronnen. Here are some photos I took:

Chopping celery root

Tossing celery root into pot over imaginary flame

Making rich cashew cream for the soup

A nice bowl of sweet potatoes for the fancy salad

Dicing avocado

Molding the salad

Dotting the soup with Chive Oil (yeah, that’s right, Chive Oil!)

The finished salad (I was too far away to get a nice, focused shot, but you get the idea, right?)

Overall Tim and I had a lot of fun. I came home with a bag full of samples and treats. And guess what? I collected enough to share with one lucky reader!!!! Yeah!! Here’s what you could win:

* The October 2010 issue of VegNews magazine
* Steel Cut Oats and Muesli from Bob’s Red Mill
* Coconut Cream and Cherry Pie mini Lara Bars
* Earnest Eats mini Almond Trail Mix Bar
* A bread bag clip and measuring scoop from Bob’s Red Mill
* Tons of coupons for super vegan food items (Manitoba Harvest, Coconut Bliss, Wildwood Organics, Amy’s Organics, Emerald Valley, Lotus Foods, Galaxy Nutritional Foods, etc)
* Pins from Chicago Soy Dairy
* Stickers!
* Bragg Nutritional Yeast sample
* A nifty little pen from Amy’s Organics
* A packet of shelled hemp seeds from Manitoba Harvest

And, I’ll even throw in one of my handmade cards! Woohoo!! ┬áTo enter your name in the giveaway, leave a comment telling me about one of your favorite vegan food items. Easy as heck! I will choose a winner on Sunday, September 26th. Please note: due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to folks in the US, I’m sorry :(

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28 thoughts on “Portland VegFest 2010 and a Giveaway!!!!!!!

  1. Love the blog. Very sad I couldn’t attend here. Looks like you had a great time!

    My favorite vegan food item is SoyBoy’s veg Tofu Ravioli. Tastes delicious and very easy to whip up w/some sauce and veggies when you don’t have a lot of time!

  2. Awesome giveaway! And VegFest looks absolutely amazing.

    Hmm. I’m glad veganism has introduced me to Larabars & homemade variations of Larabars. They’re such a perfect snack, nutritious and so yummy!

  3. VegFest looks like it was fun! I would have had a hard time trying to decide which things to sample.

    My favorite vegan product is any kind of nut butter. I am addicted to it!

  4. So difficult to choose just one! I guess I would have to say Primal Strips vegan jerky, but don’t ask which flavor is my favorite or we could be here for days!
    Love your blog and enjoy seeing your hiking photos!

  5. I love Tofurky! Sooo good!

    VegFest sounds amazing! Wish I could go, then maybe I’d learn how to cook/create more vegan dishes. I’m just starting to learn actually :)

  6. I recently tried Tempt, hemp vegan “ice cream” for the first time, and I’m kind of obsessed with it, particularly the coconut lime flavor. Better yet, the husband hates coconut, so it’s all for me…!

  7. Hands down, no freakin contest… Vegenaise!! I was never a huge ketchup/mustard fan, and when I went vegan I was super bummed about giving up mayo. We were SOOOOO excited when I found Vegenaise! Makes my vegan lifestyle much, much easier :-)

  8. My favorite is nooch. Never heard of it until I went vegan and now I add it to everything–plain ole’ veggies, nut cheeses, sauces, gravy. Num num num.

  9. oh my goodness, you’re so cute! what a fun giveaway. So many goodies! We have the vegfest in SF coming up in a couple weeks and I am really hoping to make it up there. My favorite vegan foods… fresh fruit! Does that count? Or maybe, sourdough bread! My favorite vegan treats from my trip to Portland were the Dave’s Killer Bread Peace Bomb, and the roasted hazelnut from Freddy’s at the farmer’s market. YUM.

  10. Yum! Another vote for Daiya here…today I made a vegan quesadilla with Daiya mozz, topped with spinach, tomatoes, black beans, salsa, and some Tofutti Sour Supreme. Yum!

  11. I would have to go with Nutritional Yeast for it’s versatility. There is nothing better then a bowl of stove popped popcorn covered in nutritional yeast. For dessert, I have been known to mow down a bag of Dandies. Don’t worry, I don’t have access to them too often.

    I am horrified to admit that I have never been to a big exhibition style vegfest before. I would love to get to one, though Portland is a bit far away for this NYC vegan, maybe Boston? Someday, maybe…

  12. Wow, the vegfest looks like such an awesome time, you’re so lucky to have gone! It’s so hard to choose, but I think there’s a tie between Justin’s maple almond butter and chia seeds as my favorite vegan food items.

  13. Oooh, I think one of my very favorite vegan food items is that celery root soup! I recently made it and plated it up for photos. Then I tasted a bite. Then I ate the bowl, standing up next to the pot, saying mmmmmm! between bites. Then I ate another bowl.

    I’m so interested in the Heido Ho now.

  14. My favorite would have to be nutritional yeast since you can make so many yummy things with it like nacho cheese sauce & it’s good for you too!

  15. Hi, it’s Jennifer from Living Harvest. So glad you got an opportunity to try Tempt! We had a great time at this year’s event & it looks like you did too!

    facebook.com/livingharvestfoods

  16. so fun! if i win, i’m gonna send my loot to amey from veganeatsandtreats.

    i am in LOVE with the salad rolls from bui’s natural tofu on ne glisan and 76th. i’ve been going up there to get them a few times a week recently and it’pretty justifiable since you get two huge ones for $2.75. they’re stuffed with homemade green onion tofu (shallots, mushrooms), rice noodles and scant mung beans and sold with a yummy hoison peanut sauce.

    xo
    kittee

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  18. i love that i can now get a vegan snickers bar (jokerz!) that makes me insanely happy (even though i know I shouldn’t eat them very often they are irresistible!) Homemade cookies maybe tie for first place!

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