In addition to many of our old favorites, we’re very excited about all the new features at this year’s Vegfest, including new products, new chefs, speakers, health screenings and children’s activities. So we thought we’d give you just a taste of what’s new at this year’s Vegfest.
First let’s talk about some of the new foods you’ll be able to sample. Full Tilt will be on hand to sample out their new line of vegan “ice creams” now available in stores and at their parlors around town. For all of the vegans who miss eggs and the treat of having a nice quiche, we have Turtle Island’s new line of egg-free quiches. Keeping in close contact with the earth and its farmers, you’ll find the baked goods and cereals from the organic grain company, One Degree, where each and every one of its ingredients is sourced to a farm they can tell you about! Look out for gourmet pickles featuring new and daring flavors, and you’ll even find a new line of honey-free “honey.” You’ll find new restaurants too. Bombay House from the Eastside will be on hand with hearty Indian fare, as will the popular and creative Seattle Salads from here in town.
Our speaker and chef area has been redesigned to provide more seating space for each presentation in one big room this year. This year’s chefs include several cookbook authors from all over the country, including Bianca Phillips, who will showin’ us some down southern homestyle vegan cookin’ based on her new cookbook Cooking Crunk! See our Chefs page for the full line-up of chefs at this year’s Vegfest.
As always, we have several local doctors who’ll be talking about the many health advantages of a vegetarian diet, including internist Dr Uma Maholtra MD from Virginia Mason Medical Center, and oncologist Dr Ken Swenson MD from Valley Medical Center. Here’s the line up of doctors this year. All the doctors will be available to answer your questions after their talks. Our health check options are expanding too. In addition to the free artery scans, and blood pressure tests, this year we are also offering free bone density scans for the first time.
For the kids, we’re adding some story times, though of course the clowns will still be there too. You may also be interested to meet Executive Director Amie Hamlin from the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, who got the first public school in America to go all vegetarian.
Last but not least, we’re excited by the possibility of having our very own smartphone app, which should be available for the first time at Vegfest this year. It will be a trial version, but we think you’ll find it helpful as you go around the event, and to keep up-to-date with all kinds of new features coming from Vegetarians of Washington in the future.
Of course, there’ll be plenty more new at Vegfest but we thought we would just whet your appetite for all the good food, a little learning and lots of fun! Vegfest is on March 29th and 30th at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. See you there!