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Check it Out : My Pics at Portland VegFest

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I had a GREAT Saturday! Got to go out to Sweet Tomatoes with my husband, had a fun time at church, and got all of my grocery shopping done for the week at the farmer’s market and New Seasons.

But before all of that we went to the Portland VegFest!

If you are in the Portland (Oregon) area, check out the second day of the Portland VegFest today at the convention center! (More info here: nwveg.org/vegfest.php )

There were over 100 vendors passing out free samples of raw, vegetarian or vegan food. I tried almost every single thing (I didn’t even try to track the food I ate. There were too many random bites of so many different kinds of food!) The only things I stayed away from were the fake meats. I don’t like how they try to taste like meat (I don’t eat meat because I HATE it) and I know that they aren’t clean. There are a lot of chemicals involved when trying to take something without meat and make it taste like meat!

Special shout-out to Genesis Juices. I didn’t get a picture of them, but the apple-ginger juice I tried was out of this world! I have got to find where I can get more!

I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked because of how many people there were, but here are a few highlights I wanted to share with you.

Yay! We’re almost to the front of the line!

Before it got so busy.

Sorry for the blurry picture but this vegan marshmallow was too good not to share!

Aubrey holds our swag bag while trying a vegan sausage patty.

The faux meats were Aubrey-approved! Not all of them, but his absolute favorite one was a seasoned tofu bite from Papa G’s Deli.

Raw Squash Hummus (I hate squash, but this was really good!)

THE BEST beans I have ever eaten! Refried black beans that are in various stores around here.

Oh! I also stayed away from the milk alternatives. I don’t like milk or any milk-like liquid. But Aubrey was impressed with this hemp milk.

Looking through the brochure of Dave’s Killer Bread while waiting in line to try the Sin Dawg.

Sin Dawg = sinfully good! Eaten in moderation!! Or chowed down on with cinnamony remants on your cheeks...

Vega Smoothie Mixes – not great on their own, but would be awesome in a smoothie!

Mango Sorbet bar from Turtle Mountain

After enjoying my “dessert” we saw that another convention was going on next door.

We walked in to the free event and received another bag to gather up more free stuff!

Stopped by the Luna tent.

Free samples of spray sunscreen, hand sanitizer, lotions…I’m there!

They were going to do a kickboxing demonstration near this line to try and win gift cards to P.F. Chang’s. So we got in line to kill time. I spun the wheel and won a $15 gift card. Aubrey took his turn and won a free kid’s meal. But, when he told the girl running it that we don’t have kids she let him spin again. Then he won a $10 gift card!

So now we have $25 to spend….I have never been there before. I looked through the menu they had and I have no idea what I’d actually get there, but it should be a fun adventure!

Kickboxing demonstration

After trying so many raw, vegan and vegetarian foods I was feeling pumped full of energy.

Don’t mind me!

We still haven’t gone through everything we got, but here is a sample of what we took home!

This doesn’t count all of the food we snacked on throughout the day before coming home!

Here are some up close shots.

We were so wiped from everything that I almost fell asleep at church. Had to come home and hop in bed.

Now I’m off to teach the three-year-old’s! Luckily I am well-rested and won’t fall asleep on them!

I hope you are able to check out events like this near you! It was a LOT of fun.
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    What a cool convention! I love Portland.

    2692 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    Wow! What an awesome event! I would so love it if one of those rolled through our area! P.F. Changs has really good vegetarian lettuce wraps, if you like tofu- theirs is firm and tasty.
    2724 days ago
    I have never been to Portland, but have always wanted to go, and now I am more convinced than ever that it will be awesome! I am 50% happy for you, and 50% jealous. Maybe a little more toward the jealous side though.
    2734 days ago
    Looks like a lot of fun! :) It's always good to be able to sample things that you might like but don't necessarily want to buy just to try it, and of course finding things that you would not have otherwise known they existed. :)

    P.S. You look great!!!
    2735 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/20/2010 10:48:10 AM
    That looked like a fun thing to attend. might try that next year. It's too late to go today.
    It would be fun to sample the products, before buying and find out you don't care for it.
    2736 days ago
  • DIMI1124
    That is sooooo cool Vegfest. My oldest is vegetarian and I dont mind meatless meals Wish they would do something like this in Georgia. I will be on the lookout. Looks like you had a BLAST!!!
    2736 days ago
    I had a really fun time at VegFest. The food was pretty good overall. Also just having all those different vendors there at one time was a great opportunity to try so many new things.

    2736 days ago
    I have lived in Portland area for over 18 years and never heard of VegFest. I will have to put the website on my favorites and go next time. I live on the Westside and try to avoid going downtown/convention center. I know a lot of neat things go on on the water front, but getting there seems to be a battle.
    Glad you had a nice time.
    2736 days ago
    Thanks for sharing you pictures. My in laws live n Portland and were telling me about the fest. I can now relate to it and some of what she was talking about. Her favorite was the mango sorbet bar.
    Glad you had a nice time and got lots of "stuff".
    2736 days ago
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