We went to Baltimore this past weekend, since we’re local, and went to VegFest at the UMBC campus. This was our first veg-festival, and I was getting pretty excited to go. I even made my husband lug around a cooler and our yoga mat, because I had heard that the cooler was was recommended (it was warm so ended up being a good idea to store our goodies), and they were going to have kids and adults yoga classes out on the lawn.
We got there RIGHT when it started (11am), but I think everyone was thinking the same thing, to be one of the first to arrive for a grab bag full of vegan goodies. So, despite our efforts to get out the door early, no swag bag for us. Sad face. But it was okay, since it was a lot of fun going to explore the different vendors anyways!
Highlights: seeing the cute pigs from one of the animal sanctuaries there. My daughter and her friend LOVED petting the smart pigs (they’re compared to 3-year-olds in terms of intelligence levels), and we got info on which animal sanctuary to visit in the coming months. This has been something I’ve been researching, so my friend, Grace, and I will be visiting an animal sanctuary during Thanksgiving with our families!
HEX Ferments was another highlight, with their living foods, full of healthy-for-your-gut probiotics. Kombucha, krauts, and kimchis are their specialties. I surprised the hubs with a jar of Sea Kraut, which he loves and eats by itself. Ingredients: green cabbage, gold beets, ginger, arame and hijiki seaweed, burdock rock, and sea salt. I’m not really a sauerkraut person but this was really good. I was thinking of making seitan tacos with it, but P insists that he eat it by itself to fully enjoy the flavor. Ooookkkaaaaay, less work for me!
I LOVED yoga on the lawn, and really glad we brought our yoga mats. Grace’s girl and mine are besties, and really enjoyed expending energy by doing fun tree poses, airplanes (warrior three), and downward dogs. Grace’s daughter even asked, “Can we go to Vegfest again next year??” We followed up with a little yoga for ourselves (hubbies watched the girls), and by the time we knew it, three hours had passed. How does that happen?
The only thing I was disappointed in was that Glory Doughnuts wasn’t there. I LOVE donuts, gourmet ones, and was really excited to try the vegan donuts! But since they’re opening a storefront soon in Frederick, Maryland, we’re just going to have to visit and make a trip out there!
If you do some research, find some veg-festivals near you! It’s a great activity to do on the weekend, and really, if there’s food and yoga involved, that’s my idea of fun. 🙂