A week or so ago, I had the awesome privilege of attending VegFest with the Sunshine Burger team in Seattle, Washington. The weekend was an amazing success: not only did Sunshine Burger introduce delicious vegan burgers to thousands (the team gave away about 5000 samples!!!) in the Pacific Northwest, I was also able to sample most of the fare from other vendors and get familiar with some new (to me) and exciting vegetarian and vegan products. For those of you that missed the event, here are some of my favorite finds from the day:
Full Tilt Ice Cream: Full Tilt is a Seattle-based company that makes delicious vegan ice cream flavors. It is hands down the best vegan ice cream that I have ever tasted. At Veg Fest, the friendly folks from Full Tilt were sampling the Vegan Almond Bliss and the Vegan Orange Chocolate Chip flavors. After looking at their website, I saw that they also make Vegan Fudge Brownie, Vegan Mayan Chocolate, and Vegan Mango Chili flavors. Next time I take a trip up to Seattle I am going to stop into one of their shops, or buy a pint at any one of the stores that sell their yummy ice cream!
Simple Squares: I am always looking for healthy snacks to eat at my desk, or keep in my purse when I am on the go. Simple squares, like their name implies, have simple ingredients including savory herbs! I tried the rosemary flavor, and I really liked the unique taste!
Millies Savory Teas: I was so intrigued by the concept of savory tea, so I took home a sample of the Spicy Tortilla Savory Tea and tried it when I felt snacky in between meals. The tea itself was a delicious, flavorful broth that made me feel full and warm. I am buying more of this online so I can keep a stash at home when I get the mid-meal munchies!
My Chi Delights: I took home a sample pack of the Green Tea Almond & Sesame Treats and snacked on them during the week. The actual snacks are sesame and almond based, and cut into small squares for easy snacking. I was really surprised how quickly I became addicted to these little squares – they were crunchy, had great sesame flavor, and were just a touch sweet.
Punk Rawk Labs Nut Milk Cheeses: By far one of the most surprising and interesting finds from the festival. These nut milk cheeses are fermented and have a taste and consistency similar to soft gourmet cheeses found at the cheese counter. Next time I have guests over I am going to pick up a couple of varieties for a nut milk cheese plate!
Other interesting finds at VegFest include:Gorge Delight’s Just Fruit Bars, Stone Wall’s Jerquee, Lisanatti “cheeses“, Tessemaes sauces, Soyatoo Soy Whip, Harbor Creek Farms‘ Northwest Mushroom Strudel , Sea Snax, and Earth Balance snacks
I received free samples from the vendors reviewed and named above at the VegFest event, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own!