Today was the 4th Annual Veggie Pride Parade in NYC at Union Square. The weather was a bit iffy but after a run in the rain and a tropical green smoothie (spinach, mango, frozen banana, coconut, lemon, ginger, OJ and soy milk) I forced myself into the city. Silly me, I brought along a snack bar in my bag in case I got hungry. I also brought along my copy (purchased at work yesterday - the first copy we got into the store!) of Hannah Kaminsky's new cookbook, Vegan Desserts because I heard she would be at the parade! I'm a bit of a fan geek when it comes to Hannah and I wanted to get it signed....
As it turns out neither the cookbook nor the snack were necessary. Hannah actually got rained out of her table - it wasn't raining when I got there but people definitely did have tarpaulins over their books and pamphlets and such. I was a little disappointed about that but I'm horribly shy and might not even have approached the table anyway. However, I was cheered by the crazy amount of free samples everywhere!
Sabra was there again with Stacy's pita chips, Raw Revolution bars were there with their mini bars (incidentally, the kind of bar I had stashed JUST IN CASE), V-Spot was passing out what looked like empanadas (I didn't feel like trying one - or standing in line), Whole Earth Bakery was giving out samples of some chocolate cake (I also passed on this, as I didn't feel like eating sweets right then - but they've been around in NYC for a pretty long time and I've heard they recently changed the way they bake some stuff - for the better), there were YisRoyal cookie dough cookies (I'd never heard of them before) setting up, etc. etc. and so on, and I'm sure more things came out of the woodwork a little later.
Anyway, I sort of walked back and forth a few times, just taking it in. There weren't a whole lot of people there but I'm not much for crowds so I liked that. I'm definitely glad I went to this and did NOT attempt to go to the Vegetarian Food Festival back in April. I heard that was a madhouse. I'm always happier to be in fresh air, anyway. The weather might have scared a few people away but it wasn't a big deal.
Also cheering the space up was a costume contest with prizes for the best costume. Here are a few pictures I snapped:
I loved that blinged out dog! I hope she (he?) won. Maybe you can't tell but there are a bunch of plastic vegetables stuck to its head, hahah. The pig was pretty funny too - she was dancing a lot. There was also a lady all in brown with what I thought was a weird hat on, until I realized she was dressed as a mushroom! In the background you can kind of see Honey LaBronx, the Veggie Prom Queen, who is trying to get her Vegan cooking show on the internet. I would love to see that happen.
Anyway, I didn't stay too long but still, here's the free stuff I got (plus the cookbook):
One of the things I was most impressed with was that all the food samples were vegan and there were vegan cookbooks, vegan restaurants menus, etc. I heard some vegans had problems with the Vegetarian Food Festival because the food samples were vegetarian but not necessarily vegan. This did not appear to be the case here, which was awesome. There were also a lot of people dressed as cows saying "Don't drink milk," etc. G made a good point that anyone dedicated enough to show up to this thing was probably pretty hardcore and had made the jump to veganism already. Anyway, it was an enjoyable time. I guess that's all I have to say today. Afterwards I came home and made some tasty food, but I'll save that for tomorrow. Or something.
Do you guys have these sorts of festivals where you live? Do you usually attend? I'm going to tag this post "Holiday," 'cuz this counts, right?