Monday, May 25, 2009
May 16 was a fabulous day for Los Angeles vegans and all the other lucky people who were able to attend WorldFest. This eco-friendly festival featured a plethora of vegan food; so many options that I found it difficult to decide what to eat when I arrived. There were Thai, Caribbean, raw, and comfort food options, among bakers, traditional festival food (funnel cakes), and ice cream...and every last bit of it was vegan.
I opted for a delicious semi-raw burger (everything is raw except the bun) from Sun Power Natural Cafe (I'll write a separate post on the cafe later; it deserves its own spotlight), which I enjoyed while watching Rory Freedman of Skinny Bitch fame interview Kathy Freston, the author of Quantum Wellness.
When I saw that Maggie Mudd had a WorldFest booth, I was ecstatic. I've spent a lot of time in San Francisco, but never with a vegan, so I haven't yet had the opportunity to eat at all the wonderful vegan restaurants about which my friends rave. I just had to try both the infamous TarMack (from their site: Soy based. Chocolate and peanut butter flavored soy ice cream with peanut butter swirls and chocolate cookie) and Memphis Mudd Pie (Coconut based. Coffee flavored coconut milk based ice cream with chocolate cookies, fudge swirls, and a touch of southern whiskey). I also tried bites of my friends' mint chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin cookie, and blueberry flavors. After trying all these flavors and savoring every creamy bite, I was happy that Maggie Mudd is not easily accessible to me! It's just that good.
Follow Your Heart was there selling barbecue seitan sandwiches (they let me taste a piece of the barbecue seitan and it was great!) and some of their packaged products. At the end of the day, they sent me home with free containers of their Smoked "Chicken" Salad (so good that I used to eat it on a daily basis), Chocolate Mousse (thick and rich and peppered with dark chocolate chips), and Miso Ginger Dressing (creamy and gingery).
I spent some time visiting with dogs and cats who were available to adopt, saw a cow being led by an Animal Acres volunteer, walked among the booths, and saw the inspiring Capt. Paul Watson speak (and sing!). More than anything, though, I spent a beautiful, sunny day in the park at a very vegan festival with my friends.