Monday, May 25, 2009

WorldFest 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.

14 comments:

Brittany said...

so bummed that i missed that ice cream. gah!

Vegan_Noodle said...

That tarmack ice cream is something else isn't it? Worldfest looks like so much fun!!

quarrygirl said...

seriously, when is maggie mudd gonna open up a los angeles store?!?! that was the best freakin ice cream i've ever had!

Hannah said...

Sigh, sounds so amazing! Next year, I'd love more than anything to attend too.

coulditbeseitan said...

Gah I am dying to go to Maggie Mudd. Ice cream road trip is imminent!

aTxVegn said...

That looks like such a fun event. The huge burger and all the products look delicious.

Stephanie said...

The burger sounds like something special! I'm glad you got a chance to eat the ice cream, now is the season for it!

shellyfish said...

What an amazing event! Tu en as de la chance, toi! Cette glace...oh ├ža me donne trop envie!

trina said...

Sorry I missed you! My favorites were C'est La V's snickerdoodles and brownies, and then, of course, the ice cream. I think we ate some real food too.

JennShaggy said...

World Fest was pretty damn delicious this year. I can't wait to get some Maggie Mudd when I'm up in the bay!

I know it's weird, but when I was really young, there wasn't a Mexican restaurant besides Taco Bell in our town. I don't think we ever even thought to ask for a tortilla!
But those fake Fruit Loops were just as nasty as I described. Matzo Pizza, on the other hand, not as gross :)

Eric said...

Aww I didn't end up going. All my friends bailed and I just didn't have the motivation to make the hour drive to LA on my own.

Glad you had a great time, it looks like it was lots of fun!

burpandslurp said...

I'm not a vegan...but gosh, everything sounds so good I don't think I would miss meat at all or dairy! wait, not dairy...that would be going too far...

Ricki said...

Sounds like an amazing event. I wish we had something like that here! And that ice cream looks to die for.

Wheeler's Crew said...

Mmmm bbq, seitan sounds delicious!