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DC VegFest

The DC VegFest was so crowded it was hard to get pictures. But it's great that so many people turned out.

line at DC VegFest 2012

By 11:15 AM, there was a huge line; the festival opened at 11. But folks got goodie bags with samples and coupons, so it was worth the wait.

Doron Petersan at the DC VegFest

Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats gave a talk on how to bake without eggs or dairy products.

Rich Roll

Rich Roll has been called one of the "25 Fittest Men in the World". He has competed in Ironman competitions while following a plant based diet.

Compassion Couture table at DC VegFest

Compassion Couture

Gouter table at DC VegFest

Goûter makes it easier to get raw vegan foods and beverages into your weekly routine, since they deliver in the area.

Sacha Vida oil

Sacha Vida is a company that sells oil made from the sacha inchi seed. It's 48% Omega 3 oils. This is a good way to get a better balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 oils. They recommend NOT cooking with the oil if you want to retain the benefit of the Omega 3 oils, but you can put it on salads and in smoothies.

New Family Naturals

New Family Naturals in Reston, VA

There were some things that were new or suprisingly good. Taste wise, Tasty Bite Channa Masala was delicious. The sauce is really rich and hearty. The company is helpful to folks (and moms) who not only want vegan foods, but gluten free meals. They have a great breakdown of which of their products are vegan, and also which are gluten free.

Lotus Foods was sampling some of their exotic rice. Some of their rice cooks much faster than brown rice. If you look in stores like MOMs and Whole Foods that have bulk sections, you can find Lotus Foods rices like Organic Forbidden Rice (a black kernal); and the prices are pretty affordable. Here's a really good video of Lotus Foods' Ken Lee talking at the Clinton Global Initiative about a whole new way of growing rice that benefits women, poor farmers, and the environment. If you've been looking for a rice cooker free of Teflon, Lotus Foods sells one. about Bhutanese Red Rice

There was a company there called Bold Organics, that makes a vegan, gluten free pizza, which apparently MOM's is carrying. Other vegan frozen pizzas in the stores have wheat gluten in them.

Way Better Snacks had sample of a delicious chip called Simply So Sweet Chili; it's not really overly hot. The company sprouts broccoli and daikon radish, which produces sulphoraphane glucosinolate, which was researched by John Hopkins University as a cancer preventative. Plus, the chips have 420 mg of Omega 3 oils per serving. They've come up with a brilliiant product, and one that moms and dads shouldn't feel bad about giving their kids.

A Well Fed World had a table. They offer a way for you to donate to help feed those in need, without wondering if your money is going to buy animal products.



























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