Clean eating has proven to be more than passing trend, and the evolution of DC’s Veg Fest is proof. Held at Yard’s Park again this year, interest from vendors and veggie enthusiasts has grown – and so will the space and activities. K Street Magazine explains more on the events and perks – like the “barking lot” for dogs, and a kid’s yoga area, in more detail here.
Last Tuesday, veggie and vegan health supporters, volunteers and media gathered at Busboy’s and Poets to get a taste of what’s to come this year. Making a strong return will be local favorites like Amsterdam Falafelshop, Bread & Brew and Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats… In addition to more than 25 restaurant vendors, various products will be sharing samples of their meatless and vegan products and the sustainable values that their based on.
DC’s Veg Fest is hosted by Compassion Over Killing, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based in DC, that emphasizes their views on the growing importance of shifting to a plant based diet. An inspiration example includes VegFest guest speaker Dr. Betty Smith, a “73 year young” long distance runner, who attributes her ability to do ultra-running — any race longer than a marathon — to her plant based diet. (Dr. Betty holds records in her age group for 48-hour road ultra-marathon and the 6-day road ultra-marathon this year.)
As for the food, obviously expect a vegetarian — and an increasingly vegan — menu, with options increasingly annually according to preview party Host, activist and owner of Busboy’s and Poets, Andy Shallal. Samples were offered of some of this year’s appetizers, like the vegan franks with mustard, the tofu coconut bites and “Vegan sliders… better than any slider I remember having,”according to one attendee.