Have you ever gone to an all-vegan event? I hadn’t until yesterday so I really didn’t know what to expect. A bunch of hippies? Swarms of angry vegans? Well, we went to the Jacksonville Veg-Fest and there was absolutely none of that. It was really great, in fact. I mean, the opposite of going to Walmart kind of awesomeness.
So, while this post might not appeal to the masses (given the subject matter’s specific location and event), I really do feel I have to at least spread the word about how cool one of these things can be.
The event was soooo big with almost 70 vendors! We made a couple laps around the whole thing because there were just so many wonderful things to take in. I really wish I could mention every single one. Without further ado, we’ll start with the food 🤤
Shakti Life Kitchen was on site with a really nice selection of grub. They’re even raw and gluten-free. Their food looked absolutely delicious and their samples certainly affirmed that. Check them out on their Facebook page and see what all the rave is about. Better yet, go and see them because their reviews plainly indicate it would be a sin not to.
Murray Hillbilly serves vegan fare that can be made into a salad or even a sammich on a gluten-free ciabatta. I snagged a photo of this tasty looking dish from their Facebook page. It’s called Darn Tootin’
👇🏽 This is Citrus Lab.
Check out this craziness right here. A lemon on wheels 🤣. They have over 20 flavors of cold-pressed and fresh-squeezed juices, and fresh frozen slushies from which to choose. I’d love to say that I had an opportunity to try one but evidently they’re so damn good that the line went all the way around the corner and we were becoming pressed for time. That did suggest to me that they are indeed the nom.
The old man had the Samosas and the Pilau Rice & Beans Platter, and since I’m a gluten-free gal, I had the Rice & Beans, and the Yucca with Veggies Platters 🤣. Those perfect avocados and fresh veggies were the ideal toppers. This place definitely did not disappoint.
If you weren’t able to make it and/or would like to help out, please consider some of the following:
*There was a wonderful group of people from the IPBYS Prison Program singing and chanting. They provide resources, books, and even Pen Pals to people in over 650 prisons. Check out their site here to perhaps donate, or even become a Pen Pal yourself.
*Last Chance Ranch was there as well. Check them out here for ways you can help them out.
*Action for Animals needs help too, like so many other places. Even if you can’t offer anything right now, they are happy to give you a free vegan starter kit. Cruise on over to here and request one if you’re considering making that transition, or know someone who is.
*If you are vegan, vegetarian, or are considering making the transition, find some groups around you to connect with. Northeast Florida Vegetarian Society was there providing free information and support, and that’s what these groups are all about. Not to mention they are fun. Hop on Facebook, Next-door Neighbor, MeetUP or any of those other social apps and see who you can find.