expo west recap
Miyoko's Kitchen was featuring all of their products, and focusing on the fresh mozzarella and the cultured butter, for which they won the Nexty award, which is one of the big awards at expo west.
There's a smaller company out of Scotland called Sheese that also makes cheeses. I haven't heard of them before, and they just had a small booth, but their cheeses were incredible! Especially their feta and bleu cheese. Two cheeses we vegans don't have very good versions of yet.
Daiya released a new line of dressings, consisting of ranch, caesar, and bleu cheese. These were all very very good, and the bleu cheese was pretty spot on. I'd like to add some of those Sheese crumbles in there, and you wouldn't know it was vegan. It's seriously that good. They also released some new frozen pizzas. One was a white pizza with a white bean creamy sauce and mushrooms, that one was just ok. Kind of bland. They also released a pepperoni pizza that was terrific. Well the pepperoni was terrific. A bite of the pizza without the pepperoni was just so so, plus I don't love the gluten free crust (but I don't think I'd like any gluten free crust...Just give me the gluten god damnit!). The pepperoni was the best I've had.
One of the breakout products for me was the Gardein breakfast scramble pockets. These are like hot pockets. There is sausage, with the follow your heart egg, daiya cheese, spinach and peppers. It was perfect. It had just the right ratio of ingredients, and the dough was soft and chewy. I will abosolutely buy these when they hit shelves in September. On the other hand their pepperoni pizza pockets weren't that great. The sauce was a little too sweet, and the pepperoni didn't taste all that good. I didn't love it. They had frozen skillet meals. A penne with sausage, and a fried rice dish. You just pour them frozen into a pan, and 7 minutes later dinner is ready. While these were not as good as if you made them at home, they are a great convenience food for busy parents always on the go. Like me!
Dandies has a new marshmallow mini coming out that is peppermint flavored which I can't wait to play with. Those were great!
Uptons has some new jackfruit flavors and a burger. The thai curry jackfruit was ok, I wasn't crazy about it, but their carnitas is still awesome. And their new burger patty was really really good.
Probably the standout for me, and my favorite new product that I didn't already know about or haven't already tasted was Fabanaise by Sir Kensintons. It's a vegan mayo made with aquafaba. It's got great tang, and is lighter than the other vegan mayos out there. I can't wait to get my hands on some more
Hail Merry's mini tarts were also pretty incredible.
I was also introduced to a company called Bolani which makes these middle eastern stuffed flatbreads and pestos, and entrees. I have seen their products many times and I always assumed they weren't vegan. It's not prominent on the packaging, but everything except for their yogurt sauce is vegan. And it's all really delicious. The flatbreads are these flaky folded over half moons stuffed with spinach, pumpkin, potatoes or lentils. They are pretty tasty on their own, but when you top them with one of their pestos like the sweet jalapeno, eggplant or cilantro pesto they really shine. Their fresh entrees are also quite good. Roasted butternut squash had a unique blend of spices, and the eggplant was well prepared. Their spinach rice pilaf was ok, I didn't love it, but it worked with the other dishes, especially with some pesto thrown on top. These guys are in Safeway, Costco, Whole Foods and other specialty markets. I even see them at my farmer's market.
vegan street fair
upgraded to a larger venue space to accommodate everyone.”
The annual family-friendly vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors come together to serve vegan eats all in one place boasts free entrance, bite-sized items, and easy access to public transportation. The event takes place on Sunday, March 20st, 2016 from 11am-7pm on 11223 Chandler Boulevard between Lankershim Blvd and Vineland Ave next to the North Hollywood Metro Red Line.
Vegan Street Fair will be hosting over 100 booths on over a half mile in the NoHo Arts District. Vendors will be selling vegan themed apparel, corn dogs, pizza, sushi, soft serve, cupcakes, juices, and a wide array of other animal free items. In addition to the $3 or less bites, Vegan Street Fair has added an optional Big Plate Special for attendees eager to eat more than just a small bite valued at more than $3. Other improvements include over 30 ticket lines, a VIP ticket that acts as a fast pass for front of the line food and beverage access, free water for all attendees provided by Aguavida Premium Water, and clear signage highlighting vendor names, menu items, and allergy information. Some tips for enjoying VSF include arriving early, bringing cash only for food tickets, taking public transportation, and sharing bites and big plates with friends.
About the organizers
Vegan wife and husband team Jessica and Ken Schoech have traveled the country in search of the best vegan eats and events. In the process, Jessica crafted the idea for Vegan Street Fair when she began to feel nostalgic over the street fairs of her hometown in New York City. The duo decided to take their experience in live and reality TV production and put it into practice with live events. Vegan Street Fair was the first large scale event that they had undertaken and its success became the cornerstone of an event organization that plans to spread as far east as Jessica’s hometown of New York later this year. For now, the couple is busy with events and their two vegan sons. They hope to make Vegan Street Fair a bi-coastal event and encourage vegans and non-vegans to enjoy the food, atmosphere, and family-friendly environment on either coast.
To learn more about this event, please contact
Event Page- http://bit.ly/VSF2016
The 2016 list of vendors can be found at http://bit.ly/vendorlinks2016, including A Savory Twist, AFC Soy Foods, Aguavida Premium Water, Baby Love Sweetery, Bai, BeetxBeet, Best Gumbo in the Hood, Better Bean Co, Big Earth Café, Blue Window, BullDog Brewery, Califia Farms, Casa de Brisa, Casa Coqui, Charlie’s Brownies, Clean South, Coconut Delight, Compassion Co, Cool Plant Foods, Cup My Cakez, Divine Dips Ice Crème Truck, Dogs of Service, Donut Friend, Dreamy Creations Cupcake Truck, Driftwood Magazine, Earlez Grille, EarthCoco, Falasophy, The Federal Bar, Fermalife, Freedom Bar, Giggle, Gourmet Genie, Guerilla Wearfare, Happy Elephant Vegan, Heidi Hi Organics, H.O.P.E. House Foods America, How Do You Roll, Hugo’s Tacos, Humane Project, Ihsan’s Falafel, India Jones Chow Truck, Jamaica’s Cakes, Jamba Juice, Jaycelab, Karl’s Keifer, Kelly’s Croutons, Krimsey’s, Kuli Kuli Inc, Les Beaux Chocolats, Mama’s International Tamales, Marley Beverage Company, Meaningful Paws, Millie’s Gelato, Nom Eats Food Truck, Oh Kale Yeah Tees, Carla Lee’s NutBurgers, One Veg World, Orga Foods, Orgain, Pies by Domonic, Pomegranate, Wild Pops, Proper’s Pickle, Pulp Pantry, R.E.A.L. Foods, Ridiculous Baking Co., Rustichella, Sage, Shakti, Shojin, Skynny Kitchen, Southern Fried Vegan, Subzero, Sugar Free Markets, SunCafe Organic, T-Voni, The Herbivore Clothing Company, The Karma Baker, The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats, The Shugah Mama, Todo Verde, Treats by B, True Earth Juicery, Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies, Unhealthy Vegan Shop, Veg Kids, VegNews Magazine, Vegan Camp, Vegan Pizza, Vegans Rock Apparel, Vegetaryn, Victoria Johnson-Mikell Pastries, Viva Los Cupcakes, Yoga-urt, Young Scent, Yvonne’s Deliciously Vegan, and more.