I'll be demo-ing my Tofu Eggless Olive Salad from Cookin' Crunk at 12:30 p.m., and there's a full line-up of other awesome local speakers. The line-up includes Philipp and Cru from the new vegetarian restaurant Mama Gaia, Lydia Muhammed with Lydia's Healthy Edibles, Brandon Thomas of Guilt Free Pastries, chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix (who will be demo-ing a vegan paella), Tracy Knight of Skinnysouth, and animal rights activist Tiffany Lindfield (speaking on social work and agribusiness).
There's also a Vegan Challenge Cook-off! Anyone can sign up, so you'll likely see some local home chefs up against restaurant pros. Should be interesting.
Zaka Bowl, City Silo, Seasons 52, Imagine Vegan Café, Merge Memphis, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Ms. Lillie’s Z-Muffins, Nikki’s Hot Products, Guilt-Free Pastries, Lydia’s Healthy Edibles, and others are supposed to be there with $3 samples. I hear baker Stephanie Crowdis (aka Poopie Bitch) will be joining Imagine Vegan Cafe at their table with some of her locally famous cakes, brownies, whoopie pies, and other desserts. There will be food trucks and other food vendors. Plus, you'll find giveaways of vegan products and lots of other goodies.
The fest is sponsored by Replenish Kombucha, City Silo Table and Pantry, Zaka Bowl, and Whole Foods Market. It's the first such fest to be organized by this group (led by Replenish Kombucha), though we have had vegan festivals (thanks to Bastet of Green Goddess Gourmet Vegan Foods) in the past. There's been a multi-year gap since the last fest though, so I'm super-stoked to see Memphis back in the VegFest game!
By the way, there's currently a chance of storms on Saturday morning, so a rain date plan for Sunday is in the works. I will keep y'all posted and update here if I hear anything.
I'll check back in on Monday night with a full report (taking Sunday off blogging for Paul's birthday!). Hope to see some local readers there!