Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival

The sky looked pretty dangerous but thankfully didn’t open up – so we spent the morning at the City Market and the Vegetarian Festival! The festival was rained out my 1L year, and last year I had to go out of town, so I had been counting the days until my last chance to attend.

Twin Oaks was finally at the City Market, so I went nuts and came home with a ton of tofu. And veggies and the tail-end of the season’s peaches.

Ready to go!

Today was great because the Veg. Festival was sponsored by the SPCA, so dogs were welcome! Grady came along with the family and met a ton of dogs. He also snagged a pretty sweet Halloween bandanna from an animal rescue fundraiser. We got a ton of free samples, including Bob’s Red Mill products (already love their steel-cut oats), Celestial Seasonings teas, Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter (agh), granola bars, vegan cookies, recipes, wine and more.

Veg Celebration.

Wine Tastings.

SO much food.

Grady made a ton of friends, human and animal, including this tiny little goldendoodle puppy. LOVE.

This is how I hug.

We also tried some fried plantains and cocoa chips, and met someone who has a vegan food club! Whole Foods is sponsoring their next event, and we’re definitely signing up.

And we met the people from New Forest Earth, who promote “sustainable forest products” made from community forests to raise money to help stop the spread of deforestation, which in many countries destroys families and homes. Each community creates products such as local chocolates and recycled paper notebooks.They also work with a women’s cooperative in the Amazon, using proceeds from the women’s jewelry to fund plant nurseries. Today’s bounty was notebooks from made from South American recycled paper!


They’re new to Charlottesville [from Williamsburg] and asked that everyone check them out! The products were gorgeous, and it’s a great cause. Check them out here. Thanks for the photo shoot!

It was a little too early for lunch, so we headed back to the mall, and Grady repped for free speech in his new bandana.


But by the time he got home, he was out.

I don't really even want to go inside right now.

I get to check the Veg Festival off of my bucket list, and enjoy the delicious, natural treats for a long time. Our kitchen is stocked!


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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