Vegfest 2012 offers perfect excuse to visit Seattle's vegan hot spots
For those of you who need more convincing, I present Vegfest 2012. This year's edition of Vegetarians of Washington's annual food festival boasts free samples of more than 500 different foods, cooking demonstrations, and free glucose tests and artery scans—fun for the whole family. (Vancouver's own Daiya Foods will be there, no doubt demoing its hotly anticipated dairy-free cheese wedges.)
Speakers include authors Neal Barnard (The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook) and Ellen Jaffe Jones (Eat Vegan on $4 a Day). Tickets for the event, which takes place at Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall on Saturday and Sunday (March 24 and 25), are US$8.
If you still have room after the fest, where to eat? Georgetown Liquor Company (5501 B Airport Way South), Plum Bistro (1429 12th Avenue), and Sage Organic Bakery & Cafe (324 15th Ave East) serve extra-tasty vegan fare. Don't forget to make a stop at Sidecar for Pigs Peace (5270 B University Way NE), reputedly Washington's only 100-percent vegan store.
Road trip, anyone?