and one of the primary organizers of VeganManiaVeganMania was hot last Saturday. I mean really, swelteringly hot. But even the vegans, in Mother Earth's good graces, can't control the weather. It's a testament to their success that the fest was as crowded as it was on such a gorgeous, summery day.
We began the day by meeting the "cabbage patch girl"--an attendee who just said she thought dressing like a salad would be a fun conversation starter and good way to meet people. She even greened up her boots and her bag!
Entertainment ranged from world music, to belly dance and folk. And there were overflowing rooms full of vegan friendly and recycled crafts, clothes and art. Books were also plentiful, as were animal rescue and rights information booths.
We were a bit disappointed with the food selection, spoiled as we are by the cheap, multicultural bounty available in Chicago all the time. The main choices were Chinese, Indian, and Soul Food and they were all relatively pricey. Lunch also required long waits in two lines--first for food tickets and then for the food itself.
Not to sound cheap about a free fest, but we had hoped for a big room full of booths with Vegan samples, more like Whole Foods flavor fest used to be. The only samples we came across were fizzy juices and Vegan fish sticks. We were also disappointed that the kids specific area from last year was dropped.
Still, the people watching was prime and we soaked in a good amount of information and caught some interesting acts. Read My Hips belly dancers were especially impressive as they included many ages and body types among the dancers. We had a lot of fun and look forward to VeganMania year 3, in 2011.