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The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival: My Top 10 Observations

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 There wasn't a smoke machine; my iphone just takes blurry photos

There wasn’t a smoke machine; my iphone just takes blurry photos

This weekend was the 14th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. I was so there dude – here are my top 10 observations.

10. Investment Firms will always seem out of place at events like this. I rarely go to food based events with financial planning on the brain.

9. Some people in the crowd have no idea that they’re at a vegetarian food festival as exhibited by comments like “Wait. This is ALL vegetarian. UGH!”

8. Renewing your subscription to VegNews is best done at the BVFF because not only is the timing perfect but they give you free stuff too.

7. Sooner or later the organizers are going to have to move this event to a bigger space. Seriously, sometimes you have to swim through people like some kind of vegan Michael Phelps.

6. The BVFF is better when Isa Chandra Moskowitz is in attendance, because, y’know she’s the bomb and I was hoping to get a signed cookie book.

5. The sheer sight of the Vegan Treats table may make you weep bulbous tears of joy.

4. Just because something is vegan does not mean it will taste good.

3. It’s best to starve yourself before the event because there is a good chance that if you don’t your stomach might explode.

2. Samples are really the life blood of this event. Without samples, the squished feet, the random nefarious odor combination and line-cutters might supersede the event’s worth.

1. Old ladies with Farm Sanctuary shirts will sucker punch you in the ribs to get the last Cedar’s Hummus snack pack. Seriously.


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    When I covered it two years ago, my pics were all blurry, too. Kinda creepy!!

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    Vegan Ghosts? Nah. It’s probably all that indoor frying.

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    brownbird, those golden girls mean business, i’m just glad you made it out alive.

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    i wish there was more raw food, when will Grezzo come to this???

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    I was there. I agree with the author. The success of the event demands a bigger venue. It was unpleasantly crowded at times.

    I enjoyed the presentations of the speakers upstairs. It isn’t the fault of the BVS, but it seems like there are rude/clueless types at every vegan nutrition talk I go to.


    One man walked in to the room in the middle of a Chinese woman’s talk, walked right in front of her in the front of the room and then sat down.

    In that same talk some guy kept sticking his arm up to take pictures of some power point slides, while interfering with the view of the people sitting behind him.

    As one fellow audience member put it “there is always someone wanting to vent their spleen” at the nutrition talks. These people have no formal credentials, but they argue with the lecturer as if they are a visiting professor.

    Um, I came to hear the guy/gal with the degree, who wrote the book, who *knows* something — not you. Oy!