I've always been concerned with what I eat and I try to choose
local and organic when possible. Even though I'm not vegetarian, I
do eat a lot of vegan and vegetarian meals, so I was curious about
the Taste of Health Food Festival that took place
recently in Vancouver.
When I looked at the website, I got excited. Isa Chandra Moskowitz would be appearing! If
you don't know her, she's the punk rock vegan queen who started the
author of some of my favourite cookbooks, including, Veganomicon, Vegan with a Vengeance and Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World. My hopes
I went on opening night, which was free
admission for the exhibit hall. The Vancouver
Cycling Coalition was outside the venue ready to greet cyclists
with valet parking. Inside there were tables set up in the lobby
with various cookbooks for sale alongside various non-profit
I found a lot of useful information at the Vancouver Humane Society display about
misleading labels on egg cartons. What did I learn? Watch out for
labels like "Omega-3," "farm fresh," "natural" or "vegetarian
feed," as these eggs all come from battery-caged hens. But even
free-range, free-run and organic labelled eggs are not the best
eggs when you have animal welfare on the brain. Only the Certified Organic label means the chickens are
cage-free, have access to the outdoors and have most space per bird
and that only these farms are being audited for animal welfare. You
can learn more at chickenout.ca.
Inside the exhibit hall was the usual trade
show set up with vendors hawking all kinds of wares from vegan
taquitos to hemp milk. The hall was only half full of vendors and
only the booths giving away free food seemed to have the most buzz.
I did get to try some hemp seeds (tasty!) and some maple sugar
(divine!) and I purchased a bag of raw cocoa nibs.
I didn't get to see any chefs, attend any demonstrations or meet
Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Overall, the event fell flat for me. But at
least I got some of those cocoa nibs.
Now that has the potential to be exciting!
Jeannette Ordas is a Vancouver-based Web Designer and Food Blogger who is probably right now thinking
about what she'll make for dinner.
Posted: Mon, Oct 06 2008
by Guest Blogger