Take a look to find out who were the amazing vendors and brands present at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018! Get ready to explore a whole new lifestyle!
I’m a huge fan of the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, not only because I’m vegetarian, going on vegan myself, but because it’s very friendly and fun for non-vegetarian too.
It’s a great place to go to understand more about this up and coming lifestyle, how to substitute your proteins – that are always a huge issue when you stop eating meat – and to find out fantastic brands and vendors around the city and state of New York, as well as from across the country.
Take a look below at the highlights of this past edition that happened on May 19th and 20th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, in Manhattan! We had an amazing time!
Marty’s V Burger
Oh, we love Marty and everything he serves! We’ve even done a YouTube video on vegan restaurants featuring them!
As they say, it’s a “Fast Food. No Bull.” type of food. His burgers are literally some of the best in the city.
They are all house-made and I promise that the meat eaters will never believe they are eating vegan food!
His best seller is the Original World Famous Burger – a burger patty topped with melted cheddar “cheese”, special sauce, pickles, and crisp shredded lettuce, on a sesame seed bun!
We are completely addicted to it, and we’re sure you will to, regardless for being a meat eater! Promise!
“On-the-go deliciousness for all life’s adventures.”
They have a great line of protein cookies and Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze that are a great snack to have with you not only during the day, but also during your outdoor adventures!
They are perfect for breakfast, during the long office hours, at school, before or after workouts and yes, for the outdoor trips!
All portable, healthy, great tasting, minimally processed, without the additives and fillers.
“We’re defying all previous notions of beets with our upbeat, fun and tasty beet products!”
Yes they are! I do truly love beets and everything done with beets!
Love Beets started with a great couple spreading their expertise and love for beets and has now grown to having their own state-of-the-art production facility in Rochester, New York!
They have everything from baby beets, cooked beets, salad & snacks, beet juice and even beet powder!
The beet, berry and ginger smoothie is great to start you off!
I personally loved it!
“Don’t fear the treat!” I certainly don’t!
This is what you should try when it’s your day to splurge on your diet. I’m the type of person that actually has to eat something sweet every day, just to keep the fire burning, if you know what I mean. Ha! Well, Pure-Batch has some of the most amazing vegan, organic, gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free sweets!
Each batch is designed to give your body a healthy dose of protein, fiber, fat + low-glycemic sugar. I loved their ChoCoNut Truffle, the Cookie DŌ Truffle and the Wise Pignoli Cookies!
“Taste so good, just the way it should…”
Kawi Foods offers vegan and gluten-free vegetable broths, seasonings and dressings! They are all organic, Non-GMO, paleo, no sugar added and no MSG!
The brand is family owned & operated enterprise dedicated to providing wholesome products created from natural ingredients!
So, if you’re a professional or aspiring cook, they them out and we’re sure your guests will love the final result!
“The most delicious alternative to pasta.”
This high protein, high fiber, gluten-free pasta is really something! Banza explains that they are changing pasta forever, for the better – it’s pasta that loves you back! So, fear no more!
Their pasta is made from chickpea – a superfood – and it’s out of this world awesome, so it’s time to ditch the empty carbs in wheat noodles.
The taste? Unbelievably addictive and delicious! You’ll finally be able to eat pasta guilt-free
“Know better Hommus. ”
Ok. I’m also completely addicted to hummus. Once I open it at home, I can easily finish an entire pot alone, if I don’t control myself.
That said, Cedar’s sells some of the most delicious hummus, in my opinion. Their story starts back across the ocean in the Mediterranean, but continued in the US, when they decided to spread their love.
They infused different combinations of spices and veggies until they came up with new and exciting flavors.
Today they’ve expanded to their fresh Mediterranean Salads, Greek yogurt-based Dips, Salsa, Pita Chips, Wraps and—of course— their legendary Tzatziki. Hard to know to what buy first!
“Inspiring adventures in good food!”
Since Hodo’s early days at farmer’s markets in 2004, Hodo has made tofu enthusiasts out of top chefs and home cooks who never noticed plant-based protein before.
It’s delicious, plus USDA Organic, Non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, kosher certified, and an excellent source of protein.
They have a line of ready-to-eat, delicious tofu and yuba meals. What’s Yuba?
They explain: “It’s the top-layer goodness that we hand skim after we warm our super creamy organic soy milk. With a mellow flavor and the texture of an al dente noodle, yuba is a protein-packed marvel that’s the perfect-match for the Hodo kitchen’s favorite recipes.”
Follow Your Heart
I love every single product by these guys! They have everything from Vegenaise, Vegan Gourmet & Gluten-Free Bakery, Vegan Cheese Slices, VeganEgg, and Dressings.
It all started back in the 1970’s when Bob, Spencer, Michael and Paul, four young, bushy-haired hippies in Southern California opened a seven-seat soup, salad, and sandwich counter in the back of a small natural food store in the San Fernando Valley.
They were serving a small local community in Canoga Park that was soon to expand across the country.
Today, they’ve expanded their passion for great-tasting, healthy foods, and believe that we should all have compassion for all living things and have a responsibility to be good stewards to the environment! We support!
“The new black!”
Sail Away started from the love of a Long Islander musician for good coffee that grew after a specific trip to Colombia! I’m a huge coffee lover myself and the more, the merrier!
Plus, we all know that Colombia, as well as Brazil, has some of the best coffees on Earth!
So, he began crafting his own premium single origin roasts, blends and signature cold brew. So, as they say: “Live Young!”
“Unleash The Power of Plant Protein!”
If you’re in to snack foods, you should try this, after all, there’s nothing better than a healthy snack, right?
P-Nuffs is the only baked puff snack made from heart-healthy and protein-filled peanuts, fiber-full navy beans, and slow digesting complex carbohydrate rice.
It’s made with only natural ingredients, no artificial flavors, no sweeteners, no preservatives added.
It’s quite unique and if you’re a peanut lover, this is definitely for you!
“Latin Vegan Comfort Food.”
VSpot is a vegan restaurant with two locations – East Village and Park Slope – that was founded back in 2006. They’ve been serving delicious healthy vegan cuisine with a focus on the mouthwatering flavors of Latin America. They offer a number of gluten-free options and are Kosher certified.
They also have a weekly comedy show every Thursday in the Backroom of their Saint Marks location, with stellar comedians on the lineup. So, go eat well and have fun!
“The sweetest way to save a life!”
We love this! Besides being 100% vegan, and delicious, Rescue Chocolate sends portions of its profits to animal rescues, helping to save the millions of homeless dogs and cats.
All of their bars and truffles are vegan, handcrafted, organic, fairly traded and yummy!
There’s nothing better to have a chocolate and still, save a life, right!?
“Love Your Guts!”
The founder, Stephanie, decided to help her family have a healthy body and mind and active lifestyle, so she created snacks that are flavorful and packed with nutrition.
All the products are hand made with the finest ingredients, always focused on creating unique flavor experiences. Today Get Juiced offers an extensive line of fermented vegetables and cold pressed juices.
Their priority is people’s health by utilizing local produce, as much as possible, grown organically in nutrient rich soil, using non-toxic preparation and packaging, and minimizing their footprint. Pretty cool, right?
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Their vision is to “design, test, and build the world’s cleanest and most effective natural supplements with the aim of improving the health and fitness of all those who utilize their products.”
They offer everything from BCAAs, proteins, energy and metabolism products, vitamins, to apparel and equipment.
Online you’re also able to find countless recipes to try out on your own!
“Turning the electrolyte category upside right.”
Based in Lake Superior, they are grassroots and 100% employee owned.
They do everything themselves!
By eliminating 3rd party formulators, middlemen and mass distributors, it allowed them to have the best tasting, best ingredients and best price on the market.
Superieur Electrolytes can be found in the finest holistic centers, yoga studios, gyms, health food stores, running stores, bike shops, outdoor stores and in the cupboards of the healthiest households.
“Helping People & the Earth”
100 years ago, all food was organic. It grew in clean, mineral-rich soil and clean, mineral-rich water. Even our food distribution system has created waste in food, carbon and land – while encouraging the use of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and more.
Today, real food has been replaced by corporate-produced fast, cheap, addictive, processed food-like stuff.
Purium offers a solution that benefits our bodies as well as the Earth.
They take fresh, non-GMO, organic produce from the field and convert nearly 100% of it into stable powder that can last for up to 2 years. They are committed to education and sharing that knowledge with you, and offer certified kosher and certified organic food products.
The Fanciful Fox
“Hand crafted, in small batches, with love.”
Based out of Brooklyn, The Fanciful Fox is a brand that cares about animals, the environment, and mostly about you! They have a line of natural, vegan bath and body products.
All of their creations are hand crafted in micro batches, with the finest plant ingredients, and topped off with a whole lot of love.
They believe in the radical idea that if it goes on your skin it should be good for you!
That’s why they leave out all of the junk, so you’ll never find any nasty chemicals, gross fillers, or downright unpronounceable words in any of their products.
Save Haven Farm Sanctuary
This amazing animal sanctuary, called Save Haven Farm Sanctuary, is based in the hills of the Mid-Hudson Valley.
They provide a life-long, loving home for farmed animals rescued from abuse or neglect.
Today, they are the home of more than 100 animals.
They hope to raise awareness about the plight of animals raised for food and the benefits of a vegan diet for the animals, human health, and the environment.
They are dedicated to spreading compassion and respect for all living beings.
Great job guys!
In addition, there were several other fantastic vendors there that you can check out on their website!
Hope you enjoyed all these amazing brands and vendors from the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018!
Stay tunes for other upcoming events and if you’re vegan or vegetarian, be sure to explore all the amazing local NYC dining spots! Plus, if you like to eat at the different food markets spread throughout the city, take a look at a relatively new Dekalb Food Market in Brooklyn!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of all the brands and vendors
*Last Update on March/2020.*