This was an epic weekend for vegans in the New York City area, as The Seed, A Vegan Experience took place at 82Mercer in SoHo. It was two days of great food, amazing guest speakers, film screenings, food demos, Bust Magazine’s Vegan Craftacular, and tables and tables of super cool vegan merchandise.
I will admit that when I heard about The Seed, I didn’t think I would go. The New York City Vegetarian Food Festival was just a few months ago, and I have heard a lot of the speakers before. I also had already planned a birthday/housewarming party for the same weekend. But as the event grew closer and the buzz started to get louder, I couldn’t resist The Seed’s lure. I sure am glad I gave in to temptation and went. I wasn’t able to see all of the speakers I would have liked to because of scheduling and the need to get home to welcome my partygoers (and then the need to sleep in a little later on Sunday after said party), but I enjoyed the talks I was able to attend so much that it didn’t seem to matter.
The Seed was home to the who’s who in the vegan world. While walking around I spotted cookbook author Hannah Kaminsky, photographer Linda Long, athlete Rich Roll, and Pure Food and Wine’s Sarma Melngailis. (Hannah and Rich both spoke but sadly I missed both.) I was able to chat with cookbook author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Jasmin and Mariann from Our Hen House, Catskill Animal Sanctuary founder Kathy Stevens, singer Ted Leo, Rescue Chocolate Founder and NYC Veg Food Fest Organizer Sarah Gross, and Herbivore Clothing co-owner Michelle Schwegmann. I even had my own celebrity experience while waiting in line for the bathroom and someone asked “do you run Montclair Vegans?” I also bumped into many friends and acquaintances while walking around.
I was quite excited to see The Cinnamon Snail parked outside. If you’re never had a sandwich from the Snail, you’ve never had a proper sandwich. They also have amazing pastries and donuts. Dennis and I had Snail sandwiches for lunch on Sunday.
I’m not really sure what a Bavarian Barnyard Bop or a Hillybilly Hullabaloo is!
I splurged and had a s’mores donut for dessert on Sunday.
The Mac ‘n Food Truck drove up from Miami! Dennis and I had sandwiches on Saturday. We also had empanadas from Brooklyn’s V Spot as well as drumsticks and mac & cheese from Food Swings. It was a weekend of eating!
On Saturday, Victoria Moran talked about Main Street Vegan.
Jasmin and Mariann from Our Hen House gave ten tips on how to think vegan.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talked about how to go from an excuse-itarian to a vegan.
I came in at the tail end of Dr. Micheal Greger’s talk and couldn’t get anywhere close to the stage.
Jasmin Singer interviewed Kathy Freston. Kathy talked about bringing veganism into the mainstream.
Brendan Brazier gave a talk on vegan nutrition for athletes.
Chef Fran Costigan talked about one of my favorite subjects: chocolate!
Jenny Brown talked about The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Melisser Elliot talked about cruelty-free beauty. I learned that companies that were once vegan-friendly are now testing on animals in order to sell to China. Not good news!
Despite being surrounded by lots of vegan goodies, I only bought a few things – a jar of chia seed chocolate peanut butter and a few Peanut Butter Pit Bull bars from Rescue Chocolate (I see a theme emerging here) and this severed leg catnip toy from the Bust Vegan Craftacular.
Tallulah approves of her new toy.
The Seed was a huge success. I’m already looking forward to The Seed 2.0!