North Florida VegFest Tallahassee

(T-Shirt created by Anxious Potato Co)

We love food that is plant based, healthy, sustainably grown, delicious and full of flavor. Damian has been a vegetarian for over 25 years and I have been mostly vegetarian for 5 years and currently am making the transition into a whole food vegan diet. Although the vegetarian and vegan diet has become more popular within the last few years, it is still quite difficult to find nutritious, fresh and healthy vegan food while traveling throughout the US. While cities might have better options, it is rare to find a vegan or even vegetarian-friendly restaurant outside of those bigger hubs.

When we heard of the 4th Annual North Florida VegFest that took place in Tallahassee on March 17th 2018, we were super excited to visit and to be able to experience this great event. The food was outstanding, with lots of variety from local and nearby vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants and vendors. The food options ranged from Brazilian Jackfruit Croquettes and Vegan Corn Dogs, to Vegan Jamaican Patties, Pizza, Indian Curries, Vegan Soul Food, Ethiopian Dishes, Vegan Mac’n’Cheese and Comfort Food, Vegan Burgers and Sandwiches, Healthy Smoothies, Vegan Ice Cream and Cheese Cakes and Sweets, Drinks and much more. It was a feast for the eyes and our stomach. Besides the super yummy food we loved the information that was available with representatives from Non-Profit organizations like Sustainable Tallahassee, Save Movement, Food Not Bombs, Farm Sanctuaries, Urban Farms etc. There were speaker at the Amphitheater who educated about the healthy plant based whole food diet and inspired with their own stories and their improvement of health by adapting to a vegan diet. From Cooking Demonstrations to Yoga classes, we loved the event and the spirit behind it.

The following Vendors and speaker are mentioned in our video (in the order of appearance), please check them out:

Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

Miss Vi’s Cook-up

Veg Coach Ellen Jaffe Jones (Speaker and Author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day)

Myriam Parham (Registered Dietician and President of the Florida Voices for Animals)

Revolution Gelato

Vegan Heavenly Delights

Apple Rose Beauty

Florida Peanut Federation

Anxious Potatoes Co


Also check out the following websites for upcoming VegFest and Vegan Events in the US and around the globe:

American Vegan Society

Veg World Magazine

Happy Cow


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Cobblestone Farmers Market Winston-Salem North Carolina

The Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem, Winston-Salem NC is a must see for any farm to table and food lover! From the setting in the historic town of Old Salem to the beautiful presentation of goods that shows the producers love and passion for their craft, this market is a jewel and deserves its award for “America’s Best Farmer’s Markets” by U.S. News and World Report.

The market is dedicated to sustainable food growers and producers from the local area, North Western Piedmont and Southern Virginia regions. Cobblestone producers embrace good, clean and fair practices that steward the land and ensure humane practices to animals.  Most of the produce and products are certified organic and the selection ranges from vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, jam, wine, coffee, tea, baked goods and much more. The market takes place on Saturdays from 9:00AM – 12:00PM from April-November. For more info go to: and their facebook page.

We visited the area on our travel in September and fell in love with this market. We filled our baskets and had a feast for a whole week. The locally grown produce was harvested the night before the market and it was full of flavor, juiciness and wonderful taste. And because the quality of produce is so good, it is easy to make a super delicious meal out of a few simple ingredients.

The first meal we made was a simple farm to table salad with fresh baked bread. Here’s the recipe for this healthy and simple vegan salad mentioned in our video:

Vegan Farm To Table Salad Recipe


Kale and/or Lettuce
Micro Greens
Heirloom Tomatoes
Fresh Herbs


Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
White Wine Vinegar


Wash and drain all produce, cut the onion into small slices, cut the rest of the ingredients into bite-sized pieces and put all in a bowl. Stir together the oil, vinegar, mustard and season to your liking, then mix the dressing into the salad. Serve with fresh bread and hummus as a meal or as an appetizer or side dish. Enjoy!


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