I participated in the inaugural Cherry City Vegfest in Salem, Oregon
, this past weekend! And wow, what an incredible turnout by the community! This being the first (of hopefully many!) Vegfest in Salem, no one knew what to expect. The event started at 10:00 AM, and there was a busy and steady flow of folks all day! I also had the opportunity to help Deb Kay with her cooking demo!
and VegfulLife shared a table, and we discussed our specific vegan businesses, as well as our shared services. My husband, Steven, started Solutionary Running a few years ago after receiving his Road Runners Club of America level 1 coach certification, as well as being a certified USA Track and Field level 1 coach. He coaches newbie runners, all the way to marathoners. But he also works to inspire runners to create solutions with their talents. Be it, raising money for different causes, cleaning up the trails and the environment during runs, and also providing coaching services to the underserved communities. I work with Solutionary Running by providing plant-based meal plans to athletes that request that service.
In addition to our table, Cherry City Vegfest had a variety of vendors! We sat across from Sea Shepherd, and next to Green Acres Farm Sanctuary! Some of the other vendors were – Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, Sunset Farms Sanctuary, Out To Pasture Sanctuary, Food Empowerment Project, The Raven Corps, Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, Northwest VEG, Fences for Fido, Try Vegan PDX, PETA, Mothers Against Dairy (MAD), and PDX Veg. I felt, and still feel honored to have been in such fantastic company!
There were also several food vendors selling their delectables, as well as many samples. I was able to sample a delicious vegan bean and cheese burrito from Higher Taste, NadaMoo
Birthday Cake Ice Cream, as well as a vegan donut, curried cashews, and raw asparagus (yes, raw!) from LifeSource Natural Foods, the table next to us! I heard the Kurt Cubain sandwich from Snackrilege
was terrific! It was a vegan version a Cuban sandwich with house-made roasted pork-less seitan and Tofurky ham and Follow Your Heart cheese, topped with loads of pickles and mustard…yum! The Peaceful Palate
also had many exciting dishes, but they were sold out by the time I made it over there as well. It was that busy!
Thank you to all that stopped by our table to say hello, sign up for the newsletter, or inquire about our services. Thank you, Thank you! I know there will be many more vegan events in Salem to come!