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Green Holiday Festival Highlights

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The past Sunday, the first Green Holiday Festival, organized by the US VegCorp, took place at The Altman Building in Chelsea to benefit For The Animals Sanctuary. Over 50 vendors and exhibitors set up shop to share their products that are not just unique and creative, but also eco-friendly and sustainable.

This included animal friendly tees and apparel, shoes, sustainable furniture, soy candles that melt into a lotion, delicate handmade letter press, and even recycled paper products made from elephant poop. There were also delicious and innovative vegan food products to sample, buy, and share.

There were vegan food products from Edward and Sons and Integral Yoga Natural Foods. The Regal Vegan was there with her delightful faux gras.

KurSuperfoods and Sacha Vida introduced their innovative and delicious snacks. Simply 7 Snacks, Superseedz, and Platte Clove Naturals shared their crunchy snacks. Ice cream from Raw Ice Cream Company is always a treat. There were vegan chocolates from Angell Bar, Gnosis Chocolate, and of course, Sarah Gross’ Rescue Chocolate.

Of course, you can’t forget about vegan baked goods. There were delicious compassionate cupcakes from Sweet Cheeks Vegan Bakery and gluten-free, organic, handmade cookies and cream sandwiches from Sweet. by jana.

It’s Moringa showcased their nutritious products made from the moringa plant. Runa introduced me to their line of tea brewed with guayusa, Amazonian tree leaf.
Kombucha Brooklyn offered their kombucha tea and intrigued me with their kombucha home brew kit. Lastly, PALO‘s caffeine-free herbal tea brewed from mamajuana are always satisfying to drink.

The day was not just filled with lots of cool merchandise and food, but there were also many fun activities, live entertainment, and opportunities to learn about health eating, the vegan lifestyle, and sustainability from various animal rights organizations and health organizations. Up on the stage, there was a belly dance class, a yoga demo from Jivamukti, a musical performance by Craig Greenberg, as well as a pet fashion show, where Robert Negrin of Hec-lin Couture for Dogs showcased his eco green collection made entirely of recycled material. People of all ages gathered at the holiday craft station to build gingerbread sanctuary houses and to partake in some recycled arts and crafts. Stylists from the eco-friendly NY Hair Co. provided free salon services to attendees, while using their selection of cruelty-free hair care products.

Downstairs in the lower level, there were speaker presentations going on throughout the day. Jared Koch talked about healthy eating for the holidays, while Amie Valpone talked about preparing allergy friendly dishes. The Sproutman Steve Meyerowitz spoke about growing micro-greens and benefits of super foods. There were also informative presentations from Victoria Moran, Karen Ranzi, and Alex Jamieson, about the vegan lifestyle and promoting healthy eating habits in the family.

I had a great time at the Festival, helping out and attending, and returned home with a handful of goodies. I’ll post more extensively about the food and snacks in the upcoming weeks.

Lastly, don’t forget that the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival returns in March, 2012. This two day food festival will take place a few doors down at The Metropolitan Pavilion. Whether you’re a vegetarian/vegan or not, you’re bound to have a great time at the food festival!

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