The bf and I arrived hungry and ready to be awed. Armed with our sourcebook and food tickets, we scanned the first room, containing all of the food vendors. This place was PACKED. I really don’t think they knew just how many people were going to attend. Crammed into the student center of Cleveland State University, the vendors all gathered in the center of the foyer and patrons circled around their tables – yet there was simply not enough room to get around comfortably. After a few bouts of claustrophobia, we selected our lunches and sat outside in the sun.
The bf chose an Asian-inspired rice & veggie bowl with all sorts of heat added to it (mango habenero sauce, if I’m remembering correctly?). I saw Empress Taytu, the Cleveland Ethiopian restaurant, and made a beeline. Selecting a plate of avocado salad, greens, yellow lentils, and chickpeas with a side of teff injera, I was ready to nom. Wish I had gotten the correct names for each of the dishes, yet there simply wasn’t enough space or time to do so. This was very yummy!
Having happy tummies, we did brave the crowd to see what other vendors were present. One of our favorites, Aladdin’s Eatery – with bomb hummus and hot sauce – was there.
Flaming Ice Cube, with two Ohio locations, was also there, with plenty of sweets. The black bean corn salsa is to die for.
Ms. Julie’s Kitchen was in attendance, also, representing Ak-rowdy. Offering Plant Kingdom treats, kale chips, and cashew cheeze – this place is surely one not to miss.
The Sweet Spot is a gelateria boasting 2-3 vegan flavors in rotation, as well as many different sorbets. This is the vegan vanilla gelato and stopped us both in our tracks – the best vanilla ever.
Vegan Sweet Tooth is an all-vegan bakery located in the swanky Eton mall. I was pleased to see some gf options, knowing that I had absolutely loved their cupcakes during my last visit when they hosted the Vegan-Palooza last year.
I walked away with a gf Jazzhands Cupcake (lemon raspberry), which was out of this world, some cookie dough balls, and “BFF Balls” (PB&J).
I was pleased to run into Tami Noyes of the blog Vegan Appetite, as well as the books American Vegan Kitchen, Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!, and newer publications Grills Gone Vegan, and Whole Grain Vegan Baking. Such a sweet vegan!
Also: Don’t forget to enter the Veggie Grill Giveaway before it’s too late!