All right. All right. I did more than just visit the animals at the farm when I went to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary July Jamboree. Wow what a title to get out. :P
I went for the food.
Who doesn’t go for the food? Especially vegans. You can’t tell me that you’re vegan, but don’t eat at vegan festivals. You have to. And you absolutely have to post photos of it everywhere. That way people know exactly what you’re eating.
But back to the Jamboree.
There were 4 different places to grab some vegan fare from. The sanctuary had their own BBQ style tent complete with kale caesar salad, mac & cheese (with daiya), baked beans, veggie burgers, grilled corn (with earth balance), and cookies. I got a combo plate, priced at a reasonable $10, that included a veggie cheezeburger and two sides. I chose the kale caesar and the grilled corn. I also chose a vegan cookie, however, a turkey came up to me while I was eating and decided he needed it more than me. Which was probably true. This postpartum body isn’t going to tone itself!
For the simplistic vegan, the BBQ food was delicious. It was nice and homey with country/folk music playing in the background and sitting on hay bales. However, if you are trying to avoid soy, maybe skip the veggie burger and stick to the sides of baked beans, corn (sans EB), and the Kale caesar.
Next was the Ice Cream truck Like No Udder. I will preamble this review by saying that there is a vegan ice cream place (well veg and non veg) about 4 blocks from my house. I am a little spoiled in that regard. However, the soft serve at LNU was almost exactly the same as the dairy laden, cancer causing, stomach pain inducing soft serve without the awful side effects! They had numerous toppings, each costing $.50 to add. I opted for chocolate sauce, oreo crumbles, and sprinkles. I also grabbed an imitation Snickers bar. It’s a vegan friendly version of the regular candy bar. I will say that I was skeptical at the employees knowledge of vegan fare as the chocolate sauce they used was Hershey’s chocolate sauce, which I am pretty sure has dairy in it… Does that mean the sprinkles also had confectioner’s glaze? Questions worth asking, but I was too caught up in the moment to ask.
The last stop for me was the Cinnamon Snail. This renown food truck has made appearances in many vegan hot spots in New York, including the Brooklyn Vegan Shop Up (which I will be reviewing in a few days). My husband (the good sport that he is), Isabella, and I waited in line for 2 hours for this vegan fare. I had spotted the truck when we first arrived and mentioned that I wanted to eat there. At the time there were about 7-8 people in line waiting. My husband said that we should wait until later. Ha. Little did he know that we would be in a much longer line later. I was struggling with what to order. I am trying to avoid eating so much soy since it’s in everything. Plus, I had eaten more than my fair share between the ice cream and the veggie burger. The menu offered proteins of seitan and tempeh, but also included their own veggie burger recipe as well as a portabella mushroom dish. The truck is known for its Korean BBQ sandwich, which until I arrived at the window, I thought about getting. Upon seeing the plethora of desserts I wanted to order, I opted for the less fatty and less processed portabella dish over a bed of greens (rather than on a tortilla/bread). It included a fig moustarda and a dijon dressing. I also ordered a chocolate danish. The mushroom dish was delicious. It was cooked to perfection and seasoned (not only from the smokiness of the grill) but also a little but of spice to give it a kick. The mushroom melted in your mouth. The greens and dijon dressing added a much needed crunch and bite to complement the mushroom. The Danish was a little too sweet for my taste, but definitely mimicked the taste of a chocolate croissant. Overall, it was worth the 2 hour wait.
The festival was definitely a nice place to try different vegan fare at a reasonable price. They severely underestimated how many people would be in attendance. I believe that had they known the jamboree was going to be a huge success, they would have hired more food trucks to support the hungry stomachs of the festival goers.