Wow. People told me ExpoWest was big and crazy, but it’s impossible to imagine just how big and crazy it really is. Huge and elaborate exhibitor setups, free samples galore, intense crowds, celebrity spokespeople (I saw David Wolfe and Fabio was in the house)…it’s nuts! Yesterday was a whirlwind of zipping through rows of exhibitors, sampling vegan goodies, and catching up with blogger friends. I’ve already picked up way more samples than I know what to do with. I literally don’t know how I’m going to get them all home.
I’ll be heading back over to the convention center to do more of the same all day today, but here’s a quick recap of yesterday’s events.
Earth Balance Breakfast
The morning started off with a breakfast provided by Earth Balance. I fueled up on blueberry soy yogurt smoothies, paired with potatoes & salsa. Then it was time to hit the floor.
Fave New ExpoWest 2012 Vegan Finds – Day 2
I tried SO many new products. So many awesome, tasty vegan creations. After sleeping on it, these all new products are standouts: 1. Quinoa Blue (like rice pudding) from Comfy House made with coconut milk | 2. Chipotle mayo from Food for Lovers | 3. Hilary’s Eat Well burgers, made with quinoa and adzuki beans, and their remoulade and ranch sauces | 4. Divine Organics natura-tella, made with pili nuts.
Some of the madness of ExpoWest stems from the crazy setups exhibitors have created, I’m talking full blown popup shops with some even towering multiple stories to allow for private meetings on the upper levels. The other half of the madness is all the crazy, inventive products. Just checkout this vegan turkey from VegeUSA and these Playback Clothing t-shirts made from old dental x-ray film. They really have everything here.
So Delicious Screening of Vegucated
The long day ended with a red carpet screening of Vegucated, which you can (and should) now buy on DVD, hosted by So Delicious. It was a super fun and classy event, with great food and of course fantastic desserts. I tried a So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge Bar… ridiculous.
That’s all for now. I’ll be sharing tweet pics throughout the day, so feel free to follow along!