The Natural Products Expo West extravaganza has come and gone. If you haven’t been reading along, you’re welcome to go back and read about day one and day two. Basically, I jammed an insane amount of eating, walking and talking into this past weekend. When I finally stopped and laid down on Sunday night, I slept for 13 hours. I think I’m still recovering, but finally finding time to reflect on the whole experience. One of my favorite things about ExpoWest was having the chance to meet up with a bunch of our past Vegan Cuts partners. It was such a pleasure to visit the folks from Sprout Skincare, Hail Merry, Kaia Foods, NewTree Chocolate….
Vegan Cuts Friends
….Back to the Roots, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Wembe and Gnosis Chocolate. I adore all of these companies and can’t say enough good things about their products. In addition to seeing some of my fave brands at the expo, I aso had the pleasure of hanging out with and meeting a bunch of bloggers including Vegan Vagrant, Demetrius form Vegucated, Allison from Allison’s Gourmet, Whitney from Eco Vegan Gal, Vanessa from the Green Girl Next Door, Trina from My Vegan Mom, Gail from the Hungry Vegan, and Angela from the Veracious Vegan.
New Things from Classic Vegan Brands
In addition to learning about and sampling more new vegan products than I can remember, it was awesome to taste test the latest products from some classic vegan brands, like Amy’s Indian Aloo Mattar wrap, Pig Out (like bacon bits) from Wayfare Foods, a slew of new spreads from Follow your Heart and soft serve (maybe not new?) from Chicago Vegan Foods .
More ExpoWest Crazyness
I keep telling everyone how crazy ExpoWest was. How crazy was it, really? Well, I did indulge in some very unique alcoholic beverages….see Cherry Amaretto Coconut Bliss vodka shake shots and “Naughty Ramon” drinks made by Teeccino using their french roast, vodka, non-dairy creamer and frangelico hazelnut liqueur. I was also propositioned by So Delicious to enjoy ice cream sandwiches for breakfast, and got to meet the ladies from Spork Foods. So yea, it was kinda nuts.
So now that ExpoWest is over, I’m starting to eat my way through some of the samples I collected. Earlier this week, Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack and I enjoyed some pita chips and salsa from The Brooklyn Salsa Company and Ozery Bakery.
We could sink a battle ship with all the vegan treats we’ve squirrelled away here at the Vegan Yack Attack HQ. With so many options comes the dilemma of what to eat first. Not really a hard choice when you think about it like we do. I can’t exactly carry a tub of EatPastry cookie dough in my suitcase while I continue my west coast adventures, though of course I’d love to. So we cracked open a tub of their chocolate chip, and have been eating it with a spoon. I can eat baked cookies any day of the week, but vegan cookie dough that’s this tasty is hard to come by. I have to enjoy it while I can!
Enter to Win this Huge Vegan Sample Pack Giveaway
Lucky for you, I literally can’t carry all of the samples I scored at ExpoWest. So I’ve decided to host a giveaway for everything you see in the picture above. To enter, use this fancy widget below. Open to U.S. only.