There is strength in numbers. Guilt-free, great-tasting dishes and cruelty-free, environment-friendly products become unlimited when variety is added.
That’s the VegFest 2019 in the Philippines, touted as the biggest gathering of the plant-based, meat-free and cruelty-free community in Asia. It’s happening this weekend, and over a hundred merchants await.
The vegan expo and workshops celebrate life by espousing a life of kindness, without harming animals in the process. Themed “Live kindly for the community”, VegFest 2019 features vegan and zero-waste lifestyle and health products, dishes and desserts. Fashion and wellness items are also offered. Cooking demos, climate talks, storytelling for children, and games spice up the proceedings.
Traditional Filipino food fare such as isaw, meat-free palabok, embutido, tocino, longganisa, tapa, mushroom chicharon, veggie sisig, barbecue, vegan burger, vegan pizzas, vegan lugaw, crispy plant-based cracklings that taste like bacon, dairy free ice-cream, pastries free from animal protein such as doughnuts and cakes, is given a cruelty-free, plant-based twist.
These are complemented with fresh juices, drinks made from superfoods, artisanal coffee, tea, cacao beverages, beer, Kombucha, and smoothies.
VegFest 2019 also offers zero-waste items, skincare and hygiene products, essential oils, perfumes, skin care products not tested on animals, shampoos, conditioner bars, footwear and apparel, cosmetics, home and kitchen needs, stickers, shirts and bags, and even meditation crystals and sprays.
At VegFest 2019, the mantra “May all living beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering” is realized in its many delicious, functional, and empowering forms.