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Vegan Planet: On to Summerfest

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


On to Summerfest

The 34th annual Vegetarian Summerfest, the annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society begins on Wednesday. It takes place at the beautiful campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown, PA, on a picturesque mountaintop 650-acre wildlife preserve. The five-day even is jam-packed with talks, food demos, and entertainment, and the roster is a veritable who’s-who of vegan personalities including T. Colin Campbell, Howard Lyman, Jo Stepaniak, and many others.

On Saturday, June 21, I will be in their company, too, doing a cooking demonstration called Little Bites to Big Bites: Bold Global Flavors for Versatile Appetizers or Main Dishes. During my demo, I’ll prepare several dishes from my latest book, Vegan Fire & Spice that can be used as both appetizers and main dishes and show how to use spices and seasonings from different global regions to enhance everyday meals.

One of the recipes I will be demonstrating is the Seitan Satays with Ginger Peanut Sauce, which you can see in my April 28 post, as well as the Jamaican Spiced Tempeh Nuggets. Amy over at the blog wrote about this recipe in her April 17th post, and included a great photo.

Speaking of photos, I hope to take a few while at Summerfest, and I’ll be sure to share them with you when I return next week. Are any of you planning to be at Summerfest? If you do, please find me, as I’d love to meet you.

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I won't be going to Summerfest, but I will be going to the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair in September. Any chance you'll be there??
Carrie: I've heard great things about the Toronto event and it's been on my "wish list" to attend sometime, but it won't be this year. Hope you have a great time!
Wish I could see you at Summerfest but I will have to settle for an evening with Fire & Spice instead. By the way, when I asked my local bookstore to carry Fire & Spice, they were interested in it as soon as they saw the book.

Also, today was the annual vegetarian festival in Richmond, Va. Unfortunately it coincides with Summerfest otherwise I'd nag you about attending.
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