Pittsburgh Vegan Festival – Fall Edition
This summer’s Vegan Festival was such a hit that Amethyst is bringing it back for a Fall edition! Vegan food, activities, giveaways, and more will reign at the Pittsburgh Vegan Festival on Saturday, November 1 from Noon to 8PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills. Please keep in mind that this event is being held at a different location than the last one due to its considerable growth in participating vendors. Admission is $3 per adult (cash only) and children 12 and under get in for free.
Vegan baked-goods will be for sale from The Vegan Goddess and the Gluten Free Goat, who specializes in gluten-free doughnuts, muffins, and cookies. Fortuitea Cafe and Building New Hope Coffee will also provide treats for those of you with a sweet tooth and coffee if you find yourself in need of a caffeine boost while you feast. Building New Hope is a volunteer driven organization based in Pittsburgh and in Granada, Nicaragua, that supports development projects in Central America. They partner with a worker-owned coffee cooperative and market their fairly traded organic coffee in the US.
If you’re looking for something a little more savory, stop by Loving Hut for some Vietnamese food. They’re the fastest growing international vegan chain of restaurants in the world with over 120 branches in places like Taiwan, Singapore, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, and more. SaludPgh will be there too with delectable empanadas, as will Sree’s Indian with delicious dishes featuring chickpeas and potatoes, spinach and black-eyed peas, green beans, and more!
Food won’t be the only thing worth while at the event. There will also be a number of non-food vendors flaunting their natural or vegan goods and services. Vegan soaps will be for sale by Apothecary Muse and you can pick up a soy candle from Happy Bee Soy Candles. Stop by Balanced Mind Pittsburgh‘s booth to learn more about the benefits of massage, reiki, and reflexology.
Games and contests will go on throughout the day. So if you have a special knack for Jack O’ Lantern carving, be sure to enter to win a prize from one of the vendors. Middle Eastern music will be performed by Rich Ermlick and Mark and Beth DeFilippo as well as a special performance by Father Flamethrower. Feel free to bring the kids along, there will be children’s activities, face painting, and a costume dance.
There is too much fun to be had at the Fall Vegan Festival. Check out a full list of the vendors here. The new venue is wheelchair accessible with free parking, although carpooling is recommended to save space. Most of the vendors are cash only, so be sure to make an ATM stop before heading over.