Saturday afternoon was the 10th annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival, which was created specifically for people like Sarah and Me. Just kidding. But seriously. I went last year and the year before (pretty much as long as I’ve lived in Richmond) and this year was the best year, yet! There were tons of vendors and samples galore! It’s also awesome to be at a festival where you don’t have to ask “is there meat in that?”

A few of my favorites:

Kabab Grille was absolutely amazing. They were recently voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” by the Richmond Besties, and wow, did the earn it! I had a zucchini dish, with veggie rice, and it was seriously delicious. I can’t wait to go visit the actual restaurant. Maybe a future VAis4Bloggers meet up?

The picture really doesn’t do it justice. It was seriously delicious.

I also enjoyed the samples from Health Starts Here, (aka Whole Foods). The red quinoa salad was good, and the garlicky kale was awesome. They were giving out coupons for free tahini dressing (which is a blend of water, garlic, nutritional yeast, tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and liquid aminos), so I can’t wait to enjoy more kale! Normally, I just use kale for kale chips or green smoothies. This opens up a whole new world of veggie munching!

Tahini dressing + Kale = side dish, done.

I’m definitely going to keep this in mind, next time I find my self in need of a fast side dish. It was tasty and easy!

Lindsay and Sarah got some of the vegan gelalto, which they graciously let me taste, and it was quite delicious!

It was a great way to cool off in the 90+ degree temperature!

We also got to sample a bunch of Simply Bar flavors. They’re currently only sold online (in the U.S.) but they are considering coming to Richmond… so hopefully they sold lots of samples at the festival! I really liked the cinnamon pecan flavor!

Throughout the afternoon, I met Robin, ran into Brian, and unfortunately missed Lauren  and Brittany!

Did anyone else get to check out the festival this weekend?