On Saturday I went to the NY Capitol Region Vegetarian Expo in Saratoga.
I was happy to see some of exhibitors with products I was familiar with, like Artisana Coconut Butter:)
Here is a recipe featured at the Artisana booth as it appears on the hand-out. Thank you Artisana!
Cole's Coconut Fruit Dip
8 oz. Artisana Coconut Butter
2 fresh ripe organic peaches or nectarines (feel free to experiment with other fruits!)
1 large organic lime
2 tablespoons raw and organic agave
Peel lime and remove seeds. Remove pits from fresh peaches. Place fruit and Artisana Coconut Butter into Vitamix or powerful blender and blend until smooth. Add agave for sweetening to taste.
This makes a super creamy and delicious fruit dip. Slice apples or prepare other fruit for dipping and enjoy. You can add even more agave for a Creamy Peachy Frosting that is super healthy!
A little more about the Expo....
I had a chance to sample some of the Zukay Live Foods dressings. They are so good, and raw!
Here is a pic of Scott who was so nice and took a minute to briefly explain to every person who came up to the booth about the benefits of probiotic fermented foods. These are a great healthy alternative to your own dressings.
Another familiar product line exhibited was Navitas.
There were some lovely products at this booth from The Garden of One
Look at all the goodies from Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe:)
There were lots of compassionate books...
I got a sneak preview of the book I was fortunate enough to win from Gone Vegan. Thanks Gone Vegan! Here it is on the way home from picking it up at the post office today. What a beautiful day for a walk:)
There were some booths I could not get a picture of because they always had a large crowd of people around them and all you would have seen is the backs of all the people:) They were the ones selling fresh baked vegan goodies of some kind! There were lots of yummy samples.
I must say that the people I met here were all so awesome! Everyone I spoke to was so friendly and caring. Many showed a great interest in raw foods. There was one Raw Food specific booth, but sadly it was empty. I was sorry Gena from Choosing Raw was unable to make it:( I hope you are feeling better!
As noted in their website, the Expo is the first in the Capital Region area to bring together and promote the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, and compassion for animals and all beings while highlighting their relationship to a plant-based diet.
Many of the booths were there to educate people about the horrible reality of factory farming. There are links provided with the pics at the end of this post if you want to know more about the organizations dedicated helping animals. Happily, the vegan raw food diet does not contribute to such atrocities.
Here are a few pics of some of the wonderful organizations helping animals in need, and the beautiful people who love and care enough about our friends to dedicate a good portion of their time to saving them.
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary(Hi Cassie!)
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
New England Anti-Vivisection Society
Maple Farm Sanctuary
Here are a pair of the sweetest greyhounds from Greyhound Rescue of N.Y.
If possible, please support some of the organizations here or in your area that provide such a haven for our amazing animal friends. They might not exist without contributions from other caring people, like us:)