Escape All the Fog and Cruelty This Weekend at the Vegan and Vegetarian Food Fest

Given our crappy weather, ample sausages, and an embarrassment of generally meaty action catering to local carnivores, we're guessing vegans and vegetarians might seriously consider driving 40 minutes north of the city for this weekend's first annual Vegan and Vegetarian Food Festival. The free event revs up daily at 11 a.m. in La Plaza Park (corner of Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue in downtown Cotati). Food from 15 Sonoma-area restaurants and caterers will be sold, and the festival is timed to coincide with a national vegetarian conference happening at nearby Sonoma State.

Festival-goers will be able to take in crafts, music, martial arts, dance troupes, and performing kids' groups, all while wallowing in cruelty-free chow. Organizers are expecting some 5,000 folks to attend. The vendors lineup includes Raw Bliss Foods, Taqueria El Coronel, Sahara Middle Eastern Cuisine, Oliver's Market, Nan's Gourmet Foods, JK's Four Season, Seed, El Malecon, Fresh China, Karma's Indian Bistro, and Sally Tomatoes. Meals for Change is expected to serve Shepherdless Pie and Chunky Vegetable Paella, and sweets seekers may find nirvana in desserts from California Funnel Cakes, Pinky's Old Fashion Cotton Candy & Treats, and Del Secco's Gelato 'N Sweets. Nobody said giving up animal meant giving up indulgence, right?

For more information, call (707) 591-1786.


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