This past weekend, plant-based businesses, chefs, celebrities, authors, and eaters swarmed Miami for the inaugural Seed Food & Wine Festival. This vegan wonderland featured two celeb-studded private dinners, a VIP cocktail party, a film screening, a kids' cupcake affair, and the main event: festival day.
With several thousand people packing into the Midtown Miami tents, it was sensory overload for herbivores and omnivores alike. Best of all, lots of Broward and Palm Beach eateries were there, eagerly dishing up their plant-powered eats. Check out who showed after the jump.
More than 100 vendors were onsite, from juiceries and local restaurants to national brands and skin-care companies. From Broward and Palm Beach, there was a whole host of attendees proving that South Florida's no slouch when it comes to vegan offerings.
Green Bar and Kitchen served its Chick'n salad (Beyond Meat, celery, red onion, Veganaise, black pepper, salt, golden raisins, and dried cranberries) on slivers of yellow and red bell pepper.
Atlas Meat-Free Deli was doling out samples of its hearty sausage and sauerkraut, plus vegan cheese and crackers.
PAC Pastries was offering bites of Shelbey Ganzel's famous baked goods, plus (for the first time) selling packaged cupcake mix, PAC's special recipe. The owners are working to raise money to get the PAC truck repaired.
Chunkie Dunkies had raw, gluten-free cookies to taste in flavors ranging from carrot cake to mint chocolate chip and everything in between.
Clovermint Cafe and Market, soon to open in Fort Lauderdale, had gluten-free chocolate peanut butter bites.
And the Roasted Fig, a Lauderdale-based personal chef and catering service, served unique risotto dessert balls (among other goodies).
All in all, with thousands of attendees and all the plants you can eat, Seed was a massive windfall for Florida's vegan community. Kudos to all the hard-working folks who made it a major success.
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