This past weekend in Portland, fifty+ vegans consumed so much sodium it boggles the mind.
It's also gloriously mind boggling how awesome the first annual Fakin' Fest was.
Just look at this!
Mike's handmolded PIG cake!
All the cool vegans insisted on eating his head first, and we were left with a
pig cake butt at the end of the day.
Dishes ranged from sweet to salty to sweet and salty to savoury and salty and sweet again.
We raised $177.77 that goes directly to Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, all kindly from a donations bucket at a potluck-picnic with a quirky theme. The entire event was word of mouth and internet based! It was even picked up on VegNews' website!
Not a bad turn out on a day it was supposed to rain and an event that wasn't actually postered around town! There's already talk of a Sausagefest (obviously, vegan!) and next year's Fakin' Fest '10!
Onto the splendorous food coma!
To be honest, I didn't try everything - there was SO much! It was overwhelming.
I was so proud!
Deanna's bacon and leek stuffed yams
Homemade tempeh bacon
Mac & Cheeze with Bacon-y topping
Yam fries - there was a dip with these..I bet it was smokey!
Tina's Spinach Fakin' Quiche
Mini Eggplant Bacon sandwiches
Decadent, decadent, decadent.
Heather's Cute Stuffed Mushrooms!
Yeah! Bacon Baklava. This won honorable mention in a contest!
Extra pig cake frosting and a bacon cake!
Michelle's Cheeze Balls! Loved this.
Stef's Coconut Bacon Cupcakes!
I brought Herb Scalloped Potatoes with
Daiya Cheddar (which I may despise..) and Bac-os.
Bacon roll ups!
I also brought Chocolate Chip Cranberry cookies sprinkled with
Alder Smoked Salt. Alder Smoked Salt, of love.
ONE of the two food tables.
Most of the Fakin' fanatics, towards the end of the sunny afternoon.
And finally, I'd like to showcase my personal proof that I did pay attention in elementary school. Your third grade science fair poster had nothing on this!!
The event's co-organizer, Maeve, and I are collecting recipes that we'll post here and include in a zine. Please email them to getsconed [at] gmail.com if you brought a dish and are interested!
Awards! We had awards for Most Creative Fakin' Dish, Best Overall Fakin' Dish, and Best Fakin' Inspired Haiku! The haiku readings were wonderfully dramatic, and dear. The first two awards went to Webly's Chocolate Bacon Dates and a sweet couple's Eggplant BLTs with dipping sauce.
Thanks again to Lightlife, for donating our prizes - Smart Bacon and Fakin' Strips!
And extra special thanks to my friend Erica, for all the artwork!
Thank you to all who came!
tempeh bacon's biggest fan.