I can’t believe it is one year since I went to the first Veggie Conquest. I have tasted some pretty amazing food at these fun competitions. Honestly Veggie Conquest doesn’t seem particularly competitive at all. There are prizes and there are winners, but overall, I would say the events are more of a celebration of vegan food and the wide variety of creative/energetic folks that are out there making it! It seems to me, that everyone that attends one of these events is a winner.
It has been amazing to watch Jessica Mahady, the event’s organizer, and her dedicated crew of volunteers make each event better than the one before. Veggie Conquest has an amazingly devoted following and sells out almost instantly. I believe this time, the taster tickets sold out in 10 minutes.
At VC5, we will all be treated to a variety of entrees, each of which will feature basil in it’s creation. I am also delighted to be participating in this event as a judge along with Kevin Archer and Wendy Roberts I have to say, as a timid and less than adventurous eater, these events have been mind and palate expanding. I am definitely relieved that the ingredient being featured this time is one I actively like!
Once again, as at the first event, Gone Pie will be donating glutenfree chocolate chip cookies for dessert. I am also pleased that Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral, the author of two vegan cookbooks, has given me a couple of her cookbooks to contribute as prizes. Priscilla is quite a cook and I am pleased to be working with her on the next edition of “Dining With Friends”.