The Raw Cooked Vegan

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Veg Fest

Veg Fest at Curtis Hixon Park (UT in the background)

Children's Museum looking across Curtis Hixon Park

 Today was Tampa's first annual Veg Fest. My sister and I checked it out earlier in the morning (we know how hot it gets mid-day) and I took some great pictures of down town Tampa.

They had several food vendors such as Grass Root restaurant, Vida de Cafe, Loving Hut, Joe's Oat Patties, Nature's Food Patch Market, and Whole Foods Market. My sister got a tropical smoothie from Vida de Cafe, which was great.
I sampled some "soy" ice treats made from pumpkin, soy and organic sugar. It was like eating a creamy cold piece of pumpkin pie!

Looking across the river at UT

Some families enjoying the water misters and the cylindrical Sykes building in the background 

Awww. This little girl's name was Lillie Bean up for adoption.

A vendor at St. Pete Market

By the time the heat was starting to get to us, we decided to head to St. Petersburg to the Market, which was "opening day". Wow, was it swarming with people. Then again, I haven't been there when it wasn't wall-to-wall people. St. Pete market is a world of smells, flavors, produce, crafts, people and lots of many of those that we saw "meetings" of dog petting. It was like a big friendly neighborhood!

After roaming through the crowd there, I was going to get a smoothie, but the lines were a half-mile long, so we walked down the street to check out an eatery for lunch (hoping for some air-conditioning~yes, we are wimps).

We found a cozy little place called Central Cafe and Organics. It was kind of a walk-in type place where you place your order at the counter (reminded me of a gelato shop for some reason), and then you could sit at a table outside on the sidewalk, or in the room next door, which was open to the air. We chose to stay inside where the we ordered our food since there were three stools by the window and it had AIR!!

We hogged two of only three stools inside and grabbed a cold one to go with our wrap and salad. Yum! We both had the same thing which was a half of a grilled veggie wrap with a house salad.

After eating our lunch, we headed out. My sister mentioned earlier that she wanted to see "The Pier", so when we started driving back toward Tampa, we inadvertently turned down the street the Pier was on! So, obviously we drove there to check it out.

St. Petersburg Pier
We walked the pier to the end building you see. It was full of tourist shops and eateries. The view was beautiful, but the heat was getting to us. We snapped some photos and headed back home.

Lisa and I

Tons of Pelicans!

This was so sweet, a father and son fishing off the pier.

It was a food, fun and sun day for us. We had a great time and hope you enjoy the pics.
Peace Out


Anonymous said...

This looks like it was a great event! You sure have an eye for pictures. Great shots!!

Anonymous said...

I want that dog!!

Jen said...

Thanks for the nice feedback! The dog was a keeper (for someone, I hope).