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Today, we attended the Central Florida VegFest in Orlando. We didn't make it there the last couple of years, so I wanted to make sure we went this year. Wow, I cannot believe how big and busy it has gotten! We moved to Central Florida 11 years ago and we have attended numerous times over the years.

The VegFest is nice. What I love about it is that there is SO much great food. There are literally so many vegan food options available that you don't know what to eat. It's hard to decide. I wanted the Ethiopian food, the Vietnamese food, and the tamales! I ended up eating both the Vietnamese and the tamales. All of it was delicious! The Vietnamese food was from Veggie Garden, and the awesome tamales were from the Tamale Co. All of the food at this event is vegan, which awesome!

I like that they offer recycling at the event, too. They have a great turnout of vegan food vendors, speakers, free vegan food samples, literature, and more. 

What I don't like about the event - I wish there was a tent over the tables where you eat. You pay a lot of money for the family to eat and we are sitting there being sunburned. It is hot and the sun is baking you! I also think there are some vendors that have no reason to be there. As a VegFest, the vendors should all be geared toward the veg-lifestyle. Yet there are vendors selling shutters, banking, etc. Totally out of place. I realize they sell them the space for the money, but it waters down the mission of the festival.

Overall, it's a good festival to attend. I loved the food options and there were many good vendors. Years ago, when my kids were younger, I volunteered in the kid's zone. Today, they are older and don't spend any time there, but it looks like they have a lot of good things going on for the kids. I absolutely loved seeing this event so busy. While it was difficult to make my way through the crowd around the food vendors, it put a smile on my face that so many people were interested in vegan food. That is a wonderful thing!

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