I walked into the crowded, gated area and a couple of things immediately caught my eye. Standing out from the multitudes of obviously meat-centric vendors were two, prominent, jerky booths, as well as another proclaiming, simply, "DUCK". Let the gagging commence.
|as it should be|
Besides almost being faked out by a kale salad that had
Round and round I went, bypassing everything from oysters to BBQ. Perhaps most irritating was the greenwashing; experiencing such a slow, internal, burn- at one point I texted a friend, "Mostly local, humane, farm-raised, sustainable bullsh**". He wasn't sorry he missed it.
I did see People's Pops, a small, vegan-friendly (all vegan?) local company who makes fancy-schmancy ice pops and shave ice. You can find them all over the city!
It was exciting to find Flour City Pasta, with their welcoming vegan sign!
So many different, colorful varieties to choose from, but I wish they would have been selling some fancy pasta salad to showcase their products. After all, the event is geared significantly more towards munching than shopping.
Another booth suffering the same, unfortunate lack of interest due to the fact that they weren't offering prepared food, was The Brooklyn Bean Co.
I've heard good things about Salud, but they seemed to mainly be concentrating on smoothies (and roasted fava beans- which can be very dangerous), as opposed to bites.
It was nice to see that it's not only vegans who go crazy for free samples, but I really had to
And then, finally, in the distance, the infamous Barry's Tempeh I've been hearing so much about. They were offering a delicious looking and beautifully presented bbq sammie served with cole slaw. It was too crowded for me to check on the veganity of the entire offering and too late to partake in such a sandwich before lunch, but I asked another patron if it was good and he told me that he'd been a vegetarian for 21 years and he couldn't believe how good it was. I'd say this is your best bet at the event.
If you have any vegan-friendly suggestions to prevent Smorgasburg from becoming Smorgasbored, I'd be happy to hear them. I did ask for guidance at the information booth, but the two men I spoke with didn't exactly give my vegan inquiry much consideration.
On another, unrelated note- don't wear sandals; scooping dusty gravel into my shoes with every step only exacerbated the grimness of my already long-suffering disposition.