The lovely girls behind Get Sconed! and Strawberry and the World of Vegan Food put together a fabulous food event yesterday afternoon, Fakin' Fest! The vegans answer, without a touch of cruelty, to Portland's celebration of cholesterol with tempeh bacon fries, seitan bacon sandwiches and dip, bacon baklava, baco-custard, bacon topped cupcakes and so, so much more.
I had mentioned being willing and able to judge at a meetup earlier this month but didn't really expect it to happen! My plate with just a fraction of goodies:
The decision was hard for me but I chose bacon wrapped chocolate covered dates as most creative. They looked like pigs in blanket and I did not expect the sweet! Pleasant surprise. Janessa of Back to Eden Bakery was the other judge - her choice for best dish overall was the seitan bacon sandwiches with the baklava as (very) honorable mention. During the judging process we actually split a couple of things as there was SO.MUCH.FOOD.
I brought maple cupcakes with maple frosting and coconut bacon. I was proud that they turned out so well since I had been thinking of them all week!
I really believe the event showcased just how versatile and delicious vegan food can be. I mean, gorging myself on deliciously fatty food was definitely my idea of a good time.Who could eat this guy in real life? He's so cute!