Chicago Recap Part Two- Green Festival
On Saturday morning we woke up to cold, fog and rain in Chicago. All of our lofty plans for bike rides around the lake and lots of window shopping were not to be. Luckily, while flipping through the tourist magazine in our hotel room I discovered that the Chicago Green Festival was going on right down the road at Navy Pier. Lots of green products under one roof for me to try? Perfect!
If you have ever been to Chicago's Navy Pier you will realize the irony of it being the location for any sort of green/eco event. To get to the Green Festival we had to wind our way past food courts filled with sugary fried foods, many a gift shop, and of course...a ferris wheel. Doug tried to convince me to take a ride but I am way to scared of heights! Sorry love.
Once safely inside the Green Festival, we found the Vega booth. I am a big fan of vegan Ironman Brendan Brazier and was excited to try Vega's newly reformulated Energizing Smoothie. The Vanilla Almondilla flavor was delicious. A great alternative when I am on the go and cannot get to my Vitamix to make a fresh green smoothie! In fact, the packets of Energizing Smoothie I picked up at the Vega booth proved very useful when I was stuck at the airport trying to get home! All I needed was an empty cup, some water and my Vega and I had instant plant based nutrition in a pinch! Good stuff. There was a local First Grade class making a presentation about recycling and composting. I loved their Lorax poster!
Clean living and eco-Consciousness extends to all members of my little family, human or canine. These Honest Pet Products would certainly be Maddy approved!I love trying locally made raw food snacks wherever I go. No matter how many times I have a macaroon, kale chip or flax cracker I am always excited to try someone else's take on it. These Green Spirit snacks were especially delicious. It might be a good thing their Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips are not available in NYC. I might have become addicted! At the end of our afternoon at the Green festival we found the Peeled booth where they were selling freshly opened young coconuts. None of us could resist getting one!
I was thankful the nice people from Peeled opened the top up enough for me to dig the delicious meat from the inside. The lack of spoon in no way stopped me! No better way to end a great afternoon than with fresh, young coconut meat. Yum.