My Top Ten From NYC’s Green Festival

This past weekend I attended the NYC Green Festival, the largest and longest-running festival on sustainability and green living.  This year’s festival featured nearly 100 food exhibitors specializing in local, artisanal-crafted foods, vegan/vegetarian cuisine and organic food products, a sustainable beer and wine garden, and a vegan food court.

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Note – I received a complimentary invite and Adam and I attended free of charge.

We tried a lot of tasty things, too many to catalog -

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So instead of going through them all, I’ve chosen my top ten favorites.

My Top 10 Favorites from Green Fest

1. Coco Jack coconut opener works like a charm.  You use the mallet to hammer in the jack and in just a few steps you have an opened Thai young coconut.

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I opened this bad boy all by myself, without making a total mess.

coco jack opened coconut

2. Coconut Bliss is the best vegan ice cream we’ve ever tried.  It is made of coconut milk and is free of soy, dairy, and gluten.

coconut bliss

Adam was in love with his chocolate salted caramel and the mint galactica was the best mint chip, vegan or otherwise, I’ve ever tasted.

coconut bliss mint galactica

3. All of the vegan options from Daiya impressed us.  Also dairy, soy, and gluten free.  Adam thought the cheddar style slices tasted fairly “real.”

daiya cheddar

And he loved all of the pizzas.

daiya pizza

The strawberry cream cheese style spread was identical in texture to the original.  It would be great on sandwiches.

daiya strawberry cream cheese

4. Dang Caramel Sea Salt Coconut Chips were crunchy and sweet.

dang coconut chips

I’ve been eyeballing up this item at Whole Foods for months, now it is actually going into my cart.

5. Explore Asian’s Mung Bean Fettuccine is gluten-free but the texture was perfect.  Each 2 oz serving has 25 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber for 182 calories.

explore asian

6. Gardein’s Mandarin Crispy Chick’n had nice texture as well.  I thought this tasted better than traditional orange chicken.  Each serving has 150 calories, 7 grams of protein, and no saturated fat.

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7. Gnosis chocolate is made with {organic, vegan, kosher, ethically sourced} raw cacao.

gnosis

This was one of those wonderful dark chocolates that magically has a milkiness to it.  Even Adam, a proclaimed dark chocolate hater, enjoyed the Fleur de Sel.

8. Alive and Radiant’s Hibiscus and Pink Peppercorn Kale Krunch had a fun pink tinge.

kale krunch

The floral and spice balanced each other nicely and these were crunchy but didn’t shatter to bits when you tried to take a bite.

9. Nib Mor is a start-up from Long Island that uses organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade and gluten-free ingredients.

nib mor

The 72% Dark Chocolate Mint bar was delightfully cool and minty.  And I am practically going to die if I can’t get my hands on their drinking chocolate immediately.

10. Soom Tahini is a family business, started by the three Soom sisters.

soon tahini

This was the perfect note to end on because the Soom chocolate sesame butter was my favorite bite of the entire day!

soom chocolate

This was basically a jar of liquid halvah – aka my heaven.

Apparently I’m into coconut, mint, and chocolate – not a big surprise!

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