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Author:  bergedy [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Boston VegFest

I know it is crowded and kind of annoying, but I still go. My plan is to get there at 10am Saturday and stick around for an hour so and then get out before it is too crowded.

Anyone else planning to go? We could head to Grasshopper for lunch after.

Author:  Quarantined [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:10 pm ]
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vegchic!! yeah that was my exact plan too, so I'm def. down to meet up and get lunch.

Author:  bergedy [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:27 pm ]
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Quarantined wrote:
vegchic!! yeah that was my exact plan too, so I'm def. down to meet up and get lunch.

Awesome, I can bring your Paddington Marmite suitcase too! I'll PM my cell so you have it.

Author:  Quarantined [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:38 pm ]
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cool! I'm PMing you my cell right now too. Shall we just plan to get there at 10, and go on inside and then call? Not sure what the setup is like there or is it better to meet outside?

Author:  bergedy [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:45 pm ]
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It is crowded inside, but probably safe to say meet right in the lobby by the security desk before going into the start of the festival as they'll be less people out there.

Author:  Quarantined [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:24 pm ]
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sounds like a plan!

Author:  vegefattien [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:52 pm ]
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My husband and I were thinking of coming down all the way from Vermont. We will probably go to NH on Friday and then to Boston on Saturday. Is it worth it? What is it like? Are there lots of samples? Maybe I should just book a last minute trip toLas Vegas.

Author:  bergedy [ Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:53 pm ]
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vegefattien wrote:
My husband and I were thinking of coming down all the way from Vermont. We will probably go to NH on Friday and then to Boston on Saturday. Is it worth it? What is it like? Are there lots of samples? Maybe I should just book a last minute trip toLas Vegas.

It gets very, very crowded because it is free...so if you go, your best bet is in the morning.

Vegan Treats bakery will be there which makes it pretty worth a stop in my opinion. Though 4 hours is a long way. There's generally a lot of free samples and lots tables where you can buy stuff you might not normally be able to find unless you go online.

I've been to some interesting speaker panels too, but now they are so crowded I often avoid them.

If you you guys are here for the weekend, you should definitely get lunch or dinner at Grasshopper.

Author:  Desdemona [ Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:38 am ]
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vegefattien wrote:
My husband and I were thinking of coming down all the way from Vermont. We will probably go to NH on Friday and then to Boston on Saturday. Is it worth it? What is it like? Are there lots of samples? Maybe I should just book a last minute trip toLas Vegas.


We went last year, and were so full from samples that we didn't even want the lunch we'd planned on going to afterwards! I'm not sure if I can manage it this year, but if I do I'll probably be solo, since my partner is too swamped with work to be tempted away - even by Vegan Treats!

Author:  vegefattien [ Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:29 am ]
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Thanks for the answers! It is soooo expensive to stay in Boston. Should we stay someplace like Lowell? Is there another place that would be better? We would just use the commuter rail/T to get into Boston and stay all day.

Author:  vegetalion [ Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:52 am ]
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vegefattien wrote:
Thanks for the answers! It is soooo expensive to stay in Boston. Should we stay someplace like Lowell? Is there another place that would be better? We would just use the commuter rail/T to get into Boston and stay all day.


If you are okay with driving, my parents almost always stay in Framingham when they come visit because the hotels there are very cheap. But I don't know how close said cheap hotels are to the commuter rail there.

My bf and I are definitely going, and we're planning to be there right at 10, too! I feel like walking around in a group is going to be sort of impossible, but if I see a couple suspicious-looking types hanging around the security desk, I will come up and say hello!

Author:  bergedy [ Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:31 am ]
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vegefattien wrote:
Thanks for the answers! It is soooo expensive to stay in Boston. Should we stay someplace like Lowell? Is there another place that would be better? We would just use the commuter rail/T to get into Boston and stay all day.

Have you checked Hotwire.com? Friends and I have gotten very reasonable hotel rates on there when booking just a few days in advance.

Other options for driving in or taking the rail would be Dedham or Quincy area which should be reasonable.

Also, you may find some good options in Somerville which are within walking distance to the train.

Author:  bergedy [ Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:33 am ]
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vegetalion wrote:

My bf and I are definitely going, and we're planning to be there right at 10, too! I feel like walking around in a group is going to be sort of impossible, but if I see a couple suspicious-looking types hanging around the security desk, I will come up and say hello!


Wandering as a large group will likely be impossible, yes... Though if you want to grab lunch with us after, it would be great to hang out with more PPK folk. PM me for my cell or you can email vegchic (at) gmail which I'll get on my phone.

Author:  vegetalion [ Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:39 pm ]
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bergedy wrote:
vegetalion wrote:

My bf and I are definitely going, and we're planning to be there right at 10, too! I feel like walking around in a group is going to be sort of impossible, but if I see a couple suspicious-looking types hanging around the security desk, I will come up and say hello!


Wandering as a large group will likely be impossible, yes... Though if you want to grab lunch with us after, it would be great to hang out with more PPK folk. PM me for my cell or you can email vegchic (at) gmail which I'll get on my phone.


Cool! I'll PM you with my cell #. The bf doesn't like crowds, so the big crowds at BVFF might be all he can deal with that day, but if we feels up to lunch, we'll join you.

Edited to add: I don't like crowds either and might get overwhelmed; I didn't mean to make this sound like I'm blaming my bf!

Author:  Bunnykins [ Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:03 pm ]
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I'm going to the fest! Would love to meet up after...PMing now.

Author:  egarmon [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:52 am ]
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I am so on the fence about going to the VegFest! I live about 2 hours away, which typically wouldn't be a big deal except I commute to Boston twice a week already for classes. Soooo, I'd have to really want to go.

What I'm wondering is, is the VegFest a great place to get hard-to-find or interesting vegan products and cooking supplies? I live in Western Mass. and the resources here are extremely limited. I love love love to cook, so if there's a good chance I'll find some inspiration it might be worth the extra driving time. I also think it could be nice to be with like-minded folk :)

Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Author:  bergedy [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:50 pm ]
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egarmon wrote:
I am so on the fence about going to the VegFest! I live about 2 hours away, which typically wouldn't be a big deal except I commute to Boston twice a week already for classes. Soooo, I'd have to really want to go.

What I'm wondering is, is the VegFest a great place to get hard-to-find or interesting vegan products and cooking supplies? I live in Western Mass. and the resources here are extremely limited. I love love love to cook, so if there's a good chance I'll find some inspiration it might be worth the extra driving time. I also think it could be nice to be with like-minded folk :)

Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!


I can't recall ever seeing cooking supplies there. They do however, have tons of stuff like white chocolate chips other randomness that I normally can't find locally. There's also discounted cookbooks.

It is a long way to drive for it, especially with all the crowds. Perhaps hanging out with us at Grasshopper would make it more worthwhile?

Author:  joyfulvegan [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:36 pm ]
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my hubby and i are going and we're so excited! it's our first time going to the boston vegfest. we booked a hotel off of hotwire.com and we'll be staying in the back bay. we're planning to go both days. we'll be coming from NH but taking a bus from portsmouth to boston because i hate driving in the city. aaaaanyway, if anyone wants to meet up (even though i'm not super-active on here yet), PM me! :)

Author:  egarmon [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:49 pm ]
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bergedy wrote:
It is a long way to drive for it, especially with all the crowds. Perhaps hanging out with us at Grasshopper would make it more worthwhile?


Thank you for the invitation bergedy :) I'd love to have lunch with some PPKers! I've realized it's probably more realistic to wait and see how I feel in the morning and decide then if I feel up for the drive or not. Now that it's the night before the drive is seeming like more of a drag so I might not make it after all.

I'm new to the PPK - do you guys in Boston meet up often? I'd love to be more involved and that probably won't happen out here in Western Mass!

Author:  The Evil One [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:58 pm ]
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egarmon wrote:
bergedy wrote:
It is a long way to drive for it, especially with all the crowds. Perhaps hanging out with us at Grasshopper would make it more worthwhile?


Thank you for the invitation bergedy :) I'd love to have lunch with some PPKers! I've realized it's probably more realistic to wait and see how I feel in the morning and decide then if I feel up for the drive or not. Now that it's the night before the drive is seeming like more of a drag so I might not make it after all.

I'm new to the PPK - do you guys in Boston meet up often? I'd love to be more involved and that probably won't happen out here in Western Mass!


There are a few of us in Western Mass and Connecticut. Meeting in Northampton or Florence is easy enough for most of us.

Since you're new to the PPK, I am the mom of two vegan kids (chatter and Jacques). TheAmazonProject goes to school with my kids. Momservo, Bugink, and Eppy also live in Western Mass. Wintermitts (on the old boards) goes to school at Hampshire.

If you ever need support or resources, please feel free to ask.

Author:  egarmon [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:10 pm ]
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The Evil One wrote:
There are a few of us in Western Mass and Connecticut. Meeting in Northampton or Florence is easy enough for most of us.

Since you're new to the PPK, I am the mom of two vegan kids (chatter and Jacques). TheAmazonProject goes to school with my kids. Momservo, Bugink, and Eppy also live in Western Mass. Wintermitts (on the old boards) goes to school at Hampshire.

If you ever need support or resources, please feel free to ask.


Thank you so much! It's great to know there's a few of us out this way! I've already posted several questions on the boards and have gotten some great answers. I'm pretty much smitten with the PPK at this point, as I don't have any vegan friends to talk with about cooking :)

Author:  bergedy [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:44 pm ]
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egarmon wrote:
bergedy wrote:
It is a long way to drive for it, especially with all the crowds. Perhaps hanging out with us at Grasshopper would make it more worthwhile?


Thank you for the invitation bergedy :) I'd love to have lunch with some PPKers! I've realized it's probably more realistic to wait and see how I feel in the morning and decide then if I feel up for the drive or not. Now that it's the night before the drive is seeming like more of a drag so I might not make it after all.

I'm new to the PPK - do you guys in Boston meet up often? I'd love to be more involved and that probably won't happen out here in Western Mass!


I think I PM'd everyone in the thread with my info. If you just read this and still want to meet us at the fest or at Grasshopper email vegchic (at) gmail which I'll receive on my phone. Then I'll get in touch with you.

Author:  Dr. Apricot [ Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:07 am ]
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I'm betting I'll be too full for Grasshopper, but if anyone wants to say hi I'll be wearing a spider in my hair.

Author:  fupapack [ Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:18 am ]
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i really wanted to go but because it is halloween weekend there are too many other things going on.

Author:  Desdemona [ Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:04 am ]
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If I make it at all it will have to be tomorrow, and at this point I'm not even sure about that; there's just way too much stuff going on this weekend. Have fun, everyone!

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