Five vegan food options at the Big E this year, from savory to sweet

As more and more people choose to lead a vegan lifestyle – cutting out the consumption of meat, dairy or any animal-derived products – finding food options that fit this diet can be a challenge.

However, thanks to the plethora of options at The Big E in West Springfield, everyone can find a sweet treat or a savory bite to eat that’s still vegan.

Check out five varied vegan dishes and drinks to try at this year’s Big E below.


SoulFully Vegan Food Truck

Located in the brand new Front Porch section of The Big E fairgrounds, this vegan food truck – a Big E first – is already making a name for itself at this year’s show, having been awarded the title of “Best New Savory Snack” in as well as in the context of the very first “FoodiE Awards” of the show.

This is SoulFully Vegan’s Big E debut, as word of mouth and positive reviews have already helped drive interest and business, according to the husband and wife duo and owners Calvin and Allison Vaughan, who have added that it was their central Connecticut food truck. second season of operation.

The food truck sells and serves black bean burgers and fries – a taste of backyard barbecue familiarity with a light char and smoky flavor that is not only vegan, but also a “party in the mouth,” Allison Vaughan said.

The “Best New Savory Snack” award went to SoulFully Vegan thanks to its “Spicy PB&J Burger” which is a black bean burger sandwiched in a bun with peanut butter, jelly, vegan cheese and pickled jalapeño.

There’s also a “Soulful Burger” featuring lettuce, tomato, jerk sauce, sweet plantains, and vegan cheese on a black bean burger in a bun. Both burgers sell for $16.

Calvin Vaughan says The Big E “stand behind us 100%” and are already planning to return next year and beyond, but don’t miss out until this year’s Big E ends on Sunday 2 october.

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FinAllie Ferments of Vermont Pickle on a Stick

Pickle lovers can rejoice when they stop by the FinAllie Ferments vendor booth in the Vermont State Building at the fairgrounds to pick up a $5 pickle on a stick otherwise known as “The Big P” at the Big E.

Kabob-style dill pickles are made from cucumbers grown exclusively on 25 small-to-medium Vermont farms, according to Tyler Burns of FinAllie Ferments.

Burns added that the company sources produce from farms in Vermont — primarily in southern Vermont — and 20% of purchases go directly to the farmers who grow the crops, helping to support them.

Some of the vendor’s other products are also on sale, including his “Dill With It” sauerkraut and black garlic kimchi.

Cucumbers are sourced seasonally in the summer, which FinAllie then processes into pickles through traditional lacto-fermentation in a salty brine in an oak barrel, according to Burns.

The name of the woman-owned business is a portmanteau of the name of owner Allie Dercoli and that of her dog, Fin.

In its first week at the Big E this year, FinAllie Ferments has already sold nearly 2,000 pickles, Burns said.


New Hampshire Maple Producer’s Association Maple Syrup Products

Want a little sweetness after your black bean burger or your pickle on a stick? Head to the New Hampshire State Building and stop at the state maple growers association vendor booth.

Here visitors can find 100% pure maple syrup candies in a variety of sizes and shapes such as maple leaves, moose and Santa Claus, in addition to maple barbecue sauce , maple cream and of course jugs of liquid maple syrup – perhaps the best time and place to buy unless you know of a good authentic sugar shack.

Maple Cream, which comes in free taste test samples, can replace butter in a variety of culinary needs, from spreading on toast to baking pancakes to dinner dishes. where cream can add a sweet taste and help caramelize the meal.

Those who stop can also grab maple-coated nuts, including pecans and cashews.

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Freshly cooked electric corn from the Kettle Korn Express vendor stand in the Big E’s village of Storrowton.

Grab yourself a bag of hot corn

Looking for freshly popped corn, but want to skip the buttery popcorn? Kettle Corn is a great option and one such location at The Big E Exhibition Center is Kettle Korn Express at the Storrowton village of the fair.

The bagged crispy corn is available in a regular size for $9 and a large size for $13 and consists of four simple ingredients, popcorn, soybean oil, sugar and salt, which makes it perfectly suitable for vegans.

Kettle Korn Express cooks and prepares its corn on-site in “the world’s largest popcorn machine” with a bowl four feet in diameter, said Greg Evron, owner of the East Greenwich, Rhode Island company with the tagline ” World’s Best Popcorn”. .”

Hot corn also stays fresh for two full weeks, according to Evron, which means you can always take some home for later to snack on or share with friends and family.

The Villa du Liban smoothie bar

Cold smoothies with fresh fruit are available at the Villa of Lebanon vendor stand in the Young Building at The Big E fairgrounds.

Sip fresh fruit smoothies from Villa du Liban

Last but not least, if you find yourself in the Young Building browsing and shopping the stalls selling home goods, clothing, jewelry, art, trinkets and more, grab a Refreshing fruit smoothie from Villa du Liban, a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine restaurant based in South Windsor, Connecticut.

Cool, freshly blended smoothies made with fruits such as bananas, strawberries, and mangoes are a sweet treat you can take on the go or while you’re making your next best buy.

Beyond the smoothies — though Villa of Lebanon’s rotating menu isn’t entirely vegan — options like fatoush salad, hummus, tabbouleh salad, falafel, grape leaves, and baba ghanouj should satisfy. while adhering to a vegan diet.

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