This article was originally written and posted to crunchy-vegan.com.
Oh, and there was a build-your-own vegan mac & cheese and vegan nacho station, too:
If you’ve been a vegan in the Baltimore area, you’ve most likely heard about the mecca that is Conscious Corner. This veg-friendly oasis in Clarksville (just outside of Columbia, MD) hosts businesses that are “committed to healthy and mindful living,” including Roots Market, a locally-owned, vegan-featured grocery, Great Sage, an award-winning vegan upscale restaurant, Nest, a sustainable home goods store and Bark, an eco-friendly pet store.
“Nothing compares to seeing a community of compassionate people come together to celebrate the value of animals and the abundance of delicious vegan food available to us.”
-Katie Smallwood Marketing manager for Great Sage and Roots Market
Indeed, the festival revolved around the culture of veganism, rather than just vegan food alone. Animal sanctuaries like Burleigh Manor as well as welfare groups like Compassion Over Killing were in attendance speaking about their respective missions. Vegan lifestyle and wellness vendors like Mad Hippie skincare and Satva Living were demoing products and Bhakti Lounge Baltimore spoke about meditation and yoga.
“This vegan fest far exceeded all of my expectations and drove home the fact that veganism is becoming more of the norm each and every day,” reflected Katie. We’re already looking forward to the next vegan fest – I’m sure it will be bigger and better than ever.