As many of you know, next year me and some really amazing peeps are bringing Greenville it’s first ever Veg Fest!
In the meantime, me and the rest of the veg fest team have made it our mission to support the other veg fests in the area. We left for Charleston early Saturday morning for their first ever Sol-Food Veg Fest! It was held at the beautiful Grove Park at Patriots Point.
The sun was shining and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. They greeted us with the most adorable welcome bags, full of goodies like cruelty-free chap stick and veggie seeds to plant in a garden!
Our first stop was Crazy Jacks Vegan. We tried the corndog and their famous jackfruit croquet! Obviously I had to wash it all down with a giant coconut full of fresh coconut water. The corndog was definitely my favorite, but the croquet provided a very fun (and delicious) sol-food experience.
Next we tried Lambs Bread Vegan Cafe, hailing from Columbia S.C. They featured two kinds of chicken(less) wings, Jerk and classic BBQ. I preferred the Jerk flavor while Eric loved the BBQ. They also had mac n’ cheese, collard greens, and pickled red cabbage. Everything was absolutely amazing!
The mac n’ cheese and collard greens were out of this world. We also got to try a taste of the pickled red cabbage and I definitely could have eaten a tub of that by itself! I would happily visit Columbia just to get a taste of those sol-food classics. Needless to say, it was impossible to go hungry on this trip.
We then came across one of our favorites from the Asheville Veg Fest, Revolution Gelato! We paired the Cardamom Kiss and Nekkid Espresso flavors together and it tasted like an explosion of delicious Turkish coffee – well, the ice cream version. We topped it with caramel and peanuts. That’s right, dairy-free caramel and oh my was it incredible. It’s way more like ice cream than gelato and we were in heaven. It’s definitely one of the best dairy-free (and cruelty-free) ice cream treats that you can find easily at your local Wholefoods!
After piggin’ out on southern comfort foods and delicious gelato, we found a quick and tasty way to get our greens in. Live Licious came to the rescue with a fantastic fresh-pressed green juice. Eric and I aren’t a huge fan of chard in our juices, so when we saw that their green juice was packed with kale, we were all in. It was the perfect pick-me-up for a hot, sunny day in Charleston!
We even spotted one of GVL’s own Frank with No Evil Foods! No Evil Foods is an amazing plant-based meat company that packs in the flavor with their mouth-watering products. Festival goers got to try samples of their sausage, chorizo, and pulled pork. My personal fav is the chorizo! We love using it in our gravy. The juicy sausage flavors perfectly pair with our homemade breakfast biscuits.
We closed out our Veg Fest adventure by meeting the famous Grey from Plant Based Drippin! He’s the mastermind behind the Vegan Thanksgiving Freestyle video! If you haven’t heard of him, check him out. His music is epic and his message is going to change the world.
Overall, Charleston’s first-ever Veg Fest was a success and we enjoyed getting to taste some awesome vegan sol-food! Can’t wait for next year!
After finishing up at Veg Fest, we made our way over to a Charleston brewery called Revelry Brewing. We had edamame and enjoyed a taster flight of some of their most delectable beers. If you go visit Revelry and get the edamame, don’t eat the red sauce that comes with it. After we got our order we checked to see if it’s vegan (before eating it) and it wasn’t.
We ended our Charleston vegan foodie tour at Dellz and of course I had to get the Vegan Jazzy Pizza! It’s truly one of a kind and enough pizza to fill two tummies. It may not look like it, but you can definitely split the large one with someone and still feel like ya need to be rolled out the door! #noregrets.
But seriously, it’s like a work of art. Extremely delicious art.
Eric had the Chick’n Bacon wrap. He really enjoyed it and would love to try more of their wraps. They have a variety of wraps featuring cruelty-free meats and cheeses!
After dinner we walked the town, taking in all the beautiful buildings and admiring the historical architecture.
We took a walk through the College of Charleston and feel in love with the beautiful campus.
We made our way to the water and it was dreamy. We were thankful for a peaceful night of exploring the town, experiencing the Historic Charleston City Market, and indulging in so many delicious vegan foods.
The next morning, we couldn’t leave town without experiencing Gnome Cafe! I had their breakfast bagel sandwich and Eric had their breakfast burrito. Definitely a Charleston gem and I can’t wait to come back and try their other dishes.
We were really captivated by Charleston’s historical charm and magic. Let me know if the comments if you have any recommendations for our next Charleston trip!
Until next time,