<3rd Vegan Fest in Seoul!>
On May 21st, I finally experienced my very first vegan festival. I had only heard about how great they were, so I had been waiting forever for this day. That morning, I put on my VeganTravel shirt (thanks, Jaclyn!) and headed out to the nearest metro station.
Luckily, the festival was happening during my stay in Korea, and I found this out AFTER I had arrived in Seoul, so this news was a really nice gift for me.
This year, the location of the festival was near the metro station Bulgwang, which I believe was a larger place than the previous year’s, due to the increased participants and visitors. Isn’t that great? But first, everyone had to go over the vegan zone rule. 😉
Bringing our own tumbler and cutlery was a new rule this year. The festival was not only about veganism, but also about going green and reducing waste. Of course, I brought my own as well, and got some cute stickers and a postcard as a prize!
The first thing that most visitors did – although not obligatory – was to buy a wooden plate. The festival then became a bit like a buffet and made it convenient for everyone because we could reuse our own plates. They were also environmental-friendly, meaning that no trees had to be cut down to make these.
Right next to the wooden plates were people selling vegan cheese. That day, I only tasted the samples, and now I regret that I didn’t buy one. I had never seen this brand before, but I strongly recommend to those who love cheese.
There were also vegan snacks that were hard to find in Canada, so I got some of those misura! They were very similar to pain au chocolat.
For lunch, I got a sweet potato burger ! I think sweet potato is one of the main ingredients for vegan dishes in Korea because I found tons of sweet potato pastries and beverages in Seoul. Anyway, this burger is now my all-time favourite.
Around noon, I got to enjoy some live music from our talented vegan musicians! Many guitarists and singers formed little groups and sang all day their songs of peace. I joined them and shared some of my dance moves!
Just before leaving the festival, I decided to visit one more stand: a boulangerie called Guillaume, which was named after a very kind French boulanger living in Korea. All his bread were sold out in just a few hours! Had I been one minute late, I wouldn’t have been able to get my baguette. I was really lucky to get the last one for a cheaper price.
Overall, it was truly a lovely experience that allowed me to meet many vegans from all over the world. Most importantly, I was extremely happy to see such a large group of people get together for this festival, including non-vegans, who were more than happy to be exposed to the vegan world.
When I look back at the memories, I feel like I rushed through the festival and didn’t look at everything I wanted to. I also wish I had bought more souvenirs, such as vegan oil and jewelry. Well, I guess it gives me a reason to go back…!
With a slight regret left in me, I am going to terminate this post with a little humour. Can you figure out what is wrong with this photo?