From The Seed Experience 2013 – Vegan Immersion – in NYC

On a very rainy Sunday afternoon, I went to The Seed Experience – a vegan lifestyle event – in NYC, for a couple of hours of vegan immersion.  Having grown up part-vegan and part-vegetarian, I am always on the look-out for great tasting vegan food.  That’s right, for me taste is paramount and if it’s vegan, that’s great!

At The Seed Experience 2013, I was not disappointed to find many tasty vegan products, and many products (snacks, juices / cleanses, ready-to-eat food etc.) that will likely taste delicious to the vegans, but were on the margin for me.  Those interested in a vegan, compassionate lifestyle would have been thrilled – vegan, jewelry, belts, bracelets cosmetics, etc. were on display.  I did not stay for any of the cooking demonstrations or talks as I had limited time.  If I could have laid my hands on a printed schedule, I would have planned my visit around a talk that might have picked my interest.  Alas, that was not the case – the website offered precious little information about timing of the talks / demonstrations and when I checked-in I did not ask for a printed schedule.

Overall,  I can’t say that I gained a lot from The Seed 2013 in NYC, although I was not disappointed either.  I would have enjoyed The Seed more had there been more vegan restaurants offering samples and if many of the excellent tasting products were easily available (either in store or on-line) in NYC.

Meanwhile, here are some of the top tasting food that I came across at The Seed Experience NYC on May 19, 2013.

My absolute favorite is the Organic Truffle Mayonnaise (both black and white) from da Rosario.

Delicious Black and White truffle vegennaise from Da  Rosario at The Seed Experience 2013 NYC

Delicious Black and White truffle vegennaise from Da Rosario at The Seed Experience 2013 NYC

I loved this smoked cashew cheese from Treeline Treenut cheese.  It is made in the Catskills in upstate NY and is available in many locations in NYC.

Smoked cashew cheese from Treeline Treenut Cheese at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Smoked cashew cheese from Treeline Treenut Cheese at The Seed 2013 in NYC

I also liked the Bee Free Honee made from apples, non-GMO sugar and lemon juice. It tasted almost like real honey and closer to maple syrup.  The coconut bacon made by Vegan Bodega was excellent – smoky and salty to taste (kind of like real bacon) – but I wonder how this would taste when the coconut turns rancid. Vegan Queso by Food for Lovers was also delicious.  They are working on a gluten-free version of the queso.

Bee Free Honee and Vegan Queso (from Vegan Bodega) at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Bee Free Honee and Vegan Queso (from Food for Lovers) at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Loved the chocolate chai vegan, gluten-free ice cream made in Long Island by Alchemy Creamery .

Vegan icecreams (espresso, chocolate chai and another) by Alchemy Creamery at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan icecreams (espresso, chocolate chai, and another) by Alchemy Creamery at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Talking about chocolate, I could not get enough of the vegan, organic, fair trade, kosher peanut chocolate crunch bar by Rescue Chocolate.

Vegan, organic, fair trade, kosher chocolate from rescue chocolate (profits donated to animal rescue groups) at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan, organic, fair trade, kosher chocolate from rescue chocolate (profits donated to animal rescue groups) at The Seed 2013 in NYC

The falafel-like Mediterranean Veggie sausages and the pastirma-like Veggie Turkish Roast were simply delicious.  They are made from a blend of soy and wheat by Viana USA.  Their snack sausages were great too.

Vegan sausages by Viana at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan sausages (made from soy and wheat) by Viana at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Mediterranean Veggie (vegan) sausages by Viana at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Mediterranean Veggie (vegan – soy and wheat) sausages by Viana at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan snack sausage by Viana at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan (soy and wheat) snack sausage by Viana at The Seed 2013 in NYC

The red pepper and horseradish dips from Soyatoo (a sister brand of Viana) were loaded with flavor.  Soyatoo’s onion butter made with palm-oil, tasted almost like butter, with crunchy, caramelized pieces of onion.

Vegan spreads by Soyatoo at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan spreads by Soyatoo at The Seed 2013 in NYC

More vegan spreads by Soyatoo at The Seed 2013 in NYC

More vegan spreads by Soyatoo at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan whipped cream by Soyatoo at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan whipped cream by Soyatoo at The Seed 2013 in NYC

I was hoping to find some restaurants serving snacks and there were but a few.  Pure Food and Wine was serving spring rolls.  Excellent as always. Have to go back to Pure Food and Wine to taste their latest seasonal menu.

Spring Rolls (Pickled cabbage, carrots, avocado,cucumber, apple, cilantro and tempeh bacon  wrapped in rice paper) from Pure Food and Wine at The Seed  2013 in NYC

Spring Rolls (Pickled cabbage, carrots, avocado,cucumber, apple, cilantro and tempeh bacon wrapped in rice paper) from Pure Food and Wine at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Macaroons from One Lucky Duck at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Macaroons from One Lucky Duck at The Seed 2013 in NYC

M.O.B (Maimonides on Brooklyn), a vegan restaurant just a couple of blocks from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn served excellent fare.   The corn soup with curried pop-corn and the chocolate hazelnut torte were absolute winners.  Now I have to add M.O.B to my list of vegan restaurants to eat at.

Creamy corn soup with curry popcorn from M.O.B at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Creamy corn soup with curry popcorn from M.O.B at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan chocolate hazelnut torte and lemon cheesecake from M.O.B at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan chocolate hazelnut torte and lemon cheesecake from M.O.B at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Loved, loved, loved this smooth, creamy chocolate avocado mousse (wish I could remember who was giving this away, sigh!!)

Creamy chocolate avocado mousse at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Creamy chocolate avocado mousse at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Here are some pictures of products / food that tasted OK in my opinion, but may have been delicious to others.

Juices and smoothies from Love Grace Foods at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Juices and smoothies from Love Grace Foods at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Tofu with seaweed salad served at the Bird Pick table at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Tofu with seaweed salad served at the Bird Pick table at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Maggie's conscious cuisine at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Maggie’s conscious vegan cuisine at The Seed 2013 in NYC

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Maggie’s conscious vegan cuisine at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Tasty Bite (vegan, ready-to-eat) Asian food at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Tasty Bite (vegan, ready-to-eat) Asian food at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Tasty Bite (vegan, ready-to-eat) Indian food at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Tasty Bite (vegan, ready-to-eat) Indian food at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Blueberry xxx from Navitas at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Blueberry hemp snack from Navitas at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Cranberry chia  from Navitas at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Citrus chia superfood from Navitas at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Mango chia juice from Navitas at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Mango chia juice from Navitas at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Multi-grain baguette with tapenade of kalamata olives, chick peas, walnuts and asparagus (all raw) served by Whole Foods at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Multi-grain baguette  crostini with tapenade of kalamata olives, chick peas, walnuts and asparagus (all raw) served by Whole Foods at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan Proteins at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan Proteins at The Seed 2013 in NYC

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Vegan cookies from Pipernilli The Couture Cookie company at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan cookies from Pipernilli The Couture Cookie company at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan sweet potato cookies from Pipernilli at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan sweet potato cookies from Pipernilli at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan glutenfree chocolate by Brooklyn Dark at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan glutenfree chocolate by Brooklyn Dark at The Seed 2013 in NYC

These are some lifestyle products on display. My favorites of these were Haute Latitude (jewelry made from jute, wood, bamboo), The Orange Owl (hand-made body butters and soaps made from Mango Butter) and Michelle Leon Vegan (belts made from recycled fabric that felt like leather) .

Jewelry (jute) from Haute Latitude at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Jewelry (jute) from Haute Latitude at The Seed 2013 in NYC

More jewelry (jute and bamboo) by Haute Latitude at the Seed 2013 in NYC

More jewelry (jute and bamboo) by Haute Latitude at the Seed 2013 in NYC

Handmade vegan body creams (from mango butter) by The Orange Owl at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Handmade vegan body butters (mango butter) by The Orange Owl at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan soaps by The Orange Owl at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan soaps by The Orange Owl at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan belts(made from recycled fabric) by Michelle Leon Vegan at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan belts(made from recycled fabric) by Michelle Leon Vegan at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Soaps at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Vegan soaps by Fanciful Fox at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Bracelets made from recycled vinyl at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Bracelets made from recycled vinyl at The Seed 2013 in NYC

Books on vegan food, recipes and lifestyle on display.

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Overall, The Seed Experience was well attended and there was barely any space to move by the time I left the venue on Sunday afternoon.

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For those who did not get enough to eat at The Seed Experience, there was Cinnamon Snail  (2012 Vendy Award winner) – a vegan, kosher, organic food truck (also serving gluten-free food) – parked right outside the event space.  There were at least a dozen people waiting patiently in the rain, while I found the nearest subway home.

Line for the food from the (vegan, organic) Cinnamon Snail food truck right outside the venue of The Seed 2013 in NYC

Line for the food from the (vegan, organic) Cinnamon Snail food truck right outside the venue of The Seed 2013 in NYC

If you were at The Seed Experience NYC over the weekend, what did you like / enjoy?  Did I miss anything that tasted delicious?

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5 comments

  1. I was keen to go, but didnt because of the rain. Thanks to your post, it feels like i was there. thank you !

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    1. You are welcome, Ramesh!! Thanks for your nice comment.

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  2. wow that’s a huge collection of vegan foods! i love the viana products, too! 🙂

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    1. Veganmiam – thanks for stopping by and for reading the post. Yes, The Seed NYC brought many vegan products (known and new) to the vegans (or vegan inclusive) in the NYC area!! Apologies for my delayed response.

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  3. […] I expected having tried some other cashew cheeses and dishes in NYC (read about Treeline cheese from The Seed Experience 2013 in NYC, and cashew entree at Gwynett Street). The flax seed crackers were mostly […]

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