colby caldwell

Stu Helm - Day Six

colby caldwell
Stu Helm - Day Six
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V is for Vegan  

Vegan Fest is upon us, Yo! It’s one of the best food fests of the entire year, and one of the most well attended. June 8, 9, and 10 are the dates, with speakers and music on Friday and Saturday, and the big sha-bang on Sunday! 75+ vendors with vegan food, beer, and “lifestyle products” will invade Pack Square and Pack Park. 

Most of the restaurants in town are participating in the Veganny fun, and some–including Rosetta’s Kitchen–are part of the “7 Day Asheville Vegan Challenge,” which the folks from Rosetta’s told me I could do any time, and I think I might! It ain’t that hard to be vegan these days. Almost every restaurant in Asheville offers vegan options, some have a lot of options, and there are tons of vegan snacks and grocery products at places like French Broad Food Co-op.

Vegan Fest is produced and sponsored every year by Brother Wolf, which is the largest no-kill animal rescue organization in North Carolina. 

Even though I eat a lot of animals, I am friends with the good folks at Brother Wolf, and I respect and support the vegan diet and lifestyle! I often had a vegan named Rowdy on my radio show, and we had GREAT talks about veganism. Denise Bitz, the head and founder of Brother Wolf, once offered to pay my salary as a food writer for an entire year if I would convert to veganism. I actually considered it!

I was vegetarian for 10 years, throughout my entire 20s. It was great! Then, one day, I broke down and ate a piece of bacon. True story. Bacon was my meat-demon, calling me back to the life of the carnivorous sinner. Sorry, Denise, and other vegans, I love you all so much, but I’m a lost cause and lost soul. Give up on this old dog, and save the world without me. 

I’ll probably never convert to veganism, but I still might do that 7 day challenge one day! No, wise ass, not literally for one day. Although…that does sound easier...