Still thinking about how fun VegFest was! It was a great mix of people; from full Vegans, to Meatless Monday people like myself and everybody in between. There were so many great vendors there, I don’t know that I can cover them all. I do want to make sure I show off a few of my favorites.
First up is The Brinery.
The Brinery is an Ann Arbor company that creates all sorts of raw fermented foods (pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi etc). One of their company missions is to use locally sourced produce for all of their products, their tagline is “Our mission is to stimulate peoples inner economy, as well as Michigans economy.”
I’m showcasing them even though I’m not usually a huge fan of fermented foods. However, anybody I know that tries their products falls in love instantly. I made Local Jacky sample one of everything for research! I tried the carrots, and I liked them! Their products are carried at local markets, and a few are even carried by Door to Door Organics.
I had actually tried Simply Suzanne granola previously, through Door to Door Organics. Simply Suzanne is a granola and trail mix company based out of Detroit. I really love a good granola to snack on. I make my own most of the time, but it is good to have a good company out there when you want to buy some. I really like all of the Simply Suzanne flavors, I’m especially partial to the two chocolate ones. I have purchased the cherry for my mom as well. Simply Suzanne products are carried by many grocery stores, I have even seen them at a local Kroger store.
I can not wait to go visit The Spice and Tea Exchange! I seriously sniffed and tasted everything at their table. For the longest time I have lamented not having a local spice shop. I do buy bulk spices at Zerbo’s in Livonia, but I am beyond excited to find an entire shop devoted to spices and tea! I’m really into canning and I’ve been learning more and more about spices to experiment with. They had a carrot cupcake tea that I must have smelled 847 times. I’m still kicking myself for not buying it. (I’m really cheap, if you dear readers haven’t figured that out by now.)
I only have blurry pictures, probably because I was excited about chocolate! I am definitely a chocolate girl. Especially good dark chocolate. Birmingham Chocolate was sampling a dark chocolate peanut cluster and it was really, really good. The chocolate was dark and velvety. I fully plan on visiting this shop soon. I just saw on their website that they had frozen bananas, so I think I can browse around and keep local toddler entertained easily.