Take for instance, the Vegan Shop-Up in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Established in 2011 as New York City's first monthly all vegan pop-up market, it features local vendors once monthly on a Saturday for the biggest cruelty-free bash in New York City.
For October, they will have a super festive "Scary Stories!" theme. What I love about these local market events is that while there are always regular vendors who are in attendance, they also attract new and upcoming businesses, with unique and cruelty-free products as well! I met some super nice folks when I attended - all dedicated to their vegan-based businesses!
What I am totally stoked about is that as a result of encountering more and more independent establishments, our Travelin' Cousins Vegan Resource Guide, and list of Vegan Approved business establishments just keeps growing! And, at a rate that is faster than we can update our Resource Guide and send congratulatory emails and our official Vegan Approved badge.
Whether you're an herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, or detritivore, this pop-up market is crammed full of such amazing food, jewelry, crafts and so much more, all from local business owners, making it wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
In fact, here are a few of the spectacular vegan vendors whose products I have come to know and love.
1. The Fanciful Fox
They even offer baby, men's and doggie care items.
2. The Baklava Lady
3. Eat Chic Chocolates
During my last visit to the Shop Up, I had the pleasure of meeting the company's founder, Lotta Andonian, whose chocolates have been featured in publications such as Vogue.co.uk, Stylist, The Evening Standard, Grazia and BBC Good Food, to name a few!!
4. Freakin' Vegans
I'm a sucker for mac and cheese and so, I indulged in a heaping serving - which was fabulous! (sorry girls, none for you - this one was for Mommy!). However, I did bring my foodie daughters four empanadas - 2 broccoli and cheddar and 2 spinach and ricotta. Ok - I guess they got even, because I literally only got a bite! They devoured all four in a few hours of getting home. What I did taste of the spinach and ricotta empanada, I can say assuredly, it was freakin' dee-lish.
Of course, there are many more vendors and the best advice I can offer is to attend one Saturday. In my opinion, there is no better way I can think of to spend the day enjoying vegan goodies!