Next to the juicy peeps was my favorite food maker of the event, Cashew Catering. Considering that their showing at the Moshimo sushi night event was actually one of the few edible things that night, it's no surprise that I loved their selection of canapes at VegFest. For $6, you could pick 5 different little handheld yummy bits, including a butternut & pea samosa (wrapped in flaky phyllo, so good), red onion bhaji, cashew cheese stuffed peppers, seitan on a stick, pesto-stuffed mushrooms, black bean empanadas, and edamame and mushroom gyoza. Everything I had was really delicious! I especially liked the gyoza, though I wish everything had been warmer (although I understand how much more difficult that would have been for such a large display).
More things that we ate! I had Loving Hut's soy meat skewers (a whole stick for $1! Can't beat that even if its sauce will convert you into a follower of Supreme Master or whatever their shtick is), which were really yummy and made me want to go to the/a London Loving Hut even though that seems weird because I'm not traveling and I have other options...but I do like the LH sooo I guess I should. And then my friend and I shared a 'palito'. I don't know what this is, but it was something fried-looking on a skewer and it was $2.50 and seemed worth trying. It was pretty good, could have used a dipping sauce, but it was all worth it because while we waited to order, we asked the guy in front of us (who had just been given his palito plate) what exactly it was that we were all buying, and his eyes got really big and he laughed and stage whispered "I HAVE NO IDEA!!!!!" It was pretty hilarious. It was like fry dough filled with meat and veggies?
1) Say hi to the vendor. Acknowledge that they exist.
2) If you eat free samples, thank the vendor. Or at least acknowledge that they exist (see #1). (Seriously, I saw maybe 2 out of 200 people make eye contact with the person giving them the free food. Others just pretend they don't exist.)
3) Look around you to see if there's anyone who might be waiting to get to where you want to go. If there is, don't just cut in front of them.
4) In general, just don't be a dick. Don't push. Or shove. This is not Times Square. Unless you're in Times Square, and then all bets are off because you gotta get to that show before curtain. (Remember to turn off your phone.)