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Delights of VegFest: A Journey through Pittsburgh’s Vegetarian Wonderland

The portobello jerky has its charms.

And a couple scoops of Bruster’s dairy-free White Raspberry Truffle ice cream is a must.
But for Pittsburgh VegFest this Saturday, I’m most looking forward to the vegetarian “lobster” roll. Same texture and similar-enough taste to what I remember real lobster tasting like. Slathered in some kind of gooey, finger-lickin’-good sauce without a grain of guilt.
I’d also recommend grabbing a jar of vegan ranch dressing from the Veggies N’At food truck.
From a vegetarian standpoint, it’s wonderful to have a full choice of menu items where you don’t need to worry about reading the fine-print ingredients.
Located at Allegheny Commons East Park on the Nor’Side, VegFest even has your photo opp needs covered with a big lighted PGH VegFest sign. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the chance to greet a few four-legged friends from a local pig rescue group called — wait for it — … the Pigsburgh Squealers!
Meat-eaters have a good time at VegFest, too. I remember Ya Jagoff’s John Chamberlin chowing down there last year on a soft and savory Pitaland pita with gourmet hummus.

Scott Tady

Scott Tady has covered the entertainment beat for the Beaver County Times since 1997. Read his interviews with local and nationally known musicians, plus concert and theater reviews, and other pop-culture goodness at and on Twitter at @scotttady.

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