Six early summer food festivals offer variety and fun : 77-square

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In 2011, a cohort of local vegans noticed the lack of but interest in a daylong celebration of all things vegetable, grain and non-dairy. With help from the Alliance for Animals, Hannah West and Courtney Mayhew kicked off Mad City Vegan Fest that year, and it was a resounding success.Non-vegans may be surprised at the breadth and variety of vegetable-driven cuisine available in town. This year at the Goodman Community Center, food vendors include Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and Curry in the Box, with additional tables from Nessalla Kombucha, Bloom Bake Shop, Ian’s Pizza and lots more.Victoria Moran, author of “Main Street Vegan” and 10 other books, is a featured speaker at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Chef Dino Sarma from Sacred Chow in Manhattan will do a cooking demo — ” Beans, Grains, & Veggies While Not Boring Yourself to Tears or Spending All Day” — with lemon quinoa, raw kale with chickpea dressing and daal Indian bean soup.Mad City Vegan FestSaturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St.veganfest.orgLindsay Christians covers Madison life for The Capital Times.

Eat in the heat: Six early summer food festivals offer variety and fun : 77-square.

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