It’s been a week since Eat Drink Vegan (formerly known as Vegan Beer Fest) and I’m still recovering. These Festivals are intense in the best way possible.
But, here is the good news! Yoga-urt won “Best Sweet”! Woohoo!!! They did a “Best Sweet” and “Best Savory”, and we won our category. I am so honored and blown away by it. I know we have good stuff, but the caliber of vendors was so impressive. It hasn’t been officially announced yet by the Festival, so I’m waiting for that before I post to social media, but it has been confirmed. So awesome.
We were also chosen by mrs_vegan on Instagram as Tastiest & Healthiest of the entire Festival. Yes, that means “Best Sweet” and “Healthiest/Tastiest”. So unbelievably awesome!!!!
It was so nice to be a part of such a cool event. It’s a beautiful community of people that came together and the support that they showed us is incredible. Not just at the festival either. All week long, people were posting about us, showing their support. Out of town people in for the Festival came to the store. It was just the encouragement that I needed to overcome my nerves and complete the final push for the Festival.
I do have to say that the day wasn’t all roses. Besides several dry ice burns and having to run a mile to get back into the Festival right before it started after I was told to park my car on the other side of the Rose Bowl – not fun – we had some major “technical issues” first thing in the morning which made it a very challenging day for us. There was a moment or two when I honestly wasn’t sure if we could pull it off. But there was very little time, so we just did the best we could. Was it perfect? No. Was it stressful? Yes. Did we somehow pull it off anyway? Yes we did.
This was another reminder that I can’t control everything and things don’t always go the way that I planned, but I have to keep going anyway and sometimes just doing my best is enough. This is true for everyone.
I learned a lot from this experience and I’m so grateful to everyone that helped me get through the day, to those that came to our booth, and everyone that showed us support. Special thanks also to the judges. We are honored and so grateful!!!