A delicious assortment of vegan waffle toppings
A delicious assortment of vegan waffle toppings

Highlights & Photos from Pittsburgh’s 2011 Vegan Waffle Party

While I’m always eagerly excited to hear about the fun and creativity of others’ waffle parties, our own annual event also continues to be a high point of our year. The basic house party format hasn’t changed much over time, outside of growing in size a bit. I enjoy the combination of serving freshly-baked food, chatting with guests between baking shifts, and experiencing all the wonderful toppings that guests bring.

Here in Pittsburgh, the weather was wonderful for the evening of the party, and even the plants in our garden and yard seemed to be excited about the event before it started.

Even the lettuce and kale are excited for the party to begin.
Even the lettuce and kale are excited for the waffle party to begin.

 

Peonies in bloom just for the waffle party.
Peonies in bloom just for the waffle party.

 

Although I forgot to make a topping using the sage, it helped to create a naturally festive look.
Although I forgot to make a topping using the sage, it helped to create a naturally festive look.

In line with this year’s suggested theme of vegan waffles, ice cream and sorbet, we displayed literature on Dylan the Cow, and gave a copy of The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook to anyone pledging $20 or more to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary or another organization focusing on animal rights, welfare, or environmental issues. Thanks to those who contributed!

The earlier arrivers start to make a dent in the toppings.
The earlier arrivers start to make a dent in the toppings.

Nearly 40 guests attended, including neighbors, long-time and new Pittsburgh Vegan Meetup members, Pittsburgh Cohousing Community members, and others. Many of the guests have moved to the ‘Burgh from other states and countries.

Some of our amazing neighbors
Some of our amazing neighbors

 

Hosts visit with guests & try some of the amazing toppings. (Photo by Lucy D.)
Hosts visit with guests & try some of the amazing toppings. (Photo by Lucy D.)

 

Which vegan waffle topping to try first? (Photo by Lucy D.)
Which vegan waffle topping to try first? (Photo by Lucy D.)

While there were more sweet toppings this year due to the suggested theme, savories were also represented. The tasty variety included:

  • amazing amaretto sauce
  • apple-pear sauce
  • black bean-mango tango
  • blueberry sauce
  • cherries soft and dried
  • cherry fruit spread
  • raw chocolate spread with coconut
  • lemony cashew kream
  • chocolate cashew-based ice cream
  • chocolate hazelnut spread
  • chocolate pudding
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
  • coconut manna
  • coconut spread with cinnamon
Centerpieces created by neighbor kids, using flowers from our yards.
Dining room centerpieces created by neighbor kids, using flowers from our yards.

 

sts pose near the assortment of vegan waffle toppings
Guests pose near the assortment of vegan waffle toppings

…And more waffle toppings:

  • cran-apple topping
  • chocolate hemp milk ice cream
  • deep dark chocolate waffle syrup
  • garlicky tahina
  • granola
  • kicky syrup
  • madras sambar
  • mango sorbet
  • mango-coconut sorbet
  • mint-chocolate chip soy ice cream
  • mint chutney
  • mixed fruit sorbet
  • neapolitan soy ice cream
  • peanut butter fluff
  • vegan queso
  • roasted and salted pepitas
  • ratatouille
  • ravishing rhubarb sauce
  • raw raspberry sauce
  • shredded coconut
  • Southwestern mix: black olives, salsa, salsa verde, guacamole, and spicy black beans (in an impressive homemade dish that I should have taken a picture of!)
  • strawberries
  • strawberry-rhubarb brown rice syrup
  • vanilla soy ice cream
  • vegan whipped cream

As I look back over this, I’m getting very hungry again! Wow.

A delicious assortment of vegan waffle toppings
A delicious assortment of vegan waffle toppings, including some heated over candles

 

table full of assorted vegan waffle toppings
table full of assorted vegan waffle toppings

 

guests pile delicious toppings onto waffles while socializing
guests pile delicious toppings onto waffles while socializing

Alongside delicious homemade toppings, store-brought brands included Nutiva, Love Street Living Foods (right here in Pittsburgh) Sharon’s Sorbet, So Delicious, Tempt, and Whole Fruit. If you attended the party and don’t see your topping(s) included in the list above, feel free to let me know in a comment.

more delicious vegan waffle toppings
more delicious vegan waffle toppings: banana, chocolate, cherries, nuts, and seeds

 

waffle party guests socialize and enjoy the variety of food
waffle party guests socialize and enjoy the variety of food

I can’t really identify a “favorite” topping, because a number of them stood out for different reasons. But I will say that I was particularly intrigued by the coconut manna, and have since experimented with mixing it with cocoa powder and agave. Delicious–although still not quite as good as the Love Street chocolate spread, which makes a yeast-raised waffle taste kind of like a chocolate glazed donut.

 

Taking a break between pieces of music & vegan waffles
Taking a break between pieces of music & vegan waffles

Because they got good feedback last year and represent a good variety of relatively neutral waffles, we again featured three recipes available on waffleparty.com: Molasses Yeast Feast Waffles, Zero Excuse Rice Coconut Waffles, and Buckwheat Barley Malt Waffles. The gluten-free rice waffles were particularly popular alongside the vegan ice creams and sorbets.

Several kids attended—after carbing up on waffles and toppings, some played in the front yards alongside the garden boxes while some of the adult guests lounged beneath the lighted patio umbrella.

Guests engage in the annual ritual of consuming waffles beneath the lighted umbrella.
Guests engage in the annual ritual of consuming waffles beneath the lighted umbrella.

 

coming back for additional servings of waffles
coming back for additional servings of waffles

I love getting closeups of waffles. Even if they’re not as neat when they’re partially devoured, they still look tasty.

Messy but yummah!
Messy but yummah!

 

overhead view of the waffle bar
overhead view of the waffle bar, showing the various layouts of toppings

 

One of the hosts helps herself to a vegan waffle
One of the hosts helps herself to a vegan waffle

In the future, I’ll be posting highlights from other parties from this season, for hosts who wish to share this information. In the meantime, don’t forget to clean your plate!

Now that's one clean plate! (Photo by Ayres F.)
Now that’s one clean plate! (Photo by Ayres F.)

Happy vegan waffling!

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