We had a lot of fun with our own vegan waffle party in Pittsburgh this year, and we were also excited to hear what others did with their events!
Among the cities joining us this year, including several returning veterans, were Fort Ashby, WV, US; Seattle, WA, US; Berkeley, CA, US; Tempe, AZ, US; Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Tavares, FL, US; Miami, FL, US; Boston, MA, US, Minneapolis/Twin Cities, MN, US; Staten Island, NY, US; Stoke-on-Kent, UK; Nottingham, UK; Herndon, VA, US. (Edit after original post: Washington, DC, US and a third (!) Seattle, WA, US host also joined us this year.) Continue reading →
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.
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!
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. (Highlights continued below photos.)
Even the lettuce and kale are excited for the waffle party to begin.
Although I forgot to make a topping using the sage, it helped to create a naturally festive look.
Peonies in bloom just for the waffle party.
Centerpieces created by neighbor kids, using flowers from our yards.
The earlier arrivers start to make a dent in the toppings.
Which vegan waffle topping to try first? (Photo by Lucy D.)
Now that’s one clean plate! (Photo by Ayres F.)
A delicious assortment of vegan waffle toppings
Messy but yummah!
Hosts visit with guests & try some of the amazing toppings. (Photo by Lucy D.)
Guests engage in the annual ritual of consuming waffles beneath the lighted umbrella.
Some of our amazing neighbors
Warming up for another xylophone concert piece
Taking a break between pieces of music & vegan waffles
While there were more sweet toppings this year due to the suggested theme, savories were also represented. The tasty variety included:
amazing amaretto sauce
black bean-mango tango
cherries soft and dried
cherry fruit spread
raw chocolate spread with coconut
lemony cashew kream
chocolate cashew-based ice cream
chocolate hazelnut spread
dairy-free chocolate chips
coconut spread with cinnamon
chocolate hemp milk ice cream
deep dark chocolate waffle syrup
mint-chocolate chip soy ice cream
mixed fruit sorbet
neapolitan soy ice cream
peanut butter fluff
roasted and salted pepitas
ravishing rhubarb sauce
raw raspberry sauce
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!)
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.
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.
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.