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 →
The May-June 2011 Global Vegan Waffle Party Season has already included celebrations in more than 20 cities worldwide. Wafflers gathered (or soon will gather) in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. I very much enjoyed getting updates and/or photos from several hosts, including Andrea in Boston, MA, Dallas in Minneapolis, MN, Earl in Tokyo, Japan, Ida in New York City, and Carrie in Santa Barbara, CA. (More descriptions and links to external photo albums below.)
Boston vegan waffles & toppings
Boston vegan waffle party guests 3
Boston vegan waffle party guests 2
Boston vegan waffle party guests
Boston vegan waffle party dogs frolicking 2
Boston vegan waffle party dog frolicking
Tokyo vegan matcha waffle
Tokyo vegan waffle toppings
Tokyo vegan waffle party guests
Tokyo vegan matcha waffles 2
Tokyo waffle iron
The Boston waffle party features some of the best photos of companion animals having a great time. Andrea in Boston reports: “We had three kinds of waffles, tons of fruit, tempeh bacon, smoothies, pan fried potatoes and a couple of toppings. [One photo] is my friends visiting from Austria; hopefully the WP will be really global in the future…After the party, we took our friends for a walk on the beach with the dogs who burned off some waffle calories.”
The Tokyo Vegan Meetup Group decided to connect with one another and have a bit of fun, despite the harsh difficulties experienced in Japan this year. Earl shared this:
“Our waffle party went well this year. Not too big, just 12 of us, but everyone showed up and we had a nice time. We tried a few different recipes this year. Banana-oatmeal-raisin, Carob, some plain, and Matcha waffles. Matcha is a kind of traditional Japanese tea. We made a mix of the naked waffles and then just added some Matcha powder to it. Tasted great and made for an interesting color (see the photos). The best topping this year was a cashew nut cream. We also used another kind of machine that makes bite sized shapes.”
Tokyo’s photos are the first to include a keytar (it brought back old teenage memories of trying to create my own keytar with a belt and duct tape), and their waffle maker is even more creative than the fish-shaped waffle maker they used last year.
The Minneapolis Animal Rights Coalition’s Wafflepalooza Twoza, which gets this year’s award for most musical-sounding event name, attracted a broad range of ages. Some pictures show individuals enjoying waffles, while others appear to show individuals with an intense craving for them. Once again, some very cute kid ‘n’ waffle pics! An impressive assortment of toppings and some colorful plates as well.
Ida in New York City reported that their gathering this year was a low-key event with a few friends. No photos, but it would have been hard to top the delicious vegan waffle photo she posted from last year’s party.
The Brisbane Vegan Meetup’s waffle party, organized by Grover himself, included chocolate waffles and a range of toppings. There was even a dietitian present to answer questions about vegan nutrition–what a great resource.
Thanks again to those who have shared some great highlights! They’ve been a pleasure to see and read about. Highlights from the Tulsa, OK, Albany, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA parties appear in earlier posts.
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.