Aside from the usual showcase of vegan waffle and topping recipes, this year’s vegan waffle party was noteworthy in that it was the first ever to incorporate a snuggle, defined at the bottom of this post. A great time with a group of warm and fun people!
The waffle-snuggle pairing worked pretty well, as many of us started to drift into temporary sugar comas following consumption of waffles and toppings. So getting mellow and snuggling was a perfect complement to dessert. It also aligned with this year’s optional theme, “Connection.”
I’d love to see other food parties incorporating a snuggle/cuddle component cropping up. If you plan one, especially if it includes vegan waffles, I’d enjoy hearing about it! There are many possibilities. For example, someone who works for a shelter could host one where guests snuggle not just with each other, but with puppies or kittens–just don’t let them eat your waffles!
Cities joining us this year include EverBerg, Belgium; Minneapolis, MN; Boston, MA; Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and Rockford, MI. I especially appreciated hosts returning from prior years; and because a recent move left me with little time to advertise this year, I’ve also appreciated those of you who have helped to spread the word. Thanks to Mike R. for the photo below from the Guelph party, posted to the Vegan Waffles Facebook page: “Some Tropically Tanned Naked Vegan Waffles with loads of organic fruit choices to accompany!”
Delicious vegan waffle toppings at the Portland party included raspberry lemon sauce, mint-chocolate mousse, pears with cinnamon balsamic glaze, sweet potato pie topping, real maple syrup, cherries, blueberries with orange-cinnamon-vanilla glaze, several varieties of homemade chocolate sauce, a sugar-free carob sauce, a sugar-free lemon-ginger drizzle, bananas, walnuts, raw almond butter, fig butter, raspberry fruit spread, blackstrap molasses, and coconut cream. Yum!
Three vegan waffle recipes joined us for this year’s party: Sweet Yeast-Raised Vegan Waffles, Vegan Gluten-Free Textured Rice Waffles (with whole grain teff), and Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Almond Waffles. The latter was created just a few days before the party, and the former two appear in the Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook. Much of the flour came from Bob’s Red Mill, which is located just outside of Portland. It felt good to support a local, worker-owned business.
I really missed many of the friends and guests who have attended the Pittsburgh waffle parties over the last decade, and I also had a lot of fun with the many wonderful new people I’ve met in Portland. The raspberry waffle syrup made it a bit easier to manage the transition.
I look forward to additional updates and photos from other parties in upcoming weeks. If you’d like to host, it’s not too late to sign up for this year!
Finally, here’s the definition of a snuggle, as mentioned earlier: A snuggle is an event in which consensual nurturing touch is shared. Snuggles can be of varying degrees of sensuality, depending upon such factors as the comfort and experience level of attendees, familiarity of attendees with one another, how the event is advertised, and whether it is actively facilitated. Generally, however, snuggles are fully clothed and non-sexual—i.e., the energy of the event is intended to be more relaxing and soothing, rather than arousing or stimulating.
Touch might include, for example, holding hands, exchanging back, shoulder, or foot massage, light facial touch, holding, playing with hair, or spooning. The importance of open communication is emphasized, i.e., stating one’s own needs and boundaries, as well as asking for permission.
Happy vegan waffling, and snuggling, if you choose!