Growing up in California I only knew of Pittsburgh as the Steel City. I thought Pittsburgh was dirty and polluted after seeing pictures in magazines. I never had a desire to visit even though one of my favorite artists, Andy Warhol, has a museum there and Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright is an hour southeast of the city. The photos have done an injustice to Pittsburgh. It is a lovely city with hills, bridges, and rivers. Running Grape Cat has given me permission to experience our beautiful country and meet new and long-time vegans.
The Pittsburgh vegans win the hardcore vegan award in my book. Saturday, July 30, 2016, was one of the nastiest days of rain I have experienced at an outdoor event, and there were people lined up at the information booth at 10 am for the 250 goodie bags that got distributed at 11 am. I did see some people get their bags and leave. I hope they came back later when the sun came out in the afternoon. Even though it was muggy and pouring rain people were excited to be at the Pittsburgh VegFest run by Justice for Animals. I missed a lot of things because there was no way I was leaving the dry tent to venture out in the rain. My wife was either brave or starving because she went out into the rain to get some food from Loving Hut. She brought back some seitan skewers and crispy rolls that were delicious and filling.
I am looking forward to next year's Pittsburgh VegFest. You can find out where we will be next on our events page.