Stories of Sustainability: Food Vendor Edition

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Are you hungry for Gratitude yet? We are!

Our favorite festival is in a few short days, which means that we're starting to pack. Thankfully, we don't have to lug a giant cooler full of meals. Instead, we can rely on our amazing vendors. These food-slinging folk are available all weekend to fuel our weekend with healthy, sustainable food.

To get you even more excited, we talked to a few of the vendors about the deliciousness that they're bringing to Gratitude Migration:

Zuzu Confectionary

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Image via Zuzu Confectionary's Twitter

What type of food can our Gratitude crew expect from you at the festival?

Frozen fresh fruit in delicious chocolate! A whole chunk of pineapple, whole banana, half mango, several strawberries, half peach on a stick, dipped in premium milk or dark chocolate couverture. (Editor note: Fancy!) White confectionery coating is also available for those intolerant to cacao.

Optional toppings include toffee chunks, sprinkles, and crystallized ginger. Everything is locally sourced and organic when possible.

Why is locally sourced, sustainable food important to you?

Zuzu is strongly committed to local sourcing. Our chocolate is manufactured locally, fruits are sourced locally when in season, and all distributors and vendors are considered for their community involvement and return.

Sourcing locally saves the transportation cost to the environment, supports families and residents, builds the civic tax base to maintain infrastructure, and is all around good business. We love when relationships and friendships are formed and fostered over years of business together. 

What advice would you give to our readers who want their diet to be friendlier to the planet?

Keep it simple, keep it pure, and keep it original to our Mother Earth.

The Deep End

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What type of food can our Gratitude crew expect from you at the festival?

We will be serving our delicious tacos - peanut curry pulled pork, roasted chicken, and grilled vegetable medley. They were a hit last year at Gratitude, and have become fan favorites at our new NYC bar & restaurant.

What were your favorite parts of Gratitude last year?

We loved seeing all the amazing art, installations, and crafts people created. It is incredible to see what we can do when we work together. 

Why is locally sourced, sustainable food important to you?

We are committed to working with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients because too many people don't care about incorporating them into their food. We feel that this is one way to do our part.

Warung Roadside

Photo via Nick Castle 

What type of food are you bringing to Gratitude

Warung Roadside serves bangkok street food out of a converted hot dog cart. Expect amazing pad thai (vegan also available), steamed baos, and other Thai BBQ deliciousness.  

Why is locally sourced, sustainable food important to you?

Warung is committed to sourcing our produce from organic local farms. Our meats are also local and hormone/antibiotic free.

First, it's about quality and flavor. In-season locally sourced foods from smaller farms taste better and are better for you. And second, it's about supporting these local establishments. As food providers we have a choice of where we spend our money and what kind of farming we want to promote. 

What advice would you give to our readers who want their diet to be friendlier to the planet?

Pay attention to the seasons and know where your food comes from! Local and organic foods taste better, are more nutritious, and are better for the environment. 

 

Written by Jillian Richardson

Header image by Red Lite Photos