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My day at Broccoli Fest

On Sunday, I went to Broccoli Fest at the DC Fairgrounds.  We went pretty early – just an hour or two after it opened up for the day.

View of the stage.  It was fairly empty when we got there, but filled up by the time we left!

View of the stage. It was fairly empty when we got there, but filled up by the time we left!

When we got there, the music was already playing, and the crowd was beginning to arrive.  We went straight to the food truck area, which was toward the back of the Fairgrounds.  They had five or six food trucks there, with a variety of foods – grilled cheese, cupcakes, lobster rolls, and more! I got a grilled cheese from The Big Cheese, and it was so yummy – cheddar cheese on sourdough bread.  It was so yummy, I had to thank Broccoli City via twitter for it!

From there we moved onto the Pop Up Market. There were some really great vendors in here (who all looked like they were freezing in the chilly weather!) from Relay Foods to vendors selling t-shirts.  I had hoped there would be more food focused vendors.  I felt that representation from local farms and CSAs was missing, and it would have been a great place for them to be.  I also wanted the market to have more green craft vendors – although maybe crafting is something only I see as being a part of the ‘cool’ sustainable life – and more local artisans.  But I loved talking to people in there!

Pop Up Market.  It was pretty small - maybe 20 vendors inside? But lots of good stuff in there.

Pop Up Market. It was pretty small – maybe 20 vendors inside? But lots of good stuff in there.

Overall, I think the festival hit some high notes.  It brought out a great crowd, and a good variety of people.  I think that their next Broccoli Fest will be even better, and the next one even better and so on.  I’ll look forward to the next one!

Yoga/Zumba space.  It looked like fun!

Yoga/Zumba space. It looked like fun!

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