Natural Products Expo West At Anaheim Convention Center AKA Vegan Heaven ♡
This past weekend I got the opportunity to attend Natural Products Expo West at Anaheim Convention Center! When I saw the coverage of the expo last year, I thought, "This looks AMAZING. I have to go." And interestingly enough, a few days before the 2017 expo, I found out it was right down the street from me! So naturally, I went.
Natural Products Expo West is a trade show for...well, natural products. There were industry professionals everywhere: buyers from Whole Foods, Kroger, Sprouts, you name it. Bloggers, writers, influencers. Companies, businesses, distributers. Cooks, beauty gurus, veganistas.
Basically anyone in the natural food business! I attended as a blogger (obvi) so the event was really stress-free. I recommend attending if you're interested in natural products, a vegan/gluten-free lifestyle, organic products, etc.
You basically get a bunch of free food and samples handed to you all day. And yes, they're all natural - so it's perfect for special diets! Plus you get first dibs on new products, which will make all your natural-product-lovin' friends jealous.
Here's some of the highlights from my experience at Natural Products Expo West!
The rainbow Zevia wall was absolutely adorable. Zevia's ginger ale basically got me through cold & flu season without all the sugar, so yeah, I LOOOOVE their products. They had a full out DJ too, making the experience pretty awesome, to say the least.
I got to sample Daiya's "award winning" vegan queso cheese! Mmmmm, it was so good. If I'm being honest, I don't really like their cheese, but this had something special about it.
We all love Yogi for their organic teas and inspirational messages. To see those messages hanging from the ceiling was surreal.
Oooooh, and we can't forget Steaz! Steaz is affordable, delicious iced tea made of primarily stevia or cane sugar. Some of their varieties are unsweetened. All are equally delicious. Plus they remind me of simpler times! I discovered Steaz during one of the most transformative Spring's of my life.
Pacific was sampling all of their dairy-free milks! My fav was the Hemp. Their soups are delicious too!
The Silk / SO Delicious area was ADORBS. A small trailer serving dairy free treats? Count me in!
Vita CoCo was giving me some serious beach vibes. There were so many companies serving popcorn, but these mini-boxes were just so tempting.
Sick of making vegan pancakes from scratch? Now you don't have to! Follow Your Heart created a vegan pancake / waffle batter and it was soooo decadent. Gosh, I love Follow Your Heart so much. They have the best cheese, the best dressings, and I can't wait to try their vegan egg.
This was about half of my haul! I also left with some coupons for Tofurky, Follow Your Heart, Brazi Bites, Earth Balance and more. Unfortunately I missed the Califia Farms and Beyond Meat booth but hey...there's always next year.
Attending Expo West was such a valuable experience. Although I've always been a vegetarian with vegan tendencies, expo west gave me a reawakening. It made me want to pay more attention to natural products again and "spring clean" my kitchen!
In the meantime, I'll be snacking...