Oct 24, 2019

When we name some of the food that most Filipinos love, we can’t avoid thinking of lechon kawali, isaw, betamax, or sisig, among others. We’re used to how these dishes are served on birthdays, family reunions or how they’re integrated into our food trip list but they also pose risks to the heart, if eaten excessively.

A recent study by the National Institute of Health said high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease. But don’t worry because this doesn’t mean that we can’t eat our favorite Filipino food anymore. There are many plant-based versions of almost any dish you can think of and it even gets more exciting because you can try them soon at the biggest vegan festival in the country and in Asia.

[READ: Is vegan the same as plant-based?]

“The reason [why] we organize it is that the number of vegans or those curious to go vegan is growing each year and they kind of don’t know where to start. There’s also a 50 percent increase in the number of merchants compared to last year which means that the community is really growing,” Mariel Jana Sevilla, public relations officer for Vegfest Pilipinas told Nolisoli.ph.

To give you an idea of what to try at Vegfest Pilipinas, here’s a vegan burger from In a Nutshell and this vegan smoothie from Sunday Smoothies.

vegan burger
Vegan burger made with adlai, tofu, and black beans
vegan smoothie
Vegan smoothie made with blackberries, strawberries, coconut milk, banana, muscovado syrup, flaxmeal, and chia pudding

Vegfest Pilipinas will have an entrance fee of P100. Proceeds will go to Go Palakas, a non-governmental organization that conducts plant-based feeding programs to malnourished children and to Animal Rescue Family, an organization that rescues animals.

 

Vegfest Pilipinas will be on Nov. 16-17 at the Bonifacio Global Arts Center, Taguig

 

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