14 April 2011

Cinnamon Snail food truck saves the day at NYC Veg Food Fest

All hail the Snail!

That would have been an appropriate rallying cry for the hordes of people who showed up at first ever New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, Sunday, April 3rd, only to encounter two to three hour waits, and for some, absolutely no hope of gaining admission to the vegan Shangri-La. For all of those clamoring outside the venue the Cinnamon Snail organic vegan food truck provided not only sustenance, but turned out to be the only bright spot in what turned out to be a disappointing experience for many.

The good news was the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival was a total success, attracting a massive crowd hoping to score some freebies from vegan vendors like Coconut Bliss, Kombucha Brooklyn and Sacred Chow, as well as hear some venerable vegans like Terry Hope Romano and Dr. Neal Barnard talk about tacos and tickers, respectively.

The bad news – well, it’s the same as the good news except for the fact that the organizers weren’t prepared for the enormous response and the chosen venue was too small to accommodate everyone.

But back to the good news, the Cinnamon Snail Truck was there! The 100 % organic vegan food truck is the stuff of legends and makes limited appearances in New York City, usually dishing out its fare across the river in Hoboken. The owner, Adam Sobel cooks up inventive sandwiches like the Creole grilled tofu sub and Porcini mushroom seitan burger with white truffle mayonnaise.

Cinnamon Snail is renowned for their organic, vegan pastries which Sobel makes fresh daily. Their sweet offerings include donuts, cupcakes, turnovers, raw chocolate brownies as well as their signature cinnamon snail buns. You can pair anyone of these delicious treats with an organic fair trade coffee or a “live lemonade” made with freshly juiced pink lady apples, lemon and kale.

The Cinnamon Snail may also be the greenest food truck in the New York City Metro Area as all the take out containers and utensils Sobel uses are 100% biodegradable and compostable.

As patience waned and tempers flared outside the NYC Veg Fest, the Cinnamon Snails mission to feed people “food to inspire peace and bliss” worked its magic on the vexed vegans/vegetarians frustrated by the long lines.

Next year, hopefully, a more appropriate venue will be chosen and the Cinnamon Snail will be a more permanent fixture on the streets of New York City.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw | email
Robin lives in New York City and writes about all things animal, vegetable, and sometimes mineral at her blog wildnewyorkblog.com. Visit her there to read about animal friendly lifestyles in the Big Apple and beyond. Feel free to add Robin as a friend on Facebook.

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