Did you know that October is observed as Vegetarian Awareness Month? The month-long observation stems from World Vegetarian Day, which was introduced by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) on October 1, 1977.
There are lots of ways to participate “on your own or as a group,” according to the NAVS website. They suggest the following activities for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike:
- Bring vegetarian food to work to share with coworkers.
- Encourage your local restaurants/co-ops/food stores to highlight vegetarian options.
- Encourage libraries to display vegetarian-related titles.
- Try the vegetarian options at local eateries.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just trying to scale back your consumption of meat/animal products, a great way to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month is to pay a visit to local food trucks catering to the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle!
As our own form of observation, we plan to highlight our favorite local vegetarian/vegan –friendly food trucks and dishes to spread the word that meat-free does not mean flavor-free. Here are a few of our favorites below. If you have some favorites of your own, share with us in the comments!
Tasty Kabob’s Veggie Platter
Tasty Kabob has been bringing fresh halal food to the greater DMV area since 2010. Their delicious veggie platter includes chickpeas over rice, spinach, and salad.
DC Empanadas’ Veggie Nirvana
DC Empanadas has been bringing tasty and unique gourmet empanadas to DC since 2010. Their Veggie Nirvana, with potato; onions; garlic; peas; tomato; cilantro; and Indian spices, is a must-try.
Blue City Food’s Loaded Samosa
If you have a craving for Indian street food, you can’t go wrong with Blue City’s loaded samosa. Their savory fried pastries are stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas and topped with tasty chickpeas, crisps, diced onions, special yogurt sauce, mint sauce, and tamarind sauce.
The Big Cheese’s Vegetarian Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The Big Cheese is one of the more popular grilled cheese sandwich-based food trucks in the area. The truck uses Daiya cheese and olive oil for the vegan grilled cheese sandwiches
2 Bold Chef’s Falafel Wrap
The 2018 Best Mediterranean Food Truck Award winner, 2 Bold Chefs, brings a unique and modern twist to Mediterranean cuisine. Their falafel contains minced garbanzo beans with garlic, onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Once it’s made into a patty, it’s then lightly fried and served over a pita bread with hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions. Their grape leaves are stuffed with rice and seasoned with Mediterranean spices, and are served with Greek salad and Greek yogurt sauce.