2017 Woodstock Fruit Festival: Raw Vegan Food, Fun and People

I have been aware of the Woodstock Fruit Festival ever since I began following a raw vegan lifestyle just a little over 5 years ago.  For the longest time it just didn’t peak my interest for some odd reason.  Last year I was following the event closely on YouTube and Instagram and decided then that I was going to be there this year.  It turns out that I didn’t go wrong!

The week was packed with food, amazing people, education, activities and lots of fun!  I would have honestly had to be there for 3 weeks or more to do everything that I would have liked to do.  But I have no complaints!  That just means I’ll have to go back again next year to explore some of the things I wasn’t able to get to in one week!

There is a lot to choose from, but for me my favorite part of the festival was the people and the overall vibe from beginning to end.  I heard there were more or less 600 people attending this year’s event.  I’m not sure I’ve ever been around a group this large with such a great vibe!  I honestly didn’t encounter one person the whole week that I didn’t like and feel connected to!  As for the organizers of the fruit festival, they did an amazing job putting it all together!

Thanks to Michael Arnstein for creating this event, and improving it every year!  I learned from others who had attended Woodstock multiple years, some from the beginning, that they have seen an improvement in the quality of the festival each year.  I would also like to give a shout out to Anne Osborne.  She was very efficient, patient and thorough answering any questions I had leading up to the festival.  And after witnessing her while there, I can’t imagine this event coming off as smooth as it did without her!  My only regret was that I wasn’t able to pick up a copy of her book while there.  But there’s always Amazon!

The food exceeded my wildest expectations!  Everything was amazing!  But for me, three special fruits stood out.  The papaya, mango and mamey sapote absolutely blew me away!  And I just came back to the U.S. after living in Costa Rica for 18 years!  While I’ve had comparable mangoes, I’ve never had papaya or mamey as good as I had at the Woodstock Fruit Festival.  Breakfasts and lunches were a smorgasbord of fresh fruit!  Lunches usually had salad options as well as banana nice cream and cinnamon rolls daily!

Dinners were the most epic salad bar on the planet!  Big vats of fresh zoodles, diced cucumbers and spiralized beets were some of my favorite daily toppings for my salads!  There were so many various greens and other toppings to choose from.  All fresh!  Each evening there were three different salad dressings to choose from, from Chris Kendall and Ashley Lauren.  They were all so delicious it was hard to choose!  So usually I had to try a bit of each!  I could go on forever about the food!  Let’s just say that I would give an A+ for both the quality and quantity of food!

I didn’t see as many of the speakers as I would have liked to.  I didn’t get to do many of the activities I would have like to.  This is because there is so much going on!  So many beautiful people to talk to and interact with!  So many great speakers, fun activities and some of the best fruit on the planet made the 2017 Woodstock Fruit Festival one of the best experiences of my life!

I’m already making plans for next year and would love to have you join me!  If you use the discount code ‘tropicaljack’ you’ll get $100 off the price.  Some stipulations apply so read when you register.  I think one has to attend to understand just how special of an event this is.  I knew I was going to have a good time but have to admit I was a bit skeptical of all the hype and hyperbole.  After attending this year’s festival, I get it!  This really is a life changing event!  I hope you enjoy the photo gallery below.  I tried to fill it with as many happy faces as possible so you can see the kind of vibe I’m talking about!




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