The 10th annual VegNews Veggie Awards have arrived, and it’s time to vote for your favorite vegan people, places, and products in the the world’s largest survey of its kind. Don’t miss your chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two, a year’s supply of Coconut Bliss ice cream, a Vitamix blender, and a VeganTreats dessert party (see below for the full prize list). Last year, 46,000 people dished on their favorite vegan restaurants, cheeses, chocolates, cookbook authors, blogs, websites, and more, and they want to know what your favorites are for 2011.
I voted yesterday, and was excited to see some of our Go Dairy Free favorites on the list, like Divvies (nominated for best vegan cookies), Premium Chocolatiers (nominated for best chocolate), Go Max Go (nominated for best candy), and Daiya (nominated for best cheese alternative).
The winners with the most votes will be announced in the November+December edition of VegNews Magazine, and as mentioned above, VegNews is offering some incentive to get you to the polls. Vote, and you will be entered to win the following …
Grand Prize: VEGAN CARIBBEAN CRUISE
Get ready to embark on an all-expense paid vegan vacation of a lifetime. You and one very lucky guest will sail on the breathtaking Italian luxury liner Poesia for a weeklong cruise with Holistic Holiday at Sea. Nourish your mind, body, and spirit as you traverse the clear-blue waters of the Carribbean, enjoying stops at St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. While on board, enjoy artfully prepared organic vegan cuisine, morning yoga, cooking classes, educational seminars, evening parties, and so much more. In addition, you’ll enjoy dinner at the stunning all-vegan Sublime restaurant in Fort Lauderdale before setting sail. Bon voyage!
First Prize: YEAR SUPPLY OF COCONUT BLISS ICE CREAM
Imagine taking a bite of one of the richest, most decadent vegan ice creams available. Now, imagine having this indulgent dairy-free frozen dessert in your freezer 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an entire year. With flavors like Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Ginger Cookie Caramel, and Pineapple Coconut, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is perfect for sundaes, milkshakes, or just right out of the carton. This coconut-based ice cream will leave you in a state of bliss, guaranteed.
Second Prize: VEGANTREATS DESSERT PARTY
Did someone say Peanut Butter Bomb Cake? We did, and we’re offering an entire party’s worth of cake, brownies, cookies, cannolis, doughnuts, sticky buns, and more from VeganTreats bakery just in time for the holidays. Think platters of Tahitian Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Pretzel Brownies, and Marshmallow Cream Doughnuts (and that’s just the beginning). One lucky winner will receive three dozen of VeganTreats’ very best, plus free tote bags, t-shirts, and buttons for the ultimate vegan dessert party. Let’s just say you’re going to need a lot of almond milk for this shindig.
Third Prize: VITAMIX BLENDER
Make silky-smooth soups, refreshing smoothies, and the perfect cashew-cheese sauce with a state-of-the-art Vitamix blender, a favorite of the VegNews staff. With a motor that packs some serious horsepower and blades spinning at upwards of 240 miles per hour, the Vitamix’s power and performance can’t be beat, and neither will the ice cream, bisques, and piña coladas you make with it (send photos!). This industry-leading culinary contraption is a must-have in every vegan kitchen.
Plus, Weekly Giveaways! CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE BOXES
Trust us, you’ve never tasted vegan truffles like these. Premium Chocolatiers’ 30-truffle boxes feature classic, decadent flavors such as “milk” fudge, coffee, Grand Marnier, raspberry, and salted caramel made with the company’s own soymilk-based pareve chocolate. Whether you’re spending the evening hosting a dinner party or simply relaxing at home, you will want these luxurious truffles by your side. (five winners)
The Details: Ballots must include identifying information and be at least 50% complete to qualify for prizes. The polls will close on August 31, 2011, so head to the survey and vote today! The survey is being hosted by SurveyMonkey at www.surveymonkey.com/vegnewsveggieawards2011