Is it Sal? It is! Sal is the effervescent Social Media Coordinator for the 2013 Twin Cities Veg Fest. Check out her handiwork on Twitter. Sal kindly took a break from tweet-checking and face-blogging (is that what the kids call it?) to answer a few questions.

TCVF: Hey Sal! Glad you could join us. So how did you get involved in planning the Veg Fest?
Sal: Unny Nambudiripad recruited me with adulation after I had one or two cocktails at a mutual friend’s vegan dinner party. 🙂 Just kidding. Well, sort of kidding. In the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to get involved somehow. The role of Social Media Coordinator for the festival didn’t occur to me until Unny encouraged me. His enthusiasm is contagious.

TCVF: What have you enjoyed most so far?
Sal: I have yearned for a veg fest in the Twin Cities for as long as I can remember. When I caught wind that Compassionate Action for Animals was putting together Twin Cities Veg Fest in 2012, I was thrilled. I eagerly attended the event and was so impressed. Being invited to volunteer in 2013 to help grow the event has been quite enjoyable for me. The volunteer committee is a marvelous group with big ideas for this year and beyond.

TCVF: What are you most looking forward to?
Sal: I’m most looking forward to celebrating compassion with friends new and old — of course this is best done while eating vegan waffles by Kitty Corner Cafe, don’t you agree?

TCVF: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Sal: My favorite thing to do in my free time is try new restaurants, co-ops, markets, and recipes. Frankly, my world revolves around good food and sharing the experiences with my loved ones and anyone else who will listen.

TCVF: Who or what species is your favorite animal?
Sal: Pigs have always been near and dear to me. When I was a kid, my sister and I spent weeks each summer on my grandparent’s pig farm playing with the piglets. It broke my heart to see them mistreated. Also, I fell positively in love with a turkey named Baby at Heartland Farm Sanctuary this summer. See how sweet he is? <3 <3 <3 You can meet some of the fine folks from Heartland Farm Sanctuary at Twin Cities Veg Fest. Arrange a visit with them and maybe you'll fall in love, too?

TCVF: Do you have a favorite recipe you can share?
Sal: Party food is my favorite kind of food. This spicy pulled “pork” made from jackfruit rather than pigs is always a big hit at parties and potlucks.

TCVF: I tried to do the jackfruit pulled pork thing with the syrupy kind. It, uh, it didn’t work. But it looks awesome! So, what’s rockin’ your world this month?
Sal: What’s rockin’ my world this month? Quite frankly, I wish it was still summer. Catch me rockin’ myself into partial hibernation with winter squash and vegan pho.

That sounds like an excellent way to deal with the fast-approaching cold. Thanks Sal!