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Peace, love, wellness, pastry and beer: what’s good this week

Veggie Xpress dished out vegan fare, raw juices and smoothies to the health-conscious crowd.
Veggie Xpress dished out vegan fare, raw juices and smoothies to the health-conscious crowd.Nancy Munro

Today’s Peace, Love and Wellness Festival at Palm Beach Gardens’ Mainstreet at Midtown featured a lot of what you remember from the 1960s and 1970s (or don’t remember, depending on what you were doing back then). There were beads and sandals, natural soaps, lotions and floppy sun hats. The clothing was cotton and tie-dyed and there were plenty of peace symbols on everything from jewelry to paintings. The music was low-key, a mix of jazz, rock and blues.

And of course, there was food. The Veggie Xpress truck was parked in the food court area, offering raw juices, smoothies, grain-based burgers, wraps and a vegan macaroni and cheese. Their menu is all vegan and fit the crowd and the weather perfectly. There were hot yoga demonstrations and cold Onli Beverages available. Other snacks included hormone and preservative-free beef and chicken jerky and real fruit Italian ices.

Not situated in the food court, but selling food items, Jojo Milano of Goodness Gracious Acres/Delilah’s Dairy spent a lot of time explaining her farming and food philosophy, explaining her combined handmade/computer-generated art cards, getting residents to sign a petition regarding the route of the proposed State Road 7 extension and offering sample slivers of her goat’s milk soap. In addition to the soap, her farm produces eggs, milk, feta cheese, kefir and fudge. All the products except the eggs are goat’s milk-based, raw and unpasteurized.

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Joey’s Home Bakery not only found a permanent home in Boynton Beach recently; the county’s only fully-dedicated, gluten-free bakery now has an outlet at The Outlet Mall. Joey has a kiosk at the Palm Beach Outlet Mall, Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Interstate 95, West Palm Beach. The kiosk is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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And if you need a craft beer fix, you have a new place for drinking and buying in north county: the Specialty Beer Cellar opened about a year ago in the Publix Plaza on Donald Ross Road. Small, pleasantly dark and cool inside, it is reminiscent of a European beer cellar. The Cellar has over two dozen beers on tap, and hundreds of bottled beers for your to-go purchase as well as to sit and sip at the bar. You’ll find unknown bottles from familiar countries and a knowledgeable staff that knows their stock and is more than willing to send anyone looking for a weak American beach brew over to the gas station next door.

Specialty Beer Cellar, 5430 Military Trail #70 (east side, next to Bagel Boyz), Jupiter, FL. Phone (561) 855-2505(561) 855-2505. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday noon to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 2 a.m., Sunday noon to 11 p.m. and closed Monday.

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