Cleveland Vegan Society Dishes Out the Goods with VegFest at Convention Center

Sat 5/5 @ 11AM-7PM

Good news: Interest in veganism is on the rise!

Look no further for proof than VegFest 2018, whose organizers say the annual event — which surpassed 10,000 in attendance last year — now requires a larger exhibit hall.

All are welcome, from staunch ethical vegans to the vegan-curious, to partake in a cornucopia of evidence-based information on how to remain vibrant without meat, eggs and dairy, and why many doctors don’t (yet) discuss veganism.

There’ll be savory edibles galore, a food court full of meals and snacks, plus cooking demos, and tons of cruelty-free marketplace products.

This year’s featured documentary is Vegucated, a comedic tour through the mouths, hearts and minds of three meat- and cheese-consuming New Yorkers who went vegan for six weeks, and learned how animal agribusiness encompasses what may be the most pressing social, environmental and political justice issues of our time.

A slew of notable speakers includes former NFL play David Carter aka The 300 Pound Vegan, explaining how veganism can improve health and longevity in underserved populations, renowned cardiologist Dr. Kim A. Williams outlining why, “There are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans and those who haven’t read the data,” and 30 Days Vegan author Sonia “Vegan Vicki” Steele dishing up her version of soul/comfort food.

Also, Genesis Butler, the 11-year-old ethical vegan and grandniece of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, explains why she became vegan, and now attends protests and marches for animals after learning what happens to entire cow families when their mothers’ milk is stolen for humans.

Get primed for it all with two pre-fest offerings: Vegan Vinyasa Yoga by Marni Task from 8-9:15am, and Mindful Meditation with Jodi Fill from 9:30-10:30am. A $20 donation is requested at the door for the yoga/meditation classes.

VegFest admission is free, but a $5 donation is requested.


[Written by Lucy McKernan]


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