Back by popular demand, the second annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival is just around the corner, and it’s bigger and better than ever!
Although the name might suggest that the fest is geared only toward those who abstain from meat, this isn’t actually the case. According to the festival organizers, the event is for pretty much everyone.
“Foodies, locavores, vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians, and those who simply want to find out more about living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, this is the festival for you! Vegetarian food companies, restaurants, and health and wellness vendors will congregate in New York City to celebrate the delight of vegetarian food and cruelty-free living at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival,” reads the website.
Interested? Then on March 3rd and 4th, from 10:00 – 5:00, head over to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan for veggie info overload. The festival, which has doubled in size since last year, will feature lectures, booths, cooking demos, book signings and more.
Dr. Michael Greger, director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States, will be one of the featured speakers. PETA reps will also be on hand, as will The Humane League. Also speaking: Jazzy Vegetarian Laura Theodore, life coach Ellen Jaffe Jones, raw foodie and VegNews contributor Gena Hamshaw, and vegan athlete Brendan Brazier.
This year, there will be more than 75 vendors on hand, including booths from Fruit Bliss, Lumen Soy Foods, Mama Micki’s All Natural Bakery, Rescue Chocolate, Vegan Sailing Vacations, and Herbivore Clothing.
According to U.S. Veg Corp, which is sponsoring the festival, one of the most heart-warming vendors is sure to be Juno Rescue Beagle, which, as the name suggests, is an organization that rescues beagles from research facilities.” At the Juno table, volunteers will let people know about the small things they can do to help end the cruel practice of animal testing.”
For more details about the festival, including a schedule of events and volunteer opportunities, check out the website and the festival twitter page.
VIP tickets are $20 per day or $30 for a two-day pass, and general admission is available at the door for $5. Last year, there was a line around the block so get your tickets fast!