So your friend who only eats eggs if the chicken meditated, had friends, and enjoyed a diet of spelt and rose petals invited you to something called VegFest.
For a born-and-bred Midwesterner raised on a steady diet of meat and potatoes, attending something called “VegFest” instead of vegging out on a Sunday afternoon is likely to elicit a fair amount of scoffing and feet dragging. But before you start cooking up excuses not to go, know that there’s much more to it than raw kale and tie-dyed shirts.
VegFest is a free community festival that welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the local food scene and discover the abundance of local plant-based resources that are available.
If you attend VegFest, you can expect to (1) unapologetically devour your bounty of free food from local restaurants and businesses, (2) hear dynamic speakers talk on health, ethical, and environmental topics, and (3) discover how to cook plant-based meals that bear no resemblance to “rabbit food” during chef demos.
Between rounding on the free samples you can watch in amazement as chefs set the record straight and prove that vegan food can in fact be unbelievably delicious when done right. Other presentations you won’t want to miss include those from speakers such as, animal rights activists, world renowned doctors and registered dietitians, best selling authors, and nationally ranked athletes who run “just” on plants.
Whether you are a practiced vegan who can dress up any vegetable to be the belle of the ball or you’re still in the land of frozen peas and iceberg lettuce, VegFest provides cause for celebration for everyone—no matter where they fall on the plant-based lifestyle spectrum.