Two weekends, four veg fests. Seeing as I have yet to outwit that whole spacetime thing, I will only be going to two of them…but I can talk about ’em all, so here goes:
Saturday, September 22—Washington D.C.
It’s the D.C. VegFest in Yards Park, co-hosted by Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of DC. With speakers including Terry Hope Romero, treats from Sticky Fingers, and a ton of nonprofits, if I were any closer I’d shake it on down there.
Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23—Portland, Oregon
As it turns out, I’ll actually be at the Northwest Veg VegFest, repping for Pacific Northwest Kale Chips. My, how this thing has grown. I went to my first one in the basement of a high school four years ago, then volunteered one year, then worked tables for Vegan Iron Chef for a couple of years…and each year it gets bigger, with a more impressive schedule. Aside from the exhibitors (and there’s a ton of ’em), they’ve got three classes going at a time, from the likes of Ginny Messina, Aaron Adams, and Grant Butler. Come find me and say hi!
In Virginia? Come out and support the C’ville Vegetarian Fest. I chanced upon this listing and it made me smile. Photos from a previous event paint it as a super accessible celebration of health and environment. They’ve got music and speakers and demos. Love these young, small-town festivals.
Saturday, September 29—Chicago, Illinois
And the one I’ll be at (with Vida Vegan partners Janessa & Jess) is Chicago VeganMania. Workshops, food from Upton’s Naturals (and others), more Ginny Messina, and Vegan Black Metal Chef. We’re gonna try to get there early enough to score a sweet swag bag.
So yeah, let’s hear it for Festember. Or Vegtember. Or At-least-it’s-not-another-friggin’-wedding-ember.