Whether you’ve already adopted the vegan lifestyle or are simply curious, attending a summer festival is a great way to keep up with, or learn about, all the great benefits of going vegan! More and more people have been experiencing the energy and good feelings that a vegan diet brings. With its rise in popularity, there are several options for a summertime vegan festival excursion.
Vegan Food Festivals: Good Food, Good People
The Richmond Vegetarian Festival
Saturday, June 23rd
Location: Azalea Gardens in Bryan Park, Richmond, Va
The Vegetarian Society of Richmond and Vegan Action are delivering an all day event of entertainment, guest speakers, and FOOD! In their 10th year, this outdoor, family-friendly event features everything from live music to an all veggie Iron Chef style cook off!
Vegetarian Summer Fest
When: June 27-July1
Location: The Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA
Admission: Adult 5-day packages start at $723, weekend packages start at $406
Purchasing a full package to the 38th annual conference of the National Vegetarian Society includes meals, events, and accommodations that are well worth the price! A plethora of educational classes, workshops, and lectures are lead by experts in the field of nutrition, animal rights, and the culinary arts. Your package also includes vegan meals prepared by Mark Reinfeld of Vegan Fusion!
Twin Cities VegFest
When: Saturday, July 14th
Location: University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN
This first ever Twin Cities festival welcomes not just vegans and vegetarians, but also omnivores interested in transitioning to or learning about the veggie lifestyle. Featuring tons of exhibitors, food vendors, and free vegan food samples you’ll leave feeling good and never wanting to eat meat again! The focus on this fest it to really educate all who attend of where our food comes from and how being a compassionate vegan or vegetarian benefits all of us.
When: August 11-12th
Location: Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd, Naperville, IL
Live music, kids and family activities, and speakers from all over the world are just some of the aspects that make this two-day, outdoor festival one of the best. Tips for a healthy diet, green living, buying organic, and spirituality are just some of the topics covered by their featured guest speakers. There are also food demos with naturally recognized, acclaimed veggie chefs!
When: Saturday, August 25th
Location: Kinsmen Scout Hall, 430 King Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
This first time food and music festival features 100% raw, vegan food vendors. There are activities for your kids and space for your dogs to run as well! Bring your yoga mat and enjoy free outdoor yoga classes all day long! Also take in music, guest speakers, and live raw cooking demonstrations. On your trip don’t forget to check out the spectacular site of Niagara Falls!
I remember years back when I first went Vegan from Vegetarian, little was known about our diet and there was little to explore. We Vegans had maybe a few friends, our recipes and lots of experimenting in the kitchen. Now there is such a great sense of community. Everyone, everywhere is sharing, giving and tasting with one another.
These festivals are fine examples of that, let’s get some summer sun and enjoy some food!