DC VegFest 2014 – the Best of Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine

Contact: Erica Meier, Compassion Over Killing – emeier@cok.net | 202-270-8253
Contact: Sacha Cohen, Grassfed Media – sacha@grassfedmediadc.com | 202-251-9417

Washington, DC — Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious, DC VegFest is the place to be on September 20th from 11am-6pm. More than 15,000 Washingtonians and visitors alike are expected to attend this yearly celebration of the best of everything vegetarian in and around the nation’s capital.

“From free vegan food samples and cooking demos to a kids’ activity area and live music, DC VegFest has something for everyone,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Now in its sixth year, this free outdoor event is the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon with your family and friends – including your furry four-legged friends who can enjoy free treats in our new Barking Lot.”

During this day-long celebration, more than 100 exhibitors, partners, and sponsors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources to help Washingtonians discover why eating a plant-based diet and choosing vegetarian foods is one of the best ways to help protect our health, the planet, and animals.

DC VegFest will take place at Yards Park, corner of N St and 1st St SE, Washington, DC, and attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Sample free delicious vegan food (Tofurky, Treeline cheese, So Delicious dairy-free ice cream)
  • Learn from expert chefs hosting cooking demos
  • Hear from nationally renowned speakers (ASL interpreters will be on the main stage)
  • Enjoy live performances from local musicians, including Steve Gellman
  • Participate in the Kids’ Activity Area featuring our popular “Ask a Vegan Family” booth and a kid-friendly cooking demonstration from Doron Petersan, owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats
  • Relax in the beer and wine garden — sponsored by Bread & Brew

Organized by Compassion Over Killing, the DC VegFest highlights the many benefits and flavors of vegetarian eating and shows how easy and delicious it is to choose healthier, more sustainable, and kinder foods.

Bring your appetite: With more than two dozen food vendors to choose from – including Vegan Treats, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, Woodland’s Vegan Bistro, Dama Ethiopian, The Randy Radish, and more – there’s something to tempt everyone’s taste buds.

DC VegFest 2014 Speakers include:

  • Robin Quivers — Co-host of the Howard Stern show and author of The Vegucation of Robin
  • Joe Yonan — Washington Post Food Editor and cookbook author
  • Erica Meier – Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing
  • Lesley Parker-Rollins — Vegan mom and host of Ask a Vegan Family
  • Bryant Terry – Eco-chef and author of The Inspired Vegan and Afro-Vegan
  • Dr. Neal Barnard – President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Doron Petersan – Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
  • Alexis Fox and Micah Risk of Lighter Nutrition Coaching and Community
  • Dr. Betty Smith — 73-year old ultra-marathon runner
  • John Schlimm — activist, artist, and international award-winning cookbook author

Attendees can also peruse exhibitor booths from such animal-friendly organizations and companies as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Humane Society of the United States, Conscious Corner, A Well-Fed World, Animal Rescue Bar, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, and many more.

Plus, the DC VegFest is partnering with Nourish Now to host a vegan food drive at the event!

In addition to this event being free and open to everyone, the first 1,000 attendees will also get a free 2014 commemorative DC VegFest tote bag loaded with veg-friendly products, coupons and more!

The DC VegFest was originally founded by the Vegetarian Society of DC and has been organized by Compassion Over Killing since 2009.

For more details, visit DCVegFest.com.

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Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. Since 1995, COK has worked to end the abuse of animals in agriculture through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate campaigns, public outreach, and other programs. Online at COK.net.