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A Record Turnout at the 2012 DC VegFest

On Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, over 8,000 people joined us at the beautiful waterfront Yards Park in Washington, DC to celebrate vegetarian foods during the 2012 DC VegFest. Festival-goers spent the day indulging in vegan food, listening to speakers, browsing the vendor shops and enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather.

Before the gates even opened, hundreds of eager attendees waited in line to get their hands on one of our 1,000 free commemorative bags, filled with free products, coupons and other items from our sponsors.

On the main stage, VegFest attendees enjoyed engaging talks by Rich Roll, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Michael Greger, Bruce Friedrich, Afya Ibomu and Mariana Taifa-seitu. NBC4’s Wendy Rieger emceed the event while Terry Hope Romero and Doron Petersan taught the crowd how to create delicious vegan treats during their cooking demos.


The event successfully showcased the increasing variety of vegetarian options available on the market. From decadent sweets to savory veggie meats, attendees were sure to find something that satisfied their taste. And the debut of Bread & Brew’s beer garden was a huge hit.


The Sticky Finger Sweets & Eats cupcake eating contest drew a large crowd midday, and featured its first-ever canine contest! While the four-legged competitor easily out-ate everyone, out of all the human contestants, COK volunteer Jon Fisher won first place—and was rewarded with a mug from Sticky Fingers and…a free cupcake.

cupcake eating

From start to finish, this event was a tremendous success, thanks to all our amazing volunteers, outstanding speakers, generous sponsors and our more than 100 vendors—as well as everyone who joined us on Saturday for the festivities.

Be sure to check out lots more photos online, and save the date: the 2013 DC VegFest is on Sat., Sept. 28, 2013!