DC VegFest: 10,000 People Strong and Growing!
More than 10,000 people — including civil rights leader and US Congressman John Lewis — gathered at the beautiful waterfront Yards Park for the 2013 DC VegFest to celebrate vegan eating, enjoy engaging speakers and cooking demos, browse over 100 exhibitors or vendor shops, and of course, eat!
“This event was excellent! There was energy, excitement and life in the air.”
Before the event kicked off, well over 1,000 people were already lined up eager to get one of our limited edition DC VegFest commemorative bags, stuffed with free veg products and coupons from our sponsors!
Each year at the DC VegFest, our main stage features nationally renowned speakers and chefs – this has included CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll, HSUS Vice President of Farm Animal Protection Paul Shapiro, Hampton Creek Foods CEO Josh Tetrick, NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger, and many more.
“This was my first Veg Fest in DC and I was really impressed!
I cannot wait to see what you guys come up with next year.”
The food, ranging from savory meals to tasty sweets, impressed even the most hesitant omnivores! Among the nearly two dozen food exhibitors were four food trucks, a raw food juice bar, dessert bakeries, and much more. Bread & Brew’s beer garden drew a steady crowd all day as attendees relaxed in the sun and enjoyed cold, local brews — along with Bread & Brew’s famous loaded vegan nachos!
“All the different foods opened my eyes to new possibilities.
I will be trying more vegan options in the future.”
Our kids’ activity tent continues to grow! Last year kids and parents alike enjoyed a jaw-dropping magic show, ask-a-vegan mom sessions, a special cooking demo by Doron Petersan who shared tips and tricks to sneak more veggies in your kids’ meals.
Chris P. Carrot and Petunia the pig greeted the crowds all day entertaining everyone and giving out free hugs and high-fives!
An inspiring amount of community compassion was also evident from the results of our first-ever vegan food drive for Capital Area Food Bank: 347 pounds of food were donated by VegFest attendees!
“We look forward to VegFest every year, an event that continues to grow in size and get better as the years go on! People travel from all over to listen to the wealth of knowledge provided by speakers while enjoying all the delicious vegan food offered by vendors. It is our pleasure to spend a fun filled day alongside a community celebrating animal welfare by promoting compassion and kindness to all beings.”
Katie Smallwood – Public Relations, Conscious Corner
With so many reasons to explore plant-based eating, and so much community interest and support, we’re expecting the 2014 celebration to be even bigger and better. In fact, we’ve already secured a space at Yards Park that is twice as large!
Be part of this celebration – sign up now to sponsor, exhibit, or volunteer!