On Saturday, September 24th, 20,000 people joined the free fun at DC VegFest 2016, coming to Washington, DC’s Yards Park to explore and enjoy the world of vegan eating!
DC VegFest 2016 included dynamic speakers; live music; more than 115 vendors, exhibitors and non-profits; a Kids’ Zone; a Barking Lot for furry, four-legged friends, sponsored by the Washington Humane Society; a Beer Garden sponsored by Busboys and Poets, and so much more!
Kicking the festivities off with an enthusiastic and warm welcome was DC VegFest Emcee Jane Velez-Mitchell, who also welcomed our speakers to the Main Stage. Wowing the crowd and sharing their inspiring veg journeys were keynote speakers Leilani Munter (eco-race car driver & activist); Marco Antonio Regil (TV personality & public speaker), Torre Washington (award-winning vegan bodybuilder); Elizabeth Kucinich of the Plant-Based Foods Association; Jonathan Balcombe (animal behavior expert & author of “What a Fish Knows”); Tracye McQuirter (author of “By Any Greens Necessary”), and Dr. Stephen Neabore and Emily Kasmar, MS of Barnard Medical Center.
The Main Stage fun didn’t stop there: we had cooking demos by Dustin Harder, aka The Vegan Roadie, who showed how easy it can be to cook vegan, even in a hotel room; and Naijha Wright and Greg Brown of Baltimore vegan restaurant The Land of Kush shared samples of their delicious food.
The DC VegFest is fun for all, big and small, and our Kids’ Zone included speakers, a cooking demo, music, storytime, yoga, and even a moonbounce. In the music tent, Steve Gellman, Norm Hogeland and Buntopia played live tunes.
Festival-goers browsed booths by more than 115 vendors and exhibitors. Among many food vendors, Tofurky and Daiya offered free samples; meals were served up by 3 Twisted Vegans, Shouk and HipCityVeg, and many a sweet tooth was indulged with goodies by Vegan Treats and Sticky Fingers. Commercial vendors like Dr. Bronner’s, Herbivore Clothing, The Veg Nation, and more offered animal- and planet-friendly products.
In addition to interest in vegan eating and social media buzz from 20,000 attendees, the DC VegFest also generated media coverage before, during, and after the event, including feature stories on ABC7’s Good Morning Washington, News8’s Let’s Talk Live and WUSA9’s Great Day Washington as well as coverage by the Washington Post, WTOP, Bisnow, K Street Magazine, Eater DC, Washington City Paper, DCist, Washington Parent, and more.
Compassion Over Killing and our DC VegFest team send a big THANK YOU to all of our Sponsors, Speakers, Exhibitors, volunteers, and all who took part in and attended DC VegFest 2016! You helped make this event a sweet success.
Is it too early to get excited for DC VegFest 2017? We don’t think so! Stay tuned for news and updates.