DC VegFest Press Release

 PRESS RELEASE
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Media Contact: Heather Shaw Menis, Fifth & Main PR
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DC VegFest, the East Coast’s Largest Vegan Festival, Returns to Yards Park

Free Event Welcomes Vegans, Pre-Vegans, Dogs, Kids and All on Saturday, Sept. 2

Washington, DC – July 17, 2017 –­­ Compassion Over Killing is proud to present DC VegFest 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 11am-6pm in the nation’s capital. Hosted outdoors at DC’s beautiful Yards Park, DC VegFest is a free festival of food, music, education, inspiration, and fun.

More than 20,000 festival-goers – vegans and pre-vegans alike – are expected to explore the many joys and flavors of plant-based foods, as well as discover how leaving meat off our plates helps to protect our health, the planet, and animals.

This event features renowned speakers and expert chefs whipping up culinary creations on the main stage; a Kids’ Zone with interactive activities; live entertainers in the music tent; more than 130 vendors (many of which offer free food samples); a beer garden, and so much more. Dogs are welcome (must be leashed) in our shaded Barking Lot sponsored and operated by the Humane Rescue Alliance, which will also have adoptable animals on site.

This year’s DC VegFest speakers include:

  •     US Congressman Jamie Raskin, from Maryland’s 8th District
  •     Vegan rapper Grey
  •     Vegan entrepreneur and chef, Miyoko Schinner, CEO/Founder of Miyoko’s Kitchen, author of “Artisan Vegan Cheese”
  •     Holistic nutritionist Dr. Ruby Lathon
  •     Cookbook author Eddie Garza, “¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook”
  •     A former undercover investigator with Compassion Over Killing
  •     And more to come!

“DC VegFest is a fun, free, and flavorful way to discover the many benefits of choosing plant-based foods for our health, the planet, and animals,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Now in its ninth year with tens of thousands of people joining us, Compassion Over Killing is excited to help put vegan eating on the map in the nation’s capital.

Delicious plant­-based cuisine will be dished out by dozens of restaurant and food vendors, with free samples galore to tempt your tastebuds. Vendors include Vegan Treats, Busboys and Poets, Amsterdam Falafelshop, Treeline Treenut Cheese, MOM’s Organic Market, YogiDog, Mompops, Roots Market, and more.

More than 100 nonprofit and commercial exhibitors will also be setting up shop for the day: A Well­Fed World, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Vegetarian Society of DC, The Stanford Inn by the Sea, and many more. 


The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free commemorative tote bag, loaded with gifts and samples from our top sponsors!  


Visit us online at DCVegFest.com and use #DCVegFest17 to follow along on social media. 


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Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit animal protection organization headquartered 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. COK.net