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WEATHER ALERT: The 2018 DC VegFest, Scheduled for September 15, is Cancelled Due to Hurricane Florence Forecast

While the annual DC VegFest is a rain or shine event, Compassion Over Killing regretfully must cancel this year’s event as the Mayor’s Office of the DC Government has just declared a state of emergency in response to the weather forecast related to Hurricane Florence.

This is the first time our 10-year history of hosting this free event that we’ve had to cancel due to weather, though it has rained twice before.

The DC VegFest, attended by more than 20,000 people, has always been hosted outdoors with the risk of cancellation due to weather.

“Compassion Over Killing is sad to announce that the 2018 DC VegFest has been cancelled in the face of Hurricane Florence, and we appreciate all of the participation and interest our event has received this year,” said Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “We know that the DC community will join us once again when our event returns next year.”

For weather FAQs & updates, please visit: DCVegFest.com/weather.

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a nonprofit animal protection organization working to end the abuse of farmed animals through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate outreach, public education, and other advocacy programs. http://cok.net

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Tenth Annual DC VegFest Bringing Food and Fun to Yards Park September 15

Washington, DC – July 24,2018 Compassion Over Killing (COK) is proud to present the 10th annual DC VegFest on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Hosted outdoors at famed Yards Park in the nation’s capital, the DC VegFest is a free fun-filled festival of food, music, education, and inspiration with more than 20,000 attendees who join the celebration each year.

Featuring over 120 vendors and exhibitors, thousands of festival-goers – vegans and pre-vegans alike – will experience plant-based eating’s many flavors, and learn how each of us can protect the planet, our health, and animals simply by enjoying vegan meals.

On the main stage, emceed by rapper Grey, celebrity speakers will share inspiring talks and expert chefs will dazzle the crowd with their culinary creations.

This year’s DC VegFest keynote speakers include:

  • Carol Adams (Author & Activist) and Ginny Messina (Registered Dietician & Author)
  • Joe Yonan (Food and Dining Editor, The Washington Post)
  • Tracye McQuirter (30-Year Vegan, Author, Public Health Nutritionist)
  • Dr. Neal Barnard (President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
  • Jerri Evans (Owner, Turning Natural)
  • Beverly Kumari (Cookbook Author and Chef)
  • Mike Wolf (Director of Investigations, Compassion Over Killing)
  • Chef Nikki (Chef, Activist, and Fitness Competitor)

A new TryVeg tasting booth will be hosted by Jessica Carter, COK’s talented Vegan Food & Lifestyle Coach, seen often on DC morning shows. The Kid’s Zone will have interactive activities including storytime, a cooking demo, and a talk by author Eric Lindstrom, COK’s Director of Marketing.

Popular local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will host our Beer Garden and Music Tent with local brews and musicians. Tails will be wagging in the shaded Barking Lot sponsored and operated by Humane Rescue Alliance, which will also have adoptable animals on site.

“Since 2009, DC VegFest has been bringing the community together, through fun and flavors, for a day of compassionate celebration that pre-vegans and vegans can all enjoy,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing.

“As we mark our 10th annual DC VegFest, expecting 25,000 to join us, Compassion Over Killing is thrilled that Washington, DC is home to an abundance of delicious and nutritious plant-based food and, as the nation’s capital, is setting a positive tone for a much-needed national dialogue about the far-reaching impact of our food choices on the planet, our health, and animals,” Meier adds.

Vegan food will be served by dozens of vendors including Vegan Treats, Amsterdam Falafelshop, Brewing Good Coffee, Bakeshop DC, Revolution Gelato, and YogiDog.

Over 100 nonprofit and commercial exhibitors will set up shop for the day: Dr. Bronner’s, A Well-Fed World, Roots Market, Barnard Medical Center, TryVeg.com, and many more.

Drawing a line of 2,000 people before the start of the festival, free commemorative tote bags, stocked with gifts and samples from our sponsors, will be given out to the first 1,000 attendees.

For more information, visit DCVegFest.com.

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a nonprofit animal protection organization working to end the abuse of farmed animals through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate outreach, public education, and other advocacy programs. http://cok.net

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