Portland's Annual VegFest is Coming
Speakers, chef cooking demonstrations, free vegan food samples, food and activist group exhibitors and children's activities will be offered throughout the fair day.
Dozens of local and national vegetarian food companies will be represented at Portland's second annual VegFest, a compassionate living fair in conjunction with the international Great American Meatout. It's Saturday, March 18, from 10 AM to 6 PM in First Unitarian Church, SW 12th Avenue and Main Street.
Presented by the nonprofit Northwest VEG, the fair will feature free vegan food samples and product and activist exhibitors, chef cooking demonstrations, children's activities and speakers on nutrition, the environment and other vegetarian benefits. Admission is $5 or $15 for a family.
Participating Oregon food companies include Columbia Gorge Organics, King Harvest Natural Foods, NatureBake and Dave's Killer Bread, Toby's Family Foods, Turtle Island Foods Inc. (maker of Tofurky), Turtle Mountain, Livin' Spoonful Hummus, RiseUp Doughnuts, Sweetpea Baking Co. and Buddha Belly Bakery.
Speakers and cooking demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the day.
Speakers include Howard Lyman, the "Mad Cowboy" who left a family cattle farming business to advocate for vegetarian life; nutritionist, educator and author George Eisman from Farm Sanctuary, and chef and cookbook author Bo Rinaldi of Blossoming Lotus.
Sponsors include the church's Community for the Earth, In Defense of Animals, Natural Awakenings magazine, Blossoming Lotus-Vegan World Fusion Cuisine and VegNews magazine. Donors include LaraBar, ReDirect Guide, Pioneer Organics and Satya magazine.
For more information, see www.nwveg.org, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 503-224-7380.
Below is some information on speakers, most of it repeated from their websites.
George Eisman, whose speech topic will be "Can Milk Cause Breast and Prostate Cancer?," is considered one of the nation's foremost educators on vegetarian nutrition. He has served as a faculty member in Dietetics and Nutrition at several universities and colleges and created the first accredited program in Vegetarian Studies. He has worked in a children's hospital, a nursing home and for public health agencies in four states. Eisman has spoken at numerous events and conferences and is the author of two books, The Most Noble Diet (1994) and A Basic Course in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition (2003). (See www.vegforlife.com/veg_tour.htm)
Howard F. Lyman has brought the issue of the dangers of eating beef to light like never before. A former cattle rancher-turned-vegetarian and food safety activist, in 1996, Lyman revealed, to a national television audience, how the cattle industry potentially exposed Americans to Mad Cow Disease by feeding cows the remains of live animals - including other cows. As a result of his remarks, Lyman was named a co-defendant with Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "veggie libel" case brought by Texas ranchers in Amarillo. (See www.madcowboy.com)
Bo Rinaldi operates the Blossoming Lotus restaurant within Yoga in the Pearl in Portland. "The Blossoming Lotus model fosters community growth, supports local farmers, and is a vortex of positive and loving vibrations for all to experience. Vegan World Fusion Cuisine is a celebration of the gift of life." (See www.blossominglotus.com)
Kendra Kimbirauskas, who will speak on "The Factory Farm Alarm - The Threat of Corporate Animal Agriculture in Oregon," grew up farming on her family's farm outside of Stockbridge, Michigan and received her degrees from Michigan State University. After college, Kendra served as a legislative aide in the Michigan Senate before going to work helping rural communities fight the invasion of corporate farms. Kendra has traveled extensively across the United States working with rural farming families as they struggle to stay on the farm and retain a quality of life despite a growing crisis -- the industrialization of the American farm and the demise of the rural economy. Kendra currently lives on a small farm in Colton, Oregon, and can be reached at "mailto: email@example.com".
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