Tallahassee Vegetarian Community Hosts First Annual VegFest April 4th!

North Florida Veg Fest
Cascades Park
1001 South Gadsden St
Tallahassee, FL 32301

North Florida VegFest
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by Danielle Bussone

Tallahassee Vegetarian Community, aka TalVeg, is hosting the inaugural vegetarian festival in Tallahassee, The North Florida VegFest!

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Having visited numerous vegetarian festivals, I am always impressed by the coordination that has to happen to bring one of these events to fruition. It’s a daunting task by any measure. So, naturally, my curiosity led me to speak with Julie Sutton, who is one of the many people who have put their heads together and volunteered their time and intellectual resources to make this event happen. And it is happening, this coming weekend, April 4th, at Cascade Park in downtown Tallahassee, Florida! Beginning at 11am, the event will last until 3pm. The weather promises light rain in the morning, drying off just in time to grace Tallahassee’s inaugural vegetarian festival with perfect 70 degree temperatures. It seems the gods are smiling!

Julie Sutton

Julie Sutton

 

Sponsored by Tallahassee Democrat (Platinum), Whole Foods and A Well-Fed World (Gold) and VegFund (Silver), this event will feature a stellar list of speakers who will present different aspects of a plant-based lifestyle from healthy eating to the humane issues of protecting our vulnerable animal friends. Presentations and cooking demonstrations will run throughout the day. Many of the speakers have authored books on their respective subjects and will man a book-signing tent between presentations, where books signed by their authors can be purchased for yourself or as gifts for loved ones. There will be children’s activities as well. You can check out the program schedule at this link.

 

Presenters

Presenters From Left to Right: Danielle Bussone, Cynthia Cowen, Ellen Jaffe Jones, Dr. Freddy Kaye, Lee Sackett, and Jill Welch

 

And what would a vegetarian festival be without good food? Food vendors galore will be present at the festival, serving up healthy plant-based fare that will satisfy the most finicky palate. There is plenty to choose from. Restaurants making an appearance (in alphabetical order) are: Black Dog Café, Decent Pizza, Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine, Reggae Shack Café, Soul Vegetarian, and Sweet Pea Café.

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Other vendors include animal rescue organizations, green and sustainable markets, a book publishing company, services including health, nutrition and exercise, energy balance practitioners, farm to table programs, artisan vegan cheeses, essential oils, and even an abstract artist. There will be something for everyone at this eclectic health-centric happening. If you’ve never visited a vegetarian festival, you’re in for a real treat.

 

Sally Sanders with Turkey

Organizer Sally Sanders

 

If you are anywhere near the Tallahassee area, it will be worth your while to stop in between 11am and 3pm to check out what’s going on in downtown’s Cascade park. Ink it in on your calendars; it’s an annual event you’ll not want miss!

 

Co-founder and editor of Veggin’ Out and About, Danielle writes restaurant reviews, profiles and interviews of people making a difference in the plant-based community. She author is of, “Time For Change: Whole Foods For Whole Health,” released January 1, 2015.

Danielle’s region is SW Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, and anywhere she happens to stop for sustenance along the road. Contact Danielle directly to share your restaurant finds, to make comments or just to say hello.

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