Countdown to Charlottesville, Virginia’s 19th Annual Vegetarian Festival, SEP 26th!

Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival
256 E Market St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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by Danielle Bussone


It’s that time once again to make the long anticipated trek to the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival, held in Lee Park, just one block off the historic downtown mall in Charlottesville, from 11am-5pm.  It is shaping up to be a stellar event and the weather forecast looks promising!




Erin from Erin and the Wildfire

Erin from Erin and the Wildfire


Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day while sampling some of the best vegan and vegetarian food in the area. Vendors showcasing animal friendly products, rescue organizations, fitness organizations and more will be available for your perusal.



Learn to cook with quinoa, make Italian pasta, Indian chutneys and spice blends, homemade granola and the world’s best vegetarian breakfast bagel at one of the cooking demonstrations being held at The Haven located at 112 Market Street, right across from Lee Park.


Charlotteville VegFest


Speakers will be presenting on the third floor of the public library, adjacent to the park. Be sure to check out the SCHEDULE to learn about the dangers of GMOs and Roundup, how to quickly and dramatically improve your heath through diet, why chicken is NOT a healthy food, how to thrive on a plant-based diet and why fish does not belong on your plate! Authors will be on hand to sign books.


Lorrie Delehanty, Danielle Bussone, Karen Davis, David Madow and Mary Finelli

Lorrie Delehanty        Danielle Bussone          Karen Davis                David Madow                    Mary Finelli


Veggin’ Out and About! will be a definitely be a presence covering the event. Give us a shout out and let us know what you are enjoying most at the 19th Annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Fest!


Parking is available generally in the downtown area but the surest bet is the parking garage on Market Street is 3 blocks away.

You can also park for free in Albemarle County building parking lot on McIntire Rd. This is a 4-5 block walk.


The festival organizers have arranged with the library to use their bathrooms. There are toilets on the main floor and on the third floor.


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 is author 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.


  1. Hopefully this year there will be more compassionate choices and less “vegetarian” loaded with eggs and dairy from the vendors.
    Last year we left disappointed with all the non vegan vendors and lack of empathy when asking about vegan “options” at a veg fair of all places.

    • Danielle Bussone

      I hope you have better luck this year. I didn’t have any problem finding vegan options when I was there last year. I ordered a delicious Ethiopian dish and I believe there was an Indian vendor as well who had vegan options. Let me know how it goes this year and I’ll do the same.

    • Chuck,

      For many people taking the step to consider vegetarianism is a stretch, Going is way too far. Our goal is to take them one step at a time. All food vendors have been asked to have vegan options available.

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