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For Immediate Release -- VegFest Colorado 2014

From: Ann V S.
Sent on: Monday, June 2, 2014 3:07 PM
Media Contact:
Janie Gianotsos
[address removed]
For Immediate Release

VegFest Colorado Brings 
Authors, Physicians, Luminaries and Chefs to Metro Denver July 5-6, 2014 at Jefferson County Fairgrounds

DENVER, Colo.–- May 29, 2014 – 
The 5th annual VegFest Colorado, a health and environmental fair, takes place July 5 and 6, 2014 offering non-stop activities for the whole family. The festival opens from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days in and around the Exhibit Hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden, Colorado 80401. Attendees will learn from world-renowned luminaries, who are experts on health, diet and environmental issues, about the many advantages of embracing a compassionate, cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle. 

VegFest Colorado offers two days of family friendly activities including speakers, cooking demonstrations by chefs and cookbook authors, food sampling, exhibitors, food trucks, movies, activities for children and more.

Featured speakers for VegFest Colorado 2014 include:

• Plant Based Diets: A Cure - Andrew Freeman MD, FACC, FACP board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, and echocardiography, Dr. Freeman practices at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO and hosts a monthly Walk with a Doc program in the Denver area where he volunteers his time to walk with patients on a Saturday morning, teaching key health concepts and exploring exercise and diet as medicine. 

• Raising Veg Kids - Andy Mars, Ph.D., founder and director of the Kids Make A Difference Foundation, Dr. Mars has raised vegan kids, runs the Veg Kids organization that helps vegan kids connect, and runs Camp Exploration, a vegan camp for kids. 

• Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of Meat and Dairy - David Robinson Simon, a Los Angeles-based lawyer, animal advocate, and author of Meatonomics, Robinson Simon works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. 

• Colorado GMO Labeling: What You Can Do - Jeffrey M. Smith, best-selling author, filmmaker and Executive Director, Institute of Responsible Technology, is the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation's top food safety priority.

• Animal Emotions and Why They Matter - Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a former Guggenheim Fellow, Marc was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. He has published more than 800 scientific and popular essays and twenty-five books including Minding Animals, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall) and The Emotional Lives of Animals. Rewilding Our Hearts will be published in October 2014.

• Moving from the Margins to the Mainstream: Veg Eating in America - Paul Shapiro has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. He founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. Shapiro has been interviewed in hundreds of print, broadcast, and online news sources as an authority on farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He has also published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals

• The World Peace Diet - Dr. Will Tuttle, author, educator, pianist, and composer, has lectured and performed widely throughout North America and Europe. Author of the acclaimed Amazon #1 best-seller The World Peace Diet, he is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and is the creator of several wellness training program. A former Zen monk and a Dharma Master in the Korean Zen tradition, as well as a 30-year vegan, he is devoted to cultural healing and awakening.

• Be a Happy, Healthy Vegan: 8 Tips to Guarantee Success - Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, Ginny writes and speaks about vegetarian and vegan diets for both the public and health professionals. Ginny is co-author of three books, Vegan for LifeVegan for Her, and Never Too Late to Go Vegan. She also co-authored the first vegetarian textbook for health professionals, The Dietitians’ Guide to Vegetarian Diets.

• Cooking Demos by Alan Roettinger author of Speed Vegan and Paleo VeganJL Fields, co-author of Vegan for Her, and Debbie Devore, owner of Almost Vegan Cooking School.

For more information about the speakers, please go to

For more information about cooking demos, please visit

To book interviews speakers or chefs, please contact Janie Gianotsos, [address removed],[masked]

Admission to VegFest: Adults pay $10.00 at the door/ $7.00 online if purchased by June 29, 2014Admission for children age 16 and younger is free. 

Parking is also free.

VegFest Colorado 2014 sponsorship packages and exhibitor booths are still available. Additional information on this festival can be found at:

Major Sponsors of VegFest Colorado are Animal Action NetworkDelectable PlanetNatural AwakeningsNexus, and Vegan Life Colorado.

VegFest Colorado is a Trade Name belonging to Animal Action Network, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organizations supporting and promoting the humane, respectful, and ethical treatment of all beings.

For more information, please go to: or email [address removed].






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