Central Florida Veg Fest!

Central Florida Veg Fest is back--bigger and better than ever! It will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at beautiful Orlando Festival Park. The first Veg Fest took place at Lake Lily in Maitland in 2005, and the second through sixth at Loch Haven Park from 2007 to 2011. This is the third year at Orlando Festival Park. The return of this extremely successful event has been eagerly anticipated!

The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; food preparation demonstrations, and live music and entertainment. Central Florida Veg Fest will draw both committed vegetarians and those who want to learn more about how to protect our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. You can promote your business or group to thousands of people who want to learn more about vegetarianism and the varied products and services that support a veg-friendly and an eco-friendly way of life. All money raised will be used for local vegetarian education and outreach.

The event is free! Parking for attendees is $5 per vehicle at the west side of Festival Park. From N. Primrose Drive, head east on E. Livingston Street to the parking entrance at the midpoint of the park on the right. Please carpool or ride your bike to the free bike valet off Festival Way.

For more information visit www.CFVegFest.org. This website will be updated as additional sponsors, vendors, restaurants, speakers, musicians, etc. are added. Please check back often for all the exciting changes! If you are interested in vending, please go to the Vendor Packet page of the website. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the Volunteer page of the website.

Please also RSVP at the Central Florida Veg Fest 2014 event page. And be sure to Like the Central Florida Veg Fest community page for lots of details about our sponsors, speakers, vendors, non-profits and much more.

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  • Juli

    Are any of you actually meeting up there?

    October 23

    • Jacquelyn

      The veg cf tent is our meetup group? I'm here now .

      October 25

    • Shirlene S.

      When you come to the Potluck Monday evening look me up. It's hard being the new kid on the block. Maybe I can help a little bit. It took me several potluck's and a couple of meet ups to start feeling more comfortable. See you there, I hope!

      October 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just leaving and accepting that racist urges overtake meatless lifestyles. I have noticed, every year that I attend this event and others like it, that booth occupants and most of the event goers treat blacks (especially black males) differently than others. I would estimate 90% of the booth people refuse to acknowledge me--I watch them openly speak to non-blacks. I know this is an issue in meat eating societies. I mistakenly thouth non-meat-eaters had enough compassion to genuinely see pass color and have better control of their racist urges. I believe I have been fooling myself. Hass anyone else noticed the same? maybe this is worth discussing along with animal rights- it is a known problem. Any thoughts?

    2 · October 25

    • john

      The world we experience is a mirror of what we manifest...having said that, you experienced that and it has to be acknowledged. however, being aware that we create our realities gives others less power over your experiences and it gives you (the creator) the power to create what you want to experience. sending loving kindness your way.

      1 · October 25

    • Shirlene S.

      It is sad that you left the event feeling rejected. It has happened to me before, as I'm sure it has happened to everyone on the planet at some point - probably many times over to some of us. When I became more assertive (NOT aggressive!), it helped, but I still get ignored sometimes. Is it because I'm female? Is it because I'm in my "croneage"? Because I'm white? Do I care? NO! Who likes to feel bad? I'm going to enjoy, and I CHOOSE to not take these slights personally. It's not so much what happens, but what you do with it that matters most. They are YOUR thoughts. Thoughts become things - choose the good ones. And let us all work on patience.....

      October 28

  • Susan M.

    I had a great time. Maybe next year can volunteer.

    1 · October 25

    • Shirlene S.

      Oh, I hope you do volunteer. My sister and I put in 2 hours at the t-shirt table, and it was a great experience! See you at the 11/03 potluck??

      October 28

  • Micki M.

    I really enjoyed attending my first Veg Fest. My main purpose was to find more vegan restaurants in the Orlando area, and I was extremely satisfied. I even took home a banana plant, which was unexpected. I couldn't help myself :)

    3 · October 27

    • Shirlene S.

      Good for you! I hope your banana plant gives you many sweet fruits. So glad you had great fun! Hope you will join Veg CF at the potluck on 11/03. If you bring a dish, please remember to make it vegan. Hope to see you there!

      October 28

  • Shirlene S.

    It was AWESOME! Thank you so much for having a Veg CF raffle! I will use the bookmarks as "gifties" for my cat sitting clients. The food was divine, as was the weather. My sister and I enjoyed volunteering. It was a day to remember! I can't say enough good things about all the hard work the organizers must do to provide us with this experience. Thank you!

    October 28

  • Lee S.

    Thanks ewe all to (once again) being so welcoming to the Animal Ambassadors and Human Herd of CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm. We'll be migrating back down in April for the Earth Day Celebration but hope y'all will stampede up to the sanctuary next month for ThanksLiving!

    www.cjacres.org/ThanksLiving

    3 · October 27

  • Jasmine

    This was an amazing first time experience. The vibes, food, and people were great. I am thankful to have found more supporters of such a great cause.

    2 · October 25

  • Susan M.

    I had a great time. Maybe next year can volunteer.

    1 · October 25

  • Madonna M.

    We will always see evidence for the beliefs we hold.love and you will be loved

    2 · October 25

  • Karen C.

    Loved the "Food Not Bombs" speaker. Thanks for the energy and organization of a great experience!

    2 · October 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think you have up to up to the booth people and engage first no matter what color you are. I saw plenty of conversation with black people at all the booths I went up to but they all started the conversion by asking a question.

    3 · October 25

  • Cynthia A.

    Where are volunteers supposed to park?

    October 24

  • Jasmine

    I will be there maybe around 3pm instead of earlier. Would I miss out on the fun?

    October 23

    • Ryan

      Hi Jasmine! 3pm definitely isn't too late! The event goes until 6pm and all of the food and vendors will be there until then. And there will still be lots of speakers and activities going on until 6pm as well.

      2 · October 23

    • Jasmine

      Thanks I look foward to this whole experience with my friends.

      October 24

  • Jasmine

    I will be there maybe around 3pm instead of earlier. Would I miss out on the fun?

    October 24

  • Matthew W.

    Are local farmers invited this year? We should be celebrating them and their efforts to grow the veggies we hold so dear. They should not be charged a table fee. Also, will it be possible to show the documentary Cowspiracy continuously throughout the day? This event draws many veg-curious types and is a great venue to provide additional information.

    2 · September 26

    • Jenna

      Everyone is always invited to Veg Fest. I believe we will have a few there.

      October 5

    • Mel A.

      Unfortunately, it's very difficult to get the licensing rights to show Cowspiracy to a group. The DVD comes out in the beginning of November, and pre-sales of the DVD are going on now.

      The VegCF table does have copies of Farm to Fridge at their table. I believe, since VegCF is a non profit, it's very difficult to let vendors in for free. I'm with a non-profit and we were given the opportunity to receive a discount if one of our members could volunteer to help out at the event. We ended up just paying the set price b/c we need our members to volunteer at our booth.

      ARFF may be playing videos at their booth.

      October 23

  • Michaele Mickey A.

    Hi everyone!!! My name is Mickey and I'm hopping to start up a vegan pop up market, hopefully before christmas. Stay tuned for more info. If you have any questions or know of anyone who would like to be part of the market please email me at [masked]

    4 · October 20

  • Juli

    I've been looking for a store or better yet a farm that sells fresh produce (fruits & vegetables) in large quantities in/around Orlando. It would be great if it also has organic options. Anyone know? Thanks!

    1 · October 5

  • tess c.

    Can't wait!! This year I'll be demonstrating Chili Lime Noodles, one of my favorites. Hope to see many of you then! : )

    8 · October 5

  • Vedrana

    ^.^

    August 29

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