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Veg Fest 2009 — UPDATED

Come join others on September 19th for the 5th Annual Veg Fest. This year it will be held at the Oregon Convention Center and will feature speakers, cooking demos, vegan food samples and music from local artists! You won't want to miss it!

Here is the Event Schedule:

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Click here for a detail on each presenter and talk description (musicians too) .

11:00am - Vesanto Melina, RD - "The Raw Food Revolution Diet"
12:30pm - John McDougall, MD
2:00pm - Rip Esselstyn - "Light Your Health on FIRE"
3:30pm - Kathy Freston
5:00pm - John McDougall, MD Cooking Demos:
11:00am - Gabrielle Chavez - "Wild Green Smoothie and Banana Bread"
12:30pm - Wes Hannah - "Vegan Lasagna"
2:00pm - David Gabbe - "The Joy of Vegan Cooking"
3:30pm - Isa Chandra Moskowitz - "Eclectic Rice Paper Rolls"
5:00pm - Julie Hasson - "Quick & Easy Dishes From The Cancer Project" Classes:
11:00am - Kathy Hessler
12:30pm - Brian McCarthy - "The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Family on a Vegan Diet"
2:00pm - Sussanna Czeranko, ND - "Preventing Cancer: Eating Outside the Box, Can and Jar"
3:30pm - Richard Heitsch, MD - "Vegan Diet for Optimal Athletic Performance"
5:00pm - Sharon Methvin, PhD - "Making a Difference for Animals - One Bite At a Time" Ask the Experts:
11:00am - 12:30pm Stephanie Lucas, RN - Nutrition, Veganic Gardening
12:30pm - 2:00pm Tammy Russell, RD - Nutrition, Health, Vegan Parenting
2:00pm - 3:30pm Brian McCarthy - Vegan Parenting, Cooking
3:30pm - 5:00pm Wendy Abraham, ND - Vegan Health, Cooking
5:00pm - 6:30pm Sue Aberle, RD - Nutrition, Health, Raw Live Music:
11:15am - Jon Davidson
12:45pm - Seth Martin
2:15pm - Kate Mann
3:45pm - Amy Bleu
5:15pm - Dawnya Clarine
6:30pm - SweetJuice Family Activities Corner: TBA

Here's the menus for the participating restaurants (no items over $5 so you can afford to try several things):

Blossoming Lotus: Lasagna, chili/cornbread, cashew hummus/flax crackers, lavender lemonade, Kauai chai, soft serve, trail mix cookies
Curry Leaf: Samosas, Pakodas, Cutlets, Spring rolls
Papa G's: Mac and Cheeze, Curry bowl, TLT sandwich, raw pizza, limeade, keifer, cookie bars
Proper Eats: Collard Wraps, mummy balls, hummus, pesto, miso, sunseed spread, raw crackers, raw veggies, raw fajitas, date fudge
Red and Black: Black Dragon Noodles, Kale and Quinoa Bowl
Sweet Lemon: Divine Thai Wrap, Very Curry Wrap, Rainbow Wrap, Supreme Salad Roll, Thai iced tea, cookies
Vege Thai: Pad Thai, Thai Salad Rolls with peanut sauce, Salad with Soy Chicken and peanut sauce, Thai Iced Tea

And here is the list of Event Exhibitors, WOW!

Commercial Exhibitors and Product Samplers

Amy's Kitchen
Artisana Organic Nut Butter
Ben Shaberman, "The Vegan Monologues"
Bishop's Best Raw Vegan Gelato
Blossoming Lotus Cafe - "Vegan World Fusion Cuisine"
Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
Book Publishing Company
Buchic Bamboo Clothing
Cell Rejuvenation Center (with Yummy Tummy Oasis)
]Chef Al & Donna B
CuisineMentor: Spice Blends
Curry Leaf Restaurant
Dandies vegan marshmallows
Dave's Killer Bread
Earthly Gourmet
Equal Exchange
Field Roast Grain Meat Co.
Food Fight! Vegan Grocery
Genesis organic juices
GoodBelly Probiotic Fruit Drink
Green Wok Vegetarian Restaurant
Grow Your Family Healthy (Ice La Creme)
HELD Vegan Belts
Herbivore Clothing
]HipCooking (Health Interested People Cooking With Salad Master)
The Hydration Solution
Integrated Medicine Group
It's Alive!
Jade Planet
Lantern Books
Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss
Living Harvest
Lotus Foods
Love at First Sit
Master Peace Hemp
Missionary Chocolates LLC
Namaste Chiropractic
The Naughty Vegan: Jeff Rogers "Vice Cream," CEO of
Oregon Dukkah
Organics To You
Pacific Natural Foods
Papa G's Vegan Organic Deli
Portland General Electric's renewable power program
Portland Wholesale Grocery Company
Proper Eats Restaurant
Pulmuone Wildwood
The Red & Black Cafe
The ReDirect Guide
SCL Marketing & Services
Solstice Bakery
Stahlbush Island Farms
Stirs the Soul
Sweetpea Baking Co.
Sweet Lemon Veggie Bistro
Theo Chocolate
Toby's Tofu Dips & Spreads
Turtle Island Foods/Tofurkey
Turtle Mountain
V-dog Food
Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
Vege Thai
VitaCrisp Live Crackers
Water & Air Works
Whole Foods Market
Wild Alice Bars
Wilderness Poets Hemp Nut Butters
Zipcar Non-Profit Exhibitors

Action for Animals
Adventist Medical Center
Best Friends Animal Society
The Cancer Project
Coalition to Abolish Animal Testing
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon
In Defense Of Animals (IDA)
The Let Live Foundation
Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
Oregon Kosher
Oregon Spay Neuter Fund
Organic Athlete
Out To Pasture Animal Sanctuary
Rabbit Advocates
Rachel's Friends Breast Cancer Coalition
Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
Try Vegan PDX
Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG)

Product Donors

Classic Exhibits Inc.
Eat In The Raw, Inc.
Edward & Sons
Guiltless Gourmet
King Harvest
Organically Grown Company
VegNews Magazine

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  • Michael C.

    Ug - too much free samples. Belly hurt all day. Must learn self-control.

    September 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I volunteered and it was really fun!

    September 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was SUCH a cool event - so much great stuff, good vibes and fabulous yummies!! Thanks to all that participated - what a fabulous lot of folks!

    September 20, 2009

  • deanna

    all our hard work came together and people had a great time! i am so stoked. can't wait for next year, but the break will be nice. =)

    September 20, 2009

  • Peter S.

    Re event attendance; 3000+ - so your 30 limit doesn't compute!

    September 19, 2009

  • Heather Z

    It was the BEST VegFest ever!!!

    September 19, 2009

  • caela

    I ended up volunteering the whole day so wasn't able to actually meet up with anyone ... but the fest itself was AWESOME. Tons of people, lots of great vendors ... with LOTS of free samples. Can't WAIT until next year!

    September 19, 2009

  • deanna

    Also, if you enjoy face painting or interacting with kids there are still volunteer needs in these areas for Veg Fest

    September 2, 2009

  • deanna

    Volunteers are still needed for the pm shifts, if you are interested please contact Wendy at [masked].


    September 2, 2009

  • deanna

    here's the link to more info on veg fest and other events nw veg is planning

    June 4, 2009

3,700 went

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