NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
The 4th Annual NYCVFF is just around the corner, and NYC Vegan EatUP will find vegan eats from near and far, doctors, authors, and LOOOTS more.
There will also be more than 100 vendors of vegan lifestyle products and foods, many offering samples. Rounding out the attractions will be stand-up comedy, craft activities and storytelling for children, and a raffle benefiting the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
Last year, approximately 6,000 people attended. The 2014 version is expected to top that number.
Dr. Robert Ostfeld, a Yale- and Harvard-trained cardiologist, will be one of this year’s speakers. His presentation will cover the benefits of a plant-based diet for heart health. Another cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn, will present “Ten Holistic Tips to Strengthen Your Heart.”
The chef/owners of the acclaimed Vedge restaurant in Philadelphia will also be on hand. Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby plan to offer up delectable recipes and stories from the cutting edge of vegan cuisine.
Award-winning runner, reporter, and author Ellen Jaffe Jones will give two talks, including “Managing a Vegan Diet on a Shoestring,” which aims to counter the popular misconception that vegan diets are only for upscale trendsetters.
Latham Thomas, the author of "Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy," will give a talk and sign copies of her popular books.
Other presenters during the weekend will include chef Kevin Archer, animal rights lawyers Mariann Sullivan and Sherry F. Colb, dietitian Ashley Koff, popular bloggers Lauren Walls and Jasmin Singer, Steve “Sproutman” Meyerwitz, and personal trainer Greg Sher.
For a change of pace, Comedy Central’s favorite vegan comedian, Myq Kaplan, will deliver one of his hilarious routines.
The Natural Gourmet Institute will sponsor a stage for cooking demonstrations, while the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup will sponsor and staff the Kumquat Kids Area.
Among the exhibitors, Festival-goers can look up Nuttin’ Ordinary (raw vegan spreads), Plant Fusion (protein supplements), Just the Food (fusion tacos), Rescue Chocolate (bars and truffles, with profits benefiting animal welfare), and Alchemy Creamery (dairy-free ice cream), among many others.
A complete listing of presenters and vendors can be found at http://nycvegfoodfest.com/.
The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://2014nycvegfoodfest.chirrpy.com/ or at the door.
**As a special deal for EatUP members, use offer code VEGTASTIC at checkout for 50% off ticket prices!