The 4th Annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Personal Note from David: The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is one of my favorite events all year. Congratulations to Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda for producing these amazing and extremely successful events! The last three Food Fests were incredibly fun, educational, and wonderfully delicious. ***PLEASE NOTE: our members get a 50% discount off advance ticket purchases! See below!***

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Cardiologists, restaurant owners, vegan chefs, and world-class athletes will be among those taking the stage at the 4th annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, March 1-2, in Manhattan.

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.

Festival co-founder Sarah Gross  says of the Food Fest, “If you’re interested in good food, new products, health and wellness, or simply looking for something entertaining (and educational) for both you and your kids, this is a must-attend event!”

The Festival is presented under the auspices of the U.S. Veg Corp. It was launched in 2011 as a one-day event. However, overflow crowds and an entrance line stretching 4 city blocks for most of the day convinced the organizers to double capacity. "The interest in this event has been incredible with people traveling from all over the world to attend. Every year we strive to make the event bigger and better to keep up with the demand and provide patrons and participants alike an enjoyable experience with lots of take-aways," said the Festival’s other co-founder, Nira Paliwoda.

Last year, approximately 6,000 people attended throughout the weekend. If we follow the trend, the 2014 version may top those numbers.

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, personal trainer Greg Sher, and Comedy Central’s favorite vegan comedian, Myq Kaplan, will deliver one of his hilarious routines.

Notable chefs from The Natural Gourmet Institute will be conducting delicious cooking demonstrations, while the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup will be on hand at the Kumquat Kids Area where the schedule is packed all weekend with fun and educational activities for kids of all ages.

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.

Dates: Saturday, March 1st and Sunday, March 2nd

Time: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM both days

Tickets Purchased at the Door: $40 for either day (Saturday or Sunday), or $60 for a two-day pass

Advance Ticket Price: $30 for either day (Saturday or Sunday), or $50 for a two-day pass

We have arranged a 50% discount for our meetup members on advance purchase tickets.  Tickets purchased in advance will be only $15 for either day (Saturday or Sunday), or $25 for a two-day pass when using the Discount Code VEGMEETUP (type VEGMEETUP into the "Discount Code" space on the online purchasing form.  That form is located at: https://2014nycvegfoodfest.chirrpy.com).

Advance Tickets: https://2014nycvegfoodfest.chirrpy.com

Food Fest Web Site: http://nycvegfoodfest.com

Meeting Up At The Veg Food Fest (Optional)

You may attend both days, or just one. I will be there both days, and I encourage you to do so if you can. This is a tremendously fun, educational, and tasty event!

For those that wish to, our Meetup Group will be meeting up at the Veg Food Fest both days. Each day (Saturday and Sunday) we will meet twice:

1. The first meetup will be at 10:30am (each day, Saturday and Sunday) on the entrance line to Food Fest. Just get on line when you arrive. I will be going up and down the line with a "MEETUP" sign looking for our members. We will all make a plan to meet inside at the beginning. Look for me and my "MEETUP" sign so you can be part of the plan. I will come right over to you, just call out to me when you see me with the "MEETUP" sign.

2. At 1:00pm each day (Saturday and Sunday) we will meet outside the front doors of the Food Fest (outside the front doors of the building itself -- the Metropolitan Pavilion). I will again have my "MEETUP" sign so you will easily see me and the group. At 1:10pm we will then all go back inside and eat lunch together at the food vendors.

These daily meetups are optional of course. You can RSVP and attend the Food Fest entirely on your own if you wish. But it is fun to meet up with other Meetup Group members for part of the event, and to have lunch with people from the group. Even if you have never been to one of our events before, come on along and make some new vegetarian & vegan friends.

This is one of my favorite events all year. Congratulations to Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda for producing these amazing and extremely successful events! The last three Food Fests were incredibly fun, educational, and wonderfully delicious. For a great time, please RSVP and attend.

David

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  • David G.

    Wow! Amazing job by Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda in organizing their biggest NYC Vegetarian Food Festival ever! TWO floors filled with amazing speakers, food vendors with free samples, lifesaving animal rights and animal welfare organizations, and all types of vendors with vegan merchandise. It was wonderful to meet all the great new meetup members who attended, as well as hang out with our amazing regular members. Thanks to all festival organizers and participants for making this NYC Vegetarian Food Festival the best ever!!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Roberta K.

    Thank you for the discount.....no one was present at the door to collect them. This was about 11:20 on Sat.

    March 4, 2014

  • veda w.

    David thanks for the discounted tickets and for the group meet at Saturday's NYC Vege Fest. I really enjoyed the company and the festival was informative, exciting and rewarding. Great vendors. I will be there for the next one.

    March 4, 2014

  • lulu

    great fun!

    March 3, 2014

  • Dawn D.

    Love the wide range of products. One of the best i have ever attended.

    March 3, 2014

  • Na'eem C.

    Really great event. My mom and I had a nice time. Thanks very much.

    March 2, 2014

  • Mike

    Good fun, thanks for hosting

    March 2, 2014

  • Lisa

    I have two tickets available for today (Sunday) if anyone is in need. If you are interested, please contact me directly by clicking on my picture and sending me an email.

    March 2, 2014

  • Joseph

    thanks David for shepherding us together.
    best of show: Peanut Butter & Co.
    three 1-pound jars for $10

    March 2, 2014

  • Mohammed

    Won't be able to make it tomorrow. Enjoy the festival everyone.

    March 2, 2014

  • Jess

    Does anyone have an extra ticket I can buy?

    March 1, 2014

    • Tina N.

      Hi Debra .. I received your message .. If I decide to go tomorrow - I'll contact you .. my Vegetarian honor =)

      1 · March 1, 2014

    • Debra

      ha. I e-mailed it to Jess. It was only for Saturday. I hope to meet everyone soon.

      1 · March 1, 2014

  • Melia

    This line is serious!

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Foram J.

    Even I need a couple of tickets! Does anyone have ?
    I will pay ofcourse

    March 1, 2014

  • Nikita

    Totally cannot make it today! Sorry guys, hope to see you all next meet

    March 1, 2014

    • Tina N.

      Great!

      March 1, 2014

    • Tina N.

      Lol.. lmk .. there's still tomorrow =)

      March 1, 2014

  • David G.

    Dear Friends, The 50% discount code HAD expired last night at 12 midnight, but NOW has been extended through tonight (Friday night) at 8:00PM! Get your tickets while you can! Thank you very much, Festival Co-Founder Sarah Gross!!!

    2 · February 28, 2014

    • Carla

      Thank you David - at what point in the checkout should we see a discount code prompt? - thanks

      February 28, 2014

    • Garrett

      Awesome, thanks so much! The discount code field shows up on the first page where you select the quantity of tickets.

      February 28, 2014

  • Carla

    same question here as many others - can't figure out how to get the discount ??? - any help would be appreciated :))

    February 28, 2014

  • Garrett

    I also can't find the discount code field, is the discount no longer available?

    February 28, 2014

    • David G.

      The discount code HAD expired last night at 12 midnight, but NOW has been extended through tonight (Friday night) at 8:00PM! Get your tickets while you can! Thank you very much, Festival Co-Founder Sarah Gross!!!

      February 28, 2014

  • Barjdeep

    I have the same question as Joseph, I don't see the discount field anywhere when I try to buy tickets. Anyone know what's going on with that?

    February 28, 2014

  • Nathalia

    I'll be there Sunday.

    February 28, 2014

  • Yaritza

    Looking forward to this.This will be my first meetup and first time at this event.Thanks for the discount!

    February 27, 2014

  • Ani

    This looks great! Does anyone happen to know which day or time is more crowded? Looking forward

    February 24, 2014

    • Nick

      Yes, it is going to be extremely crowded on Saturday at 4:39 pm with density of 1.567 person(s) per sq. ft.

      1 · February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the discount...itz my first time and ll be bringing my dad...I'm new to NY....

    February 26, 2014

    • amit

      hi Raji Vadakkam, may be see you saturday

      February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Amit...I'll be coming on Sunday....

      February 26, 2014

  • Priya

    I am looking forward to this!! Thanks David for the great discount :)

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • amit

    Hi to All,
    Iam driving from Long Island to the city o Saturday
    any one would like a ride ? please write me up.( it is free !!!)
    thks

    February 26, 2014

  • Laurence M.

    I am planning on Sunday 10:30!

    February 26, 2014

  • Tina N.

    Are we meeting? I may just wander around on my own...

    February 26, 2014

    • David G.

      Yes. Optionally, for those who wish to. Read the event description.

      2 · February 26, 2014

    • Tina N.

      Heck, I'm glad I read the original description .. 50% off admission! woooot! see u Saturday!

      February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It will be my first time attending a veggie food festival. Looking to be there on Saturday for the second meetup.

    February 26, 2014

  • Mohammed

    Looking forward to this, will be there on Sunday. Can't wait to meet many of you.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • STELLA O.

    Thanks I will bring my Mom with me. Excited! Should I just send an email to [masked] with my name and guest, then pay at the door?
    Stella

    February 24, 2014

  • Anna

    Thanks for getting us the discount David! This is my first time, so excited - bringing my sis along for some good eats !

    February 24, 2014

  • Addy D

    Hello! I am from Canada and am coming down the weekend of Veg Food Fest, for an audition. I am trying to buy a Sunday pass with the discount, but can't because the Billing Address doesn't have an option for countries other than the USA. Can someone please advise me on how to proceed / help a Canadian out? Thank you kindly, and much appreciated!

    February 23, 2014

    • Nira P.

      Hi Addy.

      February 23, 2014

    • Nira P.

      Im the co-founder of the festival and you can also email us at [masked] with your name and number of tickets and we will reserve your tickets and you can pay for them in cash at the door.

      2 · February 23, 2014

  • Anna M.

    +1

    February 21, 2014

  • Roberta K.

    Help--Am trying to get the discount for one day on March 1--the price is always quoted as $30- Any ideas. Love Thanksgiving with you all

    February 20, 2014

  • Debra

    This looks like a lot of fun. Its my first veggie meetup and first veg festival. Thanks for getting us the great discount David. I look forward to meeting everyone!

    February 17, 2014

  • qubilah

    Can't wait till attend! :-)

    February 16, 2014

  • dree a.

    Thanks David, for getting that great discount on advance tickets : )

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • lotusflavor

    look forward to sharing the bliss yum !

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Karina V

    I'm so excited, it's going to be my very first Veg Food Festival! Can't wait!

    February 12, 2014

  • Adrian

    I have already bought my tickets with a friend for the 1st but will love to meet everyone. I'll be there at 11:30

    February 11, 2014

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