Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the keynote speaker at the Albany VegFest 2013. Colleen is an animal activist, cookbook author and vegan dynamo extraordinaire!
I highly recommend this festival if you're new to veganism or on the fence.
The Albany VegFest (I've been twice) is Vegetarian Summerfest, the Animal Rights Conference, the New York City Vegetarian Food Festival and The Seed all rolled into one day. What's so terrific about this festival is its size. It's intimate. It's easy to strike up a conversation with any of the presenters and it's easy hear the speakers.
Everything about the festival can be found at their website: http://www.albanyvegfest.org/
The festival is free to attend. If you can contribute $5 that would help them offset their costs. As terrific as the other vegan events listed above are, they can be expensive to attend.
Everything about Colleen can be found at her website: http://www.compassionatecook.com/about-colleen. Watch the video at the bottom of that page to get an idea as to who she is and what she does. I highly recommend her podcasts, too. They're a vegan's toolbox for sure.
Our plan: We'll be driving up to Albany. I can accommodate four people (someone's gotta sit in the middle) and if anyone else would volunteer to drive then that many more people can attend. Driving will allow us to keep costs down. We will be leaving promptly at 7:30am from Long Island City Queens one stop from Manhattan on the 7 train. The festival runs from 10am-6pm. We'll then head back to NYC.