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The Long Island Animal Rights and VegFest (in Huntington)

-posted by Jennifer G.-

Erica Settino, founder of Karuna for Animals, is bringing us Long Island's first Animal Rights and VegFest!

The fun starts at 10:00 AM!

  • $5.00 admission, children 12 and under play for free
  • Cash and check only
  • See Festival Schedule below
  • Leashed (non-retractable leashes only) dogs are welcome at the outdoor portions of the event (except in the Memorial Garden). Please bring your own water and bowl for your companions, as well as bags to pick up and dispose of all stool.
  • Picnicking on the lovely grounds is welcome. Exhibitors will be selling vegan goodies throughout the day, and Jay Astafa of 3 Brother's Pizza Cafe will be selling food from 2:00 - 6:30PM (cash only). No outside food is permitted on the premises.
  • Please dispose of your trash in the proper receptacles. Recycling bins will be present.

Facebook page: Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc.


Please help us promote the festival through your websites, newsletters, emails, calendars, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Dowload web banners,logo, flyer, etc.,

Festival will include:

  • Our 2nd annual art show and auction -- all artwork MUST be paid for and picked up at the event. Winners will be called at 6:00 PM. Cash or check only.

Festival Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM Doors Open, Bidding on artwork begins and continues throughout the day
  • Musical performances, face painting, and crafts will take place at the Kids Corner throughout the day
  • 11:00 AM Musical Performance by Alexa Dexa, and Raw Food Presentation by Chef Okima
  • 12:00 PM Speaker Victoria Moran (The art show will be closed between 12 and 2PM)
  • 1:00 PM Speaker Jenny Brown
  • 2:00 PM Musical Performance by Zach, Jay Astafa of 3 Brother's Pizza Cafe will be selling food from 2:00PM - 6:30PM
  • 3:00 PM Speaker Demosthenes Maratos
  • 4:00 PM Musical Performance by Kirsten Elizabeth
  • 5:00 PM Speaker Jennifer Greene
  • 6:00 PM Art Show & Auction is called. All artwork MUST be paid for and picked up at this time. Payment by cash or check only.


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  • Anthony P.

    Were the presentations recorded? I gotta find a volunteer next year to help with my table, so I can see more of the fest!

    July 18, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Hi Anthony—I don't know about the others, but here's a link where you can watch Dr. Melanie Joy's carnism presentation (the version I presented on Saturday is an adaptation of her original talk) : http://www.carnism.or...­

      1 · July 18, 2013

  • doon

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Eddie S.

    Does anyone know how the results of the art auction are being handled? I bid on a collage from an artist (last name Kirkpatrick) and I think I was the only bidder... Was hoping to give this as a gift : )

    July 17, 2013

    • Erica S.

      Hi Eddie! I emailed you about your win. I guess you didn't get it. Let's set up a time for you to pick it up. Please call me- 631.241.9925. Thanks so much for all your support and help! Warmly, erica

      1 · July 17, 2013

  • Mary A.

    in spite of the rain it was a wonderful time had by all. the food was awesome as always thanks to 3 brothers of farmingdale!

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Jennifer G.

    BIG thanks to Patricia LaValle, Eddie Sullivan, Betty Popp, Felix Negron, and Amanda Lindner for helping staff the VLI booth. Erica Settino, Robin Helfritch, and the whole crew of volunteers with Karuna for Animals: Compassion in Action, I can't thank you enough for organizing this event! It was fantastic, getting to meet so many amazing people in one place, in one day. I am feeling re-energized to be an ambassador for the animals and for compassion. Much love to all.

    2 · July 14, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      I should add that the VegFest volunteers like Karen NBvW got there *early* in the morning, moving tables and chairs, and stayed afterwards, until the very last bit of trash was picked up from the ground. I overheard an observer, at the end of the day, remarking on what an amazing collection of people it was, who did all of this. And I very much agree. Thank you all!!!!!

      1 · July 14, 2013

    • Eddie S.

      I feel like I didn't do anything except have fun, meet some amazing people, and learn a bunch of things : )
      Thanks to Jennifer and all of the organizers for a beautiful day !

      1 · July 14, 2013

  • Christa

    Loved this event. Kudos to the organizers and everyone involved. I met some really great people...and everyone was so nice. Hope there's another one next year!

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Linda Q.

    The food from Jay was excellent. I had the seitan burger and fries. It really hit the spot.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Judy

    Jennifer, that was an awesome presentation. Thank you.

    3 · July 13, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Judy, I'm glad you could be there! If anyone else missed it, or would like to share the information with others, you can go to for the original version of the presentation, given by Dr. Joy.

      1 · July 13, 2013

  • Linda Q.

    Very informative with knowledgable speakers.

    3 · July 13, 2013

  • Beth D.

    Enjoyed this event. For The Animals Sanctuary has beautiful hand made jewelry! I bought 2 pieces. All profits go to the animals. 3 Brothers bad great food! Try the crab cakes!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great start to this first annual festival... will get better and better! Congrats to Erica and all the volunteers, speakers and everyone who helped.

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • Wendy R.

    We have a big family going away party in New Jersey. Have a great event!

    July 8, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      You'll be missed—have a good family gathering in NJ!

      July 9, 2013

  • Bob D.

    I'll be at a table for HealthyPlanet, and looking forward to it!

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Linda Q.

    i'm a beginner vegan and I want to help make a difference and bring awareness to the treatment of farm animals as well as others.

    2 · April 17, 2013

  • Regina

    I will probably be bringing my husband if he is off from work!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Patti W.

    I may have guest(s) as we get closer to the date..

    1 · April 3, 2013

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