There is no doubt that Northwest Veg’s VegFest gets better every single year. I remember the first one I volunteered at, which I think was either the 1st or 2nd annual event, at the Friends Meeting House in 2005. The smell of fakin’ bacon filled the air, and the guests kept flowing in, way over the anticipated number of attendees, from what I was told. Last year, VegFest moved its happenings into the much-much-larger Oregon Convention Center. I helped sell books with Isa at The Post Punk Kitchen table and didn’t get to do much wandering, but the place was positively veg-chaos with an astounding flow of attendees. Tomorrow, I’ll be tabling with friends for Vegan Iron Chef, which I’m proud to say is now its own non-profit corporation and has grand plans for the future that are underway. Now, 2010 is the first year the convention is open for 2 complete days of tabling – it’s harder to think of veg-companies that *won’t* be there vs. who will. There is so much to look forward to (in addition to seeing every single vegan and vegetarian you know, free samples, new products, and Vegan Iron Chef’s free pins and 2011 Chef Nomination box!!) – here are some official things that caught my eye:
- Chef Tal Ronnen and “Who knew Vegetarian/Vegan Cuisine could taste this good?” Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 4:30pm. The renowned author of the conscious cook and the chef who became a household name after working with Oprah during her 21-day vegan cleanse in 2008.
- Pulin Modi’s “Snappy Comebacks to Animal Rights Questions” Saturday at 12pm. I attended his talk with Glenn Gaetz on activism & social media a couple years ago at Let Live, and it really stuck with me.
- Hope Bohanec’s “Eco-Eating, A Cool Diet for a Hot Planet” Saturday at 3pm. Facts about the undeniably negative impact of animal agriculture.
- Sarah Taylor’s “Vegan in 30 Days“. Sunday at 12pm. VegFest always packs in a lot of veg-curious folks, and this looks like a wise place to start a new path.
- Christopher Weber, Ph.D.: “Climate Change and Food Choice“. Sharing research we should all be aware of.
- Pete Prasarttongosoth’s “Delicious Thai Cuisine“. Sunday at 3pm. I was under the impression that Vege Thai changed management a few years ago, but according to the info, the proprietor of the short-lived but fantastic Vege Thai cart downtown is giving a cooking demo, making me extra sad I won’t be in town.
And more, and more, and more fantastic pro-veg folks from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, with something to say – including the amazing Robert Cheeke, Chef Al and Donna B, Rae Sakora, David and Wendy Gabbe, Christopher Weber, Ph.D., Dr. Milton Mills, Dr. Gordon Saxe, and exhibitors galore, vegcetera.
Not to mention culinary offerings from Vege Thai, Green Wok, Red & Black Cafe, Papa G’s, Blossoming Lotus, Porto-freaking-bella, and more.
And hey! Don’t forget your official coupon for $1 off the $5 admission.