September – October 2013
About Chicago VeganMania
Vegan culture and community have grown rapidly in the last few years. Not long ago, most people had never heard the word vegan. Vegans – people who live compassionately by not eating or wearing animals or products that come from animals – were basically invisible. We did much of our shopping in tiny health food co-ops, and our dining in a few carefully selected restaurants.
Now there are dozens of products with the word vegan gracing the fronts of the packaging in most supermarkets, and vegan options abound in dining establishments all over the place. Celebrities describe how their vegan diets give them their sexy bodies or protect them from heart disease, and the small but burgeoning vegan culture is moving from the fringes to middle America.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chicago. Famous as the “hog butcher to the world”, Chicago boasts more than a dozen exclusively vegan restaurants (and dozens more vegan-friendly ones), several local vegan food companies, and a rapidly growing community of herbivores.
Chicago VeganMania is a celebration of this dynamic new community. We bring together the vegan restaurants and food companies, leaders and entrepreneurs, doctors and chefs, businesses and organizations, singers and dancers, and we put them in one big place to show them all off to the world.
You certainly don’t have to be vegan to attend or enjoy Chicago VeganMania. You don’t even have to understand or care why people would adopt a vegan lifestyle. We just want you to have fun. Chicago VeganMania is basically a big friendly party, a festival where you can eat wonderful food, enjoy great music and lively entertainment, and have an opportunity to discover unique vegan products and learn the secrets of vegan chefs. There are even places where you can learn about the whys and hows of veganism is you’re so inclined.
Our first three celebrations exceeded everyone’s expectations, and this fall we’ll be back, bigger than ever. So stop by and prepare yourself for an exciting and wonderful day.
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Our Vision is to help create a world based on compassion, peace, and respect for all living things, where people live in radiant good health and have the full capacity to be active participants in all matters of government and commerce as well as their own livelihood, a world where everyone has a sincere appreciation for the interconnectedness of the entire web of life.
The Mission of Chicago VeganMania is to celebrate, unite, promote, and strengthen the diverse vegan culture, economy, and community of Chicago and beyond. We provide a platform and audience for vegan businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals through a series of innovative programs and events culminating in an exciting, inspirational, and fun annual weekend festival.
We eschew the killing, injuring, enslavement, or exploitation of all people and all sentient creatures. The core human values of justice, equality, peace, freedom, and goodwill are consistent with and paramount to these vegan values, and we believe that all aggression and exploitation, even if committed by those who purport to hold our own standards, is not to be excused or tolerated.
We value the enterprise of those who choose to expand the vegan culture, economy, and community by launching new businesses, products, services, ideas, groups, and other forms of expression, and we are committed to helping them all expand their voices, their audiences, and their markets by offering them the platform and tools to achieve their goals.
We acknowledge and value the larger community, and we recognize that each of us is on our own path. We attempt to treat everyone’s path with respect and welcome while adhering to our core values. We invite everyone into our events, including those whose values are contrary to our own. We present our culture, economy and community in the spirit of sharing, with goodwill toward all, and respect for each person’s decision to embrace our values or not. Our position is above judgment, cajoling, ridicule, and bitter argument.
VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, educational, and fun event welcomes everyone. VegFest connects organizations, businesses and educators with the local public and each other.
Bring your own bag to collect samples and info! Souvenir cloth bags will be available for $3 each.
• Free samples of hundreds of different foods!
• Delicious main dishes, decadent desserts and chocolates, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks and ice creams; fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks and treats, and so much more!
• Cooking Demonstrations
• Ask the Experts
• Family and Teen Activities
• Non-Profit Organizations
• Film Screenings
Portland VegFest will need 400+ volunteers to make it an even greater success than last year. Want to help out with VegFest 2013? Please email Chelsea Davis.
The 16th annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival will be held on Saturday September 29th in Lee Park from 11 AM to 5 PM. The festival committee has been busy and we have a full line-up of exhibitors, food vendors, speakers, cooking demos, activities for kids, and of course live music throughout the day. All we need now to make it happen are energetic volunteers to help us on the day of the festival!
All food vendors must complete and submit the Application for Temporary Restaurant Permit to the Thomas Jefferson Health District . This form must be received by the Health District no later than September 19, 2012. Please also see the exhibitor rules that follow, and note the additional rules for food vendors. All food items sold at the Cville Vegetarian Fest must be vegetarian with vegan meals available.
For more information, please feel free to contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 434-295-3407. We hope that you are able to join us at the Festival!
VegfestUK London takes place over two days in October 2013, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, with the show open 11am — 7pm both days
- Up to 180 stalls
- Stalls on 2 floors
- Stacks of special offers and free tasters!
- Huge savings on leading brands
- Cookery Classes both days wiht special guest Chad Sarno
- Talks and Presentations — Nutrition, Lifestyle, Campaigns
- 2 Workshops areas
- Living Raw Prep Zone
- Performance Stage featuring special guest Macka B (Sunday)
- 2 x Cinemas
- Meet the Experts sessions
- Comedy Hours both days, with Dave Spikey & Andrew O’Neill
- VegfestUK Awards Presentation on Saturday
- Kids Cookery Classes and activities
- 12 specialist global Caterers plus Snack Bars & many other food stalls
- Licensed Bar
- Expected up to 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend
- Free Nutritional Advice for visitors
- Fun for all the family!
- Everything at the event is 100% plant based — no animal products permitted
VegfestUK London is organised by Tim Barford from Yaoh. Tim has been organising veggie events in the UK for a decade now, and his first show was back in 2003 (The Bristol Vegan Fayre, which he founded) attracting around 1500 visitors. Tim organises VegfestUK Brighton in March and VegfestUK Bristol in May, whilst running his hemp company Yaoh.
In 2013 the 41st IVU World Vegfest will combine with the 6th Asian Veg Congress, hosted by the Malaysian Vegetarian Society.
The Malaysia Vegetarian Society is a non-profit, non-religious society aimed at promoting the benefits of vegetarianism for our health, our environment and a more compassionate world.
The society abides by the international definition of vegetarianism, namely, ‘Vegetarianism is the practice of living without the use of meat, fish, or fowl, with or without the addition of eggs and dairy products’.
Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia. The city covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.6 million as of 2012. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 5.7 million as of 2010.