This was the view of the vendor's area. There were about 100 booths featuring local restaurants, nationally available vegan products, and non-profit organizations with free information. There were THREE different booths with vegan icecream, also candies, personal care items, T-shirts, buttons, stickers, full meals, books and much more.
Here is the Cleveland Vegfest Program if you'd like to take a look at it.
If you have never been to a Vegfest -- it is such a great way to get inspired, to learn, to find resources and to connect with amazing people. There are now VegFests put on all over the country, some are one day long, others are two days. Some like this one are free to attend -- which is really amazing since they often bring in internationally acclaimed speakers.
Below L-R is me, John Pierre, author of the newly published, Strong Savvy Safe, who is planning to build an animal sanctuary that will also be a a retreat center and safe space for battered women. Law Professor Sherry Colb, (who I have written more about below) Marla Rose Co-founder of VeganStreet and my daughter Sarina.
I finally got to meet Keith Allison -- the public school teacher who lost his job after posting a photo he took on public property of a small local farm, on his FaceBook page. Keith contacted me after I blogged about the drama I had with our local natural foods coop -- the Lawrence Community Mercantile. The Merc fired me for blogging about the greenwashing I saw on the local meat and dairy farms that they purchase products from, and for raising issues about their attempts to stifle free speech (which many find contrary to the coop movement's values Keith has a GREAT presentation about what happened to him HERE.
of, Eat Like You Care. Standing up is Karen Budke, co-founder of SAEN. Sadly -- I had to bail about midnight, because I desperately needed sleep, but it was the perfect after party for an incredibly inspiring and connecting event.