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Five ways to enjoy Halifax VegFest 

Dishing out Halifax VegFest highlights in honour of its third anniversary.

VegFest 2017 - STOO METZ
  • VegFest 2017
  • Stoo Metz
Halifax VegFest
Sunday, September 23
Halifax Forum Multipurpose Room
2901 Windsor Street
$5 suggested donation


Lettuce talk about the third annual Halifax VegFest.

The festival—happening this Sunday from 10am to 6pm at the Halifax Forum—is about celebrating vegan and plant-based living, says Jessie Doyle, one of its organizers.

Though the event caters to vegans and vegetarians, it’s more focused on bringing in people who might want to learn about and try plant-based foods, but don’t know where to start. For Doyle and other organizers, that meant working to make the festival accessible. They wanted to lower admissions prices and cut costs so that small local businesses could participate.

“It wasn’t really a great business model, because we didn’t want to charge anyone much money,” says Doyle.

This year, instead of operating like a small business, VegFest is volunteer-run and not-for-profit. It’s also pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $5.
“No matter someone’s financial situation, they can come and attend workshops and enjoy the presentations, and not actually have to spend any money,” says
Doyle.

For those interested in vegging out this weekend, here’s a taste of how you can enjoy every last drop of the festival.

1. Explore the exhibitors
Doyle won’t play favourites, but with 50 exhibitors on the lineup—from the Foggy Goggle to Bhakti Beauty Care to Vegan Outreach Canada—there’ll be plenty to eat, buy and learn at VegFest this year.

2. Watch chef Lauren Marshall cook brunch
Lauren Marshall was a Top Chef Canada competitor, has worked in kitchens worldwide and now owns Real Fake Meats here in Halifax. Together with Doyle, who co-owns Springhouse, and Kirsten Costello of Wild Leek, she’ll be demonstrating how to make “chicken” and waffles, vegan quiche and chia parfait.

3. Learn about animal rights law from Camille Labchuk
The executive director of Animal Justice, Canada’s only animal law organization, has worked on exposing animal suffering across several industries. She’ll be giving a talk about the rise of animal rights law in Canada.

4. Support Feed Nova Scotia
Bring a spare can of lentils if you’ve got one; VegFest will be collecting vegan and plant-based food items to donate to Feed Nova Scotia.

5. Brett Ruskin
The CBC reporter and Best Halifamous Person nominee in this year’s Best of Halifax poll, will be hosting the festival. Get a good look at the person who, in true VegFest spirit, is about to lose a popularity contest to a plant.
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