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VegFest gains momentum as Music City Ranks #5 in Top Ten Vegan-Friendly US Cities

Zero-Waste Event Features Vegan-Friendly Foods, Products, Speakers and Cooking Demonstrations, Farmer’s Market, Children’s Activities, More

Nashville VegFest announces its third annual event, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nashville Fairgrounds. With Nashville ranking 5th on the list of Top Ten Vegan-Friendly US Cities (source: PETA), this year’s VegFest is poised to attract thousands of vegans, vegetarians and ‘veg-curious.’ The family-friendly event celebrates a plant-based, healthy and cruelty-free lifestyle, with more than 80 plant-based farm, food and artisan vendors, children’s activities, food trucks, a farmers’ market, and more. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $45 each and include early entry, gift bag, event t-shirt, and access to the onsite Veg Out lounge with charging stations, refreshments and more. General tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase at, or at the box office at the event

“Whether you’re a committed vegan looking for the latest products and ideas, or simply interested in eating healthier, you’ll find useful information, practical ideas, and lots of free samples.” says Glen Brown, director of Nashville VegFest. “Plus, visitors will enjoy recipe demonstrations from top vegan chefs, natural fitness tips from the a champion vegan bodybuilder, Bloomsbury Farms CSA, Whole Foods giveaways, and so much more.” Children can enjoy many hands-on activities, including planting seeds in take-home containers; harvesting root vegetables; yoga by Blooming Youth Yoga, face painting, and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles — VegFest will provide free water set up throughout the space.

Nashville VegFest’s line-up of eight guest speakers and chefs features some of Nashville’s top vegan experts as well as nationally recognized plant-based authorities. Chef Jess Rice, founder of Avo, and a recent guest on Trisha’s (Yearwood) Southern Kitchen on The Food Network has been part of Nashville VegFest since its inaugural event, and will once again do a chef demo for attendees. Additional top names include: natural bodybuilder champion and founder of Clean Machine Geoff Palmer; and chef Bailey Rae, founder of Bailey Rae’s Kitchen (formerly known as The Local Vegan).

Also appearing are chef Charity Morgan, recently featured by ESPN for her work with NFL players who follow plant-based diets; James F. Lomis, M.D., medical director at the Barnard Medical Center (Washington, DC); author Sid Garza-Hillman, the Small Step Advocate; and Laura Rodriguez, executive chef of The Heimerdinger Foundation, a nonprofit that delivers free organic plant-based healing meals to cancer patients; and vegan trainer Tay Sweat, who overcame obesity and chronic health conditions through a vegan diet and lifestyle.

Platinum sponsors include Compost Nashville, Nashville Fit Magazine, Stanford Inn Mendocino Resort, The Gentle Barn and Whole Foods. Festival sponsors are Edible, Good Karma, The Juice Bar, and Visionary Design Group.

About Nashville VegFest Nashville Vegfest is a 501c.3 non-profit based in Middle Tennessee. We provide education about a plantbased, healthy, and cruelty-free lifestyle. The funds raised through admission fees and other donations allow us to promote community awareness and educate others.


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