2018 Indy VegFest Returns March 31st in Indianapolis

Indy VegFest

Free food and lifestyle festival returns for an epic second year Indy VegFest features nationwide speakers and vendors on Saturday, March 31, 2018  Indianapolis – After drawing thousands downtown in its inaugural year,? Indy VegFest returns on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., with an early access hour beginning at 11 a.m, at a new venue, the beautiful and spacious Biltwell Event Center in Downtown Indianapolis.? This year’s event showcases over 30 food vendors sampling and selling some of the best vegan food in the Midwest. VegFest also features a full schedule of educational and inspirational main stage and breakout sessions, interactive cooking demos with Indianapolis area chefs, free yoga classes, kids’ activities and more.

This year’s top event sponsors include Eskenazi Health, Metazoa Brewing Company and Bethany Schultz, a plant-based real estate agent with United Real Estate Indianapolis. ?“For decades, wellness and prevention have been at the core of Eskenazi Health’s model of care,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health. “Evidence shows eating a healthful and mostly plant-based diet plays a significant role in preventing, managing and even reversing chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes. Eskenazi Health is proud to support Indy VegFest and we look forward to being part of this terrific event.”

Indy VegFest will host a variety of speakers, most notably Dr. Joel Kahn and Dr. Saray Stancic, who will discuss preventive medicine and the health benefits of plant-based diets. According to Dr. Stancic, “?The key to turning the tide of the chronic illness epidemic lies in training all physicians to understand the power of a plant-based diet.” ?Marla Rose, ?an award-nominated journalist, columnist and author, as well as the co-founder of Chicago VeganMania, will be featured in a panel on effective social media tactics. The Indiana Animal Rights Alliance will be screening films throughout the day, including the award-winning documentary, “Peaceable Kingdom.” ?Attendees can take part in cooking demonstrations from local vegan chefs Francis Krug, Alisha Madden and Rose Douglass. Breakout and panel discussions on various topics, including vegan nutrition 101, the black vegan movement in Indy, companion animal rescue, leveraging the power of social media and more will be featured.

Many of last year’s notable food vendors, such as Three Carrots, Vegesaurus and Sea Salt and Cinnamon, will be returning along with other local and regional favorites bringing even more savory and sweet vegan offerings. Broad Ripple-based BRICS will have vegan ice cream and Muncie’s Queer Chocolatier will have gourmet vegan chocolates. Indianapolis’s Tlaolli will serve vegan Mexican dishes and The Owlery, one of Bloomington’s most popular restaurants, will provide comfort food classics. Patrons can wash it all down with beverages, including cold beer from Metazoa Brewing Company, kombucha from Kind Kombucha or water from Boxed Water is Better. Over 80 vendors total will be selling everything from clothing and crafts to solar panels and patrons will also have the opportunity to meet with many nonprofit and animal-friendly organizations.

Throughout the day, there will be two 45-minute yoga classes hosted by Invoke Studio and interactive activities for children, including creating objects from recycled and reclaimed household items. In addition, every 50th person through the door will receive a goodie bag of coupons and vegan treats and samples generously donated by local and national companies and organizations.

Dedicated to environmentalism, last year’s Indy VegFest diverted 80% of all waste from landfills. This year VegFest has again enlisted the services of sustainable events consultant Julia Spangler and a green team of volunteers to make the 2018 event zero waste. Attendees are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles, which can be filled at the bar for free, and reusable totes for shopping. For more information, including a schedule of events and complete list of vendors, exhibitors and speakers, please visit ?www.indyvegfest.com?.

Indy VegFest, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public on the compassionate, environmental and health-related aspects of a vegan lifestyle.

2018 Indy VegFest
Indianapolis’ premier vegan food, lifestyle, and education event

Saturday, March 31st, 2018, 12-6 pm
Biltwell Event Center
Free and open to the public!


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