What To Expect At This Year’s DC VegFest

September 18, 2014 - garden totes

Robin Quivers is a keynote orator for this year’s DC VegFest. (Photo pleasantness of DC VegFest’s Facebook page.)
This year’s DC VegFest is staid to be a best yet. Run by Compassion Over Killing, a festival is giveaway and will be hold this Saturday, Sep 20th from 11am to 6pm during Yards Park. This is a same plcae as final year, yet with twice a space — that is good since during final year’s Veg Fest, it was tough to pierce around with so many prolonged lines and folks logging about. So, what’s all that new-found space going to be filled with?

This year’s orator report is promising, including several cooking demonstrations by D.C’s cupcake heavenly Doron Peterson during 2:30 p.m. in a Kid’s Area; a Washington Post’s Joe Yonan (who has won dual James Beard Awards for food essay and published Eat Your Vegetables) during 1:50 p.m. on a Main Stage’ and Afro-Vegan author Bryant Terry during 12:25 p.m. on a Main Stage, among others. Two other speakers mount out: Robin Quivers and Dr. Betty Smith.

ROBIN QUIVERS: Yes, she is Howard Stern’s intelligent and smart-alecky sidekick, yet she’s also a author of The Vegucation of Robin, that sum how her switch to plant-based dishes remade her health. This debate is certain to be both interesting and informative. You can locate Robin Quivers during 1:15 p.m. on a Main Stage.

DR. BETTY SMITH: we listened Dr. Betty Smith pronounce quickly during a media preview. This 73-year-old ultra-marathon curtain tells extraordinary stories about how going vegan and using crazy distances has lowered her heart rate and blood vigour to such extents that her doctors were primarily worried. Now, they call her a medical marvel (though a thought of using a six-day, continual marathon is some-more than a tad frightening). You can locate Betty Smith’s Aging Agelessly, Running Long Distances Powered by Plants during 11:30 a.m. on a Main Stage.

Speakers and cooking demonstrations run from 11:20 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check a online schedule to be certain we don’t skip out.


Twenty-five vegetarian restaurants all in one place! Bring a outrageous appetite, or be prepared for some tough decisions. Vendors embody many of DCist’s favorites, including Falls Church’s Loving Hut, Amsterdam Falafelshop, Pete’s Apizza, Sticky Fingers, Everlasting Life, Vegetable Garden, Dama and Woodland’s Vegan Bistro (garlic kale anyone?), as good as some others we are reduction informed with yet fervent to try, including The Randy Radish, Stefwiches, and Mango Grove. But, there are dual places we should not miss: Vegan Treats Bakery and Busboys and Poets.

VEGAN TREATS BAKERY: The one place we do not wish to skip is Vegan Treats Bakery from Bethlehem, Pa. Now’s your possibility to representation their candy but carrying to make a three-and-a-half hour trek adult north. While we can ambience some of their deliciousness during internal restaurants like Busboys and Poets, their widespread during VegFest is going to be insane: 10 forms of French pastries (including my favorite a Peanut Butter Mousse Bomb), dual forms of cannoli, peanut butter cups, 3 forms of brownies, lemon bars, whoopie pies (including pumpkin!), 9 kinds of doughnuts (including a amazing-sounding Fried “Chicken” and Waffles), 4 forms of cookies, cinnamon rolls, and gummy buns. Several gluten giveaway options will be available.

NEW VEGAN DISHES FROM BUSBOYS AND POETS: Busboys will be debuting new vegan menu equipment during VegFest, including duck satay skewers with a juicy peanut dipping salsa and vegan sliders. The new sliders have a some-more traditionally tasty ambience and hardness than Busboy’s stream Indian-spiced veggie burger and are utterly good. (At a media preview, a comedically insane lurch to a server occurred each time anyone speckled a tray full of sliders.)

Free Product Samples
Every VegFest has a ton of giveaway samples and this year’s will be no exception, with over 60 exhibitors, including Tofurky, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Embitterment Bitters, Charm School Chocolate, and Max Ruffy’s Organic Treats for Dogs. Get there early if we wish your giveaway samples pre-compiled: a initial 1,000 attendees get a giveaway VegFest receptacle bag full of samples and coupons. Late arrivers still get giveaway samples though, so I’m some-more good to suggest early attainment to see a speakers and get in line during Vegan Treats.

VegFest is giveaway and will be hold sleet or gleam on Saturday, Sep 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Yards Park, located during N and 1st streets SE.

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