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Burlington is having its first annual VegFest featuring vegan products from local vendors, and welcoming any and all – from the vegan-curious to the experienced vegan.

Thousands will gather on August 20, 2022 at Burloak Waterfront Park from noon until 7pm to experience great vegan foods and products from over 60 vendors, and learn from expert  speakers about the health, environmental, social, and animal benefits of being vegan.

Burlington is having its first annual VegFest featuring vegan products from local vendors, and welcoming any and all – from the vegan-curious to the experienced vegan.

The free, family-friendly outdoor event will have something for everyone, including kids’ activities, demos, speakers, and a live band. Visitors can experience delicious plant-based food and drinks, as well as health, beauty, and fashion products from a wide array of vegan businesses based in Burlington and surrounding communities. The first 200 attendees will also receive a FREE swag bag filled with samples and coupons generously donated from our vendors and sponsors. Donations to buy plant-based food for the Burlington Food Bank will be accepted with a chance to win a prize for every $10 donation. A free shuttle will run throughout the day between Appleby GO station and Burlington VegFest.

The event will run from the official ribbon cutting and opening speech by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward at noon and will end at 7pm. 

Plant-based lifestyles are on the rise across the West in response to health, environmental, and ethical concerns. Activists recognize the urgent state of these crises and Burlington VegFest hopes that this event will inspire and enable more people to take action to create a kinder, healthier, equitable planet for humans and animals.

Speakers and Performers at the event include:

Anita Krajnc – Keynote Speaker. Co-founder of Animal Save Movement and the Plant Based Treaty, a grassroots initiative modelled on the Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis.

Daniel Maman – Founder of Powerhouse Fitness Academy. An ethical vegan personal trainer who believes in leading by example.

Jenny Henry – Founder of Nation Rising – a nonpartisan political advocacy group calling on the government to end animal agriculture subsidies and redirect funds, while supporting farmers towards plant-based agriculture.

Amy Symington M.Sc. – A nutrition professor, researcher, and plant-based chef at George Brown College in Toronto, she is the author of The Long Table Cookbook: Plant-based recipes for optimal health.

M.P. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith – Has served as a Liberal MP since 2015 and he’s been a vocal advocate for strengthening animal protection laws.  

Dr. Sarah Dodd – Vegan Vet and Nutritionist. Empowers informed and ethical decisions for companion animals.

Josh Powell – Co-founder of the Regan Russell Foundation.

Gaia’s Eye – Musician, founder of animal rights-dedicated enterprise Vegan Brain Food.

Stephanie Braganza – Musician, award winning recording artist, organizer for Mississauga VegFest, and animal rights activist.  

Michelle Labrosse – Founder of Eye Love Balance, Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist, and Vegan Lifestyle Coach.

For more information and updates on Burlington VegFest, please visit their website at Burlington VegFest, their Facebook event or Instagram.

About Burlington VegFest:

Burlington VegFest is a small, local, volunteer-led committee of vegans who are excited to bring the VegFest Movement to Burlington. This event welcomes everyone – from the plant-based-curious to long-time committed vegans – to join us for a day celebrating a way of living that is centred on compassion, health, and sustainability, all while supporting local businesses, organizations, and other causes. 

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