Vegetarians and vegans alike can finally attend a free event with full confidence everything will apply to them.
Veg Fest is the first event of it’s kind in Buffalo aimed directly towards the meat-less minded.
Kicking the event off at 11:00 am with a Tofurky Trot (that’s cute, right?), runners, joggers and walkers can do a 5K around Lake Hoyt in Delaware park, beginning at the Marcy Casino, just as a nice way to get the blood pumping on a beautiful Buffalo Sunday morning! Even though we all love our four-legged friends, Veg Fest asks you do not run with dogs. Also, wnyvegfest.com recently updated their website saying that “Buffalo JoyWalkers will be dancing the entire trot, Christ Pert “the Wild Juggler” will be juggling the entire Tofurky Trot, and speakers Steve and Derek will be running in their underwear.” So that should be fun! Proceeds of the Tofurky Trot will be going to Asha Sanctuary in Lewiston, which is a center for raising public awareness on the sentience and suffering of farmed animals.
For the rest of the day, take advantage of the many activities open to the public. There will be speakers ranging from Amie Hamlin, the Executive Director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, to NHL veteran Georges Laraque, to inspirational role models such as Lauren Walls and Mary Lawrence, to finally the Tofurky founder himself, Seth Tibbott. These speakers and more will be giving presentations regarding the food industry they’re involved in, their animal advocation, and the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.
If you need to stretch out, Veg Fest has you covered: there will be dozens of chances to try out mini yoga classes and even a Rockin’ Body Fitness Class. It’s not all about participation either, as demonstrations will be given by martial art and dance schools.
Finally, this isn’t just for adults, Veg Fest has children in mind too! Despite adults running around in their underwear for the Tofurky Trot (which I’m certain every toddler is going to find absolutely hilarious), there will also be a children’s open area with face painting, puppet shows, and children’s yoga demonstrations.
When you come to the event, don’t forget to bring some food staples to donate to the WNY Vegan Food Drive, benefiting Food Not Bombs. Buffalo’s Food Not Bombs (FNB) is a group which gives free healthy food to the hungry, so if you’re feeling generous (karma is a two way street, after all) FNB has suggested rice, canned or dry beans, lentils, whole grains, pasta, olive oil, balsamic or apple cider vinegar, flours, teas, coffee, sea salt, or other vegan items for needed donations.
Veg Fest is more than welcome in Buffalo and we’re happy to see it here! Let us know in the comments how you enjoyed the event this Sunday!