2014 Charlotte Vegfest

May 17, 2014

2pm until 7pm

Plaza Midwood
Commonwealth Ave
Charlotte, NC

Presented by Ecolicious

Charlotte Vegfest is an occasion to celebrate the benefits of healthy, sustainable and compassionate lifestyles. It will feature vegan desserts, local vegetarian/vegan restaurants and food trucks, local vendors, speakers, raffle with prizes, gift bags and more. Our hope is that VegFest will bring together the various plant-based lifestyle groups at one event, to show people how easy it is to go vegan.

2014 Sponsors:

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2014 VegFest Vendors

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Thank You to our 2014 VegFest Vendors


Gene Baur

Speaker: Gene Baur

Co-founder & President of Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. For 25 years, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year.

Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.

Contributing author to Whole, follow-up to bestselling The China Study

Howard Jacobson is an online marketing consultant, health educator, and ecological gardener from Durham, North Carolina. He is a contributing author to T. Colin Campbell’s Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, as well as the author of Google AdWords For Dummies. He earned Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Health Studies degrees from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton. Howard founded FitFam.com as a resource for crazy-busy parents trying to raise fit and healthy children. He speaks, coaches, and consults on marketing for small and green businesses, health and fitness for individuals and families, and permaculture and planetary sustainability.

Dilip Barman

Dilip has spoken on vegetarianism and given cooking demonstrations in many venues across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Brazil, including as an invited presenter for multiple World Vegetarian Congresses and the first annual Cooking Show in Raleigh in 2003. He has been an invited guest chef at the Nasher Museum at Duke University, has published cooking articles in a number of books and newspapers, and has taught vegetarian cooking for several organizations. He is one of about a 150 certified Food for Life instructors in the country. In about ten years of knowing his wife, he has never repeated a dinner he has made for her. His food blog is dilipdinner.blogspot.com, and some of his plates can be seen at http://photos.dilip.info/Food/SamplePlates/

Leilani Münter

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and environmental activist. Leilani was named the #1 Eco Athlete in the world by Discovery Channel, and is a recipient of ELLE Magazine’s 2012 Genius Award. Leilani holds a bachelor's degree in Biology specializing in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California San Diego. Since 2007, Leilani has been adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. She has also been to Taiji, Japan three times and has spent several weeks there documenting the dolphin slaughter depicted in the documentary "The Cove." Leilani races in the ARCA Series, a development league of NASCAR. She is the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. She set the record for the highest finish for a female driver in the history of the Texas Motor Speedway when she finished fourth in 2006. Leilani uses her race car to spread environmental awareness among 75 million race fans in the US. She drove the first ever ocean awareness race car in history, carrying the colors of the Academy Award winning film “The Cove” on her race car. Her racing accomplishments have landed her on the pages of USA Today, Italian Vogue, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Esquire and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Her tagline read "Leilani Münter, Saving Rainforests One Race at a Time." Glamour Magazine called her an “eco hero.” With family ties in the music community – her brother-in-law is Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir – Leilani's motto is "Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car." Leilani, an almost lifelong vegetarian, has been vegan since 2012. You can find out more about Leilani on her official website http://carbonfreegirl.com.

Parking in Plaza Midwood

Parking for 2014 Charlotte Vegfest is available at:
> Green Memorial Baptist Church
(1324 The Plaza)

> International House
(1817 Central Ave)

> Street Parking available throughout Plaza Midwood

Plaza Midwood parking is Back-In ONLY (where marked). Signal to park, pull forward, stop, then back-in to spot. Tickets are issued for violations.

Bike Parking is available in front of Ecolicous and throughout Plaza Midwood.

Back-In Parking Bike Parking