VegFest Premieres in Pittsburgh

Published On August 14, 2015 | By Megan Brown | Community
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On Saturday, August 22, the first annual Pittsburgh VegFest will be held in Northside’s Allegheny Commons Park. Animal rights organization, Justice for Animals, will host and present the inaugural gathering as a clean, green movement promoting an ethical, sustainable lifestyle for all. From 11AM to 5PM, the park will transform into a green celebration of sorts. The six-hour event will include free admission and a full day of fun and education, where attendees can check out everything from vegan and vegetarian cuisines, to craft vendors, to informational tables with animal-friendly organizations.

Do yourselves a favor while you’re visiting, and do not miss out on the food. As a centerpiece to the festival, local food vendors will have an array of vegan delights available to guests. We’re talking vegan nachos and Twinkies, spicy Seitan wings, smoothies, wraps, a falafel and hummus bar, and more. The list includes some community favorites like Randita’s food truck, Double Wide Grill, Istanbul Grille, Onion Maiden, Taj Mahal, El Burro, Fortuitea Café, The White Rabbit Café, and Loving Hut, among several others.

Istanbul Grille

Istanbul Grille

In addition, live music, crafts, face-painting, and other kid-friendly activities will make Pittsburgh VegFest a family affair. Along with vendors, a handful of animal rights organizations will be present with rescued animals, including opossums and Greyhounds for educational workshops, and cats and dogs that will be available for adoption.

Festival early birds can also treat themselves to a free goodie bag. Just make sure you’re one of the first hundred people at the event. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a chance to win one of five gift baskets – valued at $150 each – with all proceeds being donated towards animal rights groups.

Whether you’re vegan, an animal lover, or just want to learn more about healthy, green options you can start incorporating into your lifestyle, there are multiple things that VegFest attendees can learn from. For event updates and additional details, check out the Pittsburgh VegFest Facebook page.

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