By Published On: 1 May 20132485 words12.5 min read

ClevelandVF

It’s hard to contain our excitement for Cleveland’s very first Vegfest!  It’s going to be a jam-packed day of incredible speakers with tons of exhibitors.  There’s so many reasons why you should go, here’s just ten…

1.  It’s going to be jam-packed with Incredible Speakers.

Karen Davis, PhD –Chicken Versus Chickens – What is the Difference & Why Does it Matter?

Karen Davis, PhD is the president and founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. Her essays appear in Experiencing Animal Minds (2012), Sister Species (2011), Animals and Women (1995), and many other publications on the lives and feelings of animals. Karen and UPC are the subjects of the Genesis Award-winning article “For the Birds” in The Washington Post, and in 2012, she was profiled in “Won’t Back Down” in the Altoona Mirror in Pennsylvania where she grew up. In 2002, Karen was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame “for outstanding contributions to animal liberation.”

Carol J. Adams –Veganism is a State of Mind

Carol J. Adams’ talk will include information from her books “The Sexual Politics of Meat” and “Living Among Meat Eaters.” She’ll discuss presumptions about who is vegan (women, non-conforming men), the association of meat with maleness, how meat eaters often create a hostile environment for vegans, and animal rights as a social issue addressing the often-heard accusation of “why aren’t you helping the homeless, etc?”

Carol J. Adams is the author of the ground-breaking classic, “The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory” which focuses on the links between the oppression of women and that of non-human animals. For more than 30 years, Adams has written extensively on vegetarianism, animal rights, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Harold Brown – The Low Down on the “New Animal Production”

Consumers are hearing a lot about alternative systems of producing animals and their by-products for food. Colony cages, barn raised, grass fed, free range, humanely raised/produced, etc. Harold Brown, a former farmer from Michigan will explore these ideas and practices ranging from industrial to back yard.  Are they healthier? Are they better for the environment? Are the animals happier? Farmer Brown will share the practical realities of animal production.

Harold Brown, a character in the documentary Peaceable Kingdom, The Journey Home, spent over half of his life in agriculture.  Growing up on a beef farm in Michigan and later working in the dairy industry Harold has been involved in the behind the scenes operations of food production that uses animals. Today Harold is an activist advocating for sustainable food production, social and environmental justice, animal rights and peace through non-violence.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau – From Excuse-itarian to Vegan

An inspiring and information-packed lecture that provides responses to everything from “I don’t have time to chop vegetables” and “I tried being vegetarian, but I just craved meat” to “I could give up everything, except cheese” and “Vegans don’t get enough protein.”

An exhilarating speaker, a powerful writer, a talented chef, and a persuasive advocate, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a bestselling author and expert on living compassionately and healthfully.  Using her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense to inspire and empower, Colleen addresses the spiritual, social, and practical aspects of a compassionate lifestyle through moving lectures, engaging videos, her podcast, Vegetarian Food for Thought, and her multimedia online program, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.

Ruby Roth – The Transformative Power of Veganism

Acclaimed author-illustrator Ruby Roth shares her personal journey, exploring the mainstream response to her controversial children’s books as well as her views on the transformative power of veganism. Weaving together health and spirituality, food, politics, and popular culture, Ruby connects the dots between our personal choices and the public realm, revealing how changing our diets can change our lives–and the world we live in. Whether you’re a staunch carnivore or a vegan veteran, Roth inspires us to rethink the status quo and our role in the social and psychological landscape of America.

Featured on the Today Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC, Ruby Roth is an author, illustrator, and activist whose children’s books have received international attention for their sensitive yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle. Roth has degrees in art and American Studies, and for nearly a decade has researched and spoken publicly on animal agriculture, politics, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a vegan diet. Translated into multiple languages, her books–That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals and Vegan Is Love–are the first of their kind in children’s literature and have been praised by parents, leading activists, and celebrities.

Betsy Traben – On Raising 7 Vegan Children

Betsy Traben will be talking about raising vegan children, particularly raising a big family of kids. Her kids have been vegan their whole lives. She has 7 children ranging in age from 2 to 16 years old. Betsy will discuss the health aspects, social aspects and financial aspects of being vegan in Cleveland with a large family. She’ll also share her family’s ethical beliefs on why they are vegan (animal rights) and how that has positively formed the children’s beliefs on life in general.

Betsy Traben has been vegetarian for 25 years and a vegan for 13 years. She is the mother of 7 children and has gone through 6 healthy veg pregnancies and natural childbirths (and one China adoption!). The 7 children are all being raised vegan and are very healthy. She is also involved in dog rescue and has 5 dogs of her own. She home schools many of her younger children. She also works part-time as a dog walker and Richmond Heights Clerk of Council.

2.  You’ll learn how to incorporate easy plant-based eating into your life.

Rebecca Dingle – The Power of Your Plate

Let’s get practical! This class provides the knowledge and resources for enjoying healthy plant-based eating. From the new 4 food groups, you’ll be assisted to create your own Weekly Meal Planner and learn how to navigate the grocery store to find the treasures (and avoid the troublemakers!). Featuring a live cooking demo, recipe tasting, and supportive resource materials to take home.

Rebecca is a certified Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM.org) and has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University.  As a nutrition educator, she takes the latest scientific data on nutrition and makes it available to the community by offering classes in a wide variety of settings including the Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, Parma Hospital Health Education Center, Tri C’s Encore Program, the Cleveland Police, natural food stores, community centers, churches and corporate wellness programs. Among the driving forces in Rebecca’s passion for offering her classes is the powerful link between diet and health, and how by making simple dietary adjustments our major chronic illnesses may be prevented and reversed. She enjoys showing how easy, fun, delicious, and affordable healthy eating can be!

Rebecca Gilbert – The Yummy Plants® 101Easy Transition Tips for a Vegan Diet At Work, At Home, and Out on the Town

Health and ethical concerns are encouraging more and more Americans to switch to a plant-based diet. Rebecca Gilbert’s presentation shows how easy (and yummy!) it is to make the transition. She shares her insights on cooking and eating out vegan-style. Her talk includes information on easy egg and dairy substitutions, ideas for stocking a vegan pantry, and suggestions for making a vegan diet workable in our lives, both inside and outside of the house.

Rebecca is a former competitive figure skater whose switch to a vegan diet healed her chronic joint pain. She founded the Yummy Plants Vegan Community in 2010 to help people transition to a vegan diet. She has been a featured speaker at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, Vegetarian Summerfest, and universities.

3. There’s going to be delicious vegan cooking demonstrations.

Rashid Mitcham – Vegan Cooking Demonstration: Homemade Vegan Burger 

Rashid will be preparing a vegan burger that’s fun and easy to make. From the mixing bowl to the bun!  At Mo Bite Products, their mission is to provide a healthy alternative to foods that cause disease in the human family via presenting foods that give life in a fun and delicious way.  Rashid received his training at Soul Food Vegetarian Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio and has worked for multiple food service companies. Mo Bite Products supplies restaurants, caterers and individuals seeking healthy organic vegan alternatives for their nutritional needs. They teach classes to those who want a permanent lifestyle change.

Chef AJ – “Unprocessed” Culinary Demo

Chef Aj will show you how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet in ways that are easy, delicious and fun!

Chef AJ has followed a plant exclusive diet for over 35 years. The author of Unprocessed, she teaches people how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets in ways that are easy, delicious and fun. The former Executive Vegan Pastry Chef at Sante Restaurant in Los Angeles, she uses only whole fruit to sweeten her decadent creations and does not use oil or salt. Formerly a comedian, Chef AJ has appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and Ellen and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol.

4.  You’ll be able to learn more about vegan health & fitness.

George Eisman, RD – How a Vegan Diet Helps Lower The Risk of 14 of the 15 Leading Causes of Death 

Learn why animal products, including dairy, eggs, and seafood contribute to the premature death of hundreds of thousands if Americans each year; and learn how to choose the plant-based foods that have the greatest positive impact on health and longevity.

Director of Nutrition for The Coalition for Cancer Prevention through Plant-Based Eating,  based in New York, George has been a Registered Dietitian for over 30 years, having worked at Miami Children’s Hospital, Wesley Woods Nursing Home (Atlanta), and as a Public Health Nutritionist for the State Health Departments of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. He has taught nutrition atFlorida State University, Broward Community College, and Miami-Dade Community College, and now guest lectures frequently at Cornell University in New York.

Anya Todd RD, LD – The Vegan Athlete – It’s Not an Oxymoron!

More and more people are turning to plants as a way to increase their athletic performance. Should you be supplementing? What about timing of meals? How much protein do you need as an athlete? Learn about the basics involved in optimizing one’s health (and workouts) with a vegan diet.

Anya Todd RD, LD is a licensed, registered dietitian specializing in vegan nutrition. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Anya completed her internship at the Cleveland Clinic. Anya has worked in every facet of nutrition – community, research, clinical and is now focusing on private practice. Anya writes  a weekly column on health and nutrition, “Ask Anya” on the well-known vegan blog, Your Daily Vegan. She teaches Maternal & Pediatric Nutrition and Vegan Sports Nutrition for the Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies, and was recently appointed state coordinator of the Vegetarian Dietetic Practice Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

5.  There will be a screening of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

Jenny Stein & James LaVeck – Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home Screening followed by Q & A Plus Activist Workshop

James LaVeck and Jenny Stein are the co-founders of Tribe of Heart and producers of the award-winning documentaries The Witness and Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. For the last ten years, their work has focused on the emerging new ethics of the human-animal relationship and the journey of awakening conscience. Their films have appeared in 77 festivals around the world, where they have won 18 awards, including 4 for Best of Festival and 13 for Best Documentary. Their work has also appeared on PBS, LinkTV, FreeSpeechTV, and the United Kingdom’s Community Channel. James also lectures and publishes on the topics of critical thinking and the essential role of grassroots activism and independent media in maintaining a healthy democracy.

6.  There will be lots of awesome exhibitors showcasing vegan products.

 7.  There will be a vegan food court filled with vegan food.

8.  It’s FREE.

That’s right.  I repeat: it’s FREE admission.

9.  There will be a kick-ass after party.

If all of this wasn’t exciting enough, there will be an official Vegfest After Party, featuring the very funny vegan warrior Jamie KilsteinThe Vegfest After Party will be a short distance away at the legendary Agora Theater from 7pm to 2am.  Admission is $15, and if you purchase tickets ahead of time and pick them up at Vegfest, you will receive a $2 coupon for Vegfest food!  The After Party will be full of fun with a diversity of entertainment, raffles, free snacks, and a cash bar!

Why should you come to the Vegfest After Party besides free food, raffles, and music?  Because Jamie Kilstein gives a performance not to be missed!  He is one of a kind.  Sure, the tattoo sleeves and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu t-shirt are the obvious offbeat traits, but his brazen attitude and deep sense of compassion make his comedic rants brutally honest and insanely hilarious.  Comedian is only one of Jamie’s hats.  Five days a week, he co-hosts with his partner Allison Kilkenny the independent political podcast Citizen Radio, rebel radio that uses humor to discuss current, fringe news.  Jamie’s triangle choke may be terrifying, but he puts on a show that is welcoming and insightful.  Don’t miss this chance to catch this internationally-known comedian.  Get your tickets today!

10.  Your Daily Vegan is going to be there.

As the official media team for the event, the entire YDV team will be at the VegFest all day!  We’ll be meeting with speakers, doing interviews, talking to exhibitors, live tweeting, stuffing our faces with awesome vegan food, having fun, and handing out some free YDV swag.  It’s your chance to meet the entire YDV team and we want to meet you!  Be sure to say hello!

Important Information You’ll Need to Plan Your Trip

When: Saturday, June 1st, 2013.  Doors will be open from 9:30am to 7:30pm.

Where:   Cleveland State University Student Center, Euclid Avenue between East 21st and 22nd streets, Cleveland, Ohio

Parking: Street parking is free that day and lot parking is between $2 – $10 depending on how long you stay.  This venue is on the RTA health line which runs from Tower City every 10 minutes.

Why: It’s going to be FUN and FREE!

See you there!

By Published On: 1 May 20132485 words12.5 min read

ClevelandVF

It’s hard to contain our excitement for Cleveland’s very first Vegfest!  It’s going to be a jam-packed day of incredible speakers with tons of exhibitors.  There’s so many reasons why you should go, here’s just ten…

1.  It’s going to be jam-packed with Incredible Speakers.

Karen Davis, PhD –Chicken Versus Chickens – What is the Difference & Why Does it Matter?

Karen Davis, PhD is the president and founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. Her essays appear in Experiencing Animal Minds (2012), Sister Species (2011), Animals and Women (1995), and many other publications on the lives and feelings of animals. Karen and UPC are the subjects of the Genesis Award-winning article “For the Birds” in The Washington Post, and in 2012, she was profiled in “Won’t Back Down” in the Altoona Mirror in Pennsylvania where she grew up. In 2002, Karen was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame “for outstanding contributions to animal liberation.”

Carol J. Adams –Veganism is a State of Mind

Carol J. Adams’ talk will include information from her books “The Sexual Politics of Meat” and “Living Among Meat Eaters.” She’ll discuss presumptions about who is vegan (women, non-conforming men), the association of meat with maleness, how meat eaters often create a hostile environment for vegans, and animal rights as a social issue addressing the often-heard accusation of “why aren’t you helping the homeless, etc?”

Carol J. Adams is the author of the ground-breaking classic, “The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory” which focuses on the links between the oppression of women and that of non-human animals. For more than 30 years, Adams has written extensively on vegetarianism, animal rights, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Harold Brown – The Low Down on the “New Animal Production”

Consumers are hearing a lot about alternative systems of producing animals and their by-products for food. Colony cages, barn raised, grass fed, free range, humanely raised/produced, etc. Harold Brown, a former farmer from Michigan will explore these ideas and practices ranging from industrial to back yard.  Are they healthier? Are they better for the environment? Are the animals happier? Farmer Brown will share the practical realities of animal production.

Harold Brown, a character in the documentary Peaceable Kingdom, The Journey Home, spent over half of his life in agriculture.  Growing up on a beef farm in Michigan and later working in the dairy industry Harold has been involved in the behind the scenes operations of food production that uses animals. Today Harold is an activist advocating for sustainable food production, social and environmental justice, animal rights and peace through non-violence.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau – From Excuse-itarian to Vegan

An inspiring and information-packed lecture that provides responses to everything from “I don’t have time to chop vegetables” and “I tried being vegetarian, but I just craved meat” to “I could give up everything, except cheese” and “Vegans don’t get enough protein.”

An exhilarating speaker, a powerful writer, a talented chef, and a persuasive advocate, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a bestselling author and expert on living compassionately and healthfully.  Using her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense to inspire and empower, Colleen addresses the spiritual, social, and practical aspects of a compassionate lifestyle through moving lectures, engaging videos, her podcast, Vegetarian Food for Thought, and her multimedia online program, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.

Ruby Roth – The Transformative Power of Veganism

Acclaimed author-illustrator Ruby Roth shares her personal journey, exploring the mainstream response to her controversial children’s books as well as her views on the transformative power of veganism. Weaving together health and spirituality, food, politics, and popular culture, Ruby connects the dots between our personal choices and the public realm, revealing how changing our diets can change our lives–and the world we live in. Whether you’re a staunch carnivore or a vegan veteran, Roth inspires us to rethink the status quo and our role in the social and psychological landscape of America.

Featured on the Today Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC, Ruby Roth is an author, illustrator, and activist whose children’s books have received international attention for their sensitive yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle. Roth has degrees in art and American Studies, and for nearly a decade has researched and spoken publicly on animal agriculture, politics, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a vegan diet. Translated into multiple languages, her books–That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals and Vegan Is Love–are the first of their kind in children’s literature and have been praised by parents, leading activists, and celebrities.

Betsy Traben – On Raising 7 Vegan Children

Betsy Traben will be talking about raising vegan children, particularly raising a big family of kids. Her kids have been vegan their whole lives. She has 7 children ranging in age from 2 to 16 years old. Betsy will discuss the health aspects, social aspects and financial aspects of being vegan in Cleveland with a large family. She’ll also share her family’s ethical beliefs on why they are vegan (animal rights) and how that has positively formed the children’s beliefs on life in general.

Betsy Traben has been vegetarian for 25 years and a vegan for 13 years. She is the mother of 7 children and has gone through 6 healthy veg pregnancies and natural childbirths (and one China adoption!). The 7 children are all being raised vegan and are very healthy. She is also involved in dog rescue and has 5 dogs of her own. She home schools many of her younger children. She also works part-time as a dog walker and Richmond Heights Clerk of Council.

2.  You’ll learn how to incorporate easy plant-based eating into your life.

Rebecca Dingle – The Power of Your Plate

Let’s get practical! This class provides the knowledge and resources for enjoying healthy plant-based eating. From the new 4 food groups, you’ll be assisted to create your own Weekly Meal Planner and learn how to navigate the grocery store to find the treasures (and avoid the troublemakers!). Featuring a live cooking demo, recipe tasting, and supportive resource materials to take home.

Rebecca is a certified Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM.org) and has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University.  As a nutrition educator, she takes the latest scientific data on nutrition and makes it available to the community by offering classes in a wide variety of settings including the Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, Parma Hospital Health Education Center, Tri C’s Encore Program, the Cleveland Police, natural food stores, community centers, churches and corporate wellness programs. Among the driving forces in Rebecca’s passion for offering her classes is the powerful link between diet and health, and how by making simple dietary adjustments our major chronic illnesses may be prevented and reversed. She enjoys showing how easy, fun, delicious, and affordable healthy eating can be!

Rebecca Gilbert – The Yummy Plants® 101Easy Transition Tips for a Vegan Diet At Work, At Home, and Out on the Town

Health and ethical concerns are encouraging more and more Americans to switch to a plant-based diet. Rebecca Gilbert’s presentation shows how easy (and yummy!) it is to make the transition. She shares her insights on cooking and eating out vegan-style. Her talk includes information on easy egg and dairy substitutions, ideas for stocking a vegan pantry, and suggestions for making a vegan diet workable in our lives, both inside and outside of the house.

Rebecca is a former competitive figure skater whose switch to a vegan diet healed her chronic joint pain. She founded the Yummy Plants Vegan Community in 2010 to help people transition to a vegan diet. She has been a featured speaker at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, Vegetarian Summerfest, and universities.

3. There’s going to be delicious vegan cooking demonstrations.

Rashid Mitcham – Vegan Cooking Demonstration: Homemade Vegan Burger 

Rashid will be preparing a vegan burger that’s fun and easy to make. From the mixing bowl to the bun!  At Mo Bite Products, their mission is to provide a healthy alternative to foods that cause disease in the human family via presenting foods that give life in a fun and delicious way.  Rashid received his training at Soul Food Vegetarian Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio and has worked for multiple food service companies. Mo Bite Products supplies restaurants, caterers and individuals seeking healthy organic vegan alternatives for their nutritional needs. They teach classes to those who want a permanent lifestyle change.

Chef AJ – “Unprocessed” Culinary Demo

Chef Aj will show you how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet in ways that are easy, delicious and fun!

Chef AJ has followed a plant exclusive diet for over 35 years. The author of Unprocessed, she teaches people how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets in ways that are easy, delicious and fun. The former Executive Vegan Pastry Chef at Sante Restaurant in Los Angeles, she uses only whole fruit to sweeten her decadent creations and does not use oil or salt. Formerly a comedian, Chef AJ has appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and Ellen and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol.

4.  You’ll be able to learn more about vegan health & fitness.

George Eisman, RD – How a Vegan Diet Helps Lower The Risk of 14 of the 15 Leading Causes of Death 

Learn why animal products, including dairy, eggs, and seafood contribute to the premature death of hundreds of thousands if Americans each year; and learn how to choose the plant-based foods that have the greatest positive impact on health and longevity.

Director of Nutrition for The Coalition for Cancer Prevention through Plant-Based Eating,  based in New York, George has been a Registered Dietitian for over 30 years, having worked at Miami Children’s Hospital, Wesley Woods Nursing Home (Atlanta), and as a Public Health Nutritionist for the State Health Departments of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. He has taught nutrition atFlorida State University, Broward Community College, and Miami-Dade Community College, and now guest lectures frequently at Cornell University in New York.

Anya Todd RD, LD – The Vegan Athlete – It’s Not an Oxymoron!

More and more people are turning to plants as a way to increase their athletic performance. Should you be supplementing? What about timing of meals? How much protein do you need as an athlete? Learn about the basics involved in optimizing one’s health (and workouts) with a vegan diet.

Anya Todd RD, LD is a licensed, registered dietitian specializing in vegan nutrition. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Anya completed her internship at the Cleveland Clinic. Anya has worked in every facet of nutrition – community, research, clinical and is now focusing on private practice. Anya writes  a weekly column on health and nutrition, “Ask Anya” on the well-known vegan blog, Your Daily Vegan. She teaches Maternal & Pediatric Nutrition and Vegan Sports Nutrition for the Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies, and was recently appointed state coordinator of the Vegetarian Dietetic Practice Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

5.  There will be a screening of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

Jenny Stein & James LaVeck – Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home Screening followed by Q & A Plus Activist Workshop

James LaVeck and Jenny Stein are the co-founders of Tribe of Heart and producers of the award-winning documentaries The Witness and Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. For the last ten years, their work has focused on the emerging new ethics of the human-animal relationship and the journey of awakening conscience. Their films have appeared in 77 festivals around the world, where they have won 18 awards, including 4 for Best of Festival and 13 for Best Documentary. Their work has also appeared on PBS, LinkTV, FreeSpeechTV, and the United Kingdom’s Community Channel. James also lectures and publishes on the topics of critical thinking and the essential role of grassroots activism and independent media in maintaining a healthy democracy.

6.  There will be lots of awesome exhibitors showcasing vegan products.

 7.  There will be a vegan food court filled with vegan food.

8.  It’s FREE.

That’s right.  I repeat: it’s FREE admission.

9.  There will be a kick-ass after party.

If all of this wasn’t exciting enough, there will be an official Vegfest After Party, featuring the very funny vegan warrior Jamie KilsteinThe Vegfest After Party will be a short distance away at the legendary Agora Theater from 7pm to 2am.  Admission is $15, and if you purchase tickets ahead of time and pick them up at Vegfest, you will receive a $2 coupon for Vegfest food!  The After Party will be full of fun with a diversity of entertainment, raffles, free snacks, and a cash bar!

Why should you come to the Vegfest After Party besides free food, raffles, and music?  Because Jamie Kilstein gives a performance not to be missed!  He is one of a kind.  Sure, the tattoo sleeves and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu t-shirt are the obvious offbeat traits, but his brazen attitude and deep sense of compassion make his comedic rants brutally honest and insanely hilarious.  Comedian is only one of Jamie’s hats.  Five days a week, he co-hosts with his partner Allison Kilkenny the independent political podcast Citizen Radio, rebel radio that uses humor to discuss current, fringe news.  Jamie’s triangle choke may be terrifying, but he puts on a show that is welcoming and insightful.  Don’t miss this chance to catch this internationally-known comedian.  Get your tickets today!

10.  Your Daily Vegan is going to be there.

As the official media team for the event, the entire YDV team will be at the VegFest all day!  We’ll be meeting with speakers, doing interviews, talking to exhibitors, live tweeting, stuffing our faces with awesome vegan food, having fun, and handing out some free YDV swag.  It’s your chance to meet the entire YDV team and we want to meet you!  Be sure to say hello!

Important Information You’ll Need to Plan Your Trip

When: Saturday, June 1st, 2013.  Doors will be open from 9:30am to 7:30pm.

Where:   Cleveland State University Student Center, Euclid Avenue between East 21st and 22nd streets, Cleveland, Ohio

Parking: Street parking is free that day and lot parking is between $2 – $10 depending on how long you stay.  This venue is on the RTA health line which runs from Tower City every 10 minutes.

Why: It’s going to be FUN and FREE!

See you there!

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  1. Linda Bradley MD September 21, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I am a physician(Ob/Gyn) at the Cleveland Clinic and enjoyed the education, magical experience, and culinary feast at the festival in June.

    I would like to participate in the 2014 program. I have been involved in numerous cooking demonstrations locally (including preparing 1,500 samples at the recent Senior Olympics in Cleveland) and nationally. Is there an opportunity for me to be involved this year?

    Additionally, I have an excellent lecture entitled “10 Ways To Put Your Doctor Out of Business” that aligns with the Plant Based and Whole Food movement to revolutionize health care. Education of the public, improving nutritional literacy and embracing self-care reform are tenets a part of my mission.

    Please let me know how to become involved.

    Linda Bradley MD
    [email protected]
    216 3123133 cell