No amount of rain, wind, or even Hurricane Joaquin could keep the crowds away from the 7th annual DC VegFest, which was held this past Saturday at Yards Park. People came out in droves, bundled up in rain coats, hats, and boots to brave the less-than-ideal weather that had descended on DC over the weekend. By 11 am, the line to get in (and to get free goody bags) had wrapped around the block, and another long line was forming by the Vegan Treats tent.
Once the festival got underway, the incredible energy from enthusiastic attendees coupled with live music, powerful speakers, delicious vegan food, and more made it easy to forget that the weather wasn’t cooperating. With more than 130 vendors (including Grassfed Media client Equinox Restaurant), a Busboys & Poets beer garden, a kid’s area featuring kid-friendly vegan cooking demos, Washington Humane Society’s Adopt Force One with adorable adoptable cats and dogs, and speakers including Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, Rich Roll and Julie Piatt, Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau of Vedge Restaurant, NFL player David Carter (aka the 300-lb vegan) and many more, the day was packed with things to see, hear, and taste.
We’d like to thank the media for helping to get the word out about the festival. Here’s just a small sampling of some of the great articles that came out in the weeks leading up to DC Vegfest.
Making Lettuce Luxury: Vegetarian Menus Succeed in Fine Dining by Rachel Nania
Washington City Paper
The Grass is Getting Greener for D.C. Vegetarians by Laura Hayes
Vegans Unite for D.C. Vegfest by Kristin Hartke
The Hungry Lobbyist
Garden of Vegan by China Riddle
Vegetarian Festival Takes Place in DC by Anna Starostinetskava
Brightest Young Things
Preview of DC Vegfest at Yards Park
DC VegFest by Erica Tropp
Plus TV segments on: ABC 7/WJLA, Let’s Talk Live, and Good Day DC.
The full list:
Until next year…