ATLANTIC CITY VEGAN FOOD FESTIVAL Friday, July 13th & Saturday, July 14 th



Robert F. Diggs aka The RZA is a chess aficionado, Grammy® award winning music producer, vegan, BAFTA nominated film composer, philanthropist, recording artist, actor, and director. RZA is one of the most prominent figures in hip-hop music and the creator/producer of the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan.

RZA is a secret scientist, who loves to obtain new knowledge in mediums that interest him, with chess being one of his strongest interests. He even had Josh Waitzkin, chess prodigy, work with him to improve his game. His love for the game allowed him to write a full chapter in the Wu Tang Manual Volume 1 that discussed how the strategy of chess related to life within his music conception. RZA understood how learning the game while young was partly instrumental in the decisions he made that allowed Wu Tang Clan to be known world-wide. Lastly, RZA has become involved not only as a contributor but as a speaker with the Hip Hop Chess Federation in Oakland.

RZA’s self-taught understanding of music has allowed for him to create a sound that is uniquely his own; with the integration of martial arts clips impressed into his thematically outlined musical track listing; allowing the listener not just to hear, but to see. This skill is what makes him one of the most prominent figures in the music world. RZA has taken this skill and applied it to creating soundtracks and composing in films such as: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Django Unchained, Afro Samurai and The Man with the Iron Fist.


RZA photo
RZA spent his first seven years in the film industry building his feature and television resume, studying and working alongside top-tier directors, starting with Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Todd Phillips’ Due Date, Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days, and EuropaCorp’s Brick Mansions opposite Paul Walker. RZA starred in Paramount’s G.I. Joe 2, as the first person to portray the “Blind Master.” Additionally, he starred opposite David Duchovny for the full 5th season of Showtime’s Californication, and in FOX’s Gang Related. RZA spent two of his first years in film studying under Quentin Tarantino, watching him create Kill Bill. From this experience, RZA acquired strong directing techniques which he applied to his directorial debut The Man with the Iron Fists, which he co-wrote with Eli Roth; and starred as “The Blacksmith” alongside Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Daniel Wu. RZA still has more to share with the world including Banks & Steelz, a musical collaboration with Paul Banks of Interpol which released their debut album Anything but Words in August 2016. RZA is a multi-hyphenated talent of a man who loves to speak to the world through his music, books, film and lectures.


Schedule of events Friday, July 13th & Saturday, July 14 th

Friday, July 13 / Noon – 8:00 pm

Vegan Food Truck Festival

Friday, July 13: Vegan Food Truck Festival at Showboat Hotel (included with a ticket to the Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival)

20 Vegan Food Trucks, outside the Showboat Hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Included with a ticket to the Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival.

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Saturday, July 14 / Morning

10k, 5k & kids fun run on the Boardwalk

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Saturday, July 14 / 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival

Speakers (Extra Charge Applies):
RZA – keynote speaker $35
Scott Jurek – Ultrarunner $20
lauren Ornelas – Food Empowerment Project $15
Erika Boyd – Detroit Vegan Soul $15

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Friday, July 14 / Evening

Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival

Party with Honey Labronx, Showboat Hotel Ballroom

Speaker list Friday, July 13th & Saturday, July 14 th

Scott Jurek

Ultrarunner, Ultramarathoner

Named one of the greatest runners of all time, Scott Jurek has become a living legend. He has claimed victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and— his signature race—the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times. Scott has also taken the running world by storm with his 2015 Appalachian Trail speed record, averaging nearly 50 miles a day over 46 days—and the United States all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles: 6.5 marathons in one day.

Off the trail, Scott is a New York Times-bestselling author for his memoir, Eat & Run, has been prominently featured in countless publications, and is a star of the international bestseller, Born To Run. More than just a champion, Scott is a true student and ambassador of the sport, known to stay at finish lines cheering until the last runner crosses. When not racing, he donates his time to many non profit organizations and is an avid volunteer in the areas of environmental conservation, fitness and health. A passionate advocate for vegetarianism, he follows a 100% plant-based diet, which he credits for his endurance, recovery and consistent twenty year racing career. He believes that everyone can run an ultra and everyone can access their body’s innate capacity to heal. Through writing, public speaking, and consulting, Scott takes joy in encouraging people of all fitness levels to take the next step toward vibrant health. Scott currently resides in Boulder, CO with his wife, Jenny, and newborn daughter, Raven.


Bryant Terry

Talk: FOOD
Food Justice At the Intersection of Food, Politics, Poverty, Public Health and the Environment

How can we provide healthy food choices for all Americans, regardless of income, geography or race? In this interactive talk, Bryant Terry shows us how the food we eat directly affects issues such as poverty, sustainability, and structural racism. How can we get healthier food into low income urban areas? What can each of us—whether urban dweller or suburbanite—do to eat healthier? And how will these choices affect everything from the environment to social justice? Terry doesn’t push faddish or prescribed diets. But he will occasionally sing and even cook a meal to demonstrate how simple (and delicious) making better food choices can be. Fusing food justice and personal history, Terry shows us how to improve access to fresh food in our communities: whether that community is your campus, your workplace, your neighborhood, or just your own set of friends gathered in the kitchen. 

Chef, food justice activist, and critically-acclaimed author BRYANT TERRY has spent the past ten years working to build a more just and sustainable food system. Using cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity, he imparts the wisdom of a food movement with an inspiring vision of the future. 

Bryant Terry is the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, which was named one of the best vegetarian/vegan cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light Magazine. He is also the author of The Inspired Vegan and the coauthor of Grub (with Anna Lappe), which The New York Times called “ingenious.” His newest book is Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean and Southern Flavors Remixed, which was named one of the best cookbooks of the year by

This past fall, Terry won the 2015 James Bear Leadership Award for his work in creating a more accessible, equitable, and ethical food system in America. His work has been featured in The New York TimesFood and WineGourmet, SunsetO: The Oprah MagazineEssenceYoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times, among many other publications. He presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.
“Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”

— Alice Waters, renowned chef and food activist
Terry is the host of Urban Organic—a multi-episode web series that he co-created—and he was a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast. He also served as an expert on the Sundance Channel’s original series Big Ideas for a Small Planet. He is a featured expert in the documentary Soul Food Junkies and the PBS educational film Nourish. He has made dozens of national television and radio appearances, including being a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show.

In 2012, Terry was chosen by the U.S. State Department as one of 80 American chefs to be a part of its new American Chef Corps. That same year included him on its list of “100 most influential African Americans,” included him on its list of “100 African Americans making history today,” and the San Francisco Bay Guardiannamed him “Best Cookbook Cheftivist” in the Bay Area. In 2011 he was included in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100 list,” and in 2009, The New York Times magazine featured him among a handful of “food fighters.” He was selected as one of the “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7 in 2008. From 2008-2010 Terry was a fellow of the Food and Society Fellows Program, a national Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and in 2007 he received the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education along with author and educator Marion Nestle.

Terry is the founder of b-healthy (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), a multi-year initiative in New York City designed to empower youth to be more active in fighting for a more sustainable food system. Currently, he is the Chef in Residence of the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco.   

Erika J. Boyd


Erika Boyd, co-owner and executive chef at Detroit Vegan Soul (D.V.S), first became interested in cooking at the age of twelve when her mother began teaching her to prepare family recipes. Born and raised on Detroit’s northwest side, her early cooking influences were from her mother, grandmother, and father. 

At the age of 13, Erika was required to cook for the family, a responsibility that included weekly meal planning and grocery shopping for ingredients. She also shadowed her mother, a nutritionist who worked as a food service manager for the City of Detroit running a community food service program. While assisting her mother, Erika was able to observe and learn all about how to prepare balanced meals and manage food inventory.

From her grandmother, a gifted and talented cook with Georgian roots, well known for her delicious food, Erika learned to prepare soul food dishes. Her father was co-owner and cook at a popular lunchtime café which served comfort food and operated in Downtown Detroit’s Book Tower building for several years.

It is these influences and experiences that have helped Erika to refine her skills and become an excellent cook. She’s been able to reinterpret traditional soul food meals into vegan delights.

Lauren Ornelas

“lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. She is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999 and for which she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. She was also the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. In addition, lauren served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on “The Power of Our Food Choices.” Learn more about F.E.P.’s work at and”

Honey LaBronx

Honey LaBronx is the host of The Vegan Drag Queen Cooking Show and also Big Fat Vegan Radio with her co-host Laura Yaz. Also an LGBTQ rights activist, Honey uses her exposure as a drag performer to spread the vegan message to new audiences. A member of Queer Rising, Honey was heavily involved in the 2011 fight for marriage equality in New York State. She even went to jail fighting for marriage equality along with her drag mother, Bob The Drag Queen (winner of Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race). Audiences have enjoyed her performances around the world.

A Wisconsin native, she moved to New York City in 2000. She is an aromatherapy enthusiast, and such a big fan of Björk that she even taught herself to speak Icelandic! Out of drag, Honey is known as actor/photographer Ben Strothmann who has served as the staff photographer for Playbill, theaBroadway Yearbook,, and countless theatre companies.

Festival overview Friday, July 13th & Saturday, July 14 th


The Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival will feature 200 vendors, inspiring speakers, a 10k & 5k on the boardwalk, live music, cooking demos and much more, all right on the boardwalk in Atlantic City!

Early bird tickets for the Saturday, July 14, food festival and include entry into the July 13 vegan food truck festival at the Showboat Hotel. They do not include access to the main speaker room or the 10k/5k/fun run.

Create a team if you plan to bring your friends and for every 10 people that join your team, we will treat you to another ticket for the July 14 AC VeganFood Festival! Early Bird Price ends on May 15.

Showboat Atlantic City
801 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401


Are kids free?
Kids under 13 are free and no ticket is necessary.

Can I use my 2018 vegan Pop Up Shop pass?
No, the vegan pop up pass is only good for entry into vegan pop up shops in Asbury Park and Morristown currently.

Where is this being held?
The Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival is being held at the Showboat Hotel Atlantic City at 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401.

Is there a hotel room block?
We have a room block at the Showboat Hotel Atlantic City for Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. The rate is $175 per night. You can make your reservations using this link (make sure to pick our dates):

The Showboat Hotel Atlantic City is a pet friendly hotel.
Is food included in the ticket?

Your ticket gets you into the festival where you can purchase food from our 200 vendors and some vendors will be offering samples. You’ll get the opportunity to savor and share food from vegan and vegan friendly chefs and products from New Jersey and all over the country, but your $10 ticket does not include free food. There will also be live music, chef demos and live podcasts you can check out. If you buy an early bird ticket by May 15, you’ll also get a pass into the Vegan Food Truck Festival at the Showboat Hotel.

What is this like?
Over 200 food and product vendors will be on the former casino floor of the Showboat Atlantic City. There will be food, fashion, products, and non-profits. There will be plenty of seating so you can relax and enjoy your food, along with live music, chef demos and more. This is festival you can spend the day at or you can eat, head out to the boardwalk and beach and come back and hang out with us again.

How much is it for the vegan food truck festival?
It is $10 for one ticket that will get you into the Vegan Food Truck Festival on Friday and the Vegan Food Festival on Saturday inside the Showboat Hotel.

Are speakers included in the $10 ticket price?
Speaker tickets are not included in the food festival ticket price and will be available when we have confirmed the schedule for what we think is a pretty solid schedule of inspiring speakers. We will email everyone who has already bought a ticket first and let them know when speaker tickets are available. The speakers will be in The Bourbon Room, which is connected to the Showboat Hotel.

There will be chef demos and live podcasts you can attend on first come, first seated basis, so if you decide not to purchase a ticket to see a speaker, you will still have a ton of information and entertainment to keep you busy.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed to stay at the Showboat Hotel Atlantic City, but only service dogs will be allowed onto the food festival floor and related Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival events.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at or call 973-631-1731

What’s the refund policy?
No Refunds.

How can I become a vendor?
You can sign up at or email us at

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