Meadowlands

The New Jersey VegFest at the Meadowlands is our biggest vegan food festival of the entire year! This event brings together small plant-based/vegan businesses, restaurants, product developers, and non-profits from the NJ/NY/PA area to give them a market, create community and throw a really fun party around them. All vegans, vegetarians, veg-curious folks are welcome to join us!

SPEAKERS – SATURDAY (October 6)

Dr. Joel KahnTracy Isaacs

11:30AM – Dr. Joel Kahn

Dr. Kahn is owner of GreenSpace Cafes in Detroit and founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity. He serves as a Clinical Professor of Cardiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He has published over 150 scientific papers and hundreds of health articles. He has a national public TV special, The Whole Heart Solution. He has written 5 books and his latest, The Plant Based Solution, is a #1 best seller. He has appeared on The Doctors Show and Dr. Phil and is regular on Fox 2 Detroit News. He can be found at www.drjoelkahn.com.

1PM – Tracy Isaacs

Tracy Isaacs is a vegan athlete, feminist philosopher and academic in Philosophy and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She is co-author, with Samantha Brennan, of Fit at Mid-Life: A Feminist Fitness Journey, published by Greystone Books in 2018, and co-founder of the popular feminist fitness blog Fit Is a Feminist Issue. She became vegetarian for ethical reasons over two decades ago, and vegan for ethical and environmental reasons in 2011. She is currently working on a new book that explores ethical and strategic issues in a vegan context.

CHEF DEMOS – SATURDAY (October 6)

Gianna CiaramelloMini DhingraAlyssa Miller

11:30PM – Gianna Ciaramello
– Author of the cookbooks Rabbit Food and The Mello Cookbook

1PM – Mini Dhingra
– Founder of Samosa Shack in Harlem, NY

2:30PM – Alyssa Miller
– Proudly represents the deaf vegan community. Alyssa is a certified Main Street Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator and volunteers with Living with Harmony Animal Sanctuary. Interpreters will be available!

PANELS – SUNDAY (October 7)

Vinny VeganMichelle Carrera

1PM – Food Justice Panel

Vincent DePaul aka Vinny Vegan: Vincent was attracted to the so-called “Gangster” lifestyle at a very earl age. Sex, money, drugs, and violence. And in his early 20’s he created Selebs, a t-shirt brand that made a huge impact throughout the hip-hop and hollywood industries. He went on to sell millions of t-shirts worldwide. At the age of 30 he lost everything, and became morally, financially, and spiritually bankrupt. It was through this tough time, that he was introduced to his first fresh pressed organic juice, and it changed his life forever. With this new awakening, eh decided he wanted to make a difference in the world. So he creatd the Gangster Vegan. At first it was just a t-shirt, and for every shirt sold he fed an inner city child a free, hot, organic, vegan meal which still goes on today. In 2014 he opened up his first restaurant in Norristown, Pennsylvania called Gangstrer Vegan Organics. In 2016 he opened up his second location in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to serving love, and improving the quality of life worldwide.

Michelle Carrera is a Puerto Rican vegan activist. She founded Chilis On Wheels in 2014, an organization that makes veganism accessible to communities in need; and Casa Vegana de la Comunidad, a vegan sustainability house in Puerto Rico that arose after the vegan food relief efforts upon the passing of Hurricane Maria. . She was co-founder of Latinos for Animal Protection in 2009 which served animal protection organizations in Latin America, and started and organized Vegan Latinos in NYC Meetup which fundraised for Latin American vegan organizations from 2015-2017. She is also a board member for The Microsanctuary Movement. Michelle is a professional translator and lives with her human unschooled child, rescued dog and chicken companions.

Beth CruzMelody LinMichelle CarreraRachel Castelino

3PM – Supporting Vegan Kids and Caregivers Panel Discussion

Beth Cruz is a vegan homeschooling mom of two vegan children. Beth started the Vegan & Vegetarian Families of NJ Facebook group to support vegan families and anyone looking to reduce their animal products consumption. She is a volunteer caregiver at Vegan Summerfest’s childcare center and previously worked full-time for Best Friends Animal Society. Beth is the founder of Shelter Showcase, a vegan all-volunteer non-profit dedicated to helping homeless animals. Beth runs vegan non-profit events and enjoys pet sitting in her spare time.

Melody Lin is a vegan teen who has done activist camp and speaks on issues facing vegan kids in schools.

Michelle Carrera is a Puerto Rican vegan activist. She founded Chilis On Wheels in 2014, an organization that makes veganism accessible to communities in need; and Casa Vegana de la Comunidad, a vegan sustainability house in Puerto Rico that arose after the vegan food relief efforts upon the passing of Hurricane Maria. . She was co-founder of Latinos for Animal Protection in 2009 which served animal protection organizations in Latin America, and started and organized Vegan Latinos in NYC Meetup which fundraised for Latin American vegan organizations from 2015-2017. She is also a board member for The Microsanctuary Movement. Michelle is a professional translator and lives with her human unschooled child, rescued dog and chicken companions.

Rachel Castelino has a JD from Columbia Law School and a Matrise en Droit from Paris I. She has been vegan for 12.5 years, the natural consequence of her commitment to justice. She is currently homeschooling her 6 year old Leela, and moderates the Vegan and Vegetarian Families group with Beth Mersten Cruz.

CHEF DEMOS – SUNDAY (October 7)

Tere FoxAmanda BorgesChef Rootsie

1PM – Tere Fox
– Chef Tere Fox is one half of the creators of the famed Rockin’ Raw, masters of raw food on the East Coast. With her savvy culinary skills and nutrition background she is sure to wow you with her raw food creations that not only taste amazing but offer the highest quality of whole food nutrition with every recipe. She heads her catering company Tere Fox Events offering raw and cooked foods for weddings. As well as she is one of the top chefs for The Veganizer in the ever so important task of bringing more plant based foods to every table world wide.

2:30PM – Amanda Borges aka “deafintely raw”
– Proudly representing the deaf vegan community, and tackling accessibility of vegan information with Alyssa Miller aka “definitely vegan”

4PM – Chef Rootsie
– Owner of Veggie Grub LLC, an award-winning Brooklyn-based vegetarian and vegan catering company

VENDORS

GoGo squeeZ, Kids Zone sponsor
Cinnamon Snail (Saturday)
Vegan Cook Book Swap (Sunday)
201Organics
Absolute Green
Aero Farms
Amrita Health Foods
APLNJ
Aya’s Natural Treasures
Barnes Family Apothecary
Beyond Better
Brewing Good Coffee Company
Brighter Days Co
Bunny Treats (Saturday)
Cafe Diem
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Chocolate Calling
Compassion Company
Corn Krush
Creature Comforts Stationery
Doshi
Eat Nice
Eliya
Fanciful Fox
Food Not Bombs (Saturday)
Freakin Vegan
Fresh Press Juice Co
Fugee Burger/Noble Equity
Gangster Vegan
Gigi’s
Gloganix
Gluten Free Gloriously
Goats of Anarchy (Saturday)
Gone Pie

Grab Em Snacks
Grape Cat
Guerilla Wearfare
Health Ade
Hemp20
Hi Fi-Bar
Hoboken Farms
Homemade Betty
House of Cork
How Delish HD
It’s Really Vegan (Sunday)
Jewish Veg
Juice for Us
Juice Plus/Tower Garden
Kangen Water distributor
Karner Blue Capital
Kim Chee Pride
Lava Rubber
Made Good
Mart’s V Burgers
Miruku Inc
MoPweeze
Nitro Beverage Co.
No Evil Foods
Om Sweet Home / Bari & Betty
P-nuff Crunch
Partake Foods
Purium
REBL USA
Redefine Your Mind
Ripple Foods
Rockaway Gypsea
Rockin Raw
Root 9 Baking Co

Roots Hummus
Samosa Shack
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Shankara (Saturday)
Sweet Maresa’s
Tamerlane Farm Animal Sanctuary
Teeminder
Tiny Tot Treats
Try Vegan
Untamed Hearts
Veg Heaven
Veg Jaunts and Journeys
Vegan Book Corner
Vegan Insurance Broker
The Vegan Nest (Sunday)
Vegan Outreach
Vegan Power Co
Vegan Refocused
Vegan Rob’s
Vegan Treats
VeganWear
VEGGANI handbags
Veggie Grub
Vitamin Shoppe
Wells Made Co
Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.
Wully Wear
Yeah Dawg
Yogi Dogs
Yogi Reads (non-profit)
Young Living Essential Oils
Yoga Animalia Project
Zoe’s Vegan Delight

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