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VegFest Colorado 2018 United States
July 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018$8 – $10
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10AM – 6PM & Sunday, July 29, 2018, 10AM – 5PM
Early online ticket purchases is available until midnight July 6, 2018. $8 per person per day. 16 years old and under: FREE. $10 per person per day at the door. Admission fees are nonrefundable.
Parking is FREE! Handicap parking is available closest to the 1stBank Center. Pets are not allowed in the 1stBank Center.
Please DO NOT leave your pets in your vehicle or unattended outside. Animal Control will be called immediately.
VegFest Colorado (VFC) is a 2 day fair that promotes a plant-based/vegan lifestyle. This event features renowned speakers who speak on health, diet, compassion and environmental issues. VFC also features expert chefs who demonstrate how to prepare delicious healthful plant-based/vegan dishes. Additional activities include food sampling, restaurants, commercial & non-profit exhibitors, musical entertainment, fun for the kids and more. VFC’s primary purpose is to raise awareness of a plant-based lifestyle and to help build a supportive vegan community.
Enjoy and learn from world-renowned luminaries who speak on health, diet and environmental issues. Learn ways to prepare healthier foods at the many Food Presentations. Listen and enjoy the musical entertainment. Have fun doing activities with your children in the Kid’s Kingdom. Savour plant-based food samples offered by several food vendors. See first-hand the numerous eco-friendly commercial businesses which could enhance your life. Acquire a new or deeper appreciation for the work the participating non-profit groups are committed to.
VegFest Colorado is coordinated, planned, managed, and supported by Animal Action Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are all volunteers.
Food presenters 2018
JL Fields is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. She is a Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator, Food for Life instructor, chef instructor in the culinary program at the University of New Mexico-Taos, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services.
JL is the author of the revised and updated Vegan Pressure Cooking: More Than 100 Delicious Grain, Bean, and One-Pot Meals Using a Traditional or Electric Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot® (Fair Winds Press, January 2018), The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors (Vegan Heritage Press, June 2017), and Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes (Fair Winds Press, January 2015), co-author of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You (Ben Bella, December 2017) and Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet (Da Capo Lifelong Books, July 2013) and co-creator of The 3-Month Real World Vegan Meal Plan. She produces and hosts the weekly radio program Easy Vegan and writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. JL writes at JLgoesVegan.com.
Dr Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.
Title & Subject Matter of presentation: The Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease: Fact or Fiction
Dr Esselstyn received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an Army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Dr Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Andrew M. Freeman MD, FACC, FACP
Title & Subject Matter of presentation: Speaking on Health
Dr Freeman joined National Jewish Health in Denver, CO after completing his training in Philadelphia at Temple University. Prior to that, he completed his internal medicine training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo with research honours after graduating summe cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. At National Jewish, he serves as the director of clinical cardiology and the director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness and is an Associate Professor of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, and echocardiography. His clinical and research interests are in disease prevention, exercise and lifestyle medicine, imaging heart disease, nutrition, and cardiac sarcoidosis.
Dr Freeman also hosts a monthly Walk with a Doc program (http://Denver.WalkWithADoc.Org) in the Denver area where he volunteers his time to walk with patients on Saturday mornings to teach key health concepts, but also to explore using exercise as medicine for the greater good of the public.
Armaiti May, DVM
Title & Subject Matter of presentation: Vegan Diets for Our Animal Companions: What You Need to Know
Armaiti May, DVM is an integrative housecall veterinarian and vegan advocate practising in Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.S. in Bioresource Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2001. After graduating with her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, Dr May worked at an emergency dog and cat hospital and then trained in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. Dr May volunteers to help homeless animals monthly. For the past ten years, she has had a veterinary housecall practice for dogs and cats in the Los Angeles area. Dr. May completed her certification in animal chiropractic from Options for Animals in 2015. She has recently founded a non-profit organization called the Veterinary Association for the Protection of Animals to educate the veterinary profession about the benefits of vegan eating and encourage veterinary schools to offer humane surgical teaching methods to students.
Will the event be cancelled due to weather? VegFest Colorado will go on unless the weather turns “Life Threatening”.
There are no wheelchairs available.
There is an ATM available on-site.
Can we bring in food? We strongly request that you try/sample all the great vegan offerings available at the event.
No No’s – Guns, knives (unless you are doing a cooking demo), illegal substances, pets inside the building, bad attitudes, children unattended in vehicles, pets unattended in vehicles, children 8 years old and younger unattended anywhere in the 1stBank Center, smoking in non designated areas, and bringing/giving away/consuming any animal products.