Atlanta Veg Festival

The Atlanta Veg Festival is a nonprofit, vegan lifestyle organization hosting an event in the Infinite Energy Forum on November 9th, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Their primary purpose is to celebrate the advantages of possessing a benevolent attitude towards all living beings through informative speakers, food and merchandise vendors, and cooking demonstrations.

Ten guest speakers are advocating for animal compassion, two of them being Bill Muir and Dr. Priyumvada Naik. Bill Muir went vegan in 1992. He joined the army after the detrimental terrorist attack of 9/11 and ate a plant-fueled diet during rigorous U.S. army training. After being discharged, he acquired a Vegan Culinary Arts Certificate and wrote the book VEGAN STRONG. He now serves our nation’s heroes as a registered nurse. His expertise renders him a trusted source for information regarding plant-based diets. Dr. Priyumvada Naik has been authentically practicing veganism for over eight years and has dedicated her life to helping reverse chronic diseases such as heart disease, rheumatologic conditions, diabetes, and more. Her practice has enabled her to educate the public about the power of veganism. She accomplishes this by suggesting a healthy, vegan diet and, consequently, a better quality of life to her patients.

Food vendors are participating in this informative and compassion-oriented event to give out samples to promote their companies. A few of these vendors are The Green Soma Cafe, whose chefs specialize in cauliflower wings, Honest Harvest that makes handcrafted pasta, and Cosmic Cookies who focus on sweet, mouthwatering treats. Other vendors, such as Grizzly Goods, are giving away merchandise such as accessories and shirts that advises veganism. Mercy for Animals is going to hold an informational stand where you can donate money to protect animals. These companies come together to promote the message of plant-based living-where what you consume does not cause animal suffering.

Mark your calendars for the Atlanta Veg Fest on November 19th. Doors open at 10 a.m., and you can make a five dollar donation at the door! Bring friends and family, even those not vegan, to celebrate healthy living options and to promote a compassionate lifestyle.

*Post Veg Fest-

The Atlanta Veg Fest was filled with a community of vendors who strive for animal equality through delicious food and environmentally-friendly accessories.

I divulged into various types of queso, eggnog ice cream, a supreme crunch wrap, lavender lemonade, and many more excellent food options that created a soft place in my heart. It reinforced my vegan beliefs, reminding me that being vegan has encouraged and allowed these restaurants to promote ethical consumption. Seeing vegan food in the market, and the thousands of people gathered in the Infinite Energy Center to sample them created a sense of community and belonging.

Many vendors had accessories for sale made without animal products or had products promoting a compassionate lifestyle. Such accessories included enamel pins that exclaimed phrases such as “humane meat does not exist,” “vegan for the animals,” and “you can live without cheese.” Other products available were cruelty-free and vegan beauty products such as eyeshadow, mascara, and lip balm. The vendors also sold accessories, including headache relievers made from essential oils, stickers, and magnets with vegan sayings and attire such as sweatshirts, hoodies, and shirts.

I bought a few products to support local, morally-conscious companies. I purchased a lemon-rosemary lip balm from Turnrow, whose company specializes in humane bath, beauty, and home products. I also could not pass up the opportunity to get a crew neck with the phrase “yes, being vegan does give me superpowers” homemade by a sweet old man. The crew neck had a cartoon piece of broccoli on it, which added to its beauty. Since I was one of the first three hundred to show up, I obtained a free bag with marshmallows, cookies, and coupons for vegan products.

The Atlanta Veg Fest provided me with positive reinforcement of my lifestyle and allowed me to indulge in the beautiful food and clothing all surrounding the message of ending speciesism.