Eat your veggies: DC VegFest returns this Saturday


Whether you’re looking to improve your health, protect animals, save the planet, or you just want to eat some really good food, the nation’s capital is the place to be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept 24, for the annual DC VegFest (, presented by Compassion Over Killing.

More than 20,000 attendees are expected to gather at Yards Park (adjacent to Nationals Stadium) for this free outdoor festival featuring lots of food to buy and sample. There are also dynamic speakers, cooking demos, a kids zone, a barking lot for dogs, a beer garden, live music, and much more.

This year’s DC VegFest speakers include:

  • Leilani Münter, professional race car driver and environmental activist
  • Elizabeth Kucinich, policy consultant at the Plant-Based Foods Association
  • Marco Antonio Regil, actor and television host
  • Jonathan Balcombe, animal behavior expert, and author of What a Fish Knows
  • Torre Washington, award-winning vegan bodybuilder

“The DC VegFest is a fun, free event to explore how we can all make kinder, greener, and healthier choices,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Everyone is invited to join us — bring your kids, bring your dogs, and definitely bring vegan and pre-vegan friends along to enjoy this food-filled, action-packed day!”

Delicious plant-based cuisine will be dished out by more than 40 different restaurant and food vendors. Participating vendors include HipCityVeg, Shouk, 3 Twisted Vegans, Roots Market, Treeline Cheese, Vegan Treats, Busboys & Poets, and Tofurky.

More than 70 other nonprofit and commercial exhibitors, such as the Washington Human Society and Barnard Medical Center, will also be setting up shop for the day.

DC VegFest is free and open to everyone. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a complimentary 2016 commemorative tote bag fully-loaded with swag from the event’s sponsors.

Find more details by visiting and use #DCVegFest16 to follow along on social media.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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