DC VegFest announces date and keynote speakers for 2018


Compassion Over Killing is presenting the 10th annual DC VegFest on Saturday, September 15. Hosted outdoors at famed Yards Park in the nation’s capital, the DC VegFest is a free fun-filled festival of food, music, education, and inspiration with more than 20,000 attendees who join the celebration each year.

Featuring over 120 vendors and exhibitors, festival-goers – vegans and pre-vegans alike – will experience plant-based eating’s many flavors, and learn how each of us can protect the planet, our health, and animals simply by enjoying vegan meals.

On the main stage, emceed by rapper Grey, celebrity speakers will share inspiring talks and expert chefs will dazzle the crowd with their culinary creations.

In addition, this year’s DC VegFest keynote speakers include:

  • Carol Adams (Author & Activist) and Ginny Messina (Registered Dietician & Author
  • Joe Yonan (Food and Dining Editor, The Washington Post)
  • Tracye McQuirter (30-Year Vegan, Author, Public Health Nutritionist)
  • Dr. Neal Barnard (President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
  • Jerri Evans (Owner, Turning Natural)
  • Beverly Kumari (Cookbook Author and Chef)
  • Mike Wolf (Director of Investigations, Compassion Over Killing)
  • Chef Nikki (Chef, Activist, and Fitness Competitor)

A new TryVeg tasting booth will be hosted by Jessica Carter, Compassion Over Killing’s talented Vegan Food & Lifestyle Coach, seen often on DC morning shows. The Kid’s Zone will have interactive activities including storytime, a cooking demo, and a talk by author Eric Lindstrom, Compassion Over Killing’s Director of Marketing.

Popular local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will host our Beer Garden and Music Tent with local brews and musicians. Tails will be wagging in the shaded Barking Lot sponsored and operated by Humane Rescue Alliance, which will also have adoptable animals on site.

“As we mark our 10th annual DC VegFest, expecting 25,000 to join us, Compassion Over Killing is thrilled that Washington, DC is home to an abundance of delicious and nutritious plant-based food and, as the nation’s capital, is setting a positive tone for a much-needed national dialogue about the far-reaching impact of our food choices on the planet, our health, and animals,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing.

Vegan food will be served by dozens of vendors including Vegan Treats, Amsterdam Falafelshop, Brewing Good Coffee, Bakeshop DC, Revolution Gelato, and YogiDog.
Among the more than 100 nonprofit and commercial exhibitors for the day will be Dr. Bronner’s, A Well-Fed World, Roots Market, and Barnard Medical Center.

A complimentary commemorative tote bags, stocked with gifts and samples from VegFest’s sponsors, will be given out to the first 1,000 attendees.


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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