On September 24, from 11am to 6pm, DC VegFest will showcase ease, fun, and advantages of a plant-based lifestyle at GWU’s University Yard. This annual event, now in its third year, has grown significantly in size – it is the area’s largest vegetarian event with thousands of attendees expected.
Those attendees will have the opportunity to purchase foods from nineteen local restaurants and food trucks, shop from animal-friendly vendors, and take in talks from speakers like chef and cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society. There will be free food to sample from national brands and Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats has organized a cupcake-eating contest.
This festival is not just for committed vegans, though. Festival organizers say they put this event on for omnivores even more so than for those who already eschew meat, hoping to create a fun, supportive environment that everyone can enjoy. Groups behind VegFest like Compassion Over Killing – creators of the helpful VegDC guide – just want to show that going meatless is something positive and accessible rather than a compromise.