DC Vegfest: Bigger, Better, and More Delicious Than Ever

DCVF_Sharegraphic9 (1)Are you vegan, vegetarian, or just curious about eating a more plant-based diet? Then this year’s DC VegFest on September 20th is not to be missed. Held at beautiful Yards Park on the DC waterfront, DC VegFest is a free day-long celebration that includes speakers, cooking demos, more than 100 exhibitors and vendors, a “Barking Lot” where four-legged furry friends can romp, music, and much more.

This year’s keynote speaker is Robin Quivers–also known as Howard Stern’s sidekick–and author of The Vegucation of RobinWashington Post writer and author Joe Yonan along with Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers Eats and Treats are on tap to do cooking demos featuring easy-to-make vegan dishes the whole family will enjoy.

More than 25 restaurants will be showcasing their healthy eats at the festival, ranging from kombucha from Craft Kombucha and freshly pressed juice from South Block Juice Co. to vegan Chinese food from Vegetable Garden and vegan pizza from Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza. Those looking for refreshments a little harder than juice can even take advantage of the beer and wine garden, sponsored by Bread & Brew.

Other exhibitors not to be missed will include all-natural skin-care lines, yummy baked goods, organic dog treats, and even a local culinary arts school specializing in healthy, plant-based diets.

Nine authors and chefs, including event MC and The Cheesy Vegan author John Schlimm and 73-year-old ultra-marathon runner Dr. Betty Smith will speak throughout the daylong festival. Other speakers include:

  • Lesley Parker-Rollins — Vegan mom and host of Ask a Vegan Family
  • Bryant Terry – Eco-chef and author of The Inspired Vegan and Afro-Vegan
  • Dr. Neal Barnard – President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Alexis Fox and Micah Risk of Lighter Nutrition Coaching and Community

DC VegFest highlights the many benefits and flavors of vegetarian eating and shows how easy and delicious it is to choose healthier, more sustainable, and kinder foods. Attendees will enjoy free food samples from So Delicious, Tofurky, Larabar, Way Better Snacks, and more as well as tasty vegan cuisine from nearly two dozen food vendors.

Attendees will also have the chance to peruse exhibitor booths from such animal-friendly organizations and companies as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, the Humane Society of the United States, Conscious Corner, A Well-Fed World, Animal Rescue Bar, Washington Humane Society and many more.

In addition to this event being free and open to everyone, the first 1,000 attendees will also get a free 2014 commemorative DC VegFest tote bag loaded with veg-friendly products, coupons and more!

The DC VegFest was originally founded by the Vegetarian Society of DC and has been organized by Compassion Over Killing since 2009.

DC Green Festival Celebrates 10th Year

*This entry was cross-posted from Grassfed Media.

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For anyone interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life, the DC Green Festival is not to be missed. Now in its 10th year at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. We were a proud sponsor of this year’s launch party and can’t wait until the festival at the end of May.

The DC Green Festival will offer a little something for everyone–from food, fashion, and health to energy, construction, and design. Attendees will enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music and entertainment.

One of our favorite parts of the Green Festival is the unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses – everything from all-natural body care products and organic clothing to Fair Trade gifts, beautiful home renovations made from renewable resources, plus vegan and vegetarian offerings based on organic, non-GMO or local, artisanal foods. Our fabulous client, Karmalades, will be there too, showcasing all-natural, eco-luxe cleaning products–so stop by and say hello.

Green Festival is committed to:

  • Showcasing the best and latest green products and services in the market
  • Making ‘green’ practical, viable and accessible to everyone by promoting sustainability in everyday life choices and actions
  • Providing the ultimate marketplace for green brands and consumers who want to integrate sustainability into their lives
  • Striving to be a zero-waste marketplace where consumers can be assured that companies are committed to environmental sustainability
  • Representing a diverse, sustainable community that is socially and environmentally responsible
  • Encouraging companies to adopt green and fair trade principles through Green America’s certification process
  • Supporting vegan-vegetarian diet alternatives focused on organic, non- GMO and local artisanal foods as part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
  • Serving as a launching pad for Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and consumer programs in sustainability
  • The festival runs from May 31 to June 1. Early bird tickets are available online at 50% off until April 15th with code GRASSFED14.

Beer & Sustainability Happy Hour at BlueJacket Brewery

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 10.13.13 AMOn March 26th, please join DC Net Impact for a Beer and Sustainability happy hour at Bluejacket Brewery. This event is a unique opportunity to network with fellow sustainability professionals and students, while enjoying delicious beer and food.

Tickets are $20 for Net Impact members and $30 for non-members, and include:

  • One draft beer & light fare (including classic & veggie sliders).
  • An exclusive tour of the Bluejacket brewery.
  • The chance to meet “Beer Activist” Chris O’Brien, an expert on environmentally sustainable brewing practices and American University’s Director of Sustainability.

Net Impact is is a global community of over 300 chapters and more than 40,000 student and professional leaders working within and beyond business to tackle the world’s toughest problems. The DC Net Impact (DCNI) professional chapter works to inspire, educate, and equip professionals to use the power of business to make the vision of a more socially and environmentally responsible world a reality.

Space is limited and this event will sell out, so get your ticket today!

The Green Festival Comes to DC

The Green Festival, Washington DC, Sept 21-22 2013

The Green Festival, the nation’s largest environmental consumer event, returns to Washington DC on September 21-22, 2013.

Featuring hundreds of eco-friendly businesses, the Green Festival marketplace is a great resource for seeking out new and innovative green products.

The Green Festival features influential speakers such as Amy Goodman, Award-winning investigative journalist; founder and host of Democracy Now!; Bernadine Prince, Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of FRESHFARM Markets; David Feldman,  Executive Director of Bethesda Green; Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea;  Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch; Todd Larsen, Corporate Responsibility Director for Green America; and many others.

The weekend-long show also features:

  • An organic beer and wine pavilion.
  • Live cooking demos featuring delicious vegetarian cuisine.
  • A yoga pavilion.
  • A dedicated kids’ area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age.

Rounding out the offerings are informative workshops that are designed to empower and educate the public on living an eco-friendly life.

In addition, attendees will be able to participate in the Community Green Grant sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Green Festivals. A grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the proposed project that receives the most votes.

Tickets are $10 for a one day pass and $20 for a full weekend pass when purchased online atwww.greenfestivals.org, or $15 and $25 at the door. Free admission for anyone who rides a bike to the event and parks with the Clif Bar Bike Valet, youth under 18, volunteers and Green America and Global Exchange members. (All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, all workshops/yoga classes, speakers and films.)

Want FREE tickets? Use this link: http://www.greenfestivals.org/dctickets13 and code DCGFHOST13 to redeem a free weekend pass.

“Saving Seeds” Bridges the Gap Between Generations of Gardener

Guest post by Carolyn Szczepanski

The demand for fresh, local food has put a premium on community garden space in all corners of the District.

Young people are reconnecting with their food sources, urban planners are preaching the gospel of green space and families are eager to prepare dinner with organic produce they’ve nurtured from seed.

But it takes more than dirt and desire to make a garden grow.

Cultivating that perfect heirloom tomato or harvesting a bumper crop of crisp greens requires one key ingredient: knowledge. In 2008, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative sprouted to fill that void for DC growers.

“While there’s plenty of great gardening books and online resources, NFI was started as a hands-on, educational center to really walk total newbie gardeners step-by-step through their first growing season,” says Liz Whitehurst, NFI’s volunteer coordinator.

And NFI is wise beyond its years. The community garden movement isn’t a new phenomenon, Whitehurst points out. The current trend is just the latest page in a much longer history — one that started with Victory Gardens after World War II.

“While recent initiatives have brought more media attention to people growing their own food in Washington DC right now, several dozen community gardens have existed here since the mid-1970s,” Whitehurst says. “We work alongside several community gardeners who have been cultivating their plots since before we were born, and we recognize that people in our generation didn’t invent the idea of eating homegrown food.”

So it’s fitting that NFI’s fundraiser next week bridges the gap between generations.

On Thursday, NFI hosts Saving Seeds: A Night of Food, Film and Conversation on Urban Gardening Through the Generations. The $25 ticket price — which benefits the nonprofit — includes local, seasonal hors d’oeuvres, an open wine bar, and a cinematic double-header.

The first film screening, Corner Plot, is an intimate and heart-warming window into the life of 89-year-old Charlie Koiner, who’s been gardening his one-acre plot inside the Beltway for decades. The second movie short follows Teen Green, a summer program NFI launched in 2010 to educate local youth about urban farming, from seed to sale.

“When we first saw Corner Plot, we were struck by the difference between Charlie Koiner’s way of life and the lifestyles of the teens we work with every day,” Whitehurst says. “But as we thought more about it, we began to see some powerful connections, and we wanted to give others the opportunity to make their own.”

Those organic connections will be fleshed out after the films, during a Q&A including Corner Plot filmmaker Ian Cook, Koiner’s daughter and several teens from NFI’s summer program.

“Education is at the core of our mission,” Whitehurst says. “We want to teach people to grow vegetables in the city, and we want to connect people to serve as resources to each other.”