The Organic Adventurer is gearing up for Veg Fest! 2


Veg Fest is coming up on Saturday! The Organic Adventurer is very excited because she’s been to Veg Fest the last two years and knows that it’s packed with a lot of energized people. This year, The Organic Adventurer will be speaking from 11-11:45 a.m. I’ll be answering the question “Why go veg?” Learn all about why transitioning to a plant-based diet is such a great thing to do.

Here’s the full lineup of speakers for tomorrow:

The Organic Adventurer will also have a booth right in front of the speaker’s tent, #46 (see the map here), so be sure to stop by to pick up your official TOA shirt, sign up for a green living consultation, enter the raffle to win a TOA shirt, or just to say hi. For more on Veg Fest, check out this story in EU Jacksonville: Veg out: Third annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest comes to Jacksonville.

You may remember that in September, The Organic Adventurer participated in The Girls Gone Green‘s Veg Fest preview extravaganza at the Riverside Arts Market. The Girls’ tent was hoppin’ as you can see from this lineup:

The lineup from the Sept. 8 RAM event. TOA speaks tomorrow at Veg Fest at 11 a.m., NOT 2:15!

The GGG’s Cate DiCarlo started things off with a demo of just how fast and easy vegan food can be.

Cate DiCarlo, The Girls Gone Green

And her white bean quesadillas were a hit with the crowd!

Sean Sigmon, the culinary genius behind Dig Foods, continued the food theme with three different, easy quinoa dishes.

Sean Sigmon, Dig Foods

Adam Sugalski, board member of the Lotus Elephant Sanctuary, spoke about the treatment of circus elephants, among other things, and why LES is needed so badly.

Adam Sugalski, Lotus Elephant Sanctuary

RAM attendees had a chance to meet the cast of the fantastic local show, I Know Jax, which is all about Jacksonville, the fun things to do here and the people that make it so special. Host Joe Talentino was even out meeting fans!

Jyoti Chawla, RN, BSN, MBA, B.Tech., gave a pecha kucha-style presentation titled “Why Vegan?”

Jyoti Chawla, health professional and vegan

Dr. Jon Repole, of Jacksonville Health and Wellness, which is one of the sponsors of Veg Fest, told the crowd a bit about the health advantages of a plant-based diet.

Dr. Jon Repole, Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center

Nonprofit Pit Sisters founder, Jen Watson, brought a couple of ambassadors of the breed, who were a big hit, to help her inform people about pit bulls and about her rescue organization.

One of Pit Sisters' adoptable ambassadors

Jen Watson, Pit Sisters, and her beautiful dog

The Kids Tent, sponsored by The Girls Gone Green and Green Lotus Organics, was a big hit. Kids used found natural objects to craft collages, make little owl friends and construct their very own Harry Potter wands!

The GGG volunteer Mark Judson helping in the Kids Tent.

Back at the speakers tent, your favorite green living consultant, The Organic Adventurer, ran down the “Top 10 Ways to Lead a Healthier, Greener Life” and answered lots of great questions.

Julie Watkins, GGG president and closet comedienne, warms up the crowd.

The Organic Adventurer, Green Living Consultant

The GGG Pea Pod taught everyone how to make delicious nondairy ice cream. We’re going to call that “nice cream!”

The GGG Pea Pod

Finally, Marc Wisdom, of the Springfield Brew Crew, taught everyone about vegan beer.

All told, it was a day filled with variety and great information, and it really seemed to get people excited about Veg Fest. We certainly hope to see a lot of faces from that day on Saturday!

If that weren’t enough, The Girls Gone Green (when do these girls sleep?!) hosted a Veg Fest pre-party at Intuition Ale Works on October 20. (Sorry about the dark, grainy pictures. TOA was without her camera and had to rely on a cellphone camera!)

The GGG's Cate DiCarlo and Patricia Borgess (wo)man the welcome table at Intuition.

What a fun night! It was also a Veg Fest fundraiser, so Fresh, maker of yummy, vegan food, condiments and bakery items, and Intuition both donated part of their proceeds from the night to The Girls Gone Green for Veg Fest.

Fresh was on hand with vegan delights

Of course, the food and beer were fantastic:

Fresh's tempeh tacos, sweet potato bites and stuffed mushrooms went very well with Intuition's incredible rye saison.

But The GGG also had a night of fun planned. There were raffles and giveaways, and GGG president Julie Watkins was busy leading a raucous trivia game that even attracted folks over from the taproom!

Best of all, the place was packed with those involved in Veg Fest, area vegetarians and vegans, supporters of The GGG and Veg Fest, and others just having a great time.

A packed house at The GGG Veg Fest pre-party

Hopefully YOU’LL come out and have a great time in Riverside Park on Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can’t wait to see you there!


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