Saturday, May 20

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Apple Stage (Keynote Speakers)


Robyn Moore "Vegan Parenting Panel"

Humane Educator, Robyn Moore is a vegan mom to two children. She holds a master’s degree in education, certificate in Humane Education and a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She is the creator of, the organizer of NYC Vegetarian & Vegan Families Meetup, and a book reviewer for VegBooks. She also teaches an after-school humane education club. This will be her 5th year coordinating the NYC Veg Food Fest kid's area.


Maya Gottfried "Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering As a Vegan"

Maya Gottfried is the author of Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary. She is a contributor to VegNews, People Online, The Huffington Post, and Lilith Magazine. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her partner and their rescued cats.


Michelle McMacken "7 Things that Happen When You Stop Eating Meat"

Michelle McMacken is a board-certified internal medicine physician and assistant professor of medicine at NYU. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University, she practices primary care, directs a weight management program, and deaches doectors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center. She is also a council member for the True Health Initiative, a coalition of health experts from around the world committed to educating on lifestyle as medicine.


Christine Vardaros "Eat Like Pro Athletes: Diet Tweaks for Improved Fitness"

Christine Vardaros is a professional vegan cyclist who has competed since 2000. She is also a freelance journalist, writer and translator with clients ranging from Cyclocross Magazine to VegNews. In addition she serves as a spokesperson for the Vegan Society, In Defense of Animals, and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.


Robert Graham "Food as Medicine: A Doctor Dishes the Truth, Not “Alternative Facts”"

Robert Graham is a Harvard-trained and dual board-certified physician in internal and integrative medicine. He has dedicated his career to exploring the connections between food and health; so he grows, cooks, and prescribes food as medicine. He is the co-founder of Fresh Med and a popular TedxManhattan speaker.


Omowale Adewale "An Introduction to Veganism and Agricultural Globalism"

Omowale Adewale is a kickboxing champion turned vegan who is now also an author, activist and educator. His private clients train with him not only for calisthenics and strength training, but also for vegan meal assistance and motivation.

Pear Stage

Our Cooking Demo Stage is Sponsored by Terri


Taymer Mason "Modern Caribbean Cuisine"

Taymer Mason grew up in a family of cooks who taught her to make and love traditional Caribbean cuisine. After graduating from the University of the West Indies, she moved to France where she started veganizing old West Indian favorites. A food scientist, organic cosmetic developer, and bilingual globetrotter, she now lives in Toronto.


Adam Sobel

Adam Sobel is the chef and owner of The Cinnamon Snail, a celebrated all-vegan food truck which serves New York City and New Jersey. He is also the author of a book filled with stories of the trials and tribulations of running a food truck. Now, he also runs a brick-and-mortar eatery at the Pennsy Market in New York City. 


J.L. Fields "The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors"

J.L. Fields is an author, culinary instructor, columnist, speaker, activist, and radio personality. She is also the founder and director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy, the vegan cooking chef-instructor at the University of New Mexico-Taos, and a brands consultant for a variety of national companies and food associations. 


Teresa Grace

Teresa Grace has more than 10 years of experience as a professional and personal chef. She has worked with Michelin Kitchens, James Beard Kitchens, and Great Performances Caterers. Her specialty is healthy, organic cuisine.


Banana Stage


Brian Shapiro

Brian Shapiro has hosted a cable access television show, sued the federal government over its chosen location for the Woodstock Post Office, worked for the Kingston Library, and taught preschool. Now a county legislator (D-Woodstock), he was recently tapped to become the executive director of Ulster County SPCA, where he had previously volunteered. From cats to cockatiels, the UCSPCA currently houses roughly 200 animals, the majority of whom await adoption.


Kristin LaJeunesse "What Happened After I Tried to Eat at Every Single Vegan Restaurant in the U.S."

Kristin Lajeunesse is the founder of an award-winning website and the memoir Will Travel for Vegan Food: A Young Woman's Solo Van-Dwelling Mission to Break Free, Find Food, and Make Love. She is now focused on creating the first nationally-televised vegan travel show. A self-employed restaurant marketing strategist and prom video maker, Kristin has chosen to maintain a location-independent lifestyle indefinitely. She has a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication from Emerson College.


Craig Cochran "“Entrepreneurial Activism"

Craig Cochran is the COO of Terri, the premiere vegan restaurant brand with three locations in Manhattan. Though he gave up meat more than 20 years ago, he specializes in recreating his favorite dishes from childhood in completely plant-based versions.


Screening of Home on the Range + Q&A

This 19-minute film explores the rich emotional lives and intellectual gifts that all animal species possess. Rescued animals on the beautiful grounds of Catskill Animal Sanctuary illustrate the value of farm sanctuaries for saving lives, providing education, and promoting peace. The film also discusses the harmful effects of animal agriculture on the animals, our bodies, and the planet and offers plant-based consumer solutions. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


Omowale Adewale "“Martial Arts Self-Defense"

Omowale Adewale is a two-division kickboxing champion and super middleweight boxing champion, and a licensed coach in those two sports as well as in fight training. He is also a certified trainer in plant-based nutrition, and is a Manhattan Research Library Initiative research scholar. Additionally, Adewale is the author of An Introduction to Veganism and Agricultural Globalism.


Veg Speed Date

Veg Speed Date is exclusively for vegan and vegetarian singles across North America. Originated by Karine Brighten 5 years ago in San Francisco, the process insures that people have a great time, don’t need to worry about feeling rejected, and have the best chance of making that special connection. Karine’s events have already resulted in life-changing matches for vegans and vegetarians, giving rise to long-term relationships, marriages, and families!

Kids’ Area

Stop by the kid's area for some fun!

  • Get your face painted.
  • Take a picture in our farm animal photo booth.
  • Make a wish for animals and post it on our wall of love.
  • Play some carnival games and rescue animals to win a prize.
  • Make vegan snacks.
  • Go on an animal scavenger hunt.
  • Stop by for storytime.
  • Take a break and read one of the many animal-themed books in our corner library.
  • Do humane education projects with HEART.
  • Go on a mindful journey with animals through a forest and do animal yoga with Kathy Walsh.
  • Participate in a music sing-a-long with TLB music.
  • Make some vegan soap.
  • Visit tables set up with animal crafts.
  • Meet vegan teens and learn about the social justice focused camp, YEA camp.
  • Meet the Mischievous Goddess and take home special fairy dust for the animals.
  • Pick up animal related coloring books, bookmarks and stickers.
  • Stop by to mingle with other veg families... and much more!!