Apple Stage



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.



Ellen Kanner "Garden of Earthly Delights: Fueling Passion with Plants"

Ellen Kanner is the author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost. She is The Huffington Post’s Meatless Mondayblogger, and is a syndicated columnist for The Edgy Veggie. She is also a contributor and recipe developer for numerous publications.


Dr. Robert Ostfeld "Confessions of a Reformed Cardiologist: A Plant-Based Diet and Your Heart"

Robert Ostfeld is the associate professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center, and associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein. He received his training from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University School of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School.


Sid Garza-Hillman "Making the Trade: Perceptions of Restriction in the Vegan Lifestyle"

Sid Garza-Hillman is a YouTube host and author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto. As the nutritionist and program director at the Stanford Inn’s Wellness Center, he creates lifestyle plans that increase self-esteem and long-term sustainability.


Victoria Moran "Peace, Love & Vegetables: Food Choices and the Spiritual Life"

Victoria Moran hosts the "Main Street Vegan" radio show and podcast on Unity Online Radio. She started her career as a freelance magazine writer and has gone on to publish a number of best-selling vegan books, starting in 1985 with Compassion: the Ultimate Ethic. Her 2012 book, Main Street Vegan, is the basis of her company and outreach, including the Main Street Vegan podcast, Main StreetVegan Academy, and Main Street Vegan Productions. Her most recent book was published in 2015 and is titled The Good Karma Diet.


Dotsie Bausch "Unleashing Olympic-Level Activism"

An Olympic silver medalist in cycling, 7-time U.S. National Champion, former world record holder and two-time Pan American gold medal winner, Dotsie Bausch has transitioned from professional athlete to influential advocate in sports technology, health, wellness and animal rights. In 2012, Bausch was named the National Ambassador for The National Eating Disorders Association. Her popular TEDx talk is titled "Olympic Level Compassion."


Irina Anta "Introduction to Factory Farming"

Irina Anta works to protect farm animals through litigation and undercover investigation. She interned at Compassion Over Killing and joined the COK legal team in 2016. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Gene Baur "Living the Farm Sanctuary Life"

Gene Baur is the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary. For 25 years he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. His best-selling books include Living the Farm Santuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, and Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.

Pear Stage



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.



Michael Suchman & Ethan Ciment "Veganizing Iconic New York City Foods"

Suchman and Ciment are the Vegan Mos. They run the popular blog, which was included in VegNews’ Top 21 Vegan Blogs to Follow. Their first cookbook, NYC Vegan, will be published this Spring.



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!!