Sunday, May 21
Apple Stage (Keynote Speakers)
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
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, Esq. "Introduction to Factory Farming"
As legal counsel for Compassion Over Killing, Irina works to protect farmed animals through litigation and undercover investigation. She holds a Yale law degree, and after interning, joined the COK team last year. She has most recently assisted with an investigation of Superior Farms exposing abuses at the largest lamb slaughter facility in the country.
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.
Keeping It Real… and Vegan: Athlete Panel
Our star-studded panel of vegan sportsmen will talk about their athletic endeavors and also discuss their efforts to spread the word about veganism in communities across the country. The panel will include Ndem Nkem, Will Tucker, John Lewis, Milan Ross, and Dominick Thompson.
Our Cooking Demo Stage is Sponsored by Terri
Michael Suchman & Ethan Ciment "Veganizing Iconic New York City Foods"
Suchman and Ciment are the Vegan Mos. They run the popular blog Veganmos.com, which was included in VegNews’ Top 21 Vegan Blogs to Follow. Their first cookbook, NYC Vegan, will be published this Spring.
Dustin Harder, known as the Vegan Roadie, is a proud advocate of compassionate plant-based grub. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, he has traveled America searching for vegan restaurants and local markets, and he shares his finds on his popular social media sites.
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.
Chiti Parikh "Gut Microbiome and Your Health"
Dr. Chiti Parikh is an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College where she plays an active role in medical education, research and patient care. She graduated from Robert Wood JohnsonMedical School and completed an internal medicine residency. As a board certified Internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, she has co-founded Integrative Health at New York Presbyterian Hospital. This program provides services such as acupuncture, meditation, yoga, nutrition, psychotherapy, and biofeedback.
Casey Taft "Navigating Relationships, Wellness, and Everyday Life as a Young Animal Advocate"
Dr. Casey Taft is co-owner of Vegan Publishers and a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He’s an internationally recognized researcher in the area of violence and abuse prevention, and has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports. He recently authored Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective. His upcoming book is Millennial Vegan: Tips for Navigating Relationships, Wellness, and Everyday Life as a Young Animal Advocate.
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.
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.
Earth Day Initiative Speaker TBA
The Edward Morgan Ballet
Thrill to a performance by the Edward Morgan Ballet, directed by Joseph Alexander. The New York Sun has described the troupe as “a rare company, one that eschews gimmicks and trends in favor of training and purity of style.”
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!
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!!