Speaker Schedule for NYC VFF 2013
There are three stages at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. The Apple and Banana stages will have amazing speakers talking about a variety of topics. Expect food demos at the Pear stage. We also have the Kumquat Kids Area for children attending (and their parents!).Schedule for all stages on both days below.
Apple Stage:11:00 - 11:45 - Cindi Avila
Public Relations for Vegetarians and Vegans
12:00 - 12:50 - Ellen Jones
"Eating Well, Staying Fit on $4 a Day."
1:00 - 2:15 - Zoe Weil
"My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl.” One woman, humorous and personal show exploring how to live according to the MOGO (most good) principle to do the most good and the least harm to myself, other people, animals and the environment.
2:20 - 3:20 - Laura Theodore
The Jazzy Vegetarian show and demo
3:30 - 5:00 - Bethany's Story
Movie about a young a girl suffering from a mystery ailment that baffled doctors. She eventually got out of her wheelchair after drastically changing her diet.
Banana Stage:10:30 - 11:00 - Greg Sher
5 Things to Know Before Going Vegetarian: where to get your vitamins, minerals, omega 3's, protein from vegetarian food, and the benefits of a plant-based diet
11:05 - 11:45 - Kevin Archer
"Plate-Based Activism" The fates of domesticated and wild animals, the health of our soils and waterways, and the enfranchisement of agricultural laborers all have their genesis in the center of our daily plates.
12:30 - 1:30 - Steve Sproutman
"Apartment Gardening. Get off the food grid. NO SOIL. NO GREEN THUMB REQUIRED"
Steve Meyerowitz AKA “Sproutman” describes for you his easy-to-manage method for juicing your way to feeling younger, cleaner, leaner, and meaner (more energetic).
1:45 - 2:30 - Adam Sobel
"Pursuit of a fully non-violent lifestyle" This talk will focus on reducing the pollution caused by our lifestyles, which is indirectly a form of violence against all beings on this planet.
3:45 - 4:45 - Big Fat Vegan Radio
Big Fat Vegan Radio will be taping an episode right at the NYC Veg Food Fest! Will include a Q&A for the audience.
Pear Stage11:00 - 11:45 - Maureen Huntley
"Vital Health for Life"nutritionist will stir up some healthy and tasty dishes.
12:00 - 12:45 - Christy Morgan
"The Blissful Chef" talks about “Quick Protein Packed Snacks For Everyone!”
1:00 - 1:45 - Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram
A pioneer in the local, organic food co-operative movement, Kristina is founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S.. She has been 100% raw for almost 7 years and will demonstrate how to make some raw meals.
3:00 - 3:45 - Shin Kim
Learn how to make delicious Korean vegan dishes.
4:00 - 4:45 - Leslie Scarlett
"The Gourmet Vegan - Cooking with Whole Foods" She will show us how to create a Creamy Garlic Sauce over Udon Noodles and Stir Fry.
Kumquat Kids Area:10:30 - 11:00 - Puppet Making and Puppet Show
11:00 - 11:30 - "Ode to Kale" with Jennifer Medley
Jennifer will lead an interactive discussion about our favorite wonder veggie. She is a certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, freelance writer, and vegan mom of two kids who (usually!) love their greens.
11:30 - 12:00 - Puppet Making and Puppet Show
12:00 - 12:30 - Storytime with Lottie Hanson
Lottie Hanson from the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup will read Herb the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass.
12:30 - 11:00 - Kid's Yoga with Ellie Aaron
Take your kids on a journey into their own power through breath and sound exercises, yoga moves mirroring nature, and creative expression. Ellie is a certified kids yoga teacher through the Urban Yoga Foundation, is 200-hour certified through Yoga Works, and is currently taking her advanced 500-hour teacher training with OM Yoga.
1:00 - 2:00 - Super Sprowtz Game
Are You Smarter than an Eggplant" or the "Veggie Blindfold Test": Radha Agrawal, creator of Super Sprowtz will lead a fun, interactive game. Super Sprowtz reaches over 1 million families each week through a television program sponsored by Mayor Bloomberg, hands-on classroom programs, educational tools, live shows, and curriculum.
2:00 - 3:00 - Healthy Snacks, Healthy Fun
Chef Maddie Sobel from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) will lead a fun adult-child activity creating.
3:00 - 3:30 - Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
Fiona Walsh, Irish actress, animal advocate and member of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, will tell the story of Bobby II Freedom, a NYC carriage horse who was rescued from the auctions and now lives the life of a prince at Equine Advocates Sanctuary. Simple activity will accompany story.
3:30 - 4:00 - Puppet Making and Show
4:00 - 4:30 - Storytime
Robyn Moore, creator of RaisingVegKids.com and organizer of the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup will read Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix.
4:30 - 5:00 - Puppet Making and Show
Apple Stage:10:30 - 11:10 - Steve Sproutman
Sproutman Steve Meyerowitz is one of the world's leading proponents of sprouting, juicing, fasting, wheatgrass, indoor gardening, raw foods, and pure water.
11:15 - 12:00 - Matt Frazier of "No Meat Athlete"
We all set out to make healthy changes with the best of intentions. But so often, what feels like a sure thing at the outset fails in the long run, as our motivation and willpower fade, and soon enough we're right back where we started. The reason? Most people never bother to think about the most effective ways to create habits that last. The good news is that with just a few simple strategies, you can engineer your changes to last long after the initial spark has passed."
12:15 - 1:15 - Gene Baur
Gene will discuss the treatment of farm animals, our food system, and ways we can all improve our world by making ethical choices about what we eat.
1:25 - 1:45 - Miyoko Schinner
The author of the much-talked about book, the Artisan Vegan Cheese
1:55 - 2:45 - Victoria Moran
"MAIN STREET VEGAN: Eating Green & Loving Life in the Real World
Have you noticed? Kale chips and veggie-burgers have become as American as apple pie. With this fun-filled presentation from Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and a vegan herself for three decades, you can join the bandwagon -- either all the way, or to the extent that you're ready.
3:30 - 4:30 - Myq Kaplan
Myq Kaplan Talks to People in the Form of Standup Comedy and Maybe More.
Banana Stage:10:30-11:00 - Omowale Adewale
"Boxing Veg: The Tao of Plant-Based Training""
Omowale is a vegetarian boxer and instructor at K2 Boxing Club. Learn about his nutrition plan and boxing regiment. Participants will also learn boxing techniques and experience a 7-minute abs workout to help strengthen and define their midsection area."
11:15-12:00 - Jim Hicks
Jim Hicks will present “Food Math 101: why the numbers behind what we’re eating are not adding up, and how you can help fix it.” He will explain how a vegan diet makes the most sense for the long- term sustainability of the human species. Hicks is a former senior executive with Ralph Lauren in New York. He now works as a blogger, consultant, and lecturer, and is the author of Healthy Eating, Healthy World.
12:15-1:00 - Robyn Moore & Jennifer Gannett
Raising Vegan Kids: Tips for establishing healthy eating habits, navigating social situations and nurturing compassion.
1:00-1:45 - Jivamukti Yoga Class
Jivamukti Yoga Teachers, Ximena Milagros Savitch and Pashupa (Derek Goodwin), will perform a short 10-minute yoga asana demonstration, followed by a discussion on the connection between Yoga
2:00-3:00 - Doug McNish
Medium Raw, A Vegan Chef's journey From Steak to Kale"" Come hear the story of a classically trained cook's journey from slinging steaks, to becoming Vegan, losing 100 pounds and transitioning to being an internationally published author and Vegan Executive Chef.
3:15-4:00 - Larry Litt
"My Dinner with Franz Kafka, Vegetarian Propagandist""
Join writer Larry Litt to learn how we can be inspired by legendary author, vegetarian, athlete, gardener, wanna be farmer and would be vegetarian restaurateur Franz Kafka’s ability to combine his healthy vegetarian lifestyle with his massive literary creativity. Franz Kafka was annoying, contradictory, brilliant, lovable and totally committed to animal free eating.
4:15-5:00 U.S. Veg Corp Raffle
Winners from this year's raffle will be announced. VIP ticket holders automatically get 5 raffle tickets. Prizes include:
- 12 pack of Veggie Lovers Pizzas from Bold Organics
- Jivamukti Yoga 3 5-class packs
- KitchenAid (two) 5 Speed Hand Blenders
- Kombucha Brooklyn Home Brew Kit
- a copy of Main Street Vegan ($17 value) and a 60-minute one-on-one Vegan Lifestyle Coaching session by phone or in person, a $150 value
Pear Stage11:00 - 11:45 Jennifer Goren
Green Superstar Smoothie, Morning Glory Porridge, Homemade Gluten-Free Granola Bars and Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
12:00 - 12:40 - Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram
Learn how to make delicious raw vegan meals. Kristina has been raw for 7+ years.
12:45 - 1:15 - Deborah Tyler
Quick, easy complete meals in one bowl.
1:30 - 2:30 - Nava Atlas
Wild about greens. Leafy greens are considered the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and we all need to eat more of them! Nava Atlas, author of Wild About Greens and a longtime greens enthusiast, and will demonstrate a pair of delicious raw kale salads. If you're not already a raw kale salad fan, you will be after learning how easy it is to massage kale into a softer, gentler green.
2:45 - 3:30 Jenny Cornbleet
"Raw Food Made Easy for 1 Or 2 People Demonstration & Book Signing
Getting your RDA of nutritious and delicious just got easier! To celebrate the release of an updated and expanded version of her best-selling book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, well-known chef and cooking instructor, Jennifer Cornbleet is sharing the secrets to flavorful, healthful meals made without cooking and without processed ingredients. "
3:45 - 4:30 - Shin Kim
Korean food in the U.S. is best known for its sizzling BBQ meat dishes, but the versatility of Korean cuisine extends to the holistic view of the universe and the balance of yin and yang, in addition to its long history of Buddhism as its national religion. Today, it is reflected in healthful, flavorful dishes with an extensive use of seasonal, fresh vegetables combined with pickled and fermented ones for deeper flavoring. Korean culinary instructor and writer Shin Kim (www.shinshine.com) will go over the staple ingredients and basic condiments of Korean cuisine and create a satisfying Korean dish that will tingle your taste buds. Also learn helpful tips to apply Korean flavors in your daily repertoire!
Kumquat Kids Area:10:30 - 11:00 - Puppet Making and Puppet Show
11:00 - 12:30 - Face Painting
FACE PAINTING: Vegan mom, Christina Burke from the NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup will offer face painting using vegan paints.
12:30 - 1:00 - Puppet Making and Puppet Show
1:00 - 1:30 - Fostering Compassion for All Animals
Kate Skwire, a graduate student at the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) will introduce kids to speciesism and compassion using pictures of different animals. She will open a discussion about the animals we love and the ones we don't and why or why not, why we like animals we are familiar with and can identify with and don't care about those that are unfamiliar or that seem different from us.
1:30 - 2:00 - Vegbooks Storytime
Jennifer Gannett, Outreach Coordinator for Vegbooks, and certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator will read It's Raining Cats and Cats by Jeanne Prevost.
2:00 - 3:00 - Cynthia King Dance Studio
From Ballet to Breakdancing - dancers ages 4-16 will perform excepts from our upcoming Spring season at Kumble Theater, in Brooklyn. A special feature will be "The Animal Dance" which encourages audience participation as we gallop, flutter, waddle, and strut in homage to our animal friends. Cynthia King Dance Studio has been training dancers and producing local performances for more than a decade. Artistic Director and vegan, Cynthia King is a major contributor to the local community and the driving force behind innovative, original, and compelling dance works.
3:00 - 4:00 - Humane Education Activity
Kim Korona, HEART Program Coordinator and Humane Ed. Instructor will teach kids about the emotional lives of farm animals, the reality of how most farm animals are raised today, and consider ways we can help to improve their lives. The program will be interactive and includes a read aloud of a true story about a pig named Hope and her journey from factory farm to sanctuary. Hope by Randy Houk.
4:00 - 4:30 - Jivamukti Kids Yoga
April Dechagas will teach a simple asana class that incorporates all of the benefits of yoga, making it fun and exciting for kids using games, animal poses, and a short "adventure" to the location of their choice. April received her child yoga certification from Karma Kids Yoga, completed a “Yoga in the Classroom” certification and has taught yoga in schools.
4:30 - 5:00 - Puppet Making and Show
*subject to change.