This is the 9th year of the annual VegFest in Portland, Oregon. Next weekend, September 21st and 22nd, in order to bring in the Fall equinox, vendors promoting healthy food options will be gathering together at the Oregon Convention Center in the vein of wellness and education. That’s right, the Portland VegFest is just around the corner, so mark your calendar and be prepared for delicious food samples, top speakers and amazing cooking demonstrations to help you take eating healthy to the next level.
Portland VegFest is fun for the whole family. With activities set up for families, teens and small children, including a bookstore for all ages, it’s a great way to spend the weekend together. Children under the age of 12 get in for free, so be prepared to pack up the little ones and explore over one hundred food vendors giving delicious samples – make a lunch out of it! Hours run Saturday and Sunday form 10am-6pm.
On the stage to present valuable information for a healthier lifestyle is author and teacher, Dr. John McDougall to start the day on Saturday in the Kale room. He starts speaking at 11am about the dangers of drinking milk and how cow milk has contributed to so many of the diseases people struggle with today. At the same hour in the Pear room, if you would rather focus on the positive, Miyoko Schinner will be demonstrating the art of making quick cultured cheeses. Following her in the same room, Chef Al Chase will be highlighting and sharing the Alchemy of Cacao in the most delicious chocolate desserts.
If you would like to begin your day with some fitness instead, you can spend the morning starting at 10:15am with Jivapriya in what they are calling the Golden Carrot Room for a lovely yoga experience. This same room carries on in the name of a good work out through the noon hour with fitness boot camps.
In the main exhibit hall you can ‘Ask the Experts’ and find out about health and gardening, raising a vegan family and just over-all basic nutrition facts from those who know and have been working in the field for sometime like Stephanie Lucas, who has been an RN for 25 years and has seen first hand how the Standard American Diet has contributed to obesity and other health problems.
Don’t miss this amazing weekend of food, information and fun. Amazing Portland veggie restaurants will be on the premise providing options for a delicious lunch at great prices. Don’t miss VeggieGrill, who is joining VegFest Saturday only, as they have some unique and scrumptious menu items you won’t want to miss. Blossoming Lotus is another Portland favorite, providing raw amazing samples on Saturday only as well. Bring your friends and family and don’t miss out! Other participating restaurants are CurryLeaf, GreenWok, VegeThai, HomeGrown Smoker BBQ and Vegetelista.
If you would like to receive free tickets for the weekend, normally running around $8 per person (over the age of 12), you can check out the volunteer opportunities still available. Go to the VegFest website to find out more. Yes, the Portland, Oregon VegFest is just around the corner. If you live in the area, or somewhere near by, make plans to spend at least part of your Autumn Equinox eating great veggie foods with local conscious folks. You won’t be sorry.
Written by: Stasia Bliss