Edison, NJ  - On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, residents will have an opportunity to gather for a day of fun, food and festivities at the Edison VeganFest. 

The goal of the event, according to organizers, is to educate the public about the benefits of adopting plant-based choices and to promote vegan-friendly businesses and organizations resources in the Tri-State area and beyond.

Edison VeganFest will take place, rain or shine, from 12 pm – 6 pm (VIP admission begins at 11 am) at The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, which is located at 97 Sunfield Avenue.

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Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy plant-based culinary delights, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways from vendors such as Harmless Harvest, Gone Pie Vegan Bakery, Hanna’s Meatballs and Brooklyn Granola, while enjoying music from DJ Candace V and live performances from acoustical duos Buntopia and Neville’s Quarter.

Over 80 vendors will bring a variety of animal-friendly wellness and beauty products, apparel, health services, and educational resources.

This year’s speaker lineup will feature meat-free athlete and bodybuilder Korin Sutton, neurologist and product testing expert Dr. Aysha Akhtar, and animal violence prevention advocate Dr. Casey Taft. A live panel discussion will explore the question of what it means to live a vegan lifestyle on the road. Vegan LGBTQ activist Honey LaBronx will serve as emcee and will be joined by vegan fashion experts Andy Tabar of Compassion Company and podcaster James Lucas of Grape Cat, as well as travel blogger and author Kristin Lajeunesse.

The plant-based lifestyle has swelled in popularity worldwide for the past decade, and the trend is expected to continue. Several news outlets including Forbes and The Economist have hailed 2019 as “The Year of the Vegan.” The Millennial generation is leading the charge toward eco-friendly, healthy and compassionate choices. Vegan offerings are popping up on mainstream restaurant menus as public demand continues to grow.

Single-day tickets can be purchased online for $10 or at the door for $20. For $25, VIP ticket-holders will receive a goodie bag of samples, a t-shirt, early admission starting at 11 am, and a special “skip the line” event entrance. Children under 12 are admitted free. Festival-goers are asked  to bring their own bags or bottles.

Recycling bins will be available for non-compostable items. Free water will also be available at stations located around the venue.