When: Sat., June 3 2017
Expect to find more than 20 vegan food vendors, ranging from Chapati's healthy Indian food to Garden of Flavor's cold-pressed juices, at the Cleveland VegFest, which takes place today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Larger restaurants like Aladdin's and Barrio plan to attend, as well as locally owned businesses like Helio Terra Vegan Cafe and Urban Sweetness. To satisfy the sweet tooth, there are also a handful of vegan bakers expected at VegFest, including The Sweet Spot, a Cleveland gelato shop, and Poison Berry Bakery, a vegan bakery based in Cleveland Heights. Though food is a big part of being vegan, this event isn't all just vegetables. VegFest also provides an opportunity for spectators to hear presenters who focus on different aspects of a vegan lifestyle, as well as watch several food demonstrations that showcase vegan dishes. Speaker Brenda Sanders, who believes in the power of veganism as a means to social reform, is set to present on her work as a food and social justice activist in Baltimore. Though the event is free, small donations are accepted. (Julie Ciotola) clevelandvegansociety.org.