Northeast Florida Veg Fest

by SHANNON BLANKINSHIP
The Fourth Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest, hosted by the Girls Gone Green, will take place at Riverside Park from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, November 9th. Veg Fest has become one of the few free outdoor festivals where the food takes main stage, but the activities keep you hanging around. This year, for the first time, a beer garden will accompany all the adventurous and delicious eats as we try to make space in our stomachs for just one more treat!
This day-long festival is overflowing with local opportunities to learn more about ways Jacksonville is going green with animal-friendly products and hands-on fun. The purpose of this locally-supported event is to build a conscious community that understands the importance of sustainable and humane practices in businesses and restaurants. Veg Fest combines vegan food, crafts, merchants and educational lessons to allow people to “taste” what the vegan lifestyle is all about. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy good quality, homemade food, and Veg Fest is a great place to try new, exciting cuisine.
Bring your leashed pets and enjoy the kids’ zone and eco-friendly crafts, keepsakes, and activities. Live music on the main stage along with raffle prize giveaways, fun contests and scavenger hunts will keep everyone entertained throughout the day. There is also a full lineup of interesting and inspirational speakers. Make sure to come hungry because the food vendors offer one-of-a-kind, hot, fresh dishes that you can’t find anywhere else.
As a bonus this year, an exclusive interview with celebrity fashion designer Elizabeth Olsenhaus, owner of Olsenhaus, will take place the week prior to Veg Fest. She will talk about the responsibility of businesses to seek out ethical practices while creating quality products.
The Girls Gone Green, along with their sponsors Native Sun, Community First, Tree of Life, Stonecore and Jacksonville Health and Wellness, invite everyone interested in becoming leaner, greener or cleaner to come enjoy this day of family fun and positive action.

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