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Celebrating the Brilliance and Bravery of Kids at Asheville VeganFest 2018

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Asheville VeganFest 2018

Recognizes Youth in the Movement

Asheville VeganFest is expanding in so many exciting, new ways this year, including the addition of innovative programming designed especially for vegan children, teens, and their families!

A Place to Connect

Vegan and vegfests are communal celebrations of compassionate living and a place to connect with like-minded folks. Many of us who attend vegan festivals across the country and comprise the vegan, animal rights, and social justice communities are parents! Children present at such events often share the same ideals as their parents, and are the future vanguards of the animal rights, vegan, and social justice movements. It’s typical for these incredible kids to connect with their peers casually, perhaps admiring t-shirts at vendor stalls, learning about sanctuaries represented, or enjoying a delicious vegan meal together. However, there is rarely space or programming designed specifically with these awesome souls in mind!

After attending many of these events representing our own non-profit, Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary, and witnessing vegan kids speak passionately about their choices to be vegan, we decided that Asheville VeganFest 2018 needed to honor, celebrate, and facilitate activities specifically for these brave and brilliant kids and teens.

We are thrilled to announce the inclusion of programming designed especially for vegan children, teens, and families, including:

  • Panels and workshops featuring powerful, young activists such as Genesis Butler, Vegan Evan, Angelina for the Animals, Ateret Goldman, Thomas Ponce, Zoe Rosenberg, and local change maker, Jeremy Sagaribay (visit our Speakers page to learn more about all of these incredible youth activists)
  •  The debut of our Young Herbivores Space during Sunday’s open air festival in Pack Square. This area is designed for vegan children and teens to meet and share support through activities like crafting, story time, group discussions, and yoga.
  • The opportunity for vegan youth and their families to share their experiences and ideas about issues vegan kids face. Topics sure to be discussed include being vegan at school, how to speak with peers about veganism and animal rights, and how to be a powerful force for change!

Vegan parents: this is your call to action to join us in Asheville

on June 8, 9, & 10 for a 3-day long celebration of compassionate living!

Asheville VeganFest is in its fourth and best year. We’re growing in several important ways, including hosting a broad, diverse mix of A-list speakers and a great lineup of nighttime entertainment! We’re expecting over 15,000 visitors throughout the course of Asheville VeganFest weekend, so make your plans to join us today!

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