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Event Schedule

Schedule of Events

All events hosted by Asheville VeganFest are free and open to the public. VIP seating tickets are available for Saturday’s events; see below for details.

Friday, June 9th

1:30pm-5:30pm Vegan Food Tour with Asheville Food Tours Wondering where to eat while you’re in town for the festival? This guided walking tour, led by one of Asheville’s top food critics, will take you to downtown restaurants that are making incredibly creative, and delicious, vegan food. You’ll enjoy samples at each stop! Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

6pm-9:00pm Asheville VeganFest PreParty at Asheville’s downtown vegan bar. Enjoy cocktails, food from Chef Jason Sellers of Plant Restaurant, vegan ice cream from The Hop, live music, and the chance to mix and mingle with some of our guest speakers and other VeganFest attendees!
At The BLOCK Off Biltmore, 39 S Market Street in downtown Asheville

Saturday, June 10th

Asheville VeganFest SpeakerFest
At the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville
Presentations and panel discussions with our guest speakers.

9:30am-10:30am Welcome Reception with vegan food & drink available for purchase from Chef Jason Sellers of Plant Restaurant

10:00am-12:00pm Veganism and Spirituality with guest speakers James Aspey, Craig Holliday and Ren Hurst. VIP seating is available and includes a VIP gift bag; book your VIP seat here. All other seats are free and open to the public.

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch with vegan food & drink available for purchase from Chef Jason Sellers of Plant Restaurant and book signing with Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine of The No Meat Athlete Cookbook with special guest Robert Cheeke.

1:30pm-3:45pm The Rights of Humans and Nonhumans with guest speakers Gary Francione, Chris Hedges, and Eunice Wong. VIP seating is available and includes a VIP gift bag; book your VIP seat here. All other seats are free and open to the public.

4:00pm-6:15pm Stories of Effective Advocacy with guest speakers Eugene Cook, Wayne Hsiung, Casey Taft, and Ashley Capps. VIP seating is available and includes a VIP gift bag; book your VIP seat here. All other seats are free and open to the public.

4:30pm-6:00pm Veg Speed Dating. Age range is 21 and over. Seating is limited, book your spot here.

6:30pm-7:00pm Vegan Chocolate Tasting with free samples

7:00pm-9:30pm Movie Screening of What The Health followed by film discussion and book signing with Eunice Wong of What The Health and Casey Taft of Millennial Vegan. VIP seating is available and includes a VIP gift bag; book your VIP seat here. All other seats are free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 11th

9AM Yoga class to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary
At Violet Owl Wellness, 62 Wall St in downtown Asheville
Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to sign up. Donation-based class.

10AM Yoga class to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary
At Violet Owl Wellness, 62 Wall St in downtown Asheville
Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to sign up. Donation-based class.

11am – 5pm Asheville VeganFest Outdoor Festival
At Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza in downtown Asheville
Outdoor festival featuring tons of vegan food, beer, and lifestyle vendors, guest speakers and more!
Check out a full list of our outdoor festival vendors here.

Sunday’s Speaker Tent Schedule
11AM Casey Taft
12PM Josh LaJaunie
1PM Wayne Hsiung
2PM James Aspey
3PM Ren Hurst
4PM Gary Francione

Where to Stay

where to stay

Asheville VeganFest has partnered with the stylish and brand-new Hilton Garden Inn, downtown Asheville! This great location will put you within walking distance to all of the weekend’s events. Make sure to check out their rooftop bar for a great view of the city. Book your room at the Hilton Garden Inn today. Thank you Hilton Garden Inn for supporting Asheville VeganFest and Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary!

Helpful Tips

Give yourself plenty of time to find parking in downtown Asheville.

The closest parking deck for Saturday’s activities is the Rankin Avenue Garage at 4 Rankin Avenue.

The closest parking deck for Sunday’s and Friday’s activities is the College Street Garage at 164 College Street.

Street parking in downtown Asheville is free on Sundays only.

Many vendors only accept cash. There is an ATM located at Bank of America adjacent to the park during Sunday’s outdoor event.

The City of Asheville does not allow dogs at outdoor events. It is loud, crowded, and very hot at the outdoor festival. Please leave your dogs at home.

Attendees may not bring backpacks or coolers into the event spaces. No outside alcohol may be brought into the event spaces.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Asheville VeganFest attracts vegetarians, vegans, conscientious consumers, fitness lovers, healthy folks and people interested in living a sustainable lifestyle. Want to reach this audience? Become an Asheville VeganFest sponsor or advertiser! Advertising options start at just $200 and Sponsorships begin at just $500. Our sponsors make this event possible and help support Brother Wolf's animal rescue work. Thank you.

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