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Event Schedule

Schedule of Events

Save the date for Asheville VeganFest 2018: June 8, 9, and 10!

All events hosted by Asheville VeganFest are free and open to the public except for the ticketed evening benefit shows on Friday night, June 8, and Saturday night, June 9. Great vegan food is available for purchase throughout the festival.

Friday & Saturday events to take place at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Sunday events to take place at Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801

 

Friday, June 8

The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Workshops and presentations with guest speakers

 

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Vegan Family Activism – Raising World Changers

Featuring these top youth vegan activists and their parents:

Genesis Butler

Zoe Rosenburg, founder of Happy Hen Chicken Rescue

Angelina for the Animals

Vegan Evan

Thomas Ponce of Lobby for Animals

Local activist Jeremy Sagaribay

Ateret Goldman

 

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM: The Citizen Journalist as Vegan Activist


Featuring these leading social media and long form writing activists:

Panel Host: Jane Velez-Mitchell of Jane Unchained

Hope Bohenec of United Poultry Concerns and author of The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?

Ashley Capps of A Well-Fed World, Free From Harm, Mothers Against Dairy, and Milk Hurts

Lorelei Plotczyk of Truth or DroughtBrain on Hugs, and Eat Plants/Drink Beer  

Hannah Sentenac of Some Girl’s Vegan News

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: LUNCH available for purchase by PLANT Restaurant

 

1:00 PM – 2:10 PM: Vegan Nutrition, Fitness, and the Food Revolution

 

Panel Host: Dr. Garth Davis, vegan doctor featured in Forks Over Knives, author of Proteinaholic and medical director of Mission Hospital Weight Management Center

Stepfanie Romine, co-author of the No-Meat Athlete Cookbook

Chef Nikki, vegan chef, activist and educator

 

2:15 PM – 3:25 PM: Music, the Arts and Revolution

Panel Host: Grey, Urban freestyle and Activist

Hip-hop artist Austn Haynes

Musician Debrissa McKinney

Daniel Turbert of the Sentient Project

 

3:30 PM – 4:40 PM: Workplace Activism- Do Your Colleagues Think You’re Nuts?

Panel Host: Angus Ridgway, CEO and co-founder of Potentialife

Dr. Garth Davis, vegan doctor featured in Forks Over Knives, author of Proteinaholic and medical director of Mission Hospital Weight Management Center

Jane Velez-Mitchell of Jane Unchained

Sailesh Rao, co-producer of Cowspiracy, founder of Climate Healers, and author of Carbon Dharma and Carbon Yoga

 

4:45 PM – 5:50 PM Interrupting the Norm- Organizing in Public Spaces

Panel Host: Wayne Hsuing, founder of Direct Action Everywhere

Nikki4theppl, performance art, vegan activist

Jay Shooster, a legal consultant for the Nonhuman Rights Project and Direct Action Everywhere

Zoe Rosenburg, founder of Happy Hen Chicken Rescue

 

Wellness for Activists Events

New to the festival this year is a “Wellness for Activists” series with vegan health experts that will speak to holistic and nutritional best practices for animal rights activists to be healthy and whole physically and emotionally as they confront injustice in their daily lives.

Taking Place on Friday, June 8, and running concurrently with the main stage programming at the Orange Peel, these classes and workshops will be facilitated in The Pulp, which is the venue just below the Orange Peel (and accessed through an internal stairwell).

Wellness for Activists Events Schedule:

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Goal Setting with Stepfanie Romine

Join health coach and author Stepfanie Romine for a workshop that will help you take inventory of your life as an activist and turn your intentions into concrete goals. Whether you want to find work-life balance, organize your family’s busy lives, focus on your activism or establish a regular yoga practice, the principles remain the same. Take stock of where you are and where you want to be — then make a plan to get there.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Cooking demo with Lauren Eller Vaught

2:15 PM – 3:25 PM: Book Signings
Featuring The No Meat Athlete Cookbook by Stepfanie Romine and Matt Frazier and The Animal Lover’s Guide to Changing the World: Practical Advice and Everyday Actions for a More Sustainable, Humane, and Compassionate Planet by Stephanie Feldstein

3:30 PM – 4:40 PM: Meal planning & cooking Q&A with Stepfanie Romine
Meal planning is the secret to sticking to a food budget, reducing food waste and eating healthy, home-cooked meals, but getting started can feel daunting. Get tried and true tips for planning and cooking simple, healthy, delicious meals at home — without spending all your free time and money. PLUS: Bring all your questions about vegan cooking and meal prep for the Q&A!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC AND COMEDY BENEFIT SHOW 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Doors open at 7PM

7:30 PM: Debrissa & Austn –  Hip-hop Jazz Activist Fusion

8:30 PM: GREY – Urban freestyle and Activist/Hip-hop

9:30 PM: LEE CAMP  – Comedy to Stoke the Revolution

 

Saturday, June 9th

The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Presentations and panel discussions with guest speakers

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Veganism & Spirituality Panel Discussion 

Featuring:

Earthling Ed Global vegan activist and educator

Sailesh Rao, co-producer of Cowspiracy, founder of Climate Healers, and author of Carbon Dharma and Carbon Yoga

Renee King-Sonnen, founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

 

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM: LUNCH available for purchase by PLANT Restaurant

11:20 AM to 12:10 PM: FILM SCREENING: Ranch Rescue

and Q&A with Renee King-Sonnen, founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

 

12:20 PM – 2:20 PM: Veganism, Environmentalism, and Climate Change Panel Discussion


Featuring:

Sailesh Rao, co-producer of Cowspiracy, founder of Climate Healers, and author of Carbon Dharma and Carbon Yoga

Wayne Hsuing, founder of Direct Action Everywhere

Stephanie Feldstein,  Director of the Population and Sustainability program at the Center for Biological Diversity and author of The Animal Lover’s Guide to Changing the World

 

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: VEGAN CHOCOLATE TASTING & BOOK SIGNING!
Featuring author Stephanie Feldstein and her newly released book, The Animal Lover’s Guide to Changing the World.

With chocolate samples from Santosha Chocolate, French Broad Chocolate Company, and UliManna

 

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM: Bold Young Activists for the Animals and the Earth


Featuring:

Genesis Butler

Zoe Rosenburg, founder of Happy Hen Chicken Rescue

Angelina for the Animals

Vegan Evan

Thomas Ponce of Lobby for Animals

Local activist Jeremy Sagaribay

Ateret Goldman

 

SATURDAY NIGHT MUSIC AND COMEDY BENEFIT SHOW

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Doors open at 7PM 

7:45 PM: GREY  Urban freestyle and Activist/Hip-hop

8:30 PM: LEE CAMP  Comedy to Stoke the Revolution

10:00 PM: ANTIBALAS  Afrobeat, Jazz and Funk

 

Sunday, June 10th

Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801

Outdoor festival featuring Young Herbivores kid space, tons of vegan food, beer and lifestyle vendors as well as educational speakers.

Sunday Speaker Schedule:

11:00 AM: Stephanie Feldstein

12:00 PM: Jane Velez-Mitchell

1:00 PM: Jay Shooster

2:00 PM: Hope Bohanec

3:00 PM: Wayne Hsuing

4:00 PM: Dom Thompson

5:00 PM: Dr. Garth Davis

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 $250 and Sponsorships begin at $1,000. Our sponsors make this event possible and help support Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary's work. Thank you.

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