VegFest -- A Vegetarian Celebration to Delight Your
The San Francisco Vegetarian Society proudly presents
VegFest -- an all-day food festival at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in
San Francisco on Sunday, May 7 from 10am to 5pm. The exact location is
at 1111 California Street, at Mason (Powell Street BART). VegFest
follows last year's hugely successful Joy of Soy Food Fair, which drew
more than 500 attendees. Turnout for VegFest is expected to exceed 1000.
VegFest is designed to reach, educate and entertain
thousands of food-conscious Bay Area residents -- everyone from
experienced vegetarians to individuals seeking reliable information
about vegetarian nutrition and high-quality vegetarian products.
Event coordinator, Michele Simon, describes VegFest as a
"vegetarian celebration to delight all the senses." Participants will
see professional chefs create easy-to-make vegetarian dishes, smell
enticing aromas, taste delectable free food samples, hear dynamic
presentations on the benefits of a vegetarian diet, and feel informed by
meeting representatives from dozens of food companies, restaurants, and
"VegFest is a response to the tremendous demand for
reliable nutritional information and genuinely tasty vegetarian food,"
says Simon. "We are thrilled to offer the community a wide variety of
informative, delicious and entertaining activities, all within the
beautiful setting of the Nob Hill Masonic Center. Vegetarian eating is
no longer a fringe activity. People are realizing that a vegetarian diet
is not only healthier for themselves and the planet, but can also be a
fun and pleasurable experience."
Sponsors of the event include Rainbow Grocery, Seeds of
Change, Whole Foods Market, Millennium Restaurant and VegDining.com. The
speakers are leaders in the preventive health and culinary community,
* John McDougall, M.D.
Dr. McDougall is a board-certified internist, nutrition
expert and author of several national bestsellers, including his
ground-breaking book, The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart. He
recently participated in "The Great Nutrition Debate" in Washington,
D.C. at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. McDougall
will speak on "Staying Healthy by Going Vegetarian."
* Alan Goldhamer, D.C
Dr.Goldhamer is a chiropractor and osteopathic
physician. He is director of the Center for Conservative Therapy and
author of, The Health Promoting Cookbook, which provides detailed
nutritional information on how and why to adopt a health-promoting diet.
He will speak on "Are Vegetarians Nuts?"
* Joseph Keon, PhD
Dr. Keon holds a doctorate degree in nutrition and a
Fitness Expert certification. He is the author of, Whole Health: The
Guide to Wellness of Body and Mind, The Truth About Breast Cancer: A
Seven Step Prevention Plan, and the forthcoming, Whitewash: How Dairy
Products Compromise the Health of You, Your Family and The Environment.
He will present "Does Milk Really Do a Body Good?"
* Miyoko Schinner
Chef Miyoko Schinner is the founder of Now & Zen, a
local company that manufactures vegan products, including the acclaimed
"Un-Turkey." She is the author of, Now & Zen Epicure and Japanese
Cooking: Traditional and Contemporary, as well as numerous articles for
Vegetarian Times. Ms. Schinner will present "East Meets West Vegetarian
* Jennifer Raymond, M.S.
Cookbook author Jennifer Raymond holds a Master's degree
in nutrition. She has worked extensively with Dr. John McDougall and Dr.
Dean Ornish, as well as the USDA School Lunch Program to improve the
nutritional quality of meals served to children. Her television series
Cooking-Naturally! has aired throughout the United States, and her
cookbooks include The Peaceful Palate and Fat-Free & Easy. Raymond will
speak on: "Great Food for Busy People!"
* Gene and Lorri Bauston
Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to
ending the exploitation of animals used for food production. In addition
to global educational and outreach efforts, Farm Sanctuary's unique New
York and California farm shelters rescue, rehabilitate, and provide
life-long care for hundreds of animals rescued from factory farms,
stockyards, and slaughterhouses. The Baustons will speak on "Ethical
Aspects of a Vegetarian Diet."
Additional speakers and topics at VegFest include: Patti
Breitman on "Quick and Easy Vegetarian Cooking," Radha Vignola with "The
Skinny on Fats and Oils," Farmer Dave Blume describing "Why is Eating
Organic Foods Important," and Janet Brown discussing "Linking Farms to
Founded in 1968, the San Francisco Vegetarian Society is
the oldest, continuous vegetarian society in the country. We are
committed to serving as a resource to the Bay Area by providing reliable
information on a vegetarian diet, promoting a healthy planet through
dietary choices and supporting community networking and involvement.
For more information on VegFest, contact Marcy Schaaf at
Visit our Web site at: www.VegFest.org.
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