Animal Writes
22 March 2000 Issue
San Francisco VegFest - May 7

VegFest -- A Vegetarian Celebration to Delight Your Senses

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 organizations.

"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 The speakers are leaders in the preventive health and culinary community, and include:

* 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 Cooking."

* 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 Schools."

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 415-388-2790 or

[email protected]. Visit our Web site at:

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