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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The World Veg Festival Comes to Golden Gate Park This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM


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It is tasty along with being generally healthful, and, even in the form of, say, triple-frosted deep-fried brownies, it makes the social conscience proud. Vegan food is the focus of the World Veg Festival, a celebration of plant-based eating designed for hardcore vegans, potentially transitioning vegetarians, and curious carnivores as well.

Veganism isn’t a personal practice of most people in this foodie city, but awareness of the health and anti-cruelty benefits of animal-free diets has soared.

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“The San Francisco vegan consciousness is growing, and the World Veg Fest will capture this,” says festival organizer and San Francisco Veg Society board member Patly Rohrbach, who points to the event’s lineup of foods and speakers.

The SFVS presents the festival annually at the County Fair Building, and about 5,000 people attend.

What’s on the menu?

“I’m amazed at how many new vendors and sponsors are participating this year,” says SFVS president Greg Rohrbach, noting that more than 30 vegan vendors and exhibitors are aboard, along with performers like vegan comic Ravi Kalyanaraman..

They include Raw Daddy Fun Cones (raw food in a flax-seed cone), Citizen Fox (burgers and more), Nutpods (almond creamer), Sjaaks (chocolates), and Eco Dogs and Cats (pet food!), for starters.

Talks and demonstrations will address food and animal-rights issues. Vegan-cheese maven Miyoko Schinner will speak. Winemaker Eric Cohen will examine what’s in your vino. Chef Jillian Love will prepare “No-Bake Raw Vegan Mexican Spiced Dark Chocolate Fudge with Hickory Smoked Nuts and Mesquite Cream” (we had to include that one).

World Veg Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the County Fair Building, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park. $10.


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