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VegFest 2011 [Photo: VegFest Facebook page]

VegFest, DC’s annual free vegan extravaganza of vendors, exhibitors, speakers and activities, is coming up on Saturday, September 22nd at Yards Park. This year’s event promises to be even bigger than last year’s success, when nearly 1000 people lined up within the first hour to try and score free coveted goody bags.

The focus is definitely on the food at VegFest. What better way to promote veganism than to stuff people with tasty meat-free fare? Dozens of commercial vendors will be out to promote their goods with samples and coupons, including Daiya, Earth Balance, Izze, Pasta Valente (vegan alfredo sauce! yum!) and Soyummi. Several food vendors will also be on hand, including local staples like Sticky Fingers Bakery, Bakeshop, Amsterdam Falafel and Everlasting Life Cafe, but also Vegan Treats from Philadelphia and DC’s Bread and Brew, which is co-sponsoring the event and appears to be promoting its vegan offerings. Plus, the presence of Loving Hut, which will save you a trek to Falls Church, is reason enough to stop by!

– Cannoli from Vegan Treats [Photo: dcvegfest.com]

Talks and activities should keep you busy in between bites. The speaker list includes Terry Hope Romero, author of The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Afya Ibomu, who wrote Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy, (I loooooove that vegan soul food has Officially Arrived!) and DC’s own Cupcake Wars winning Doron Petersan of Sticky Fingers Bakery. Contests and cooking demos will also be taking place all day – a cupcake eating contest and a demonstration by Oprah’s chef Tal Ronnen were highlights from last year.

The 2012 DC VegFest marks the 4th year of a collaboration between co-organizers Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of DC.

Check the VegFest website for updates to the vendor list and schedule.

UPDATE: VegFest will have its first ever beer and wine garden, courtesy of Bread and Brew!

Saturday, September 22nd
11 am – 6 pm
Yards Park, 10 Water St. SE (Navy Yards Metro)