Reading Time: 2 minutes Top plant-based physician Dr. Neal Barnard will be a keynote speaker at the event (Photo: Plant Based News)
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A host of high-profile plant-based and vegan speakers will appear at the 10th annual DC VegFest on September 15.

The free event, which is presented by animal protection charity Compassion Over Killing [COK], will offer ‘food, music, education, and inspiration’ to an expected 20,000-plus attendees. 

Among the speakers will be rapper Grey – who will emcee, Dr. Neal Barnard, Ginny Messina, Carol Adams, Tracye McQuirter, and Beverly Kumari among others.


There will be more than 120 exhibitors at the event, including Vegan Treats, Amsterdam Falafelshop, and Brewing Good Coffee, as well as Dr. Bronner’s, A Well-Fed World, Roots Market, Barnard Medical Center, and

“A new TryVeg tasting booth will be hosted by Jessica Carter, COK’s talented Vegan Food & Lifestyle Coach, seen often on DC morning shows,” said event organizers.

“The Kid’s Zone will have interactive activities including storytime, a cooking demo, and a talk by author Eric Lindstrom, COK’s Director of Marketing.

“Popular local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will host our Beer Garden and Music Tent with local brews and musicians. Tails will be wagging in the shaded Barking Lot sponsored and operated by Humane Rescue Alliance, which will also have adoptable animals on site.”

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event

Compassionate celebration

Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing, said: “Since 2009, DC VegFest has been bringing the community together, through fun and flavors, for a day of compassionate celebration that pre-vegans and vegans can all enjoy.

“As we mark our 10th annual DC VegFest, expecting 25,000 to join us, Compassion Over Killing is thrilled that Washington, DC is home to an abundance of delicious and nutritious plant-based food and, as the nation’s capital, is setting a positive tone for a much-needed national dialogue about the far-reaching impact of our food choices on the planet, our health, and animals.”

Drawing a line of 2,000 people before the start of the festival, free commemorative tote bags, stocked with gifts and samples from our sponsors, will be given out to the first 1,000 attendees.

You canfind out more information about DC VegFest here

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Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.