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 6th annual NH Veg Fest

When: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St., Manchester
Cost: Free admission and admittance to lectures; foods and other products will be priced per item
Visit: nhvegfest.com




Everything vegan
NH Veg Fest returns

04/12/18



 Find out how vegan food products are made and where to find them locally at the annual NH Veg Fest, happening in Manchester on Saturday, April 14. Now in its sixth year, NH Veg Fest features more than two dozen vegan food vendors, live music and a full schedule of professional speakers throughout the day who will cover topics related to veganism and living a vegan lifestyle.

Festival co-founder and coordinator Kathy DesRoches said she started the event with Norma Koski, owner of Susty’s Cafe in Northwood, one of the first vegan restaurants to open in the state. They wanted to bring an event celebrating veganism to New Hampshire but also wanted it to be accessible to everyone regardless of their diet and lifestyle.
“You don’t have to be vegan to come check it out,” she said. “We wanted it to be a nice low-key and mellow day for people to enjoy some fun stuff and learn as well.”
For the first time this year, the event will feature three vegan food trucks that will be parked outside the entrance of Manchester Community College, including one of the Boston-based Oath Pizza trucks, the Rhode Island-based Like No Udder vegan ice cream truck, and the Farm Concessions food truck out of Keene.
Other food vendors will be featuring their products inside the building, like HippieCakes Vegan Bakery in Raymond; Willow’s Plant-based Eatery in Concord; Jennifer Lee’s Gourmet Bakery in Boston and Vicuna Chocolate in Peterborough. Some non-food vendors will appear at NH Veg Fest as well, like the Connecticut-based Basic Bars Soap, which produces vegan soaps made with organic products, and Jewel of the Seed, which makes hand-crafted jewelry out of dried fruit.
“[The vendors] come from all over the place,” DesRoches said. “The only criteria they have to meet is that they must make vegan-only products.”
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and held every hour until the end of the event, multiple speakers will give lectures in several classrooms of the college, covering topics like updates in vegan nutrition, the benefits of living a plant-based diet, the myths about veganism, how to grow microgreens, vegan travel tips and several others. Lecturers include several doctors, dietitians, vegan food bloggers, chefs and farmers.
“We try to include new information each year so that the lectures change,” DesRoches said. “We do have some completely new speakers who are coming, and we’ll have a yoga demonstration for the first time, so people can bring their own mats for that.”
Other features of NH Veg Fest include drum circles and a book swap featuring vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.
DesRoches said the goal of the festival is for it to be a family-friendly atmosphere that offers something for everyone.
“Every year, we are growing in size and more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of veganism, even if they are not vegans themselves,” she said. 





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