Black VegFest Returns to NYC This Weekend, Expects 5,000 Attendees

Black VegFest Returns to NYC This Weekend, Expects 5,000 Attendees

  • Sarah Von Alt
  • Sarah Von Alt

Throughout the year, dozens of vegan festivals are held around the world, but Black VegFest is one of our favorites. And it’s returning to New York City this weekend!

The first-ever Black VegFest was held in Brooklyn, New York, last summer, with thousands of attendees braving summer storms to try delicious plant-based food, meet like-minded others, and discuss important issues the Black vegan community faces.

Founded by social justice activist Omowale Adewale, Black VegFest seeks to address socioeconomic and political issues of the Black and Latino communities while ensuring inclusiveness. On its site, organizers describe last year’s inaugural event:

During a thunderstorm on Saturday August 11th Black VegFest managed to wrangle up scores of vegan vendors and over two dozen speakers. More poignantly, an estimated 2,000 people entered 2–3 hours later after the worst of the storm and stayed with us. We were happy and grateful that we were successful, but even more so that marginalized community represented over 65% of the attendees. Black people are driving up vegan numbers!

Now, the event is back for its second year and promises to be even more inspiring. Festival organizers expect an estimated 5,000 attendees! To be held August 10–11 at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, the event will include moving talks and uplifting workshops, cooking demonstrations, and even more delicious vegan food! If you’re in the area, Black VegFest is not to be missed.

Remember, each of us can take many actions in our daily lives for peace and justice, such as advocating meaningful change in our communities, speaking up when we see injustice, and choosing more plant-based foods.

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