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Charlotte VegFest Jr. returns with impressive lineup to new location at Goodyear Arts

 By Shirley Griffith

April 16, 2019

On Thursday, April 18, Charlotte Vegfest, Fern, Viva Raw, and Nourish host VegFest Jr. at Goodyear Arts. VegFest Jr. is a small-scale version of VegFest that aims to raise money, awareness, and community for the forthcoming, bigger festival in 2019. Charlotte VegFest, (a 501c3), promotes the healthy benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle for all. Entry to both VegFest’s are free and showcase the most exciting vegan and plant-forward options within our city and the surrounding areas. This miniature fest allows a sneak peek into what you can expect for this year’s VegFest and attendance directly helps bring a larger number of vendors, speakers, chefs and exciting plant-based innovations to help make it the biggest vegan gathering in Charlotte.

Charlotte VegFest 2018.

VegFest attracts thousands of people from all over the southeast to the Queen City, so Vegfest Jr. is a more intimate event to experience some of city’s finest plant-based channels. Small, reasonably priced noshes will be available from the city’s most desirable vegan institutions including Nourish, Cooking with Joya, Fern, Banh Mi Brothers, Lady Go Go’s, Jai Food and Jyoti’s. Sweet snacks will be available from Move That Dough, Café Ganache, True Flour and Cinnaholic. The Greener Apple, Punjab Spice Company and Canine Café will have goods and wares for sale, as well as cheeses and juices from thoughtfully-sourced Viva Raw. A donation-based bar, sponsored by Fern, will be stocked with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including sangria. 

Additionally, volunteers from The Humane League, Pop Up Produce, and Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary will be in attendance to spread information on getting involved with animal rights and food justice work within the greater Charlotte area. An intriguing inclusion into this year’s VegFest Jr. is Tarot by Venus who will be offering readings to attendees. The event will also have a stacked raffle, abundant with goodies donated by local veg-friendly businesses. 

Lady Go Go’s. Courtesy of Charlotte VegFest

Charlotte VegFest and VegFest Jr. are both effortless, fun ways to get to know the city from its plant-based, seeded roots. Inclusion, diversity, and community are important to the organizers and reflect the desire for health, wellness, and sustainability for all diets, from all walks of life. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your normal menu looks like.

Charlotte VegFest Jr. is free to attend and will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Goodyear Arts. Check out more from the Facebook event page.

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