Vegging Out

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The second annual NOLA Veggie Fest, presented by the New Orleans Food Co-Op, Sunday, May 16 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (2903 Jefferson Ave.):

The annual NOLA Veggie Fest promotes vegan and vegetarian food choices. The health benefits of a plant-based diet are well known. The Fest educates how these diet choices benefit the environment and about the cruelty of factory farms, the source of most animal products. We offer a variety of delicious food samples and also educational materials. Our members are active throughout the year promoting the benefits of vegan and vegetarian diets.

The event also includes live music, cooking demonstrations and information from animal rights advocacy and vegan and vegetarian vendors and nonprofits. The list of food vendors includes Organic Planet, No Whey! Vegan Baking, Hey! Cafe, Good Feelingz Vegan Bakery, Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar, Chef Steve Eskamire ("Vegan Steve") from Loyola University, and more.

Guest speakers include animal rights activist Jonathan Balcombe, nutritionist Craig Sommers, journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, Vegan Outreach president Jack Norris, Farm Sanctuary president Gene Bauer and others.

NOLA Veggie Fest is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 children under 12. (Admission is free for children five and under.) Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana.

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