For many years, I’ve seen the full page ads for Vegetarian Summerfest in VegNews and Vegetarian Times magazines. Somehow this incredible several-day conference was held not in California, or NYC…  but just a few hours away on the other side of Pennsylvania.

 This conference which I’ve affectionately dubbed “Vegan summer camp” is five days living at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown campus, in the dorms, attending workshops, listening to speakers, watching cooking demos, joining workout classes, meeting new people (including lots of families – veg kids are my favorite!), brainstorming world betterment, and rubbing elbows with personal heroes.

Here is an excellent blog post chronicling someone’s experience last year. 

Oh, and guys? Every single meal is an all vegan buffet that includes pizza (daiya cheese heaven!), two well-stocked salad bars, gluten free foods AND raw foods, and ever-changing entrees.

So, on that note, I hear they have a 6am bootcamp workout class…

What I am most looking forward to is being able to meet, hug, and converse with my biggest personal hero and likewise main inspiration for starting Save the Kales, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.  Here is Colleen’s website, and here’s a video of her talking about her new book coming out next month. I have so much love in my heart for her and for the wonderful work she does every day.

I’ll be back next week with so much goodness to share. Check in on the STK facebook page to get Summerfest updates in real time!