Bethlehem Vegfest 2012 is Almost Here!

Pick up your free copy of The Mix this week for the special Bethlehem Vegfest feature!

Save the Kales! promotes veganism as an ethical, compassionate lifestyle and any and all suggestions made by me to be part of Vegfest as speakers or vendors are committed to this, too.  

THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH

11am-6pm, Southside Bethlehem Greenway

(the linear park between 3rd and 4th Streets)

I was going to make a “Must See” list, but I think you guys can handle it. There will be plenty to see, listen to, watch and eat. Bring your family, bring your dogs. You can find the lineup of speakers and cooking demos HERE, and a list of every vendor HERE.

IN THE MEANTIME… Don’t miss the last few days of Vegfest Restaurant Week! 

Cafe Santosha vegan meal

This gorgeous meal comes from Cafe Santosha, one of the most veg-friendly eateries in the ENTIRE Valley. The food always looks like art, and tastes like it too. Healthful and creative dishes are always on the menu. Check out their facebook page for photos and updates.

Description of dish (above)Mediterranean Quinoa and Lentil Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Capers, Lemon, and Parsley served over greens…. Chic Pea and Brown Rice Croquettes served over Sautéed Local Greens with Roasted Garlic and Lemon topped with a Roasted Red Pepper Tahini Sauce and a Basil Walnut Pesto…
Vegan Chocolate Cake served over Triple Berry Coulis. Also available gluten free! ($15)

and

other special vegan items in the LV this week at Jumbar’s, Tapas on Main, Yianni’s Taverna, Molly’s Irish Grille, and Sotto Santi Pizza is making vegan pizza all week! 

You can find the WHOLE list of participating restaurants and their menus HERE, 13 in totalHappily, many of these places offer some/all of the selections year-round.

 

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BETHLEHEM VEGFEST 2012: Date Announced + Win $100 by Dressing Like an Artichoke (or whatever)

Consider this your “Save the Kales – Save the Date” for Bethlehem Vegfest 2012!

September 8th from 11am-6pm, we’re bringing back what was resoundingly called one of the best festivals Bethlehem ever had. With record numbers (over 10,000 people, ya’ll), this one will be bigger and better as we have the figure-stuff-out year one under our belts to move forward with expanding on the great things and adding more elements!

Making friends with neighbors and folks of 'From A to Vegan' blog

This is one thing that will not change: The Vegfest committee invites anyone who would like to be involved to come to planning meetings or to share ideas to do exactly that! You can be a part of making this festival the best — so come to meetings, offer ideas, or offer your time. You’re invited. It’s an unbelievable amount of fun, and you get to meet so many friends and neighbors.  Party time, all the time.

In the meantime….

Impressive Vegetable Float I found on Google, not ours, but it illustrates the idea. Somewhat.

Bethlehem’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is happening on Saturday, March 17th and Vegfest is having a float! Here’s where it gets interesting – I was voted (unbeknownst to me) to be the Garden Fairy Princess, and the float still needs vegetables to follow me into the magical garden.

This feels silly to type!

If that isn’t enticing enough on it’s own (heh), the BEST vegetable in the parade will win $100 cash and become the official 2012 Vegfest Mascot. 

GO HERE TO LEARN MORE about becoming a walking vegetable in the parade!

Check out the Bethlehem Vegfest FACEBOOK PAGE to stay updated. 

VEGFEST on PBS

Last night this local PBS show aired that was about the best topic: Bethlehem continuing to develop and be an awesome, progressive place to live full of creative people and businesses makin’ it happen.

You can see me at the 5:30 mark mentioning Vegfest on the new Greenway (and learn more about the greenway), and the wonderful Samantha, Downtown Bethlehem Association Manager at the 19:51  mark talking about Vegfest!

Also, applause to the ubiquitous Andy Po of Homebase, Amanda of Apotheca (a sweetheart and a vegan!), lots of talking about the new SteelStacks building where my cutie-pie boyfriend Ryan is booking wonderful comedy shows, events, film fests, and other exciting stuff.

In the second half you’ll see chef Frederica of Hotel Bethlehem, one of Vegfest’s cooking demo chefs, and my girl Bekah from the City of Bethlehem’s Economic and Development Council, nicest person ever and someone that helps people with good ideas get them into action.

LOVE YOU, BETHLEHEM!