By Robin Wicker
No matter your diet preference, carnivores and herbivores alike are welcome at Richmond’s 12th Annual Vegetarian Festival.
The event is presented by the Grapevine Restaurant and Vegan Action and will be held June 21st from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park. The presenters hope to educate people about the vegetarian lifestyle while in a fun, festival environment.
The festival features nearly three dozen Richmond area restaurants with vegetarian fare from around the world. Festival goers can enjoy everything from veggie burgers and fries, Indian, Mediterranean, Thai, vegetarian sushi, African and frozen desserts.
The Richmond Vegetarian Festival supports two charities this year: Safe Harbor Shelter and LAMB’s Basket Food Pantry. Both organizations will be on hand to collect donations from festival goers. Safe Harbor Shelter will be accepting gas and grocery store gift cards while LAMB’s Basket Food Pantry will be collecting cans of vegetables.
Other Virginia-based nonprofit organizations will also be at the festival, giving out information on a variety of causes from the environment to animal rescue. Several of the animal rescue organizations such as the SPCA, Ring Dog Rescue and the Richmond Animal League will have animals available for adoption at the festival. Since vegetarian lifestyles often go hand-in-hand with environmentally-friendly lifestyles, several groups such as Dominion Green Power and Chesapeake Climate Action Network will be discussing environmental concerns with festival goers.
The event will also feature several educational speakers addressing vegetarian and vegan diets and lifestyles. For the adults, there will be cooking demonstrations and cooking competitions. Children will be happy with the Kids’ Patch, which features two moon bounces and arts and crafts activities. Live entertainment will continue throughout the day, with five Richmond area bands scheduled to play.
In the event of severe weather, the festival will take place on July 5th. For more information or directions to the event, check out www.veggiefest.org or get in touch with organizers by calling (804)756-0536 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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