VegFest Kelowna 2019 is the spin-off of last year’s Kelowna Vegan Festival – organizers changed the name to be more inclusive of people who are not necessarily vegan. VegFest Kelowna is 100% volunteer planned and organized, and entry is by donation with net proceeds and entry donations going directly to various animal sanctuaries like Arion Therapeutic Farm in East Kelowna. Today’s fest will feature vendors, engaging speakers, informative workshops, and lots of fun activities.
Prior to the festival on May 22nd, a Proclamation for Vegan Awareness Week was signed by Mayor Colin Basran.
Speakers and Food Demos
Carole Boivin – Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World: An Interactive Workshop
10:30am – 11:30am (click here to register for this event)
Carole Boivin M.Ed is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a dedicated Vegan activist. Her core values are love and compassion for all living beings. Carole’s counselling practice is rooted in her belief in the power of compassion and our ability to connect and manifest our inner strengths and wisdom. She has practiced and studied yoga and mindfulness for the past 20 years.
She has worked with teenagers and adults in different capacities for the past 22 years. Her background includes individual counselling, program development, teaching, and facilitating. Among other things, Carole is involved with the Okanagan March To Close all Slaughterhouses and Anonymous for the Voiceless.
Join Carole in a discussion about vegan values and challenges, opportunities to contribute to change and to live an empowered life, making the decision to stand for what we believe, and how activism can play a role in how we navigate the world.
Danielle Cross – Vegan Cheese Making Demonstration
11:30am – 12:30pm (click here to register for this event)
Chef Dani Cross is owner and chef at Buvez Wine Bar in Kelowna and is a Level 3 Sommelier and Senior Wine Educator. She has travelled the world wine tasting and dining, and brings her own self taught spin to vegan and gluten-free gourmet and comfort food. Recipes have been developed over decades to showcase vegetables and create flavour, and demonstrate how easy it is to use plant and gluten-free products. Dani teaches almost 100 different wine and cooking classes at Buvez and in homes, and has created cookbooks for adults and children.
Shayne Meechan – Journey Towards Zero Waste: sharing the ins and outs of living a low waste lifestyle
12:30pm – 1:30pm (click here to register for this event)
Shayne Meechan is the founding executive director of Green Okanagan and resides in Kelowna. Green Okanagan, or GO for short, is a volunteer-led registered non-profit organization focused on progressing sustainability from an individual level. Since moving to the Okanagan in 2017, Shayne has been passionate about progressing sustainability in our community and sharing the message of Zero Waste living. She strives to inspire others to adapt their lifestyle and reduce their impact. Shayne has a background in communications, community development, and stakeholder and Aboriginal relations. Shayne sees grassroots community engagement as a force to progress positive change.
Join Shayne for a discussion on adapting to a low waste lifestyle. Providing a local Okanagan perspective on zero-waste, Shayne will share her journey, including breaking down the 5 Rs of a zero-waste lifestyle (i.e. refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot/compost) in an approachable way, and sharing simple and affordable solutions anyone can implement. Shayne believes zero waste living is not a zero-sum game, there are small changes we can all make that will add up to a big difference in the amount of waste we produce and the overall sustainability of our planet.
Tosha Lobsinger – Zero-Waste Veganize Your Life
1:30pm – 2:30pm (click here to register for this event)
Tosha Lobsinger is the creator of Peace People Project, organizing social and educational zero-waste vegan events in Vancouver and printing important messages onto second hand shirts with 50% of proceeds going to rescued animals.
“I believe we can do better for the earth by living minimally, using things until they’re broken (and then fixing them), and always sourcing from existing materials before creating a new demand for production. I believe we can do better for the animals by freeing them from human control and by speaking on their behalf every day.”
Martin Rivard – What is Tempeh? Learn How to Make It & How to Cook With It
2:30pm – 3:30pm (click here to register for this event)
Martin, the owner of Vegilante Plant Based Foods, is a vegan powerlifter. Several years ago, after becoming vegan for environmental and ethical reasons, Martin researched high-protein plant-based foods and tempeh kept coming up in his research. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to find good quality tempeh in local markets. This was the beginning of Vegilante. Join Martin’s workshop to learn about adding tempeh to your healthy, plant-based diet.
Lindsay Young – Nourish Your Immunity
3:30pm – 4:30pm (click here to register for this event)
Lindsay is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and the owner of Eat Young Nutrition, her nutrition consulting and functional food business. She specializes in digestive support, mental health, and hormone balance. Along with nutrition consulting, she has crafted a niche in functional food recipe creation. She aims to educate people on the functional properties of whole foods, their applications in the diet, and how to value nutrition as part of our lives for as long as we live.
Lindsay’s workshop will be an offering of whole food, plant based recipes alongside a talk on how to nourish the immune system using whole foods, and how to transition our diet into spring.
The festival takes place Sunday, May 26th, from 10am to 5pm at the Immaculata Regional High School on K.L.O. Road.