Entertainment

DJ Johnny Infamous

VegFest is excited to welcome DJ Johnny Infamous from Infamous Entertainment who will be our official DJ for 2019!


Johnny has entertained Edmonton for over a decade. You’ve probably spent your drive home from work listening to his rants via radio, where he is Afternoon Host on Power 107 Radio. 


Perhaps you've celebrated a victory inside Rogers Place while he provided the soundtrack as the Official DJ of the Edmonton Oilers. You may have spent a night out dancing to his playlist as he performed in one of the many nightclubs throughout the city or at a wedding where he’s been the entertainment, music man and MC. Or maybe you’ve caught him at a plant-based event in the last few years he has hosted or lent his support to, including the inaugural VegFest Edmonton in 2018. 


He and wife Jatinder are avid supporters of local plant-based businesses, animal sanctuaries, pet foster programs and all those who work to help strengthen animal rights.

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Beer + 'Buch Gardens

Brand New to VegFest Edmonton

What isn't a veggie but comes from a garden? Beer!


This year, we're excited to announce that you can take a break from shopping, eating and exploring and share a brew with your new VegFest friends in our beer garden! Our friendly bartenders will be serving up beer and mixed beverages (all vegan of course!)


Not a beer fan? Our friends at Wild Tea Kombucha will also be serving up some Hard Kombucha on tap in the beer garden.

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Keynote Speakers and Special Guests

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Brenda Davis: Getting the Most out of Your Plant-Based Diet

1:00 PM - 2:10 PM


Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world.

Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001).  She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.

Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Calgary. 

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Claire Buchanan: Cruelty Free With Me

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


Vegan lifestyle blogger Claire Buchanan is a voice for animals... a LOUD voice. At CrueltyFreeWithMe.com, Claire writes about plant-based food, health & fitness, fashion, beauty, and all things vegan.

An ethical vegan since 2014, Claire is on a mission to help her audience become more conscious of how their everyday decisions affect a mass of sentient beings. Through sharing insights about delicious plant-based recipes, fair-fashion (which eliminates all animal products including leather, fur, down, wool and silk), and cruelty-free beauty products, Claire shares the tools and inspiration to start making more conscious and kind decisions.

Imagine being able to live a happy and healthy life without harming others? Well guess what? It’s possible! – and Claire is here to show us how! 

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Michael Kalmanovitch: Owner of Earth's General Store, Activist

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


Michael Kalmanovitch is the owner of Earth's General Store, Edmonton's oldest environmental store that focuses on waste-reduced/waste-free solutions, vegan and vegetarian’s specialties, fair-trade products, organic, living wages, and being a community hub.

Driven by an almost unlimited power of passion, Michael works tirelessly for the benefit of our planet and the well-being of all. He became a vegetarian in 1989 and for most of that period was primarily following a vegan diet. About 5 years ago, Michael decided to go fully vegan. He  has  also been involved with VVoA since 1990 and is a lifetime member.


Earth's General Store has been a constant reflection of Michael's beliefs and actions. Through the store and on his own, Michael continues to be an active example of evolving and improving our lifestyles to better the environment and minimize our impact.

 

Margaret Marean: Food, Mood and the Brain

2:25 PM - 3:10 PM

 
Margaret is an Edmonton-based clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience. Her practice incorporated lifestyle interventions for improving mental health and clarity. She has been vegan for 20 years and was vegetarian prior to that. Margaret has been part of VVoA for over 30 years and hosted the Raw Vegan Edmonton group. She enjoys biking, hiking, cross country skiing, traveling and keeping up to date on research. She has two vegan daughters and three grandchildren. 

 

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Neil Royale: Die Pie Cooking Demo

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM


A born and raised vegetarian, Neil Royale completed the culinary arts program in Edmonton through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, then received his red seal and moved to Vancouver. Over the course of 5 years, he gained experience cooking for top hotels including the Westin Bayshore and the Shangri-La which earned it’s first-ever five-diamond award while Neil was employed there.

After returning to Edmonton, Neil teamed up with his sister, Karuna, and brother-in-law, Thomas, to combine their love of plant-based cheeses with a dream of opening a pizzeria. Unsatisfied with what limited fine food options were available to vegans and vegetarians,  they embarked on a mission to change the game by creating delicious, healthy recipes that are organic and ethically made. Die Pie opened in Edmonton on August 25, 2017. 

Veg Speed Dating

FindVegLove Presents: VegFest Edmonton Speed Dating

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Let’s face it, vegan dating can be hard! Finding someone on a vegan dating app might work, but it can also be really frustrating and time consuming. With Veg Speed Date you get to meet other veg singles, just like you, who want to meet their special partner and be in a relationship with someone who shares their values. 


Thanks to these mini-dates, you get to connect with different people one on one, and test out your best pick-up lines while you’re at it. Who knows, on top of making a bunch of new vegan friends in Edmonton, you might even find your perfect match. How awesome would that be?


Tickets must be purchased prior to VegFest for this special event

Ticket price includes snacks and beverages thanks to our friends at Black Sheep Vegan Cheese and Wild Tea Kombucha!


For more information and registration, visit the event website here.

Veg Love Dating
Veg Love Dating