September 20 marked the first Halifax VegFest, organized by the owners of local vegan business Fruition and enVie. I have known the owners of Fruition since they started their business three years ago and was very pleased when their plans for the first vegan festival for Halifax were announced.
The venue featured a variety of guest speakers, whose topics ranged from raising vegan children, vegan cooking, and adding green foods to your animal companions’ diet. The keynote speaker was Gene Baur, from Farm Sanctuary. The venue was packed with local vendors; although not all of them are vegan, they all produced vegan-friendly products for the event. It was such a treat to not have to scrutinize the ingredient list of all the food products and samples.
The event was a huge success. The venue was packed all day. I was pleased to see so many vegans and vegan-curious people attend the event. Naturally, I went home with lots of goods, including seitan bacon, chocolate-dipped oatcakes, basil pesto sauce, coconut bacon, mineral make-up, and a commemorative t-shirt. I think that Halifax VegFest 2015 is a sure thing; in fact, it will likely need a bigger location.