Veg Fest Returns To Downtown Tampa

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Tampa, Fl. – The 9th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest makes it return Nov. 3! And after 8 years of gaining more and more popularity, this years event will be held at the larger,  beautiful and historic Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, in Tampa. [1000 E. Harrison St, Tampa, FL 33603 ] From Nationally renowned speakers, food demonstrations, live music, local and national brand exhibitors and of course amazing people, 2018 Veg Fest will be its best year yet.

I’m no stranger to the Tampa Bay Veg Fest, we were vendors there a few years back. So, I am not only familiar with the event, but also the incredible impact and exposure it gives smaller, Vegan, Plant-based, businesses and products.

This Years Event

Featured speakers and their topics:

  • 10:30am – Sustainable Duo –Carly Bergman & Brenden Fitzgerald
    “Let’s Get Zero Wasted”
  • 11:30am – Koushik R. Reddy, MD/Cardiologist
    “Heart to Heart – A Plant Powered Approach to Heart Disease”
  • 12:30pm – Paul Watson“Why There is no Sustainable Fishing and Helping our Oceans”
  • 1:30pm – Austin Aries“A Plant-Powered Professional Athlete’s Journey to Wrestling Stardom”
  • 2:30pm – Ana Negron, MD“Intervention practices that prevent and help reverse Type 2 Diabetes”
  • 3:30pm – Ronnie Tsunami“Plant-Powered Tsunami: How You Can Help Accelerate the Plant-Based Movement”

Food Demonstrations

  • Deana Miniawi
    Raw Zucchini Lasagna (GF, oil & soy free)
    10:45 a.m.
  • Ray Milton (Ray’s Vegan Soul Foods)
    Sautéed Kale & Sweet Potato
    12:00 p.m.
  • Michelle & Bruce Odiorne
    Indonesian Inspired Zoodles (raw)
    1:15 p.m.
  • Ellen Jaffe Jones
    Tofu Scramble & Green Detox smoothie
    2:30 p.m.
  • Chef Timothy Fedorko (Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery)
    Peach BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich w/Jalapeño Slaw
    3:45 p.m.

Musicians

  • Brian Brown
    10:00 a.m.
  • Tsunami Wave Riders
    11:00 a.m.
  • The Flow Sisters
    12:00 p.m.
  • Pangea
    1:00 p.m.
  • Lauren Lajas
    2:00 p.m.
  • Matthew Bistok
    3:00 p.m.
  • We Use Wires
    4:00 p.m.

Kids Zone

  • Decorate sign/mask for “Just Like Us” Parade
    10:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Kids Yoga Session w/ Kaleighdascope Yoga
    11:30 am – 12: 30 pm
  • Veggie Vero Book Reading w/ Veronica Green
    1:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • “Just Like Us” Parade
    2:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Bingo Games & Prizes
    3:00 am – 4:00 pm

All Day Activities! Arts & Crafts/Coloring Books & Drawing Veg Fest “Rocks”! Rock Painting #tbvegfest Photo Booth Let’s Eat! Grocery Shopping Experience.

FOOD VENDORS!

All food served at Veg Fest is vegan (containing no animal products)

Over the past 9 years, we have seen an incredible surge of Vegan, Plant-based, and Raw fooderies open up in the Tampa Bay Area. Veg Fest is THE PERFECT way to experience some of the best the Bay has to offer in those culinary fields. This year many of the food vendors will be located in the NEW Food Court at Perry Park.

First Vegan Mac n’ Cheese Cook Off

Now if all of that listed above isn’t enough for ya, this year the Tampa Bay Veg Fest is looking to crown the Best Vegan Mac n’ Cheese of Tampa Bay. at the first, hopefully, annual cook-off!

Ten local cooks will compete for the title of Best Vegan Mac ’n’ Cheese of the 9th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest. A panel of judges composed of some of our amazing speakers will select the winner, and there will also be a community vote for a People’s Choice winner.

The entry fee is $10 per contestant. Entries will showcase pasta and vegan cheese. Nontraditional ingredients and delicious creativity are encouraged!

  • First Place prize: $40 gift card to Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery and a trophy.
  • People’s Choice prize: $20 gift card to Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery and a trophy
Dixie Dharma-MacNCheeze
Dixie Dharma-Mac-N-Cheeze

We and the community look forward to trying your amazing Vegan Mac ’n’ Cheese. See you there! Find full details here

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

Parking is available at several nearby parking garages and lots of metered street spaces. The closest City of Tampa parking garage is Twiggs Garage located at 901 East Twiggs St. and closest City of Tampa parking lots are Pierce Street Lot located at 1301 North Pierce St., Zack Street Lot located at 812 East Zack St. and new parking lot at Scott St. Parking located at 1301 N. Morgan St.

See below for transportation & parking guides.

Transportation Options:

Parking Options:

  1. Street Parking (free on Saturdays)
  2. Parking Garages Downtown
  3. City of Tampa Parking Garages
    • Fort Brooke Garage ……………………………….107 North Franklin Street
    • South Regional Garage ……………………………..301 Channelside Drive
    • Twiggs Garage …………………………………..901 East Twiggs Street William
    • F. Poe Garage ………………………………800 North Ashley Drive Whiting
    • Garage ………………………………….400 East Whiting Street Tampa
    • Convention Center Garage …………………….400 East Whiting Street
  1. City of Tampa Parking Lots
    • Selmon Expy West Lot ……………………………..201 South Tampa Street, South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Ashley Drive and South Tampa Street
    • Selmon Expy Bill Changer Lot ………………………..202 South Tampa Street South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Tampa Street and South Franklin Street
    • Selmon Expy CAMLS Lot ……………………………..301 South Florida Ave. South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Franklin Street and South Florida Avenue
    • Selmon Expy 2 Lot …………………………………310 South Florida Ave. South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Florida Avenue and South Morgan Street
    • Selmon Expy 3 Lot ……………………………….302 South Morgan Street Southeast corner of South Morgan Street and East Brorein Street
    • Selmon Expy 4 Lot ………………………………317 South Jefferson Street Southwest corner of South Jefferson Street and East Whiting Street
  • Selmon Expy 5 Lot ………………………………114 South Jefferson Street East of South Jefferson Street, bounded by East Whiting Street and East Brorein Street
  • Selmon Expy South Lot ……………………………..853 East Whiting Street South of East Whiting Street, bounded by North East Street and South Nebraska Avenue
  • Selmon Expy Health Lot ……………………………440 North Nebraska Ave. Northwest corner of East Kennedy Boulevard and South Nebraska Avenue
  • Selmon Expy East Lot ……………………………..481 North Nebraska Ave. Southeast corner of North Nebraska Avenue and East Twiggs Street
  • Selmon Expy Union Station Lot ……………………….1010 East Twiggs Street Northwest corner of East Twiggs Street and Union Station Street (east of Nebraska Avenue)
  • Interstate Lots ………………North Tampa Street & North Morgan Street under I-275 North of Scott Street, bounded by North Morgan Street and North Tampa Street
  • Regional-Royal Lot ……………………………….1200 North Tampa Street Southwest corner of North Tampa Street and East Fortune Street
  • Zack Street Lot …………………………………….812 East Zack Street 800 Block of East Zack Street (East side of Fire Station)
  • City Hall Lot ……………………………………..420 East Jackson Street Bounded by East Kennedy Boulevard, East Jackson Street, North Florida Avenue, and North Marion Street
  • Pierce Street Lot …………………………………1301 North Pierce Street North of East Tyler Street, bounded by North Pierce Street and North Orange Street

Veg Fest is an event promoting health, compassion, and environmental sustainability. The main goals of this festival are to support people on their journey of learning about vegan living and to promote a vegan lifestyle in a non-judgmental, empowering, and positive environment. The festival also supports people who have already chosen a veg lifestyle by offering validation and information to reinforce their healthy and compassionate choices. As one of our favorite festivals of the year, Veg Fest is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is FREE and open to EVERYONE!.

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Mike Blue is The Social Introvert – An introvert with some, and extrovert with many. Mike’s been collecting toys of his childhood and wondering Central Florida for over 35 years. He holds his certification in Plant-Based nutrition, loves exploring the small towns of Florida, and is the most approached unapproachable man on the planet….and he likes that! 

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