Chattanooga, TN – September 27, 2021/vWire/ On Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17, 2021, the community will gather for two days of fun, food, the 7 Bridges Marathon, and festivities to celebrate a cruelty-free lifestyle, a cleaner environment, and a healthier planet. The goal of the event is to educate the public about the benefits of adopting plant-based choices and to promote vegan-friendly businesses and organizations’ resources in the Chattanooga area and beyond.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy plant-based culinary delights, samples, and giveaways from vendors such as Superieur Electrolytes, Imagine Vegan Cafe, Straight Up Coconut, Wild Earth, and local favorite, Your Local Seitanist. Over 25 vendors will bring a variety of animal-friendly wellness and beauty products, apparel, health services, educational resources, and more. An up-to-date vendor list can be found on the event Facebook page or our website, chattanoogavegfest.com

“This is our first time in Chattanooga, but the second Chattanooga Vegfest for the city,” Helene Greenberg, Executive Director of Triangle Vegfest shares, “We are super excited to carry the torch from Corey Evatt, Founder of ChattaVegan, who started Chattanooga Vegfest previously.” 

We appreciate our sponsors, Wild Earth and Superieur Electrolytes for their continued support at each of our festivals for our 2021 season. This event wouldn’t be happening if not for the 7 Bridges Marathon, our collaborative partner for the event. “It’s a perfect union, combining a marathon and a vegfest”, shared Jay Nevans of Scenic City Multisport, the team behind the 7 Bridges Marathon. 

An added element to our festival is encouraging composting and recycling. Our sponsor, New Terra Compost will help us do just that. “The legacy of a fun weekend will be fun memories and compost, not another section in the landfill! NewTerra Compost is excited to be helping VegFest reduce the footprint of this event on the environment by composting organic material collected from attendees and vendors. Attendees will only be given compostable or recyclable materials from vendors. We are happy to be helping make this possible and hope that it serves as an example for other events in the Chattanooga area. Thank you Vegfest for your commitment to sustainability.” NewTerra Compost is a local company with the mission of keeping organic material out of the landfill.  They work with restaurants, schools, businesses, events, and homes in the Chattanooga area to make composting easy and accessible. 

We will have live music at the festival on Saturday and a DJ will spin the tunes on Sunday, along with our Family Fun Zone for the children to enjoy the day playing with our life sized games, corn hole, and many other fun options. 

Chattanooga Vegfest will take place, rain or shine, from 12pm – 5 pm on October 16 and then 9am – 2pm on October 17. The event is outdoors at Coolidge Park on the lawn, not far from the famous carousel. 

Admission is free, with a suggested $10 donation, but you can enter our fundraising raffle to win awesome prizes from our sponsors along with our VIP option for $25 online or at the festival. The VIP ticket includes a goodie bag of samples, a t-shirt, and a live Zoom call with Dr. John McDougall, Saliesh Rao, and Ellen Jaffe Jones on October 14 at 7pm EDT. All are welcome to our events and no one is ever turned away. Festival-goers, please BYOB (Bring your own bags or bottles). Composting is encouraged and recycling bins will be available for non-compostable items. 

For more information and to make a donation, please visit: 

Website: chattanoogavegfest.com or vegfestexpos.com

 

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Triangle Vegfest
Contact: Helene Greenberg
984-900-6800
vegfestexpos@gmail.com