It started as a facebook conversation in June of 2015.
Why (it was wondered "aloud" to whomever was reading that day) wasn't there a large scale vegan expo and festival in an area like the Hudson Valley, a place literally filled with vegetables and veg farms, and home to many vegan startups, meetups and organizations?"
The conversation continued and the rest, as they say, is history. Putting in two years of preparation and work, friends Sande Nosonowitz and Rebecca Moore created this vibrant, first class, fully-vegan, inspiration-packed Vegfest for their hometown region, the Hudson Valley. Hudson Valley Vegfest debuted in September of 2017, bringing in 2500 people to the incredible, 42,000 square foot indoor event space known as "The Net" at Gold's Gym in Poughkeepsie, NY.
As the festival continues forward and the HV Vegfest team grows, we are proud that the festival is also supporting the work and growth of The Institute for Animal Happiness, a budding "microsanctuary" animal rescue and advocacy organization in Ulster County. All proceeds over the costs of the festival go to enhancing the animal care (including increasing access to medical care) and educational outreach efforts of this uniquely creative animal haven in the heart of the Hudson Valley.
The glorious Hudson Valley - its businesses and communities - deserves an event that not only showcases the health, abundance and compassionate living that is rooted in these communities, but which aims to attract and foster more growth in these sectors. With veganism a growing, exciting revolution (and billion dollar industry) Hudson Valley Vegfest showcases the absolute best of everything green, vegetable, plant-based, healthy and compassionate in the Hudson Valley, while at the same time throwing down the welcome mat to the best vegan and AR organizations and businesses from afar. It was beyond time to throw a bigger spotlight on vegan in this region and demonstrate that the Hudson Valley is perfectly positioned to be a leader and center in the new and growing vegan economy.
Whether you take part as a sponsor, vendor, speaker or presenter, whether you attend by yourself or with friends or your entire class, Hudson Valley Vegfest is a joyful experience you won't forget!
Rebecca, Brian (co-producers) and the Hudson Valley Vegfest Team
With gratitude and love always, to Sande Nosonowitz (original co-founder and Honorary Advisor)
Scenes from the majestic and beautiful Hudson Valley (photos by James Van Alstine)
May All Beings be Peaceful and Free.
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