DC Vegfest

I don’t think it is possible for me to say anything bad about the DC Vegfest. Any place where you feel like you really fit in, where you are not being met with any judgment for your moral values, where you don’t need to explain yourself when you choose not to eat dairy, where you don’t need to ask first if that gorgeous baklava cheesecake is vegan.

Most vegans have the common wish that the whole world would follow in their footsteps to a healthier, more sustainable and compassionate life. Besides it being human nature that we want everyone to be like us, we want there to be change and change starts with people. But the fact is, we’re still in the margin of error (1-3%) of the population. But each day this number climbs. Walking into the amphitheater to see Dr. Greger, I overhear an overweight 60-something male talking about how he had never considered even giving up meat before, but now was thinking he might actually go vegan. As I took my seat near the back with my mom, Mauro, and James (with three empty seats saved for Lydia, Chris, and Becca, of course) I smiled.

The festival itself was in a small area, but there was a LOT there. At the end of the day, when the crowd started to clear, I realized I had totally missed a section of booths. This was my first time at the DC Vegfest (second time at a Vegfest, I went to the one in Bethlehem) and I was just really impressed. I mean, a vegan cupcake eating contest?! You just can’t go wrong. Unlike in Bethlehem, DC was more vegan than vegetarian. Vegan Treats and Sticky Fingers were the busiest stops, while a vegetarian restaurant with non-vegan pastries still had enough leftovers for a month at the end of the day.


Dr. Greger's Nutrition facts presentation

The two speakers I got a chance to listen to were Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Dr. Greger. I had been looking forward to seeing Dr. Greger after watching many of his videos on Nutritionfacts.org for the past few months and hearing Lydia gush about him… Anyhoo, he was fantastic as expected. Evidently I haven’t seen enough of his videos, because the first question of his fun trivia game I was dead wrong (along with half the audience) about the antioxidant levels in golden vs. green kiwis! Everyone was really engaged in his speech, and I seriously don’t think I’ve ever heard people laugh so hard about cholesterol!


Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, so inspiring

And Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. I had not heard much about her before the fest, but had seen her books in the store. She has a very common sense approach and brought up some very good points.  She seems to have an answer for everything; after her time was up (I think she could have gone on for hours and I would have listened for just as long), I found myself saying to my mom, “I wish I could just carry her around in my pocket and whenever I’m faced with answering a question, just take her out and let her do the talking for me.” (Those that know me, know that I am very shy and don’t exactly make the best activist, at least vocally… hence the written word!) Needless to say, when I have the money I will be picking up her new book, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.

So, the only complaint I have besides the fact that I saw Gene Baur walking around and I was being too socially anxious to say hello? That I didn’t pick up another Vegan Treats baklava cheesecake.



About Andrea Powell

Andrea is a 16-year-old high school student with a passion for all things Vegan! She's been vegetarian since 2008 and became vegan in 2009 after viewing the documentary Earthlings. Aside from her love for animals and food, she is also fashion-obsessed, an aspiring actress, and likes to create art in various mediums including photography, and (attempting) to write songs. She also enjoys language and has taken three years of German.

2 Responses to “DC Vegfest”
  1. Jeff says:

    Great story, and great first post.

  2. Hey Andrea!

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    Michael Greger, M.D.

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