Wilmington VegFest—Vegan Takeover

Kim Demaddis

Vegans are taking over the world—veganism is expected to be the number one food trend of 2019. It’s unsurprising with its promises of health, wellness, and the bonus of reducing environmental impact. The allure is great, and people are listening. Wilmington’s VegFest, in its second year, is expected to draw in a crowd nearly double the size of 2018’s festival. To accommodate the growth, the event will be held over a two-day period, unlike last year’s, when it was packed into one.

“We are following the same format as Triangle VegFest. TVF has seen success over the past two years having a dedicated education day and then a festival the following day,” said Helene Greenberg, VegFest’s Organizer. “This gives the speakers the opportunity to reach our community without competing with the event, and it also offers the speakers a dedicated space to present. The public gets to have two fun days—one all about education and one all about eating and shopping.”

Education day will be from 10-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30that 130 North Front Street. An array of speakers will share their knowledge and personal journeys through veganism. Their messages are founded on compassion, wellness, and the environment. Among the speakers will be: James Lucas, Co-founder of Grape Cat Vegan Clothing; Korin Sutton, Founder of Vegan Live Fit, Master Fitness Trainer, and Health Coach; Nikki Black, local Chef and owner of Sealevel City Gourmet; Dr. Judy Brangman, The Plant Based MD; Leilani Munter, Professional Race Car Driver, Environmental Activist, and Discovery’s Planet Green #1 Eco Athlete in the world; and a performance by activist and rap musician, Grey.

Saturday’s outreach will serve as a platform to dispel common misconceptions about veganism, offer ways to incorporate healthy choices in our everyday lives, as well as present research-backed findings on the benefits of living a plant-based lifestyle. It is an all-inclusive space open to everyone. This exciting day of stories, sharing, music, and education is free to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested and appreciated.

Sunday from 12-5 p.m.—day two of VegFest—is for shopping, art, community, and the best part, eating! Vendors will host tables showcasing their business’ products at the Coastline Conference Center located at 501 Nutt Street in Downtown, Wilmington. Samples of yummy treats will be abounding, so don’t be shy. Come hungry!

Arepa Street Food Truck will be posted outside the convention center offering up their always fresh, handcrafted arepas which uses locally sourced ingredients.

Beach Bagels, will be serving an assortment of bagels as well as their homemade, vegan spreads. Their delicious egg-salad and tasty garlic and herb cashew cream cheese will be available alongside other options.

If sweetness is your weakness, then you won’t want to pass up the Taylor Sweet Treats table – where you’ll find her gorgeous cupcakes, brownies, and blondies.

VegFest will also be a place to shop for ethically sourced clothing and apparel. Grape Cat will be selling everything you need to look and feel good—T-shirts, sweatshirts, wallets, backpacks, hats, stickers, and buttons.

Other vendors will include Tidal Creek, Spiritual Junkies, Earth + Stone Studio, Wilmington Vegan and so much more.

Entrance into Sunday’s festivities will cost $10 per person, children are admitted free with an adult, and college students with ID get in for $5. Come out, have fun, talk with the people in your community, and eat well!