Black VegFest

Aug 10-Aug 11 10AM-6PM

Weeksville Heritage Center 


Thank you for supporting the movement.

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WEEKSVILLE HERITAGE CENTER - WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS & FILM

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SATURDAY - MAIN ROOM

10AM              Lorikim Alexander  Introduction


10:20- 11:05   Queen Afua PLANET HEAL through the CITY of WELLNESS                          


11:30- 12:15   Dr. Aysha Akhtar Your Symphony With Animals                                      


12:40- 1:25     Tracye McQuiter The Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Plant-Based Life 


1:50 - 2:35      Dr. Milton Mills Diet Changes to Treat and Cure Diabetes                                  


3:00 - 5:00      Jasmine C. Leyva Screening of The Invisible Vegan + Q & A                                 

SATURDAY - MIND & BODY

11:00AM    Marlene Boyette   Note to Self(care): Yoga & Meditation                                  


12:00         Lena Di                  Total Body Tabata: Fitness                                                       


1:00           Natasha Dezonie  Metal Health Workshop                                                             


2:00           Marlene Boyette   Yoga: Feeling and Healing through breath and movement


3:00           Lena Di                  Power Yoga                                                                              


4:00           Cynthia King’s      Modern Dance with an Afro-Caribbean Flier : Ages 11-16

SATURDAY - EARTH'S FOOD

11:10AM   Chef Patricia Drew  

                  A Taste of Healing Cuisine: Black Bean, Kale & Quinoa entrée on a bed of Arugula Salad


12:20         Cathy Ramos  

                  CRL Trust’s Cookless Meals: Chickpea Tuna, Cauliflower Rice, Watermelon Juice  


1:30           Danni McGhee 

                  DAMGood Vegan’s Italian Classics: “Cheesy & Meaty”  Baked Ziti with Caesar Salad 


2:40           Chef Chandra Lee 

                  Embrace Raw Living: Zoodle Salad with Assorted Vegetables and a Fennel       Lemon Pesto


3:50           PlantHero 

                  PlantHero’s Juicy Jack Fruit Sliders on a Croissant, Coleslaw and His Delicious Jack Fruit Pudding

SUNDAY - MAIN ROOM

 

10:15-11AM  Adrienne Lusk   

                      How to Utilize Strengths from All Parts of Our Communities


11:20-12:00  Emani Parsons   

                      Vegan 101 


12:20-1:05   Brandon Morton   

                     Cannabis Session: Anatomy, Cultivation & Health                       


1:25-2:10     Philly Stallone  

                     Why it's Important to Join the Animal Rights Movement and How to Do it


2:30-3:00     Marcelo Venegas    

                     KnowNOW 


3:15-4:00    Stic of dead prez, Grey & Milton Mills, MD

                    Black Vegan Men’s Panel   


4:15-5:00     Queen Afua 

                    PLANET HEAL: What Would You Do to Heal Planet Earth

SUNDAY - MIND & BODY

11AM           Lena Di     

                    Total Body Tabata: Fitness


12:00           Marlene Boyette   

                    Yoga: Feeling and Healing through Breath and Movement


1:00             Cynthia King’s Dance Class

                    “The Animal Dance” and “Moods” For Ages 4-10


2:00             Natasha Dezonie       

                    Mental Health Workshop


3:00             Marlene Boyette         

                    Note to Self(care): Yoga & Meditation


4:00             Beckie Sheppard 

                    Zumba

SUNDAY - EARTH'S FOOD

11:10AM   Chef Chandra Lee  

                  Damn Near Raw :Quinoa Salad with a Orange Cumin Dressing & Sprouted Grain Nut Granola with Almond Milk


12:20         Patricia Drew 

                  Taste of Healing Cuisine: West African Peanut Stew Entrée and Brown Rice with a  Bed of Green Salad


1:30           Ricky Forde    

                  PEACE X LOVE: Coconut Sap Chick Pea with Spelt Bake 


2:40           Cathy Ramos 

                  CRL Trust’s Cookless Meals: Coleslaw, Quinoa Salad, Date Balls  


3:50           PlantHero       

                  PlantHero’s Banana Jerk Chicken & Vegetables on Orozo/Peas/Carrots

Welcome to Black VegFest 2019

Vendors of Black VegFest 2019

ANIMAL RIGHTS - Anonymous for the Voiceless @anonymousforthevoiceless

WHOLISTIC HERBS - Articles Of Hueman @articlesofhueman

SKIN CARE - Awomi Naturals @awominaturals

BEAUTY - Ayas Natural Treasures, LLC @ayasnaturaltreasures

FOOD - BAD Gyal Vegan @badgyalvegan

FOOD - Bakenvy LLC @bakenvy 

NON-PROFIT - BedStuy CPP 

BEAUTY - BennuVegan @bennuvegan

TEA - Brandon Morton 

Brooklyn Tea @brooklyntea

NON-PROFIT - CAMBA HomeBase @cambainc

NON-PROFIT - Central Brooklyn Food Coop @cbfoodcoop

NON-PROFIT - Chilis on Wheel @chilisonwheels

FOOD - CLR trust @clr.trust

DAM Good Vegan @damgoodvegan

SKIN CARE - Devo Flora @devoflora

JEWELRY - Divine Spirals @divine_spirals

HANDBAGS - Doshi @doshishop

FOOD - EatlikeugAF @eatlikeugaf

FOOD - Embrace Raw Living @embracerawliving

FOOD - Fenni-F's CaRawbbean's Treats & Alkaline Vegan Eats! 

FOOD - Freakin' Vegan @freakinvegans

FACE PAINTING - Fruiggie @fruiggie

FOOD - Gangster Vegan Organics @gangsterveganorganics

FOOD - Grab 'Em Snacks @grabemsnacks

DESSERTS - Grace Kelli Cupcakes @gracekellicupcakes

NON-PROFIT - Greater N.Y. Overeaters Anonymous

ENERGY - Green Mountain @greenmtnenergy

Grey/Plant Based Drippin @officialgreymusic @plantbaseddrippin

FOOD & DRINK - Harvest Caterers @harvestcaterers

VOTING - HeadCount @headcountorg

DESSERTS - How Delish HD @howdelishhd

FOOD - Ital Kitchen @italkitchenbk

JEWELRY - Jazzy Lees Jewelry @jazzleesjewelry

SANITARY NAPKINS - JusResults @jusresults

ART - KarcherArt @thakingofkahs

FOOD - Kelewele @kelewelenyc

CLOTHING - Kess Designs @kessdesigns

FOOD - Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar @chefkhepra

FOOD - Lady M @ladym_vegelicious

BOOKS - Lantern Books @lantern.books

FOOD - Longeve @longevebrands

M1 @m1deadprezrbg

JEWELRY - MajorExpression @majorexpression

HEALTH CARE - Marcelo Venegas/KNOWNOW

DESSERTS - Mo'Pweeze Bakery @mopweeze

BOOKS - NAALPO @naalpo

JEWELRY - Nicole Designs All @ndesignsall

FOOD - Of Rain and Sun LLC @ofrainandsun

BOOKS - P.O.E.M.S. @vigilante_vegan

NON-PROFIT - Plant Powered Metro NY @plantpoweredmny

BOOKS - Queen Afua @queenafua

CLOTHING - REDEFINE YOUR MIND @redefineyourmind

BEAUTY - Roc-A-Natural @rocanatural

NON-PROFIT - Save Movement NYC @savemovementnyc

FOOD - Shakti wellness @she_bewellvedic

SKIN CARE - SIPPs @sippsorganics

DESSERTS - Sofia & Grace Cookie Co. @sgcookiesco

FOOD - Sol Sips @solsipsnyc

NON-PROFIT - Square Roots @squarerootsgrow

FOOD - SteMartaen @stemartaen

BOOKS - Stic of dead prez & Afya @stic

AFRO CLOTHING - Tafari Tribe @tafaritribemarketplace

HERBAL TEAS - TEA OF LIFE HEALTH @teaof_life_oftea

MASSAGE THERAPY - The Noble Touch Inc. @the_noble_touch

FREE SNACKS - Vegan Rob's @veganrobs

FOOD - Veggie Frito @veggiefritonyc

FOOD - VSPOT @thevspotrestaurant

ANIMAL RIGHTS - Voters For Animal Rights @votersforanimalrights

BEAUTY - We Manifest, Inc. @wemanifest

Wholistik Living Project @wholistik_livingproject 

FOOD - Wright Essentials LLC & Raw Therapy Cuisine

Black VegFest Vendor

Black VegFest Vendor

Black VegFest 2018 video

Mercy for Animals video of Black VegFest 1st Annual

The Young History of Black VegFest

Summary of Black VegFest 2018

During a thunderstorm on Saturday August 11th Black VegFest managed to wrangle up scores of vegan vendors and over two dozen speakers. More poignantly, an estimated 2,000 people entered 2-3 hours later after the worst of the storm and stayed with us. We were happy and grateful that we were successful, but even more so that marginalized community represented over 65% of the attendees. Black people are driving up vegan numbers!


Black VegFest came at a time when veganism has begun to burst out of the seams from popular films, athletes and hospitals embracing a plant-based lifestyle. It's also a time of re-emerging blackness at a scary and complex time for black people. Black VegFest is about consciously supporting black people in every shape and form and using our voices to defend the voiceless animals!


We asked attendees what was an important takeaway lesson at our first Black VegFest:

That us Black vegans are out here!!!!!!!!! Doing our thing!!!! -Kez

That our people can actually come together over veganism -Alicia

The support and need for more black owned vegan/vegetarian stores -Raenica

Plant based diet helps reverse disease -Keisha

The voices of those from historically oppressed groups have so much of value to share. -Susan

Seeing all of the young adults who have embraced eating healthier so we can strengthen & heal our community. -Adrianne

It was so beautiful to see black people come out and enjoy this event. Despite the rain, everyone showed up and showed out! That's beautiful. I look forward to next year being bigger and better. -Danni

I loved it. People were so friendly and warm. -Susan

Even though it rained for most of it, the [Black VegFest] was great and I'm glad I participated. -Darlene

I was very pleased with the event because of the variety of choices to look into. Tea, vegan foods, metaphysical items, clothing and cultural foods. -Raenica

It was dope. The presenters were on point, the vendors were beautiful and diverse, and everyone seemed genuinely happy to be there! 100 times better than the traditional "White" VegFest -Edie

Great first vegan event! -Andrea 

Informative and Inspiring –Donald Peebles

In spite of the rain, I was very pleased with the event because I live in PA in a %99 white community and do not have as much opportunity to be around as many progressive black folks at any one time. I was also very impressed with the creative output of all of the vendors. -Chenoa

So fantastic for the first time! Good job guys, definitely my favorite veg fest I've been to. It was actually focused on talking about the issues, had a real sense of community that I have not seen at other vegfests that just seem so commercialized. I LOVED that there was a free option, access is so important!! Even with the weather it was still fantastic! -Sam

Keep doing what you're doing!! The DC Vegans of Color group all had great things to say about it. -Danni 

I loved it and thought it was great! -Katerina

Great food and performances/presentations- Christopher 

A solid 9/10! The event was so great! Super well organized & it was really amazing seeing such a diverse group of people come together like this. -Krystal

I thought you all made it relevant to nonvegans which I was so happy to see -Rachel

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AGENDA: Volunteer Assignments & Training


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How Can I Become a Community Organizer in NYC?

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Reach out to us at omowale@gamenyc.org and write in the subject "community organizer"

How Can I Bring Black VegFest to My City?

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Are you located outside of NYC? 

Are you a seasoned organizer with event planning history?

Do you have a location in Mind? 

Email us at info@blackvegfest.org

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Why Black VegFest?

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Black People & Resistance

To see yourself is a wonderful feeling. It breeds hope, euphoria and positive vibrations to see another Black vegan. Black Vegfest is an event to nurture and support first year vegans and provide opportunities and new realities for veteran vegans.


Black Vegfest is also a homage to Black August. August is a month Black people dedicate to our freedom fighters and our collective fight against oppression: Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born August 17, 1887.


Intersectionality is addressing those causes and issues we have in common and are most passionate about. Like specieism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, ageism, etc.


Be and come as you are. All are welcome at the Black Vegfest.

Black Vegfest

Veganism Means No Exploitation of Animals

This event is about the animals. And, it's about the living. 


Are you critical of how women of color are treated throughout the world and of how farm animals are mutilated to look like food? This is your Black Vegfest. 


Expose yourself to how your clothing is made possible or how your accessories were made using animal exploitation. 


Introduce your children to the criticisms of food and the calls and actions of JUST food.


Black Vegfest is about veganism and how we transition from old customs to new lifestyles with new information.


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Black VegFest calls for POC & Women Involvement

Black VegFest was started by Omowale Adewale an international speaker on veganism. Omowale saw a disconnect with seeing few Black and POC speakers. There was a lack of multi-cultural influences and not enough broad discussions around intersectionality. 


Black VegFest is the vegfest that addresses cultural influences in our cuisine and the socio-economic and political issues that influence our lives as we advocate for JUST living for animals.


We want presentations by POC and women. 


We want white vegans, especially those with significant platforms and resources to support POCs. 


Local white vegans should also request to present. 

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Black VegFest organized by G.A.ME Inc.

1958 Fulton St., Brooklyn, New York, New York 11233, United States

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