3RD ANNUAL VFC
Saturday, June 15th, from 12-8pm at Shaw Millennium Park
ABOUT VEGFEST CALGARY
VegFest Calgary (VFC) is a non-profit, grassroots organization and 100% fueled by volunteers. VFC was conceived in April of 2016 by 8 individuals who felt compelled to unite the culture of compassion that was already radiating in our city. VFC is unique among other vegan festivals in that we take a strictly pro-intersectional approach, in which we advocate against all oppression. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or hate of any kind.
VFC is about making our values of thoughtful and ethical consumption, health, and sustainable living more accessible to our growing community. Being the largest outdoor vegan festival in Western Canada, VFC attracts attendees from all ages, walks of life, and cultures not only from Calgary, but Edmonton, the Okanagan, Vancouver and beyond! Each year we have seen a steady growth and we anticipate 10,000+ for this year’s event!
Some fun and exciting features for this years event include: international industry speakers, food trucks, a massive marketplace with over 70 local and sustainable vendors, a family friendly beer gardens with local musicians performing throughout the day, kids activity zone, dog chill zone (dog friendly event!), art installations and interactive games!
To top it off, VFC is always free (with optional cash donation) as we are committed to making plant based education accessible to all. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just veg curious, everyone is welcome!
KID activity ZONE
Lama puppet crafts
1:00pm - 1:45pm Taken By Sanity
2:10pm - 2:50pm Curt Young and the Healers
3:15pm - 3:40pm Spenser Sipe & Stevie Chow
4:30pm - 5:15pm Hayden McHugh
5:45pm - 6:30pm Astronomy Ground
7:00pm - 7:45pm Kate Stevens
1:00pm - 1:30pm | Ethics & Animal Rights
Camille Labchuk is one of Canada’s leading animal rights lawyers, and has worked to protect animals for over a decade. As a lawyer, Camille seeks out cases that enhance the legal interests of animals, expose hidden animal suffering, and result in meaningful policy changes. As an advocate, Camille’s work includes documenting the commercial seal kill on Canada’s East Coast, exposing cruelty in farming, protecting the free speech rights of animal advocates, and campaigns against trophy hunting, circuses, zoos, aquariums, shark finning, puppy mills, and more. Camille is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Mount Allison University. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on animal law issues. Camille shares her Ottawa home with two black cats, Sadie and Cecily.
Dr. Pamela Fergusson
1:50pm - 2:20pm | Health & Wellness
Dr. Pamela Fergusson is an RD with a PhD in nutrition. She has over 15 years of experience with changing lives through better nutrition. Dr. Fergusson has worked as a lecturer in nutrition at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and Ryerson University, Canada. Dr. Fergusson has worked as a Dietitian in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia for organizations such as Unicef and the World Food program and has a broad and diverse experience as she’s worked in research and teaching as well as public health and clinical practice. Dr. Fergusson is fascinated by nutrition and loves to bring wellness and fitness into her own life. She eats a whole foods, plant-based diet and loves to cook and bake with her four children. Dr. Fergusson believes in the power of activity to help improve our mental and physical health. She brings all of this joy and experience to her practice.
2:40pm - 3:10pm | Fitness & Masculinity
Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan and plant-based communities. He is the founder of a successful New York based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable clothing made in New York from recycled and organic materials. He is also the founder of Eat What Elephants Eat, a food and nutrition company dedicated to making plant-based eating accessible and affordable. A working athlete, Dominick’s intense training schedule includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics, boxing, cross-fit, cross-training, weight and power-lifting. He competes in 10-12 endurance races per year, including marathons, triathlons, and ultra-races. Dominick has been recognized for his activism across a variety of major news outlets, including NPR News, ABC News, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Thrive Magazine, Origin Magazine, and more.
3:30pm - 4:00pm | Food Justice
Lauren Ornelas founded Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P) which seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choices. F.E.P encourages healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income areas. A fierce animal activist for over 20 years, Lauren was the first woman of colour inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame at the 2018 National Animal Rights Conference. Along with the rest of the F.E.P crew, she is known for illuminating such issues as child slavery in the chocolate industry, farm worker rights, and environmental racism.
4:20pm - 4:50pm | Environment
Mexie hosts a popular Youtube channel, “Mexie”, where she provides grounded critiques of capitalism and explores issues relating to social/environmental/economic justice and veganism. She is a published author and holds a P.h.D. in Human Geography (Political Ecology), for which she received a SSHRC scholarship. Her work explores the intersections between political economy and environmental governance, with research sites in Canada and Thailand. She’s been a leftist as long as she can remember, vegetarian for 10 years, and (finally) vegan for 4 years. She also co-hosts a leftist podcast, The Vegan Vanguard, with Marine from A Privileged Vegan.
5:10pm - 6:00pm | Ask the speakers your burning questions!
Check out our amazing exhibitors for VFC 2019!
Nourish Kitchen & Bakery
Soymilk & Vinegar
The Grinning Goat
Talk Vegan To Me Clothing
FOOD & BEVERAGE (samples & take home)
Black Sheep Vegan Cheese
Community Natural Foods
Evergreen Wheatgrass Juice
Fresh & Local Farm Outlet
Light Cellar Superfoods
Made Good Foods
The Gut Lab
The Vegan Popcorn Company
HOME & BEAUTY
Henna by Iram
Mount Royal Village Family Chiropractic
Shakti Mat Canada
Spartan Kitchen Products
The Happy Seed
Wild Harvest Botanicals
Young Living Essential Oils
Calgary Mini Donuts
Capone's Strada Cucina
MORE FOOD & BEVERAGES
Calgary Heritage Roasters
Gusta Foods (corner)
Happy Belly Kombucha
It’s All Good Organic
Scratch Rare Ice Cream
The Sly Fox Vegan Butcher
The Very Good Butchers
ARTS Senior Animal Rescue
Food Empowerment Project
Calgary Animal Rights Effort
Calgary Humane Society
Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation
Plastic Free YYC
The Alice Sanctuary
Official grocer of vfc
Community Natural Foods has been at the heart of Calgary's natural and organic food movement. Having been the first grocer in Calgary to go single-use plastic grocery bag free and the first grocer to no longer sell single servings of water in plastic bottles, Community Natural Foods has paved the way for sustainable initiatives in the grocery industry.
A big thank you to this year’s sponsors for VFC 2019!
CONGRATS TO THE STREET EATERY!
WINNER OF BEST VEGAN MEAL AND BEST VEGAN DESSERT for yyc vegan week 2019
Go to yycveganweek.com to see photo highlights from our First Annual YYC Vegan Week!
A big thank you to this year’s community partners for VFC 2019!