Bethlehem Vegfest is yet another event taking place across the globe to promote vegan food and living
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, recently saw their 6th annual Vegfest event take place at the South Bethlehem Greenway on Saturday 20th August. This follows on from a successful 5th anniversary, which saw almost 10,000 people come out to celebrate last year. Lehigh Valley hosted the event alongside another food festival that was celebrating the harvest, the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival in Allentown.
What's on at Bethlehem Vegfest?
Vegfest attendees enjoyed a variety of vegan cuisine, live music, animal rights and climate change awareness stalls, environmental activism, cooking demos, speakers, community groups, a beer tent, children’s activities, cruelty free clothing and jewellery.
The day kicked off with a free yoga class followed by demos on making quick pickled vegetables, super food salsa, kale salad, ratatouille and veggie wraps alongside talks on finding your voice, fruit-based raw vegan diets, the health benefits of juicing and ending chronic pain to live a functional life. All this was interspersed with the live music programmed by Godfrey Daniels and local rock musicians, giving people a chance to soak up all the information.
The stalls at Bethlehem Vegfest
With more than 40 food, small business and craft vendors, there was plenty to choose from with enough dishes to appeal to everyone. These included...
- Heavenly Hot Dogs; Shankara Vegan Restaurant
- Taza Truck with freshly made Egyptian dishes
- Lil Miss Organic which specializes in gluten-free food made using locally sourced, home-grown, organic ingredients
- Freakin’ Vegan of Prospect Park with its vegan empanadas
- The Yoga Loft
- Whole Foods
- Kindred Spirits
- OMG Smoothies with their made-to-order fresh smoothies
- Mo’Pweeze Bakery with allergen-free cupcakes and cakes
- Vegan Treats of Bethlehem with their delicious baked goods
- Sato Salon Organics
- Finishers MMA
- New York-based Cinnamon Snail food truck with their nearly 2-year-old vegan street food cookbook, much to the delight of their numerous fans.
The Beagle Freedom Project, Citizens Climate Lobby, LEPOCO, Lehigh Valley Vegetarians, Veg Option Allies & Advocates, Easton Family Chiropractic and the Sanctuary at Haafsville were all their to offer pearls of wisdom on living an ethical lifestyle as well as health and wellbeing.
Angie Vasquez was volunteering for the Pig Placement Network, which recues and places unwanted pet pigs (as if there was such a thing). Her porcine pal Hammy who was enjoying a tasty grassy lunch accompanied her for the day.
The Growth of Vegfests around the world
Whether you’re veggie, vegan or omnivore, all are welcome to the Vegfest events which are not only also available in other countries but other continents around the world. For the Americans amongst you, though the Bethlehem event has been and gone there are plenty more in coming months. In the coming weeks there is the Alaska Vegfest, Grand Rapids Vegfest and DC Vegfest with many others to follow which you can check via the American Vegan Society. I mean, who doesn’t love free music, good food and a little new knowledge?