NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

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Shout out to the vegatarians! The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is almost here. It’s an array of of speakers, vendors, wellness and did I mention the chef demos? The fest is in its 8th year and curates two days of  jammed packed wellness activities.

I personally can’t wait for the cooking demos especially the one on dessert, I will be there front and center.  

The schedule is below. See you there!

Schedule of Events

THE SMARTYPANTS VITAMINS STAGE / KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

SATURDAY 

11:40-12:15¬†–¬†Dr. Shilpa Ravella¬†“Eating, Living, and the Bugs Inside You”

Dr. Shilpa Ravella is a gastroenterologist with expertise in nutrition and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center where she directs the Adult Small Bowel Program. She speaks and writes regularly on food, health and wellness and has written for a variety of national media including The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Slate, Discover, USA Today, PBS and TED-Ed. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Food and Wine, Glamour, Prevention, Women’s Health and many other outlets.

12:20-12:50¬†–¬†Dominick Thompson¬†“Redefining Masculinity Through Veganism”

Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan community and founder of Crazies and Weirdos, a successful New York based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable, eco-friendly clothing dedicated to the animal rights movement. He is also the founder of Iron Brukal (a sports and fitness brand, dedicated to the working professional, with plans to open training facilities in 2019), and a full-time executive in the healthcare industry where he develops and manages many critical relationships with hospital systems and other providers in order to deliver services to communities in need throughout the eastern United States.

1:00-1:45¬†–¬†Dr. Chiti Parikh¬†¬†‚ÄúPractical Guide for Nurturing your Gut Microbiome‚ÄĚ

Dr. Parikh is an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College where she plays an active role in medical education, research and patient care. She graduated from Robert WoodJohnson Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency. As a board certified Internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, she has co-founded Integrative Health at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

This program provides services such as acupuncture, meditation, yoga, nutrition, psychotherapy, and biofeedback. 

2:00-2:45¬†–¬†Sid Garza-Hillman¬†“Maintaining a Thriving Vegan Family”

Sid Garza-Hillman, podcaster and YouTuber, is the author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto and Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress, and a Thriving Family. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in Philosophy, and is a public speaker, certified nutritionist, and Small Steps Coach. He is the Wellness Programs Director at the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort, an ultra runner, and Race Director of the Mendocino Coast 50K trail ultramarathon. He lives on California’s Mendocino Coast with his wife and three children, horse, dog, and two cats.

3:00-4:00-¬†Dr. Robert Ostfeld ‚ÄúConfessions of a Reformed Cardiologist. Plant Based Nutrition and Your Heart‚ÄĚ

Robert Ostfeld is the associate professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center, and associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein. He received his training from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University School of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School.

5-5:30¬†–¬†Tamara Lackey¬†

5:40-6:00¬†‚Äď Alina Zolotareva ‚ÄúFeeding the Future with Sustainable, Indoor Vertical Farming

SUNDAY 

11:30-12:10¬†‚Äď Karen Ellis-Ritter¬† ‚ÄúCFEI‚Äôs VEGAN KICKSTART 101‚ÄĚ

12:15-12:55¬†–¬†Jackie Topol ‚ÄúA Well-Balanced Plant-Based Diet for Optimal Health‚ÄĚ

1-2:10¬†–¬†Dr. Michelle McMacken ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs the Best Diet for the 21st¬†Century‚Ä̬†

Michelle McMacken is a board-certified internal medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she practices primary care, directs a weight management program, and teaches doctors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. She is an enthusiastic supporter of plant-based nutrition and is committed to educating patients, doctors, and the public about the power of healthy eating and lifestyle modification. She has received the faculty ‚ÄėTeacher of the Year‚Äô award three times and has been featured in several documentaries, in national academic nutrition conferences, and on popular nutrition-related websites and podcasts. Dr. McMacken is also a council member for the True Health Initiative, a coalition of health experts from around the world committed to educating on evidence-based, proven principles of lifestyle as medicine.

¬†2:15-3 –¬†Eric L. Adams¬†¬†‚ÄúKeynote Presentation from Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams‚ÄĚ

¬†3:10-3:50¬†–¬†Isabelle Steichen¬†“How to Successfully Transition into a Vegan Lifestyle”

4:50-5:20¬†–¬†Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart

5:25-5:55¬†–¬†Brian Kateman¬†“How the Reducetarian Movement Can Advance a Plant-Based World”

 Brian Kateman is cofounder and president of the Reducetarian Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing animal product consumption in order to create a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world. He is the editor of The Reducetarian Solution. A TEDx speaker and leading expert on food systems and behavioral change, he has appeared in dozens of media outlets including The Washington Post, Vox, National Geographic, The Atlantic, Forbes, Fast Company, Salon, Fox News, NPR and The Daily Mail. He is an instructor in the Executive Education Program at the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University. His next book, The Reducetarian Cookbook, will be available later this year.

BANANA STAGE / SPEAKERS

SATURDAY

11:40-12:10¬†–¬†Jacque Tarlton and Marzia Prince¬†“WTF: Where‚Äôs the Fiber?!”

Marzia Prince and Jacque Tarlton are plant based health coaches, and they call themselves the Crudit√© Crew. They have worked with leading global brands on custom keynotes and wellness programs. Their WTF (Where’s the Fiber) program has helped thousands of people not just survive, but to thrive in life.

12:15-12:55¬†–¬†Nzinga Young

1-1:40¬†–¬†Ellen Kanner¬† ‚ÄúVegetable Love: Fueling Passion with Plants‚ÄĚ

Ellen Kanner is author of the award-winning book¬†Feeding theHungry Ghost, Huffington Post’s¬†Meatless Monday blogger, syndicated columnist of the Edgy veggie, international presenter, and contributor and recipe developer for numerous publications including Vegnews.

1:45-2:30¬†–¬†Karen Ellis-Ritter¬† ‚ÄúCFEI‚Äôs VEGAN KICKSTART 101‚ÄĚ

3:30-4:20¬†–¬†Gene Stone with Nil Zacharias¬† ‚ÄúEat for the Planet: Saving the World One Bite at a Time‚ÄĚ

4:25-4:55¬†–¬†Ashley Hampton¬†“Social Media for Social Change”¬†¬†

Ashley Hampton is the creator of @rawincollege on Instagram and Youtube. She is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a degree in community and nonprofit leadership. She has held vegan meet-ups all over the world, and enjoys discussing recipes, advice, and travel. Her talk will cover the power of social media and how to reach millions with the vegan message.

5:00-6:00¬†–¬†Abioseh Joseph Cole¬†‚Äúreadings from the Voices Unheard collection‚ÄĚ

SUNDAY

11:40-12:10¬†–¬†Vegan Parenting Panel

12:15-12:50¬†–¬†Animal Sanctuary Panel

12:55-1:25¬†–¬†Rachel Atcheson¬†‚ÄúCan Political Action Make a Big Change for Animals?‚Ä̬†

1:30-2:30¬†–¬†Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez¬†‚ÄúHow to Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet through Science‚ÄĚ

3:30-4:10¬†Victoria Moran¬†‚ÄúWhen I’m 64: Veganism For Slow-Motion Aging‚ÄĚ

Victoria Moran is a vegan of over three decades, an obesity survivor, and is the current female winner of the ‚ÄúPETA‚Äôs Sexiest Vegan Over 50‚ÄĚ competition. Listed by VegNews among the Top 10 Living¬†Vegetarian¬†Authors, she‚Äôs written twelve books, including The Love-Powered Diet, The Good Karma Diet, the international bestseller Creating a Charmed Life, and the iconic Main Street Vegan, whose fans range from Bill Clinton to Ellen Degeneres. Victoria was featured twice on Oprah; she hosts the award-winning Main Street Vegan podcast; and directs Main Street Vegan Academy, the exciting in-person program in NYC that trains and certifies Vegan Lifestyle Coaches and Educators. She is also producer of Thomas Jackson‚Äôs upcoming documentary,The Compassion Project, introducing veganism to people of faith.

4:15-4:45¬†‚Äď Hayley Greenberg and Jerry Merola ‚ÄúWhat Every Animal Lover Should Know about Animal Law‚Ä̬†

5-5:45¬†–¬†Shoshana Chaim¬†‚ÄúHow to Get Children (of Any Age) to Eat Plant-Based‚ÄĚ

Shoshana Chaim is a co-host of the popular Plant Trainers Podcast, and a Plant-Based Health and Wellness Coach working one-on-one with busy people to alleviate the stress in life caused by diet and lifestyle. She contributes to written publications, makes appearances on Rogers Television, runs corporate wellness retreats and is an international speaker.

PEAR STAGE / CHEF COOKING DEMOS

SATURDAY 

12:00-12:30¬†‚Äď Shauna McQueen¬†

12:45-1:15¬†–¬†Luke Elwin ‚ÄúHow to Agar‚ÄĚ

Born in New Zealand, Luke has been cooking since 13, and has cooked all over the world as a private chef and consultant, as well as opening numerous restaurants and businesses. He has spent the last 5 years transitioning to a full plant-based lifestyle and chef, and brings his years of experience, creativity and flair to the plant-based world. Luke lives by the motto of creativity, simplicity and flavor first whilst staying true to the integrity of ingredients and techniques.

1:30-2:00-¬†Isa Ekstam¬†“Nordic Flavors: Introduction to Swedish Vegan Cuisine”

Isa is a passionate vegetarian chef from Sweden. She runs the Stockholm-based cooking school Green Isa Dream, focusing on vegetarian and vegan cooking. She also runs her own food blog called GreenIsaDream, and restaurant guide called Veggietown. She also develops and styles creative green recipes for magazines. 

2:15-2:45¬†–¬†Fran Costigan ‚ÄúQuick and Easy Luscious Vegan Chocolate Desserts‚ÄĚ

Pastry chef, educator, and cookbook author, Fran Costigan is internationally renowned as the authority on vegan desserts. She was a chef in both traditional and vegan pastry kitchens before moving into teaching over 20 years ago. Her 90-day Essential Vegan Desserts Course, which is based on her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive, is available online with Rouxbe. Her cookbook, Vegan Chocolate Desserts: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, is available in German, French and Italian editions and follows the classic, More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally.

3-3:30¬†–¬†Naliaka Wakhisi ‚ÄúAfro-Caribbean Spice Workshop‚ÄĚ

3:40-4:25¬†–¬†Hannah Kaminsky¬†“Get Real: Learn New Strategies for Making Faster, Halthier, and Tastier Plant-Based Food”

 Hannah Kaminsky has developed an international following for her delicious recipes and mouthwatering food photography at the award-winning blog BitterSweetBlog.com. She is the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan à la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie. Passionate about big flavors and simple techniques, she works in San Francisco’s bay area developing recipes and photographing food from morning to night.

4:30-5:00¬†‚Äď Sara Harrel

SUNDAY

12:00-12:30¬†‚Äď Eleni Simos ‚ÄúSpring Pad Thai with Almond Tahini Sauce‚ÄĚ

12:45-1:15¬†–¬†Adam Sobel¬†¬†

Adam Sobel is the chef and owner of the four-time Vendy Award-winning vegan food truck the Cinnamon Snail. He has appeared on Food Network and PBS and has written about vegan food for¬†Vegetarian¬†Times. He teaches vegan cooking classes at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York. When he‚Äôs not on the truck or in the kitchen, he and his vegan family can be found in Red Bank, New Jersey ‚ÄĒ usually practicing yoga and snuggling with their doggies.

1:30-2:00¬†– Dustin Harder ‚ÄúCauliflower Fried Rice‚ÄĚ

2:15-2:45¬†‚Äď Fully Raw Kristina

3-3:30¬†–¬†Luke Elwin ‚ÄúFun with Matcha‚ÄĚ

Born in New Zealand, Luke has been cooking since 13, and has cooked all over the world as a private chef and consultant, as well as opening numerous restaurants and businesses. He has spent the last 5 years transitioning to a full plant-based lifestyle and chef, and brings his years of experience, creativity and flair to the plant-based world. Luke lives by the motto of creativity, simplicity and flavor first whilst staying true to the integrity of ingredients and techniques.

3:45-4:15¬†–¬†Isa Ekstam¬†“Nordic Flavors: Introduction to Swedish Vegan Cuisine”

Isa is a passionate vegetarian chef from Sweden. She runs the Stockholm-based cooking school Green Isa Dream, focusing on vegetarian and vegan cooking. She also runs her own food blog called GreenIsaDream, and restaurant guide called Veggietown. She also develops and styles creative green recipes for magazines.

4:30-5:00¬†‚Äď Chandra Lee ‚ÄúEmbrace Raw Living‚ÄĚ



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