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This Saturday, an estimated 5,000 people will descend on the Salt Lake City Main Library Plaza for the 4th annual SLC VegFest, a festival presented by Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC). VegFest will feature food, a beer garden sponsored by Piper Down Pub, live music, a kid’s area with inflatable bounce houses, and informational sessions about the benefits of veganism. All of the food at SLC VegFest is 100% vegan, and the event has free entry.
“More people than ever are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet, take charge of their health, and stop animal suffering. Understandably, UARC has seen record interest and engagement ahead of this year’s SLC VegFest,” says SLC VegFest Co-Director Amy Meyer. Approximately 50 exhibitors and vendors will be present, including nonprofit organizations, restaurants, bakeries, & food trucks. Local vendors will be selling a wide array of food options, including vegan “wings” from Trolley Wing Company, Beyond Meat burgers from Piper Down, gourmet ice cream from Monkeywrench, and Mediterranean classics from Falafel Tree.
The outdoor library amphitheater will feature musical acts, including Nick Passey of Folk Hogan, and headliner Grey, who went viral for his “Vegan Thanksgiving” rap. Inside the library auditorium at 1 pm, SLC VegFest will feature a Mayoral Forum with candidates Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall, moderated by Taylor Stevens with The Salt Lake Tribune. This forum will have an emphasis on asking the candidates how they will advance animal protection issues as Mayor. The keynote speaker inside the auditorium at 3 pm is Sea Shepherd Captain Peter Hammarstedt, made famous by Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, who will be giving a talk titled “Sea of Slaughter: The Fight to Save Marine Life.”
- What: SLC VegFest 2019
- Where: SLC Main Library & Plaza, 200 E. 400 South
- When: Saturday, September 14, 12 Noon – 8 PM