We have a great group of exhibitors joining us this year!
A Frame Forward Photography - Sponsor
Hi! I’m Jackson, owner & operator of A Frame Forward Photography. I’m a long time vegetarian & also the highest rated eco-friendly photographer in MN. I’m excited to once again be a part of Twin Cities Veg Fest.
My style of photography blends fine art & photojournalism, with a little bit of fun. Like a hand-picked organic apple, my images are crisp, clean, and fresh. I gravitate towards bold colors, unique style, and a creative perspective. My love for Landscape Photography has me fusing some of those looks, ideas, and skills into my people work too.
The things that move me the most are music, nature, travel, organic gardening, big ideas, and all things creative. I value honesty, integrity, kindness, a good sense of humor, and old-fashioned hard work.
Not only is my art eco-friendly but my business practices and personal life follow suit as well. Everything I use from office supplies, to food, to cleaning products, are chosen with our planet and well-being in mind. I’m a big believer in the wise wisdom of Gandhi who once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I model my business, art, and life around that wonderful idea.
Action for Animals
Action for Animals is an educational organization that works to promote positive change in the ways people view and treat animals. Because every animal has the right to live his or her life free from oppression and exploitation, AFA promotes a vegan diet and lifestyle—not using animals for food, clothing, entertainment, research, trade, or any other objectifying purpose—and vegan activism as the best way to take action for animals.
Arbonne is a highly regarded, premium brand with Swiss heritage. The botanically based products (including skin care, personal care, nutrition, and cosmetics) utilize the best of what nature has to offer to improve our lives. Arbonne is vegan certified, PETA approved, and we have never tested on animals. We also self-regulate to the world's highest ingredient standard, the European Union, where they have banned over 1200 chemicals from their personal care products. Arbonne invests in cutting edge research and development to ensure that our products are always pure, safe, and beneficial.
Asase Yaa - Food Vendor
Asase Yaa (pronounced “ah-sah-see-yah”, and means “mother earth” in Akon Mythology) provides global foods for festivals.
Traditional meals with purpose. Asase Yaa meals are crafted with love, energy, and sincere intention in value of our customers.
Ash & Oke - Sponsor
Ash & Oke is the couture invitation boutique of award-winning vegan designer Amy Stemper. Her passion for health, wellness, equal-rights, animal-rights, and the environment inspires her work which has been featured by MN Bride, The Knot, design magazines, awards shows, and on blogs across the web. Ash & Oke provides a thoughtful, tailored experience for every client that wants to share their special announcements, and celebrate their important occasions and events, with love and care.
Beanfields - Food Sampler
Welcome to Beanfields, where we've created tortilla chips with Award Winning Taste. Our chips are made from a blend of black & navy beans and long-grain rice, and are free of the 8 most common food allergens.
Bee Free Honee - Food Sampler
Bee Free Honee is "honey" made from US grown/organic apples, not bees! We add a touch of vegan quality/non-GMO cane sugar (just enough to give it tackiness & no more), and lemon juice is the only preservative. Use it any way you would use traditional honey in equal proportions in cooking & baking, ease the burden of those wonderful pollinators so they may regain in strength and in numbers! Bee Free & Natural!
Boneshaker Books is a radical & progressive bookstore located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. Boneshaker, first opened in January of 2011, is staffed solely by volunteers. We specialize in progressive/radical literature, children's books, and a curated fiction section.
Captured by Brooke Photography
Captured by Brooke Photography is imagery that is all about capturing love, life and dreams. Brooke is an avid traveler who strives to bring culture, wildlife and travel adventures to share with everyone and raise awareness about issues. She also loves photographing people and weddings at home. Beauty is everyone, in everyone, and everything. Check it out at www.capturedbybrooke.com.
Chicken Run Rescue and United Poultry Concerns
Learn about the link between laying hens and ovarian cancer… why for every laying hen there is a dead or abandoned rooster… why there is no such thing as a harmless egg or humane meat… why vegans own the word "sustainable." Learn what its like to live in the city with rescued chickens. Minneapolis based Chicken Run Rescue and its national partner organization, United Poultry Concerns are devoted to defending domestic fowl and promoting animal free food.
Chilean, Aji Pebre - Food Sampler
Aji Pebre is a mix of peppers, spices, and other fresh vegetables. It is a typical Chilean fresh salsas, but in Chile it's used as a condiment on all sorts of foods. Aji Pebre is especially common from the end of Spring to the beginning of Fall when fresg vegetables are available, and it's eaten daily with lunch and/or dinner.
Christian Vegetarian Association
The CVA is a nondenominational, international ministry the asserts that the love, compassion, mercy, and peace of Christ favors a plant-based diet.
Comfort Candy - Food Sampler
Comfort Candy is a locally owned company that specializes in handmade caramels and confections. All of our products are 100% vegan and made in small batches. We use ingredients that are organic and locally sourced based on availability. Our products are cruelty free and made with love.
Compassion Over Killing - Sponsor
Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with an additional office in Los Angeles, CA. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman.
Since 1995, COK has served as an unwavering force bringing about positive changes for animals and thanks to our many generous supporters, we’ve come a long way in our short history: starting as an all-volunteer high school club and evolving into a national voice for animals.
Despite our small staff and limited budget, COK’s innovative, cost-effective campaigns are having a tremendous im
Compassionate Action for Animals - Food Sampler
Compassionate Action for Animals is a Twin Cities based nonprofit that has been in operation since 1998. We encourage people to cultivate empathy for animals and move towards a plant-based diet. Our programs include leafleting, video showings, cooking classes, social events, and of course, the Twin Cities Veg Fest! CAA will be sampling a variety of delicious vegan foods.
Ecology Democracy Network
The Ecology Democracy Network is a non-partisan effort. We seek a shift from human to an ecological-centered economy, as well as a more accurate reflection of our cultures political values.
Our mandates are structural change in three key areas:
- The Economy: Establish an ecology –based economy, so when our water, air, soil and habitat are stronger the economy is naturally stronger.
- The Way We Vote: Decentralize our political system and move to a proportional representative voting method for the Minnesota House of Representatives. When your party gets 10% of the vote you get 10% of the seats.
- Who Influences Our Government: Remove big money and corporate interference in our government, so “We the People” have access to our own government.
The Network offers strategies and tactics to any individual or group to achieve these mandates
Éthique Nouveau offers a shopping experience that is kind to humans, animals, and the earth. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the finest quality merchandise available from the best designers in the field without the use of animal testing, ingredients, skins, or furs.
Éthique Nouveau is owned and operated by the Animal Rights Coalition, a Minneapolis based animal rights organization.
Facepainting & Twisting Balloons with Nikole Mitchell
My partner and I are excited to bring laughter and smiles to children's faces through the art of facepainting and balloon twisting. Not only do kids (and adults:) get to learn about great food that is good for the earth and the animals but also get to feel fun and beautiful with facepainting that will last all day long and balloon twisting that will amaze you! Can't wait to spend the day making families happy! 🙂
Fossil Free Minnesota
Fossil Free Minnesota is working to divest the University of Minnesota from fossil fuels. This is the fastest-growing, divestment movement in history! Stop by to learn more on how we are addressing climate change.
Gaia Soap, LLC
Gaia Soap is a local maker of entirely vegan, eco-friendly soap.
Glam Doll Donuts - Food Vendor
Glam Doll Donuts is a MPLS donut shop offering a wide variety of vegan donuts daily. All of our vegan dough and delicious fillings are made in house from the best quality ingredients. We focus on offering a wide variety of classic flavors as well as bringing it to the edge with our more daring flavor combinations such as our "Chart Topper" with Peanut Butter and Sriracha or the "Night Moves" with fresh Blackberry and Hennessy.
Green Party of Minnesota
The Green Party of Minnesota (GPMN) is a grassroots organization dedicated to the values of the international Green movement. The GPMN strives to build a society in which all can lead full and productive lives in harmony with each other and with nature. The movement is inspired by the interrelated Four Pillars of Ecological Wisdom, Nonviolence, Social and Economic Justice and Grassroots Democracy.
Here Comes The Sun Vegan Bus - Food Vendor
We are a converted school bus traveling the US promoting a vegan lifestyle. Heading up the crew is a vegan mom, holistic nutritionist, and macro raw chef. She and her two daughter's blend up amazing fresh fruit based smoothies and serve inventive packaged raw snacks.
Local and nonproft HOURCAR operates the Twin Cities' largest round-trip car-sharing service. With everything from zippy Fiat 500s to rugged Ford pickups on offer, you will never be short on transit options with HOURCAR.
Humane Society of the United States Faith Outreach Program
The Humane Society of the United States Faith Outreach program works with faith communities nationwide under the premise that religious values call upon us to act in a kind and merciful way towards all creatures.
There are three events volunteers act as hosts for on church campus's or other church venues: Doing a fill the bowl project, hosting an event showing the video Eating Mercifully with Q&A afterward; a how to event on turning your back yard (or the church's) into a wild-life friendly oasis. Please see the HSUS Faith Outreach website for more information. These are great opportunities for persons of faith to reach out to their church clergy/leaders and/or church bodies to engage them to have a closer look at how we can begin conversations on biblical stewardship of the animal kingdom.
Ryan Dow is a local vegetarian cartoonist.
Jamberry Nails – The Nail Chica
Jamberry Nails are a safe, easy, and affordable alternative to nail polish. Jamberry nails wraps are made in the U.S., won't damage natural nails, with no dry time and no chipping, lasting up to 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes. Most importantly, these vinyl nail stickers are non-toxic, formaldehyde free, harmful chemical free, latex and gluten free, NEVER tested on animals, and 100% VEGAN! With over 300 designs to choose from - at less then $5 a manicure - Jamberry nails will be your new go to beauty item!
Juice So Good - Food Vendor
Made with only nutrition, whole, allergen-free ingredients, Juice So Good is dedicated to creating delicious, better-for-you beverages and foods and making them accessible to everyone looking to live a healthier, happier, more active life. From source to consumer, we are committed to driving positive change for the health and well-being of people, community and planet.
Kakookies - Food Vendor
When Sue Kakuk discovered her daughter and collegiate cycling teammates were stopping at Dunkin Donuts for breakfast before their races, she started baking and sending Kakookies. There is something magical packed inside these treats and its NOT wheat, dairy, or eggs. It’s a cookie with pure, nutrient dense ingredients, individually packaged as a portable grab n go healthy snack.
Karina Crockett – Norwex
Norwex is committed to radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning, and help people create healthy homes. As much as possible, we promote cleaning with just water! We offer three major product lines: microfiber, specialty cleaners, personal care.
Recycled materials handmade into new inventive pieces of art.
Henna art done on site. Mehndi Moments can travel to your location! All designs are free hand, and vary from traditional to contemporary styles, suiting your particular preferences.
Mercy For Animals - Sponsor
MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve.
We serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.
Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection
Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection is a small non-profit working to protect animals from cruelty and suffering by promoting humane legislation and legislators in Minnesota. Our booth offers visitors a positive experience and information about how they can be engaged to help protect animals in MN.
Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op - Food Sampler
Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op is St. Paul’s premier source for local & organic produce, health & wellness products, and delicious, healthful food.Unlike regular grocery stores, we’re consumer owned and controlled and have been since we opened in 1979. We offer high quality, fair-priced goods and services, while working toward a sustainable local economy & global environment and promoting the cooperative principles.
Molly Spring Rolls - Food Vendor
Watch while you wait for the spring rolls that will watch your weight. All veggie molly spring rolls (purely vegan). Rolled fresh on the spot at Twin Cities Veg Fest 2014.
The Move MN campaign is committed to addressing Minnesota’s urgent transportation needs – roads, bridges, transit, bike and pedestrian connections. The campaign consists of a growing, diverse coalition dedicated to starting to erase Minnesota’s transportation deficit and creating new funding that will enable the state to properly maintain and improve transportation assets that expand access and opportunity for all, and create living wage jobs.
The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, student-directed organization that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota.
Muddy Paws Cheesecake - Food Vendor
222 Flavors of Artisan Cheesecake made from Scratch - Including Vegan, Gluten Free, and Sugar Free. Serving the Twin Cities the World's BEST Cheesecake for 21 years.
Olive on Tap - Food Sampler
The most unique Olive Oil and Vinegar Store in the Upper Midwest. All of our 120+ and growing flavor enhanced olive oils and balsamic vinegars are created right at the store in our licensed commercial kitchen. We are not your typical "beige house in the subdivision" olive oil store that buy from the same distributor or franchise operator... our products are produced in house from the finest ingredients we could find, and fine tuned to what our customers want.
Oxfam America Club and Oxfam Action Corps Minnesota
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.
Paws Place Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
Providing a safe haven for special needs cats and dogs with no other place to go.
Punk Rawk Labs, Inc. - Food Sampler
Punk Rawk Labs specializes in crafting fermented nut milk cheeses. Located in South Minneapolis, hand made every week, and then shipped out all over the country. Our cheeses are creamy in texture and have an umami roundness that satisfies.
Rainbow Chinese - Food Sampler
Chef Tammy Wong has prepared a variety of fresh hand made chips including taro, yam, kale, beet and more.
Saint Pops - Food Vendor
Saint Pops produces ice pops made from the purest ingredients with a focus on locally grown. All our pops are vegan, gluten free, and nut free. Our flavors change depending on what is in season, but currently include Raspberry Lemonade, Pear Rosemary, and Ice Coffee (made with coconut milk).
Save the Kids
Save the Kids is a fully-volunteer national grass-roots organization dedicated to alternatives to and the end of the incarceration of youth and the school to prison pipeline. Save the Kids is dedicated to food justice, racial justice, youth justice, environmental justice, transformative justice, and Hip Hop activism.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Seward Cafe - Food Vendor
Seward Cafe has been collectively owned and operated since 1974. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, beer, wine, coffee, and pastries and much more! We have tons of vegan options for anything, as well as gluten-free, local and organic goods. See our website for our event calenard for live music!
Sierra Club Northstar Chapter is the leading grassroots voice to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment. Stop by our table to learn more about what you can do to enjoy, explore and protect our environment and to take action to support clean energy in Minnesota.
The Herbivorous Butcher - Food Sampler
Super small-batch vegan meat-free meats made with local ingredients and prepared by a brother and sister team!
Brother and sister team Aubry and Kale Walch have spent the last several years perfecting The Herbivorous Butcher’s deliciously deceiving meat-free meats. Aubry has been a vegetarian for 18 years and has spent over a decade creating meat-free alternatives to all the foods that she grew up with on Guam, a place where cooking was very important and each meal consisted of 2-3 different kinds of meat or seafood, not to mention a wide variety of flavors, spices, and textures, blending traditional cuisine with culinary cultures from across the world.
After years of watching Aubry thrive as a strict non-meat eater, Kale Walch followed suit and became vegan. Over the past several years, he has developed a keen sense for the many ingredients and methods that go into making the most flavorful, nutritious and satisfying meat alternatives. Having made the change from omnivore to vegan more recently, he is able to invoke the flavors of his previous “meat palate” to create realistic and tastefully accurate meat-alternatives.
Tofurky - Food Sampler - Sponsor
At Turtle Island Foods, our Tofurky® and tempeh products are created to promote the health and vitality of both the people and the ecosystems of our “island” home. For almost 30 years we have worked to create delicious, nutritious, convenient and affordable vegetarian food that make a difference in people’s lives and have a minimal impact on our environment.
U Students Like Good Food - Food Sampler
Focused on food and sustainability, this is a student group for everyone from gardeners to nutritionists to urban planners and chefs! We do our best to educate people on how to eat smart, happy, and to strengthen bonds with the environment as well as communities.
Urban Compost makes it fun and easy to compost indoors. Many people don't believe they can compost because they live in small spaces or apartments. We'll show you how easy it really is.
Vegan Outreach - Sponsor
Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.
Way Better Snacks - Food Sampler - Sponsor
Way Better Snacks are the makers of the delicious sprouted Way Better chips and crackers.
Yelp, Inc. - Sponsor
Yelp specializes in bringing the Twin Cities community together with some of the best local businesses this great city has to offer. It's an online urban city guide and mobile app that helps you find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the know.
Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what's great -- and not so great -- in your world.