How did you get involved in planning the Veg Fest?
After attending the past two years, and I believe it is an excellent way to provide people with the resources to follow a compassionate vegan lifestyle. When I was at the festival, I ran into Unny, CAA’s Executive Director, and told him I was interested in helping at the next one.
What have you enjoyed most so far?
It is always fun getting to know the volunteers involved with Veg Fest. I’ve learned so much about all that goes into organizing one. Along with that, there are many new vegan-friendly vendors and restaurants I’ve discovered in the Twin Cities through the planning process. The list just keeps growing! Most importantly though, I think it will be fantastic to see the reach of the festival grow, as it has each year.
What are you most looking forward to at the Veg Fest?
Every year, what I look forward to most is the food from vendors and the samples. There are always new ones to try out! It is also inspiring to see so many people interested in veg options.
You’ve been involved in animal advocacy for many years. What makes you optimistic about the animal movement?
It is so easy to follow a vegan lifestyle these days. New businesses and options pop up so quickly it can be hard to keep up. It makes me optimistic to see the success of these new ventures, and their popularity continue to grow each year. I believe this demonstrates the message is reaching people, and they are making positive changes.
What’s the easiest way that a supporter can get the word out about the festival?
Share, share, share on social media. That includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Twin Cities Veg Fest has a presence on all of these platforms.
What hobbies do you enjoy (besides devouring tasty vegan food)?
I love spending time outdoors – it could be gardening, hiking, swimming, birding, camping or having a vegan cookout (which does involve devouring vegan food). When I’m not outside, I love to read, bake, volunteer, and spend time with friends and family.
What’s a fun experience that you’ve had with a non-human animal?
I visited the local Chicken Run Rescue. It was amazing to learn about the social lives of the birds there. Each and every chicken has their own personality and I enjoyed spending a little time getting to know them.
What’s your favorite vegetable?
It would be a challenge to choose only one. I love butternut squash, zucchini, kale, and bell peppers, all of which I have growing in my garden this year.