The 2018 Tampa Bay Veg Fest Is Here

Tampa, Fl. – The 9th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest makes it return Nov. 3! And after 8 years of gaining more and more popularity, this years event will be held at the larger,  beautiful and historic Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, in Tampa. [1000 E. Harrison St, Tampa, FL 33603 ]

From Nationally renowned speakers, food demonstrations, live music, local and national brand exhibitors and of course amazing people, 2018 Veg Fest will be its best year yet.

Now we are no stranger to the Tampa Bay Veg Fest, in-fact we were vendors there a few years back. So we are not only familiar with the event, but also the incredible impact and exposure it gives smaller, Vegan, Plant-based, businesses and products.

This Years Event

This years Featured speakers and their topics:

  • Sustainable Duo –Carly Bergman & Brenden Fitzgerald
    “Let’s Get Zero Wasted”
    10:30am
  • Koushik R. Reddy, MD/Cardiologist
    “Heart to Heart – A Plant Powered Approach to Heart Disease”
    11:30am
  • Paul Watson
    “Why There is no Sustainable Fishing and Helping our Oceans”
    12:30pm
  • Austin Aries
    “A Plant-Powered Professional Athlete’s Journey to Wrestling Stardom”
    1:30pm
  • Ana Negron, MD
    “Intervention practices that prevent and help reverse Type 2 Diabetes”
    2:30pm
  • Ronnie Tsunami
    “Plant-Powered Tsunami: How You Can Help Accelerate the Plant-Based Movement”
    3:30pm

This years Musicians:

  • Brian Brown
    10:00 a.m.
  • Tsunami Wave Riders
    11:00 a.m.
  • The Flow Sisters
    12:00 p.m.
  • Pangea
    1:00 p.m.
  • Lauren Lajas
    2:00 p.m.
  • Matthew Bistok
    3:00 p.m.
  • We Use Wires
    4:00 p.m.

 

Live Food Demonstrations: 

  • Deana Miniawi
    Raw Zucchini Lasagna (GF, oil & soy free)
    10:45 a.m.
  • Ray Milton (Ray’s Vegan Soul Foods)
    Sautéed Kale & Sweet Potato
    12:00 p.m.
  • Michelle & Bruce Odiorne
    Indonesian Inspired Zoodles (raw)
    1:15 p.m.
  • Ellen Jaffe Jones
    Tofu Scramble & Green Detox smoothie
    2:30 p.m.
  • Chef Timothy Fedorko (Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery)
    Peach BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich w/Jalapeño Slaw
    3:45 p.m.

Veggie Kids Zone: 

  • Decorate sign/mask for “Just Like Us” Parade
    10:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Kids Yoga Session w/ Kaleighdascope Yoga
    11:30 am – 12: 30 pm
  • Veggie Vero Book Reading w/ Veronica Green
    1:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • “Just Like Us” Parade
    2:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Bingo Games & Prizes
    3:00 am – 4:00 pm

All Day Activities!

  • Arts & Crafts/Coloring Books & Drawing
    Veg Fest “Rocks”! Rock Painting
    #tbvegfest Photo Booth
    Let’s Eat! Grocery Shopping Experience

FOOD VENDORS!

All food served at Veg Fest is vegan (containing no animal products)

Over the past 9 years, we have seen an incredible surge of Vegan, Plant-based, and Raw fooderies open up in the Tampa Bay Area.

Veg Fest is THE PERFECT way to experience some of the best the Bay has to offer in those culinary fields. This year many of the food vendors will be located in the NEW Food Court at Perry Park.

Govindas Café/Iskcon of Alashua Inc.

  • Chickpeas curry, potatoes pakoras and salads, Samosas-made with wheat flour, potatoes and green peas served with sweet and sour tomato sauce.

Big Crush Slush

  • Premium and unique crafted beverages made with natural ingredients.

Slow Foods Kitchen

  • Raw Vegan, Organic and Gluten Free-Tacos, Kale Chips, Coconut Macaroons, Turmeric Ginger Lemonade, Flavored Pepitas.

Skoops Natural Italian Ice

  • 100% all natural Italian Ice & tropical frozen drinks

Manoba Vegan Food

  • Vegan burgers, water and soda.

Crazy Jack Vegan

  • Brazilian/Vegan Fusion, Jackfruit croquettes, burgers, wraps, coconut water, sugarcane Juice, and tropical juice.

Ras Rody’s Jamaican Vegan Kitchen

  • Turmeric chick peas, stew peas, mix veggies, brown rice and banana pancakes and lentil soup.

Free Lovin Foodery

  • Black Beans & Rice Bowls, Curry Garbanzo Beans, Grilled Vegan Burrito, and Smoothies.

Fro-Dough

  • Edible vegan cookie dough, vegan cookies and vegan macarons.

Reggae Beets Food Truck

  • Smoothies, Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit, Roasted Chickpea Coconut Curry Quinoa Grilled Hummus Wrap.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery

  • Impossible Burgers, Impossible Phillies and assorted baked goods.

Smokin Bowls Food Truck

  • Esquites, Walking Tacos, Bollilos, Tostones, Bunuelos, Rice Bowls, Salad Bowl/Tofu, Walnut & Cauliflower and Seitan options! House made seasoning available for purchase.

Bowled Life

  • Acai Bowls, Pitaya Bowls, Smoothies, Avocado Toast, Quinoa Salads.

Lemon Bar @Citrus Lab

  • Citrus based beverages with fresh fruit herbs and vegetables.

Noo Cow

  • Vegan sausage, vegan burgers, dairy free gelato.

Mother Kombucha

  • Selling 8-12 flavors of bottled and draft Organic and Vegan Certified Kombucha in 12 oz cups, as well as 32 oz. Growlers and Kombucha home brewing kits and t-shirts.

Gelati di Giola

  • Gelato/Sorbeto-Vegan

Selva’s Super Foods

  • Vegan Food Truck specializing in organic cuisine.

Manna International Street Food

  • Samosas with sauce-red potatoes-sweet potatoes-vegan beef-vegan sausage-Pilau rice with pinto beans-avocados and tomato.

Pura Vida Food Truck

  • Walnut Nachos, Walnut Rice Bowl, Chickpea TU-NO Sandwich, Mixed Veggie Coconut Curry, Raw Vegan Cheezecakes and homemade Ginger Lemonade/limeade

The Veggie Cart

  • Tacos- soy chorizo& chix with topings (all vegan).

Outside the Box

  • Organic Kettle Corn and Popcorn-Diabetic friendly options.

Z Best Ethiopian Food

  • Thick stew served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread made out of fermented teff flour.

Stacy’s Gluten Free Goodies

  • Ice cream’ sandwiches, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies and more.

Ripple Foods

  • Cup samples of nutritional non-dairy milks and half-and-half’s made from yellow peas.

Pacari Chocolate

  • Raw organic dark chocolate and cacao products.

Ohm Woke

  • BBQ Jackfruit sammich and Ohmm My Gawd Nachos-100% vegan, and fresh beverage (water, tea or juice).

Treeline Cheese

  • Samples of Treeline Cheese, cashew-based cheeses, contain probiotics and are gluten free, raw, vegan, and non-GMO.

Café Hey

  • Vegan mac n’ cheese, vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches and more.

WeVegan Eats

  • Vegan cookies, Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin and PB n J cookies Muffins, other pastries, T-shirts.

Raw Juicing and Detox

  • Blending on spot whole fruit and veggie smoothies, cold-press juices, wellness shots, energy date bites, vegan wraps, raw pad thai, chia pudding, and cold brew coffee.

The Vegan Hot Dog Cart

  • Vegan hot dogs with a large variety of toppings.

Loving Hut

  • Spring Rolls, Angel Fingers, Spicy Meatless Ball, Buffalo Cauliflower, Hot Dog Sandwich, B.B.Q.Nuggets, Side Salad, Nacho Cheese, Thai Tea and Aloe Lemonade.

Kombucha 221BC

  • Selling and sampling 100% organic vegan kombucha. 7 flavors on draft, Ginger, Lemon Chlorophyll, Orange Turmeric, Berry, Hibiscus, and Moringa Lavender.

Seasoned Green

  • Jerk Chickpea, Cilantro Line Coconut Rice, Pineapple Slaw, BBQ Fried Tofu, Cashew Mac n Cheese, Teriyaki Cauliflower.

A3 Confections

  • Vegan cupcakes, vegan cinnamon rolls, vegan muffins, vegan banana pudding, vegan croissants and cookies.

Proper Cookie Dough

  • Plant-Based Edible Gluten Free and Vegan Dough. Allergen-free, artificial free, made with organic ingredients and full of all natural superfoods!

Plant+Love Ice Cream

  • 100% organic craft vegan ice cream. Flavors will include vanilla, chocolate, mint fudge brownie and pumpkin spice.

Lotus Vegan Restaurant

  • Vegan cheese stick, vegan burger, fried rice, noodle , vegan spring roll and vegan golden roll.

Candela Hot Sauce

  • Lacto-fermented vegan hot sauces with spices. The only ingredients being peppers, sea salt, and water. All natural, raw, and packed with probiotics. They never contain vinegar, sugar, or gluten.

Good Mood Food

  • Fried buffalo cauliflower, fried maitake mushroom wings, fried mac and cheese balls, Spanish style “beef” empanadas, carrot cake and apple pie dessert shooters.

Oh My Cod Vegan Seafood Co.

  • Vegan fish and chips, vegan fish tacos, vegan crab cakes, natural fresh juices, chocolate mousse and coconut water.

Min’s Matcha Tea

  • Ready-to-drink flavored matcha teas made in three flavors and two sugar levels — Peach On Earth, Peach On Earth Lite, Blueberry Bliss, Blueberry Bliss Lite, Enlighten Mint and Enlighten Mint Lite — with only 5-6 organic and natural ingredients.

Natural Goodness COCO H2O

  • Selling fresh young Florida Coconuts, and a coconut milk ice cream .

Rawkstar Café

  • #1 selling eggless salad pate, walnut based rawk’n chili, sampling these items on our homemade cabbage veggie crackers.

Old Earth

  • 100% organic, raw, vegan & gluten free fruit smoothies, mut mylk shakes, veggie wraps, tostadas, zughetti alfredo. 100% organic desserts, chocolate cheezecake, carrot cake, strawberry cake, chia pudding, pumpkin persimmon pie (if available).

Twisted Vegan

  • Caribbean inspired Jamaican patties, peas balls, cakes, muffins, warm lunch bowl, veggies protein and delicious acai bowl.

Vegg’d Out Kitchen

  • Ghetti Garlic Bread Nattiez Patties, BBQ Jackfruit Nattiez Patties, Ziondilla, Puritarian Platain Stew, Chocolate P’nut Bttr Crunch, Blizzowed, vegan ice cream, GF Cookiez, Cupcakez, Ginger Hibiscus Tea, Watermelon Kiwi Drink- Vegan t-shirts-certified organic.

New Leaf Elementals Café

  • Vegan gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, vegan Cuban sandwiches and lemonade.

Miss Vi’s Cook-up

  • Appetizers. Pumpkin coconut cornbread and Jamaican veggie patty. Drinks; Sorrel/Hibiscus punch, Ginger beer, Peanut punch. Yellow rice, rice and peas, veg curry, sautéed kale and okra, chana masala, sautéed cabbage, fried plantains, Caribbean hush puppies.

The Mediterranean Chickpea

  • Different flavors of hummus, falafel, grape leaves, and different styles of salads.

First Vegan Mac n’ Cheese Cook Off

Now if all of that listed above isn’t enough for ya, this year the Tampa Bay Veg Fest is looking to crown the Best Vegan Mac n’ Cheese of Tampa Bay. at the first, hopefully, annual cook-off!

Ten local cooks will compete for the title of Best Vegan Mac ’n’ Cheese of the 9th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest. A panel of judges composed of some of our amazing speakers will select the winner, and there will also be a community vote for a People’s Choice winner.

The entry fee is $10 per contestant. Entries will showcase pasta and vegan cheese. Nontraditional ingredients and delicious creativity are encouraged!

First Place prize: $40 gift card to Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery and a trophy

People’s Choice prize: $20 gift card to Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery and a trophy

We and the community look forward to trying your amazing Vegan Mac ’n’ Cheese. See you there!

Find full details here

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

Parking is available at several nearby parking garages and lots of metered street spaces. Closest city of Tampa parking garage is Twiggs Garage located at 901 East Twiggs St. and closest City of Tampa parking lots are Pierce Street Lot located at 1301 North Pierce St., Zack Street Lot located at 812 East Zack St. and new parking lot at Scott St. Parking located at 1301 N. Morgan St. See below for transportation & parking guides.

Transportation Options:

  1. Free Electric Shuttle
  2. Hart Intowner Rubber Trolley
  3. Lyft or Uber
  4. Tampa Bike Valet
  5. Tampa Historic Street Car
  6. The Downtowner Free Ride Service
  7. TECO Line StreetCar (starts at 11:00 a.m.)

 

Parking Options:

 

  1. Street Parking (free on Saturdays)
  2. Parking Garages Downtown
  3. City of Tampa Parking Garages
    • Fort Brooke Garage ……………………………….107 North Franklin Street
    • South Regional Garage ……………………………..301 Channelside Drive
    • Twiggs Garage …………………………………..901 East Twiggs Street William
    • F. Poe Garage ………………………………800 North Ashley Drive Whiting
    • Garage ………………………………….400 East Whiting Street Tampa
    • Convention Center Garage …………………….400 East Whiting Street
  4. City of Tampa Parking Lots
    • Selmon Expy West Lot ……………………………..201 South Tampa Street, South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Ashley Drive and South Tampa Street
    • Selmon Expy Bill Changer Lot ………………………..202 South Tampa Street South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Tampa Street and South Franklin Street
    • Selmon Expy CAMLS Lot ……………………………..301 South Florida Ave. South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Franklin Street and South Florida Avenue
    • Selmon Expy 2 Lot …………………………………310 South Florida Ave. South of Brorein Street, bounded by South Florida Avenue and South Morgan Street
  • Selmon Expy 3 Lot ……………………………….302 South Morgan Street Southeast corner of South Morgan Street and East Brorein Street
  • Selmon Expy 4 Lot ………………………………317 South Jefferson Street Southwest corner of South Jefferson Street and East Whiting Street
  • Selmon Expy 5 Lot ………………………………114 South Jefferson Street East of South Jefferson Street, bounded by East Whiting Street and East Brorein Street
  • Selmon Expy South Lot ……………………………..853 East Whiting Street South of East Whiting Street, bounded by North East Street and South Nebraska Avenue
  • Selmon Expy Health Lot ……………………………440 North Nebraska Ave. Northwest corner of East Kennedy Boulevard and South Nebraska Avenue
  • Selmon Expy East Lot ……………………………..481 North Nebraska Ave. Southeast corner of North Nebraska Avenue and East Twiggs Street
  • Selmon Expy Union Station Lot ……………………….1010 East Twiggs Street Northwest corner of East Twiggs Street and Union Station Street (east of Nebraska Avenue)
  • Interstate Lots ………………North Tampa Street & North Morgan Street under I-275 North of Scott Street, bounded by North Morgan Street and North Tampa Street
  • Regional-Royal Lot ……………………………….1200 North Tampa Street Southwest corner of North Tampa Street and East Fortune Street
  • Zack Street Lot …………………………………….812 East Zack Street 800 Block of East Zack Street (East side of Fire Station)
  • City Hall Lot ……………………………………..420 East Jackson Street Bounded by East Kennedy Boulevard, East Jackson Street, North Florida Avenue, and North Marion Street
  • Pierce Street Lot …………………………………1301 North Pierce Street North of East Tyler Street, bounded by North Pierce Street and North Orange Street

Veg Fest is an event promoting health, compassion, and environmental sustainability. The main goals of this festival are to support people on their journey of learning about vegan living and to promote a vegan lifestyle in a non-judgmental, empowering, and positive environment. Veg Fest also supports people who have already chosen a veg lifestyle by offering validation and information to reinforce their healthy and compassionate choices.

As one of our favorite festivals of the year, Veg Fest is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Tampa Bay Veg Fest is FREE and open to EVERYONE!.

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