Festival Round-Up! Discover what’s happening on the Meatless Monday festival circuit

September 3rd, 2018

This Monday, Meatless Monday celebrates with a tour of notable and upcoming vegetarian and plant-based festivals across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

As the seasons change, it’s not too late to go to a plant-based food festival near you for a delicious frolic. While you stroll the aisles visiting vendors, you might taste new flavors, see a cooking demonstration, get some new recipe ideas, eat a meatless lunch, enjoy the fresh air, listen to speakers, and buy some new products or a bag of locally grown groceries.

Let’s see what’s happening in your neighborhood…

September 7th to 9th, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario

The longest running vegetarian food festival kicks off September 7th in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. For 34 years, The Toronto Vegetarian Association has hosted Veg Food Fest. This festival was the first of its kind and has inspired others around the world based on its success. Expecting over 40,000 visitors, the festival is a place to hang out, eat, learn, and socialize. There will be 40 hours of programming, including cooking demonstrations, film screenings, workshops, and live music. It’s going to be party!

For full details, visit: vegfoodfest.com


September 8, 2018 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is celebrating its third annual free and family-oriented SLC Vegfest. The festival was created to improve the overall health of Utahns and to raise awareness of the impacts eating meat has on the environment. If you ride your bike to the festival, they have a free bike valet. That’s pretty swell!

For full details, visit: SLCVEG.com


September 15, 2018 – Atlanta, Georgia

With nutritional speakers, an artisan marketplace, live music, and product samples, the 8th annual The Veggie Taste is a free and family-oriented health and wellness event for folks living in Atlanta, Georgia. The focus of the festival is to educate and share affordable and healthy eating options that address all economic disparities. Attendees will learn how to shop for plant-based and vegetarian ingredients in neighborhoods considered to be food deserts, or with few options.

For full details, visit: theveggietaste.com


September 29 and September 30, 2018 – Hollywood, California

Spend two days in the Hollywood sun at the California Vegetarian Food Festival. It’s founded by Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda under their event and marketing company, Veg Corp, which promotes a vegetarian and eco-friendly lifestyle. The event will be busy with film screenings, speakers (discussing farming, diet, health, and wellness), and exhibitors (like KeVita, Eat.Love.Yoga., and Rescue Chocolate). If you live in California, join in the fun!

For full details, visit: cavegfoodfest.com


October 13 and 14, 2018 – Paris, France

Do you live in Paris? Parisians will be celebrating fair trade and plant-based living at the third annual VeggieWorld Paris. There will be more than 140 exhibitors and the event is expected to draw close to 8,000 visitors. A pop-up restaurant will be serving a delicious meatless menu. Enjoy!

For full details, visit: veggieworld.de/en/event/paris-2-en


October 20 and 21, 2018 – Boston, Massachusetts

The 23rd annual Boston Food Veg Fest will be underway for two days in October. Organized by the Boston Vegetarian Society, the festival will host 120 exhibitors, top speakers, and children’s activities. Guest chefs will be on hand to share recipes, sell cookbooks, and host cooking demonstrations. Enjoy the longest running festival of its kind in the U.S.

For full details, visit: bostonveg.org/foodfest


November 4, 2018

East Michigan Vegbash is a day-long festival and celebration of plant-based living. Speakers will discuss heart health, prevention of chronic diseases, and sustainable living and eating. Local legend Jennifer Kincer will be hosting a music showcase, so grab a chair and enjoy! There will be catered food and food trucks serving vegetarian and vegan dishes. Don’t worry, it’s held indoors with plenty of parking, so you can spend the day at the festival without getting cold!

For full details, visit: migreenteam.com/vegbash


For 15 years, Meatless Monday has been advocating for a lighter footprint by refraining from eating meat one day a week. As more people seek a healthy lifestyle representing well-informed decisions based on the environment, agriculture, health, wellness, and affordability, a plant-based diet makes more and more sense. Meatless Monday is thrilled to be a part of this revolution.

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