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Philly’s Huge Vegan Food Festival Is Returning in June After a Two-Year Hiatus

VegFest is back on June 9.

Philly VegFest 2015 | Photo via Facebook

We were pretty bummed back in 2016, when we learned that VegFest — a huge fair celebrating all things vegan — wasn’t happening. We were even more sad when it didn’t return in 2017. But now, two years later, Philly VegFest is back on for a day of food, music, activities, and more.

The festival, which first launched in 2014, made a name for itself by gathering some of the best vegan eateries in town — like HipCityVeg, Blackbird Pizzeria, V-Street, and Soom Foods — for an outdoor fair. In addition to chowing down on plant-based grub, attendees could watch vegan cooking demos, listen to live music, hear from smart speakers, and shop goods from local vendors.

Of course, the festival was a huge hit — enough to bring it back to a larger venue in 2015. In 2016, however, the organizer of the previous two VegFests, Lydia Chaudhry, told Be Well Philly that she had relocated to California, and wasn’t able to plan 2016’s VegFest.

According to Richard Rogers, the director of the 2018 VegFest, the fair will return on June 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Bainbridge Green in Queen Village. While the day’s schedule has yet to be published on VegFest’s websiteregistration for vendors is open until May 10. So if you own a plant-based business in Philly, check it out — and we’ll just be over here excitedly waiting to meet you on June 9.

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