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Healthy Living at VegFest Oahu, September 2

Free Community Festival Inspires Healthier Diet and Delights Taste Buds

Natural Awakenings Hawai’i is proud to once again sponsor VegFest Oahu. This is the second year for this free community festival celebrating plant-based, sustainable living. It’s being held Saturday, September 2, from noon to 5:30 p.m., at the Frank Fasi Civic Grounds, near Honolulu Hale. Last year it was attended by 4,000 people, including Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The event brings together about 50 booths offering education, food and entertainment. Activities include plant-based cooking demos by expert chefs; speakers on health and environmental topics; a unique collection of food entrepreneurs selling island-made vegan products and dishes hand-crafted to appeal to the local palate; movement classes; lots of free food sampling; interactive exhibits with healthy games; and continuous live music. To view the full lineup of festival highlights, visit VegFestOahu.com.

VegFest Oahu was launched in 2016 as a grassroots effort organized by an all-volunteer team and sponsored by a coalition of organizations that support a healthier Hawai’i. The festival is a fun-filled opportunity for the public to experience the many benefits of choosing plant-based foods to increase and maintain good health, contribute to a solution for climate change, and encourage compassion for animal welfare.

VegFest Oahu strives to showcase green, sustainable living and minimize waste by requiring vendors to refrain from using single-use plastic packaging; requiring food vendors to use 100 percent compostable containers for onsite dining; and avoiding all sales of water in plastic bottles and instead offering a free filtered water station.

The lead sponsor for VegFest Oahu 2017 is Down to Earth Organic & Natural. Additional local sponsors include the Blue Zones Project by Healthways, brought to Hawai’i by HMSA; Kaiser Permanente; Sustain Hawaii; ‘Ekahi Ornish Program; Vegetarian Society of Hawaii; Natural Awakenings Hawai’i; and The Naughty Vegan Studio.

For more information, visit VegFestOahu.com.

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