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Festival Expects Crowds and the Majority of Attendees Will Be Non-Vegans!

VegFest Oahu is a celebration of island-style, plant-based, sustainable living held Saturday, October 13, 2018, from noon to 5:30 p.m., at the Frank Fasi Civic Grounds near the SkyGate sculpture in downtown Honolulu. Admission is free.

The first Oahu festival 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 Hawaii.

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% compostable food containers for on-site dining, avoiding all sales of water in plastic bottles, offering instead a free, filtered-water station. Read more about these initiatives on the VegFest Blog at the festival website VegFestOahu.com.

The festival brings together more than 50 booths offering education, food and entertainment, and was attended by 5,000 people last year. Activities include plant-based cooking demonstrations by expert chefs; speakers on health and environmental topics; a mouthwatering variety of vegan vendors offering ethnic dishes, local favorites and comfort foods; yoga and dance classes; lots of free product sampling; and continuous live music.

You don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan to attend! In fact, a recent survey by The NPD Group said that 86% of people who buy food items made without animal products do not consider themselves to be vegetarian or vegan.

Recent statistics show that the level of interest in plant-based foods remains strong. Nielsen data shows that nearly 40% of Americans are actively trying to eat more plant-based foods. Baum+Whiteman report that 58% of adults choose to drink non-dairy milk instead of dairy milk and that Walmart is pleading with suppliers to ramp up plant-based product development. HealthFocus published data that 60% of U.S. consumers report to be cutting back on meat-based products.

The lead sponsor for VegFest Oahu 2018 is Down to Earth Organic & Natural. Additional Sponsors are Kaiser Permanente, Sustain Hawaii, SKY Kombucha, Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, The Naughty Vegan Studio/Good Vibes Center, Vegans Rock Apparel, ‘Ekahi Health, Pono Home and Hoku Coffee.

Location: Frank Fasi Civic Grounds, 558 S. King Street, Honolulu. For more information, visit VegFestOahu.com.

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