Morristown To Host First Annual VegFest, Vegan and Vegetarian Food Festival

Tickets are on sale for the first annual New Jersey VegFest. The event is
scheduled for Sun., Oct. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Morristown and is expected to draw hundreds of people interested in veganism, health and wellness, and animal rights from around the Garden State and beyond. The plant-based celebration includes dynamic speakers, vegan food and product vendors, free samples, live music, and more.

The speaker lineup includes a highly anticipated and already sold-out keynote from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live and The End of Heart Disease. The full speaker roster features New Jersey notables: Chef Adam Sobel, author of the book Street Vegan and chef of the popular Cinnamon; Snail Food Truck and newly opened restaurant; Erika Matthews, Animal Legal Defense Fund; Dr. Ron Weiss, founder of Ethos Health, who will be speaking on sustainable farming; Jamie Kilstein, comedian, musician, co-author of NewsFail, host of Citizen Radio; Liz Dee, co-owner and executive vice president of Smarties Candy Company and of Baleine & Bjorn Capital LLC; Dr. Ethan Ciment, co-founder of Vegan Mos, winner of a 2016 VegNews Bloggy Award and named one of VegNews’ 2015 Top Vegan Male Bloggers.

There will also be small breakout panel sessions for activists, educators and others to talk about the work they do and connect with others.

Organizers Kendra Arnold and Marisa Sweeney created the event with a focus on compassion, health, sustainability, small business support, and bringing people together to make connections to build community.

“New Jersey is full of great vegan-friendly restaurants, small businesses
and organizations; we wanted to bring them together for a day and let people enjoy amazing food, learn some new things, get connected, and leave inspired.”

New Jersey VegFest will also feature more than 60 exhibitors and sponsors showcasing vegan food and health-oriented products and services.

The Cinnamon Snail Food Truck will be parked outside the Hyatt and will be available for the general public whether or not they have purchased a ticket. The fest also includes the musical duo Buntopia and David Madow from David Madow’s Lifestyle show. Sign language interpreters will be provided.

Tickets for Dr. Fuhrman’s 60 minute presentation have already sold out. General admission tickets include all activites other than Dr. Fuhrman’s talk and are $25. Details and a link to purchase tickets are at:

Kendra Arnold has been vegan for 15 years and vegetarian for even longer. Living a healthy, happy lifestyle and bringing people together is a huge motivator for her and she is a founder of Bike & Walk Morristown, a host of Morristown Vegan, and a dedicated lover of delicious vegan food and drink. 

Marisa Sweeney is a registered dietitian and the owner of Be Well., a Morristown-based wellness center that offers a full menu of integrative health and wellness
services ( ). She has developed numerous nutrition and wellness programs for corporations and medical practices, and strongly promotes whole-food, plant-based diets. Currently, she is the program coordinator of the Morristown Mayors Wellness Campaign, chair of the Morristown Women in Business, and a board member of Sustainable Morristown and United Way of Northern New Jersey.

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