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Eat your greens: Winnipeg’s first VegFest takes root

The free, all-vegan event, includes food, music, speakers, workshops, art, yoga, meditation and children’s activities.

The Winnipeg VegFest Committee (Left to right) Holly Alexandra, Trevor Chapen, Jonas Watson, Nikki Chapen, Brittany Semeniuk, Jason Hannan, Randy Tonnellier, Vanessa Parks, Jeremy Botelho, Melissa Serbin, Michelle Tree, and Ellie Earthling.

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The Winnipeg VegFest Committee (Left to right) Holly Alexandra, Trevor Chapen, Jonas Watson, Nikki Chapen, Brittany Semeniuk, Jason Hannan, Randy Tonnellier, Vanessa Parks, Jeremy Botelho, Melissa Serbin, Michelle Tree, and Ellie Earthling.

An upcoming festival wants to show you there’s a whole lot more to being vegan than eating your fruits and veggies.

Winnipeg’s first VegFest is happening Saturday at the University of Winnipeg’s Axworthy Health and RecPlex starting at 9 a.m.

The free all-vegan event includes food, music, speakers, workshops, art, yoga, meditation and children’s activities.

“We’re just trying to show the public the options, the vegan options that are available in the city. They’re readily available and they’re all delicious,” said Vanessa Parks, a member of the festival committee.

The reason the festival was launched is two-fold. On one hand, Parks says there's growing awareness about vegetarianism and veganism, but there’s still a lot people don’t know.

“A lot of people think farm animals grow up in a red barn in the field, and the animals are outside in the pasture until they’re brought in. That’s not really the case, unfortunately,” she said.

The number of restaurants that cater to vegan and vegetarian needs has grown, she added, with those types of options often available in non-vegetarian restaurants.

The first 150 people who attend the festival will get a “swag-bag” with coupons and treats from local bakers.

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