VegFest returns to Windsor

Kylie Turner
By Kylie Turner October 6, 2017 12:44
Attendants walk around the WFCU Centre at VegFest on Oct.1. (Photo by Grace Bauer)

Attendants walk around the WFCU Centre at VegFest on Oct.1. (Photo by Grace Bauer)

By Kylie Turner

The second VegFest in Windsor attracted hundreds of people interested in learning about the ethics of the food they eat.

The event was held at the WFCU Centre from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event’s agenda included vegan cooking demonstrations, motivational speakers, kid’s activities and more than 60 vendors.

The keynote speaker was Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder of PETA. VegFest’s stated mission is to “celebrate kindness towards animals, stewardship of the earth and the well-being of people, and to live happy, healthy lives while being conscious and compassionate.”

Steve Palombo, founder of Windsor’s VegFest, used to attend the event with his wife and wanted to organize one in Windsor.

Palombo said he has been a vegan for four years but has always had an interest in non-meat eating and made the decision because “it felt right.”

“Consciousness is being raised,” said Palombo. “Compared to a hundred years ago, people are more aware. It is a more rapid move to be healthier.”

Meaghan Marton attended VegFest and manages a Facebook page called “The Sweet Life Of Being Vegan.” Marton said she started the page about two years ago, shortly after watching a documentary called “Earthlings” which showed animal cruelty in farm factories. She said it was impossible to watch without feeling sadness, anger and guilt. Marton thought her page would be a fun way to share her new life of plant-based living and share with others how much of an impact it made on her life.

“It opens your mind and taste buds to so many new flavours,” said Marton. “You become a more compassionate person to all beings.”

Andrea Docherty is a local registered dietitian, sports nutritionist and owner of Andrea Docherty Nutrition. She said there are many benefits with a healthier diet including more fibre, antioxidants and less disease. She said to replace meat with a plant-based diet it needs to be well-planned in order to get zinc, protein and iron. Docherty said plant-based diets are a big trend and recommends getting professional advice.

“It is helping people maintain healthy weight, heart health, getting more fibre, antioxidants and lessens saturated fats,” said Docherty. “People are saving money by buying chickpeas and legumes for protein.”

Palombo said the event did well and was diverse and has become so successful it will need a bigger hall for next year.

Kylie Turner
By Kylie Turner October 6, 2017 12:44

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