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Ed Begley, Jr.

Presentation: Live Simply, So That Others May Simply Live
Limited seating available and on a first-come, first-served basis.

As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself. In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Ed Begley, Jr.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, among many others.
He work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. He has his own website at www.edbegley.com

Joel Fuhrman, MD

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including The Dr. Oz show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly. Dr. Fuhrman’s own hugely successful PBS television shows, 3 Steps to Incredible Health and Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution bring nutritional science to homes all across America.
For more information about Dr. Fuhrman, please visit drfuhrman.com

Caroline Trapp, MSN, APN-BC, CDE, FAANP

Caroline Trapp is committed to changing the way diabetes is treated. Pills, injections, finger sticks, portion control, going hungry, carb-ophobia – there is a better way! Ms. Trapp is the diabetes nurse practitioner with Premier Internists of Southfield, Michigan, and the director of diabetes education and care for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Ms. Trapp has been a certified diabetes educator since 1994 and an adult primary care NP specializing in the care of people with diabetes since 1998, and was recently honored to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
For more information about Caroline Trapp, please visit prcrm.org

Sharon Palmer, RD

Presentations: Global Traditions for Plant-based Eating, and Meeting Nutrients of Concern on Vegetarian Diets

Sharon Palmer has created an award-winning profession based on combining her two great loves--food and writing. As a registered dietitian with 16 years of health care experience, she channeled her nutrition experience into writing features covering health, wellness, nutrition, and cuisine. Sharon is also a passionate writer about food and environmental issues, having published a number of features on plant-based diets, hunger, agriculture, local and organic foods, eco-friendly culinary practices, sustainability, food safety, and food security. Over 850 of Sharon's features have been published in a variety of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention, Oxygen, LA Times, Cooking Smart, Today's Dietitian, and CULINOLOGY. Her book, The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health Beginning Today was published in June 2012. Sharon is also the editor of the acclaimed health newsletter, Environmental Nutrition and writes every day for her popular Plant-Powered Blog.
For more information about Sharon Palmer, please visit sharonpalmer.com

Hope Bohanec

Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and recently published the book The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and is currently serving as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns,. Before this, Hope offered her organizational talents as the Campaigns Director at In Defense of Animals. Hope was the Sonoma County Coordinator for Proposition 2 and soon after that victory, she co-founded the Sonoma County based Compassionate Living. She is also the primary organizer for the annual Conscious Eating Conference at UC Berkeley and the Sonoma County VegFest.


The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?

This presentation, based on the book of the same name, lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding alternative animal farming. Drawing on peer-reviewed research, worker testimony and meeting the animals themselves, this presentation explores the recent shift in labeling animals processed for food. Is free-range better for the environment? Is organic humane? This presentation offers answers to these critical questions.

Chickens: Exploitation of the Innocent

Chickens are arguably the most abused and exploited animal on the planet. Billions are breed, confined, tortured and slaughtered behind the dark doors of animal agriculture. In this presentation, we will explore the life of a chicken in the food industry, both in large and small scale production, exposing the truth behind “free-range”, “cage-free” and other new labels. We will discuss the pros and cons of backyard chicken-keeping and raising chickens in urban areas. And finally, we will learn to see the chicken as the individual that she is – curious, creative, emotional and undeniably sentient.

Cooking Demonstrations

Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan, is a pastry chef, culinary instructor, cookbook author, and such an international authority on vegan desserts and baking she is known as the “Queen of Vegan Desserts.” Those desserts—captured in her cookbooks, More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally, and her latest: Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, as well as numerous magazines and television programs—are sophisticated and delicious enough to satisfy anyone who loves dessert, whether vegan, omnivore, or somewhere in between. Fran lives, teaches, and lectures in New York City, where she runs the Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®, and at conferences throughout North America and Europe.
Visit www.francostigan.comfor more information, and to follow her blog and newsletter. Fran can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @goodcakesfran.

Alan Roettinger

Alan Roettinger is a writer, food designer, blogger, and public speaker. As a private chef for twenty-five years, he has served clients (including a president and a prime minister) in the United States, Europe, and Australia. His cookbooks, Omega-3 Cuisine, Speed Vegan, Extraordinary Vegan and Paleo Vegan (with Ellen Jaffe Jones) showcase his ability to bring health and pleasure together in a wide range of dishes that are simultaneously sophisticated and accessible for the home cook. Alan is dedicated to encouraging and empowering people to make smart choices in what they eat—and to eat extraordinary, healthy, profoundly satisfying food at home
Visit alanroettinger.comfor more information and to sign up for his mailing list. Alan can also be found on Facebook.

Ellen Jaffe Jones

Ellen Jaffe Jones is "THE VEG COACH," aka "The Broccoli Rep." Because as she says, "Who else IS the broccoli rep?" An inspiring motivational speaker, she is also a personal trainer, running coach, author, and instructor of healthy cooking classes designed by respected doctors and registered dieticians.
Ellen's best-selling book, Eat Vegan on $4 a Day rapidly became one of her publisher's best-sellers due to Ellen's use of social media. Her next release, Kitchen Divided, was written for vegans who are sharing a kitchen with an omnivore. For her latest book Paleo Vegan (co-authored with Alan Roettinger), Ellen researched different versions of paleo diets on the market and was able to combine the essence of paleo diets with vegan principles. Ellen was an award-winning TV investigative reporter and anchor for 18 years in Miami and St. Louis. She became known as the "Earth Mother in a Suit" when she left TV and became a successful financial consultant at Smith Barney for 5 years. Combining both backgrounds, she wrote Eat Vegan on $4 a Day after seeing too many news stories saying eating healthfully was impossible on a budget.
Ellen is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer by the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America and a Certified Coach with The Road Runners Club of America.
Visit vegcoach.comfor more information and follow Ellen on Facebook.

Talya Lutzker

A certified Ayurvedic practitioner, Talya Lutzker is also a nutritionist, professional chef, yoga teacher and founder of Talya’s Kitchen Catering Company. Talya’s passion for holistic medicine and innovative, healthy food sparkles through in her intelligent, warm, fun and inspiring teaching style. Through cleansing programs, cooking classes and one-on-one consultations, Talya helps people learn to love cooking, self-care and eating well. She co-runs the Santa Cruz Aushadi Health Foundation, an Ayurveda-By-Donation clinic that originated in her teacher’s panchakarma treatment center, the dhyana Center. She is the author of The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen. Yoga and Ayurveda, Talya’s first loves, are the foundations of her many skills and offerings. In the Bay Area, Talya offers Iyengar-inspired yoga classes that focus on anatomical alignment, deep muscular engagement, pranayama and the use of props that protect and deepen the yoga practice. Talya holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Physical Activities from the University of California in Santa Barbara and is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute’s Leadership Program.
Visit www.talyaskitchen.comfor more information, and to sign up for her mailing list. Talya can also be found on Facebook.

Teen Area

Free Photo Booth!

Get your face painted, pose with your friends and create an Vegan Super Hero memory at this year's VegFest and enter to win a raffle full of veg books, treats and clothes!

Kid's Activities

"Taste the Rainbow" table
Face painting
Crafts and games
Interactive exhibits and activities!

Much More Coming Soon!

Northwest VEG strives to ensure that our activities are fully accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact us at vegfest@nwveg.org as early as possible so we may attempt to fulfill your request.