Saturday, September 16

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Apple Stage (Keynote Speakers)

 

10:40-11:10 - Robby Barbaro & Tara Kemp "Diabetes Misconceptions"

 

 

In this presentation you will learn why there is so much conflicting advice in the world of diabetes nutrition and how to make sense of polar opposite perspectives.

Robby Barbaro is the cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2000. Robby graduated from the University of Florida and worked at Forks Over Knives for six years before turning his attention in 2016 to coaching people with diabetes full time. Robby enjoys exercising every day, spending time with friends, and sharing his lifestyle on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

Tara Kemp has been active in the field of health and nutrition for many years, including working with Forks Over Knives, Engine 2, and Dr. Neal Barnard and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Tara has a bachelor's degree in Education from Bucknell University, a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, and is a Certified Food For Life Instructor through the Physicians Committee.

 

11:15-12 - Dr. Justyna Sanders "The Whole Plant-Based Lifestyle: Your Journey to Optimal Health and Well-being"

 

 

After obtaining a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University, Justyna Sanders was awarded the M.D. degree from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland. She is the CEO and founder of Prescription Lifestyle, whose objective is to provide life-saving information, promote health, wellness and prevention via evidence-based recommendations. She hopes this platform will influence the use of whole plant-based nutrition as medicine. See prescriptionlifestyle.com for more information.

 

12:10-12:40 - Lauren Forster Walls "Let the sun shine in - My journey to health and wellness through a whole foods plant based diet"

 

 

Lauren Walls, a previous meat lover and sugary dessert addict, made the move to a 100% plant-based lifestyle in 2011. She believes this was the key to her healing of several ailments, from debilitating seasonal allergies to joint pain, and it also led to a dramatic weight loss. Her transformation has been the catalyst for friends, coworkers and family members to lose weight and regain health. She enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she earned the certificate of health coach. She now inspires an online community of thousands on a daily basis with her Facebook blog, Vegan Radiance.

 

12:50-1:30 - Julieanna Hever "Let The Myths Stop Here"

 

 

Julieanna Hever is a Registered Dietitian who has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2005, specializing in weight management, disease prevention, and sports nutrition. She is the host of the series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, and is the author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. Julieanna also authored Permanente Journal’s A Physician’s Guide to Plant-Based Diets and the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology’s Plant-Based Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals. She is the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine, co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and a recipe contributor to both Forks Over Knives books.

 

1:40-2:40 - Panel: Journalist Jane Velez Mitchell, Judie Mancuso of Social Compassion in Legislation, and Simone Reyes

 

                    

 

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of JaneUnChained, a fast-growing social media news network on animal rights and veganism. Her daily live cooking segment features plant-based dishes. She has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. The author of four non-fiction books, including two New York Times bestsellers, she directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life, which won a Gracie award.

Judie Mancuso is the president of Social Compassion in Legislation which promotes the care, rights and protection of animals. She also created a California specialty license plate to raise awareness regarding pet overpopulation and fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs throughout the state. She was appointed as a public member to the California Veterinary Medical Board in July of 2010 and is now serving her second term. Previously she had a successful 20-year career in the Information Technology industry.

Simone Reyes was the breakout star of the reality show "Running Russell Simmons" and became an overnight hero in the animal rights community. Now she serves as director of television development at Def Pictures and vice president of Social Compassion In Legislation. Simone traveled to Taiji, Japan as a Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian to report on and document the atrocities of dolphin drives. PETA's Animal Rahat Sanctuary in India was officially named "Simone’s Place" in honor of her tireless dedication to the animal rights cause. She lives in Los Angeles with her blind rescue dog, Hubbell Yoda.

 

2:50-3:50 - John Lewis "Vegans Aren't Filling Up The Hospitals"

 

 

John Lewis has spent over a decade in the health and fitness industry and played Division I College basketball. One of the nation's top fitness consultants, he develops personalized lifestyle plans for actors, models, and business professionals. He is the founder of Bad Ass Vegan, which strives to educate individuals on plant-based nutrition. He also developed “VeganSmart,” a protein shake with a foundation whose mission is to prevent obesity through education, physical activity and plant-based nutrition. His other business ventures include a cruelty-free clothing line, a gaming app, a television documentary, and a cookbook. His upcoming documentary, Hip-Hopocrates, will speak about food injustice through the lens of hip hop.

 

4-4:45 - Dominick Thompson "Redefining Masculinity Through Veganism"

 

 

Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan community and founder of Crazies and Weirdos®, a successful New York based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable, eco-friendly clothing dedicated to the animal rights movement. He is also the founder of IRON BRUKAL (a sports and fitness brand, dedicated to the working professional, with plans to open training facilities in 2019), and a full-time executive in the healthcare industry where he develops and manages many critical relationships with hospital systems and other provider types in order to deliver services to communities in need throughout the eastern region of the United States. Dominick has received global recognition and has been featured in NPR News, ABC News, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Thrive Magazine, Origins Magazine, PETA and more. His social media platform is strong and continues to grow while producing some of the most inspiring, impactful content to over 150,000 followers. See craziesandweirdos.com for more information.

Pear Stage (Cooking Demos)

 

11:05-11:45 - Kawani Brown "Vegan Family Living With Kid-Friendly Cooking"

 

 

Kawani A.J Brown is a vegan mother, author and founder of the Healthy Babies and Kids Expo, Healthy Halloween Festival and co-founder of the Long Beach Vegan Festival. She lives in California with her two children, who have been vegan since birth.

Kawani is committed to raising awareness about natural living and veganism through her writing and holding community events. Her recently published children's book, Where Does Dinner Come From? is the first in a series of books that highlight living a plant based lifestyle and encourages vegan and non-vegan families alike. The second title, My Mama’s Milk, explores how each mammal makes milk specifically for their babies.

 

12-12:45 - Stephen Augustin "Citrus Strozapreti Martini"

 

 

Stephen Augustin, the founder of The Cultured Chef has been cooking since grade school. Growing up in a family of 7 and a family restaurant, he has always been in the kitchen. With Stephen's main influencer, Chef Schiller Augustin (Boston, MA) being from Haiti and his mother's family from Cape Verde, the influence of french-creole and Portuguese-creole cuisines collide on his pallet. Now, a private chef in LA, The Cultured Chef hosts dinner events, social gatherings, happy hours, all centered around specific cuisines and regions of the world to provide The Cultured Experience.

 

1-1:45 - Jenné Claiborne "Sweet Potato Waffles"

 

 

Jenné is a vegan chef and the creator of Sweet Potato Soul, a cooking and lifestyle blog and Youtube channel. Her passion for food began when she was growing up in Atlanta, GA. She is a former private chef, and studied nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been featured on NBC's Today Show, in VegNews Magazine, BET, Refinery 29, Well + Good, Greatist, and many other publications. See thenourishingvegan.com for more information. 

 

2-2:45 - Femi Ibim "Curry Quinoa Jambalaya"

 

 

Femi is a well-seasoned raw vegan chef from the heart of Atlanta, GA. She became vegan and then totally raw as a teenager! Loving the amazing benefits of a strictly raw food diet and also enjoying warm vegan dishes, these days she likes to mix the two styles with an emphasis on the raw side of things. Her brand is built on a life lived and cultivated organically growing up in one of the largest urban farming communities down South. As an organic raw vegan chef and teacher, her ultra-feminine ways with deliciously pure ingredients are both flavorful and elegant, as well as low fat and easy to digest. Femi's specialties are prepared with only the highest vibratory organic fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Inspiring and teaching others the gift of how to create food that nourishes the body and excites all the senses is her mission.

  

3-3:45 - Nafsika Antypas "Vegan Greek Delight: "Skordalia" (Potato and Garlic Mash)"

 

 

 

Nafsika Antypas is the Host and Creator of Plant-Based by Nafsika, the world's first and only vegan lifestyle TV series, which focuses on a plant-based lifestyle that includes food, fashion, beauty, health and innovations. PBN airs weekly on A&E's FYI channel; a network that reaches over 70 million households across America. Being a mother of two, Nafsika loves to cook and experiment at home and educate just about anyone who would listen about why it’s healthier to switch to a plant-based diet and Veganism, is not just a diet, it’s a way of life.

 

4-4:45 - Jacques Laventure aka "The Naked Chef" "Texas BBQ Pulled Jackfruit"

 

 

Jacques Laventure’s healthy dishes incorporate traditional cuisines with his desire for natural flavors. He mixes in flavors from the Texas BBQ, Caribbean and Haiti where he grew up with his family. Jacques is part of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, a Global Non-Profit educational networking organization of hospitality and culinary professionals. He also gives back through health and fitness educational programs to underprivileged children in US and Haiti.

Mind Body Zone

 

10:45-11:20 - Xandra "Hula Hooping"

 

 

If the gym isn't really your thing, join Xandra from Superhooper.org for a new kind of low-impact workout that will get you dancing, and more importantly, smiling! Hoops are a blast from the past, hitting L.A. as an increasingly popular fitness hobby, incorporating circus and dance into a full-body workout that sculpts abs while you're having fun. Since 2002, Superhooper.org has been making hula hoops for grown-ups and growing a body-positive fitness community. Xandra is Superhooper’s lead Los Angeles hula hoop instructor, as well as a hoop dance performer, who will show us all the surprising things you can do with a hoop. Xandra will demonstrate how to improve your balance, stamina and mental awareness with a fun hoop dance workout and performance demo. Let’s play! 

 

11:30-11:50 - Jacques Laventure "Stress Free Meditation"

 

 

Stress Free Meditation is a simple, natural technique practice for 20 minutes sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.​ This is a chance to reset from the influences of the world. In a society that constantly challenges your identity, this is an opportunity to solidify that you are enough. In the world that we live in, we are forced to constantly adapt. However, meditation allows you to hit the “reset” button and realign yourself of who you are.

 

12-12:45 - Shoshana Chaim "Family Yoga Fun"

 

 

 

Come join Shoshana Chaim, Kids Yoga Instructor and Family Health and Wellness Coach, as you move and groove as a family. Experience yoga poses like you never have before and enjoy some quiet time before heading out to the vendors for some lunch. You may bring your own yoga mat or feel your feet against the cool floor.

 

1-1:45 - Emily Davenport "Hyperslow Yoga"

 

 

Emily Davenport is one of the founders of Hyperslow, an LA refuge offering yoga, meditation, and a cafe stocked with locally grown, organic, and simple fare. Additionally it serves as an R&D space for entrepreneurs to work in-house with a gallery space featuring their wares. Emily is also a sought-after working actress and artist.

 

1:45-2 - Lincoln Kamm "Out Of Your Mind"

 

 

 

Lincoln's unique shows feature a personalized blend of interactive mind reading, comedy, and sleight-of-hand artistry. He has performed over two hundred shows at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood since 2005, plus thousands of performances at theaters, corporate events, and private parties. Lincoln is famous for his high-end and sophisticated, yet very funny and friendly style of entertainment. He is also a consultant and keynote speaker in such diverse subjects as how to develop creative intuition for the purpose of innovation, the psychology of making people happy, meditation and mindfulness, vegan cooking, and stagecraft / illusions, by clients such as Hershey Park, CBS TV, and countless entertainers.

Lincoln has been vegan for many years, so if you book Lincoln for a future show and sign the contract by September 20th, mention CA Vegetarian Food Festival for a 20% discount. Visit www.LincolnWorld.com for more details.

 

2-2:30 - Setareh Khatibi "Getting Baked"

 

 

Setareh is most recognized for starring on Univision's beauty pageant reality show "Nuestra Belleza Latina" where her comedy lip sync battle "El Pollito Pio" reached over 20 million views on social media. Not only is she Vegan but she can act, sing, and MAKE YOU LAUGH!

It was her mother’s unexpected heart attack that shifted the purpose of her entire career to become an influencer with intention. She was inspired to get Starch Solution Certified after experiencing her mother’s shocking results, only 10 days on what she likes to call "The Potato Diet".

We invite you to experience Setareh's unique and humorous performance as she shares her adventures on striving to save the world one potato at a time!

 

2:45-3:45 - Create Yoga presents Harper Botorowicz "Creative Flow Yoga and Short Guided Meditation"

 

 

 

Harper Botorowicz has studied and experience teaching: hatha, vinyasa, yin, pre-natal, ra’yoKa, vapassana and zen meditation, and children’s yoga. Before teaching yoga, Harper studied Food and Nutrition at the University of Alabama where she earned her B.S. degree. She is a longtime vegan, lover of animals and dog owner. Her long time meditation practice has led her to become an advocate for floating. It was also this interest in the mind and theta state, that Harper dove into hypnotherapy studies; which she specializes in past life regression hypnotherapy.

Harper will lead you through a creative flow and short guided meditation, leaving you feeling high from head to toe. Expect the flow to be creative and fun - keeping you present in the moment and breath. The last 10 minutes with be dedicated to a healing guided meditation leaving you in a blissful state of inner peace.

 

3:45-4 - Lincoln Kamm "Out Of Your Mind"

 

 

 

Lincoln's unique shows feature a personalized blend of interactive mind reading, comedy, and sleight-of-hand artistry. He has performed over two hundred shows at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood since 2005, plus thousands of performances at theaters, corporate events, and private parties. Lincoln is famous for his high-end and sophisticated, yet very funny and friendly style of entertainment. He is also a consultant and keynote speaker in such diverse subjects as how to develop creative intuition for the purpose of innovation, the psychology of making people happy, meditation and mindfulness, vegan cooking, and stagecraft / illusions, by clients such as Hershey Park, CBS TV, and countless entertainers.

Lincoln has been vegan for many years, so if you book Lincoln for a future show and sign the contract by September 20th, mention CA Vegetarian Food Festival for a 20% discount. Visit www.LincolnWorld.com for more details.

 

4-4:45 - John Lewis "The Warm Up Workout"

 

 

John Lewis has spent over a decade in the health and fitness industry and played Division I College basketball. One of the nation's top fitness consultants, he develops personalized lifestyle plans for actors, models, and business professionals. He is the founder of Bad Ass Vegan, which strives to educate individuals on plant-based nutrition. He also developed “VeganSmart,” a protein shake with a foundation whose mission is to prevent obesity through education, physical activity and plant-based nutrition. His other business ventures include a cruelty-free clothing line, a gaming app, a television documentary, and a cookbook. His upcoming documentary, Hip-Hopocrates, will speak about food injustice through the lens of hip hop.

Banana Stage

 

10-10:45 - Shivan Bonanno

 

 

Shivan Bonanno's musical journey started when he was teenager who fell in love with music and picked up a pen, paper, and guitar. His musical style ranges all over an eclectic pallet: acoustic, upbeat pop, and retro rock. His new release, The Meantime EP, is available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. His Youtube and Soundcloud accounts feature a constant stream of new and unreleased material. Shivan regularly plays shows around Los Angeles and is soon to graduate from UCLA with a degree in neuroscience.

 

11-12 - Maureen Toth

 

 

The enchanting Maureen Toth’s albums include Shine and Cut Flowers. She was trained on the East Coast and now performs all around her new hometown: Los Angeles.

 

12:15-1 - Megan Blanchard & Shalini Varghese

 

       

 

Megan Blanchard aka Ms. Stalker Kitty, is a multi-dimensional artist hailing from San Francisco, CA. She is a prolific songwriter and has played venues such as the House of Blues and the Gibson Showroom. Megan is also an accomplished music video director.

Born in the deserts of California, Shalini Varghese captivates her audience with sweet vocals and riveting melodies coming straight from her soul. Her versatility in musical genres span from jazz and R&B to folk and classical, with vocal sensibilities of Amy Winehouse and Aaliyah. She has lit up the stage at hot venues all over LA and Hollywood, including the Key Club, Cinespace, House of Blues, and Sofitel. She has also appeared on radio shows around the world. Along with being a live performer, Shalini is a seasoned recording artist and emerging songwriter, often sought-after by producers, to set off their tracks. In addition to recording and performing in a variety in musical genres, Shalini can sing in different languages and loves to experiment with new styles of music like electronic dance music (EDM,) house, and positive world. One of her more recent collaborative projects has been with producer and co-writer, Savvy.

 

1:15-2 - Halle Johnson

 

 

Halle’s raw talent lies in her soulful voice and ability to command the stage as a black, female, singer-songwriter, guitarist and rocker, pioneering the genre of Soul Rock. With a noticeable edge and soulful sound, Halle takes an “organic” approach to creating and performing timeless original tunes. She has rocked the stage of iconic venues such as Amplyfi, The Los Angeles Recording Academy, Hotel Café, The Apache, Musicians Institute of Los Angeles, Stompin’ Grounds, Music Gorilla SXSW Showcase and The Grammy Museum. In 2014 she was selected by producer Don Was as a top 10 finalist for the national Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Contest.

 

2:15-3 - Timothy Bloom

 

 

Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer and VH1 You Oughta Know Artist, Timothy Bloom recently release disc-one, "The Beginning", from the upcoming trilogy series, "The Life Trilogy." "The Beginning" was released via his label imprint, Beyond The Sky Music.

 

3:15-4 - Shani Rose

 

 

 

Shani Rose is a "Pop/rock songstress with a Soulful Crunch" who's vocals are like the delicate fizz of champagne being poured into a glass. She has a unique way of combining her acoustic coffeehouse bravado with hook-laden, anthemic sounds to create pop folk gems.

After gracing stages at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and up and down the West Coast, Shani achieved notable success for her songwriting, winning awards in the International Songwriting Competition in the Adult Contemporary and TV/Film Categories. Shani is currently a featured artist at the world famous Universal Citywalk, and also tours as a Musician for Microcredit, raising awareness for and partnering with the Whole Planet Foundation (charity of Whole Foods). Whole Planet provides small loans to impoverished women entrepreneurs around the world to help them kickstart their businesses and realize their dreams.

 

4:15-5 - Anne Tello

 

 

 

Anne Tello is a New York/ Los Angeles based artist in the world of dance-pop. The CA Vegetarian Food Festival marks the end of her cross country ""love truck"" tour. In addition to performing, she will be heading a ""random acts of kindness"" fundraiser, involving flowers, raising funds for The Shelter Partnership which does an incredible amount of work addressing basic human needs to homeless populations in Los Angeles.

 

Kumquat Kids’ Area

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Kids, come visit your special Festival space for mindful arts and crafts, conscious coloring, balloons, face-painting, interactive entertainment and a lot more veg-oriented fun!

Among the special guests to appear in the Kumquats Kids' area are:

Cosmic the Clown

Embrace your inner avatar with Cosmic the Clown (also known as Amanda). Together, create a Now world with magic, akashic cypher sessions, balloon art, and spirulina facials. Amanda is an improvisation artist who plays various roles on the life stage. Currently she works as a vocalist, flutist, song-writer, producer, public speaker, eco-village cultivator, and children's entertainer. She also facilitates a space for indigenous artists to get funding for creating art that makes an impact on the world.

Missy Galore

Coming from the Land of Love, meeting every breath as a cosmic hug, Shamanatrix Missy Galore creates music and art to galactivate hearts! She is the winner of the 2016 Global Peace Song Award for best pop song: Love*o*lution. Missy also won the Federation of World Peace + Love Award for her artistic contributions. She works as a singer, event emcee, workshop leader, and wedding officiant.

CA Vegetarian Food Festival Bar

Cocktail Demonstrations throughout the day by The Cocktail Academy

Cocktail Academy is the most trusted name in cocktail events. They provide varying degrees of cocktail programming support from conception to execution and have developed one of the most comprehensive staff training programs in the industry. Helping clients design efficient bars, consult on equipment, inventory development and develop custom cocktail menus that complement venue décor, food menu, and food/drink trends.

See Sunday Schedule