30 Years!

You probably know that Rochester Vegfest is a project of two local organizations, Animal Rights Rochester and the Rochester Area Vegan Society.  But did you know they both have big anniversaries this year?

ARRoc was formed as “Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate, NY” (ARAUNY) by a small group of upstanders in 1989! Another group was busy forming the “Rochester Area Vegetarian Society” that same year. New names, same great organizations. We’re both 30!

Thank You, Volunteers!

Another successful VegFest, thanks to the many, many people who donated their valuable time!

We want to give big thank-you’s to Kim for being our treasurer and RAVS rep again, Darren for continuing to be our carpenter, welder, and all-around go-getter, and Jessica for jumping in with both feet to be our donor coordinator and drive-around-towner.  In addition to taking on those big jobs, they took on numerous small jobs that needed to be done.  “I can do that!”  All three also helped stuff the SWAG bags, helped at the Friday dinner and worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk at VegFest.

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Sweet Image Photography 1

Thank you again to Marisa Poselovich of Sweet Image Photography for taking photos all day at Rochester VegFest 2018 and sharing them freely.

What a gift that we can have these shared memories, and that we didn’t have to worry about taking a lot of photos.

Below is the first batch she has sent us, from setup into the first hours.  For the second (final) batch click here.

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Laughing Gull Chocolates

Many thanks for Laughing Gull Chocolates’ raffle basket donation sliding over the plate for a photo finish into our big raffle Saturday!

They sell ethically-sourced artisan chocolates that are made in their shop on East Main St. and have many vegan options available including all their drinks, select truffles, dipped fruits and bark.

The basket contained some of their products and a certificate for a chocolate making workshop (where you can create vegan chocolate ganache in a variety of flavors!).