Pitty Love Rescue is returning to VegFest!
Based in Rochester, their primary focus is to find responsible homes for the dogs in their care and provide lifelong support to the dogs’ new families, but they also work on advocacy, information sharing, and community outreach, routinely working with the under-served portion of our community to help keep dogs in homes by providing necessary resources. That includes low cost spay/neuter, vetting assistance, training assistance, help with food, and collaboration to acquire affordable, non-discriminatory housing.
Off Leash Apparel is returning to VegFest! This vegan-owned local business’ main focus is on animal rescue, adoption and liberation. They donate 10% of profits to local animal shelters and rescues in the area, and another 10% to national animal organizations including Operation Glass Walls and In Defense of Animals.
Off Leash Apparel is coming to VegFest! This vegan-owned local business’ main focus is on animal rescue, adoption and liberation. They donate 10% of profits to local animal shelters and rescues in the area, and another 10% to national animal organizations including Operation Glass Walls and In Defense of Animals.
We’re delighted that Lollypop Farm will be returning to Rochester VegFest!
Thank you to Mary for leading a yoga benefit for Jo-Anne MacArthur’s We Animals project Saturday morning, and thank you to those who came. What a lovely way to start a day of peace and friendship.
Friday morning Mary Barletta (ARRoc and Vegan Army) and Mike Stura of Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue were guests on Brother Wease’s show on 95.1 to talk about veganism, animal rescue, and RocVegFest!
Here’s a link to the show. Mary starts at 31:00 and Mike at 42:00.
Mike Stura of Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue will be speaking at VegFest, to tell us about his incredible rescues! Here is a recent news story about him.
We are so happy that Harold Brown will be speaking at VegFest!
Harold Brown, appearing in the documentary Peaceable Kingdom, The Journey Home, spent half of his life in agriculture. Growing up on a beef farm in Michigan and later working in the dairy industry, Harold has been involved in the behind-the-scenes operations of food production that uses animals.
Today Harold is an activist advocating for sustainable food production, social and environmental justice, animal liberation, and peace through non-violence.
In addition to his talk, you may also find Harold at the Animal Rights Rochester tent at other times of the festival, if you’d like to stop by and talk to him.
10:00-10:45 Ted Barnett
10:45-11:30 Kerry Graff
11:30-1:00 Mike Stura
1:00-2:30 Torre Washington
2:30-3:50 Mark DeVries
4:00-5:40 What the Health
10:30-12:00 Jo-Anne McArthur
12:30-1:30 Bruce Monger
1:30-2:30 Harold Brown
2:30-3:30 Josh Keeler
Ticketing is now closed.
Start the VegFest celebration early with a special ticketed dinner on Friday, September 15, 2017. We’ll begin the evening in the big tent at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 5:00 pm, when you can view and bid on all of our Silent Auction items, including a Ramon Santiago print, a beautiful handmade metalwork sign by local artist, John Greico, and gift certificates to some of Rochester’s best places! Dinner will be at 6:00, created by the talented folks at The Red Fern, and finished with dessert by Happy Cakes. At 7:00, we will screen “Speciesism: The Movie”, followed by a talk by the movie’s producer and director, Mark Devries. Tickets are very limited, and can be purchased for $40 below, with proceeds going to help defray the cost of bringing some of the vegan community’s best speakers to Rochester VegFest – and many of those speakers will be at the dinner on Friday night!
- 5 pm Arrive and silent auction
- 6 pm Red Fern restaurant’s Buddha Bowl & Happy Cakes dessert
- 7 pm Speciesism, the Movie
- the director Mark Devries will give a talk afterwards
- When: Friday, September 15, 2017
- Where: the big tent on the lawn of Martin Luther King Jr. Park
- Tickets: $40, purchase below
Buddha Bowl is gluten free and vegan. – organic marinated tofu, coconut brown rice, sautéd kale, roasted beets, pickled carrots & cabbage, sesame seeds, ginger garlic tamari sauce.