Celebrating Vegetarianism in Connecticut

By Danielle Gillette

I may go to school in Boston, but I live in Connecticut. I’ll be going home soon, so I started to check out what vegan/vegetarian things are going on in my home state. As it turns out, Connecticut is having its first annual Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival or “VegFest” this weekend, April 28-29, at the Convention Center in Hartford.


Photo: Russ Glasson/ Flickr CC

The festival was founded by Ani Tirpan, owner of Wholesome Creations (a company that makes vegan, gluten-free, all-natural salad dressings) in North Haven, Connecticut. According to articles on the festival, Tirpan wants the event to focus not only on just the vegetarian/vegan diet, but the lifestyle in general.

There are speakers, cooking workshops, yoga classes, and film screenings scheduled over the two days, all intended to educate the general public on all things veggie.

So if you’re in the Hartford area this weekend and want to learn more about vegan/vegetarianism, the festival is free (with your donation of a vegetarian or vegan food item for local food banks) and runs from 10 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday. More details can be found here.

I wish I was going to be home so I could go check this out, but the semester’s not quite over. If, like me, you’re in Boston but you still want to see what a “VegFest” is all about, the Boston Vegetarian Society will be having their 17th annual Vegetarian Food Festival this October (the 27th and 28th, to be exact).

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