By Emma Honcharski | Photographs from Pro Headshots, by Tara Antill
WHO: Nearly 10,000 attendees
WHAT: An outdoor food festival celebrating an ethical, plant-based lifestyle, Pittsburgh VegFest was awarded Best Food Festival by the City Paper in 2016. And we’re thinking they’ll hold the title this year, too!
WHERE: Allegheny Commons Park East
HIGHLIGHTS: Twenty-five food vendors, including Onion Maiden, Blue Sparrow Food Truck, and Sugar Spell Scoops, served up vegan cuisine, while over 50 organizations and small businesses kept compassionate consumption the topic of conversation. Live music and speakers, yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and Chris P. Carrot (the event’s official mascot!) rounded out the family-friendly festival. — E.H.
“It was so humbling and rewarding to see our city come out to celebrate a compassionate lifestyle. Next year, we will have a bigger layout and more food vendors!” — Leila Sleiman and Natalie Fristick, co-founders of Pittsburgh VegFest and Justice for Animals