2018 Central Coast VegFest speakers
Why the H.E.C.K. are we so excited? Health, Environment, Conscience and Kindness are the featured topics with our trained and excellent speakers–all day long!

Jane Velez-Mitchell



300 Pound Vegan

3:30 p.m. in the Demo Space

       After a career in pro football, David went vegan with much resistance from his team mates, family, and coaches. When everything from his sports performance to his personal life improved, he got committed to sharing the good word with others about how food affects his health transformation, as well as how it transforms our relationships societally.


Eco Vegan Gal

12 NOON in the Lounge

Are you an environmentalist?  Then Whitney Lauritsen, is your Eco Vegan Gal.

She’s also a Social media specialist, healthy living crusader and winner of the 2014 Ed Begly Jr. Environmental Activist Award, and one of our honored speakers!

renan larue

Vegan Philosopher

11 a.m. in the Lounge

    Come learn about the history and compassion concepts from Professor Renan Larue created, who now heads the first ever vegan studies department, at our Central Coast’s own U.C. Santa Barbara!  His book, “Vegetarianism an its Enemies” won the 2016 La Bruyere Prize at the Academie Francaise for its insights and contribution to the field of philosophy.

dr. andy mars


10 a.m. in the Lounge

     Vegan for thirty-four years, Dr. Mars has served on the Board of The American Vegan Society most of those years, was a founding member of PCRM and Earthsave, and is the Founder and Director of the Kids Make A Difference Foundation.

cherie moore

cycling champion

1 p.m. in the Lounge

Are you an athlete, parent, or concerned for your health? Come meet Cherie Moore, M.S., transcontinental cycling world record holder and RAAM winner, nutrition professor, and vegan mom, who has been role-modeling a vegan lifestyle for 36 years, impacting over 13,000 college students, and raising a vegan son who is an elite athlete as well.

wayne hsiung

visionary activist

2:30 p.m. in the Demo Space

Is it possible that society is doing it all wrong?  Bay Area Barrister Wayne Hsiung will present a powerful vision of a future America which truly stands up for its founding values of liberty and equality for all.  “Ag Gag, Corporate Cover Ups, and the Right to Know” is a must-hear lecture and slide show!
Cooking Demos
Can’t Cook? or wanna know the Secrets to simple, delicious, affordable Vegan Food? Come watch and learn to make some great dishes from our wonderful cooking demo vegan chefs!

Nicole Derseweh

Vegan mermaid brunches

12 NOON in the Demo Room

 Los Anglean Nicole is adorable, fun, funny, and absolutely fabulous. Come learn and enjoy!

Jillian Love

Raw Vegan Chef

1 p.m. in the Demo Room

Jillian Love creates engaging sensory experiences with the fusion of food, entertainment, education and fun Jillian is a change agent & pioneer in the conscious cuisine & sustainable health movement.

Debi Chew

chew on vegan channel

11 a.m. in the Demo Room

Local foodie rock star graces us with full-tilt yumminess making for us her signature IMMEDIATE VEGAN CHILI both stovetop and pressure cooker.
Family Zone — Open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Got kids? Our Family Zone is devoted entirely to YOU and your family, all day long!

Cherie Moore

Mom and Nutrition Professor

  Have questions about what to feed your kid (or yourself :-)?  Ask Professor Moore!

Q n A from 11 a.m. – 12 noon

ruby roth

vegan book author and illustrator

Author, teacher, and Mom, Ruby will delight us with her series of vegan books for kids!

Readings at noon and 2 p.m.

Dr. andy mars, phd

educator and youth expert

Dr. Mars has raised veg kids, runs the Veg Kids organization helping veg kids connect with other veg kids, and is entering the 25th year of the Camp Exploration totally vegan camps for kids.




In the Demo Room:  for $15 you get a gourmet cheese appetizer plate and a free wooden cheese knife from Miyoko’s; a 4-truffle deluxe chocolate plate from Mama Ganache; and a glass of Whalebird artisan kombucha (or a fruit juice spritzer, your choice).  Limited to 70 people. 

In the Lounge:  Songwriters at Play! A collection of vegan songwriters performing their original songs about veganism! The perfect way to wind down after an exciting day (you can also enjoy your “cheese, chocolate and kombucha” while appreciating these talented musicians).  FREE to attend, all are welcome.

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