Off The Press: NYC’s Veggie Food Fest


What: NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

When: May 19-20, 2017

Where: Metropolitan Pavilion

Why: You don’t have to be a vegetarian to want to learn more about plant-based eating. Our current levels of meat consumption are not sustainable, so if you’re concerned about the health of our planet, you’ve probably considered increasing your meat-free options. Perhaps you’re a “reductarian” aspiring to eat less meat, reducing your carbon “foodprint”?

Even if you’re a confirmed carnivore committed to bi-weekly Shake Shack burgers, it’s likely that you’ve ponder the ecological and ethical dimensions surrounding your food choices.

At the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, you may sample goodies from the scores of plant-based vendors that will fill the festival space. Main courses, desserts, snacks and condiments should appeal to your taste buds.

Speakers include vegan chefs, vegetarian athletes and cookbook authors. A variety of panels, including one on vegan parenting, are sure to be popular.

If you’re yearning to meet that special meat-free someone, don’t miss the Veg Speed Date session.

There will be a variety of entertainment, including a performance by the Edward Morgan Ballet and a range of children’s activities, so bring the entire family.

For more information on the upcoming festival or to purchase tickets, visit

Photo credit: Micolo J

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Allison Tibaldi
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.