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Vegan Fest features food, speakers, music in Tampa


Published:   |   Updated: October 16, 2013 at 09:05 AM

TAMPA – The fourth annual Tampa Bay Vegan Fest will feature guest speakers, healthy living and ecofriendly vendors, a children's area, live music, films, animal adoptions and vegan food.

The family-friendly event, with free admission, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Cotanchobee-Fort Brooke Park in downtown Tampa.

Speakers include Jane Velez-Mitchell, host of CNN's Headline News channel's show “Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell”; Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; and Ellen Jaffe Jones, known as “The Veg Coach.” She is a motivational speaker, champion runner, personal trainer and running coach and the author of the best-selling book “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day.”

The Children's area will have a variety of activities for kids, including coloring and face painting. Shana Banana, star of the children's television program “Banana Bread,” will be featured.

Organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend the event, presented by Florida Voices for Animals, a Tampa Bay-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal-advocacy organization.

For information, visit www.tampabayvegfest.org or www.facebook.com/TBVegFest, or contact Chelsea Smith at (813) 951-8550 or Chevegfest@gmail.com.

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