In the lead-up to Niagara VegFest 2015 on June 7, we’d like to introduce you to some of our wonderful vendors, exhibitors and volunteers who make the festival happen. In this Q&A, Jennifer Krebsz of Sick On Sin tells us about her company, her appreciation of a good vegan doughnut and Gene Baur, and why VegFest is important to her.
NVF: Tell us about your business.
JK: Sick On Sin offers t-shirts and accessories (pins, magnets, stickers, totes, etc.) all featuring our cute, original designs. These designs include adorable animals, fun food, and lots of pro-veg messaging – there’s definitely something for everyone! We’re an online store; however, we get out of the studio several times throughout the year to do events in Southern Ontario (it’s great to interact with customers face to face!). Sick On Sin is owned and operated by a vegan duo, me (Jen) and my husband Michael.
By the way, don’t let the name confuse you! We do a huge range of other types of designs (horror, sci-fi, etc.) and “Sick On Sin” was a line from a song lyric that we liked the sound of back in 2005 when we got started!
NVF: What are you most looking forward to at Niagara VegFest 2015?
JK: This will be our 4th year doing Niagara VegFest and I know it will be a blast! It attracts a huge crowd and we get to meet and interact with such friendly, fun and interesting folks. It’s a great time! Of course, the only unfortunate thing about being a vendor at a VegFest is not getting to walk around the event and go to talks. But I do try to make a quick run around any chance I get to check out the other tables. Usually that quick run around involves grabbing a savoury snack or sweet treat – I LOVE being in a place where everything is vegan! On that note, one of the things I’m especially looking forward to is trying a doughnut (or 6!) from Beechwood Doughnuts. I’m also excited that superstar Gene Baurwill be there. Even though I won’t get to go to his talk, it’s always nice being in the same room as him (swoon). I encourage everyone to go see him speak!
NVF: Why is Niagara VegFest important to you?
AMV: Niagara VegFest is important to me because it helps promote veganism and animal rights in a positive, fun way. The event attracts a huge array of people – not just vegans, vegetarians and activists. It exposes people to food they might not try otherwise, spreads knowledge about the pros of eating a plant-based diet (for health, animals and earth), and provides sanctuaries and other animal organizations with much needed exposure. We’ve done Niagara VegFest since the beginning and each year have witnessed it getting larger and busier. I feel that this shows that there is both a desire and need for such events and that VegFest answers the call!