VegFest 2017 features international speaker lineup

May 30th, 2017 Festival Weekend, Niagara Vegfest, NVF 2017

A powerful lineup of speakers, renowned throughout North America as advocates for compassionate, plant-based lifestyles, will take to the podium at Niagara VegFest in St. Catharines, Ont., this Sunday.

Sharon Mann

Sharon Mann

Susie Coston

Sharon Mann, Canadian fitness presenter of the year, will get things started a noon with her talk “Stronger Every Day.” Mann adopted a plant-based diet after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Today, she travels North America sharing her story of how changing her diet changed her life for the better.

Mann will be followed by Farm Sanctuary’s Susie Coston at 1:15 p.m. This incredible storyteller will help VegFest goers get to know animals as individuals rather than products.

At 2:45 p.m., Keri Cronin will take over the microphone. This Brock University professor, author and animal advocate will focus on the power of art in advocacy.

Dr. Keri Cronin

Keri Cronin

JL Fields

JL Fields

Chef and cookbook author JL Fields is the grand finale at 4 p.m. She’ll take to the stage to share tips and tricks about simple and healthy vegan cooking using a pressure cooker and air fryer.

“The stories of our wonderfully diverse speakers have changed lives — for humans and animals alike,” says Laurie Morrison, Niagara VegFest co-founder and organizer. “We’re thrilled to have them at Niagara VegFest because we know they’ll provide valuable information and fascinating insight to the people attending. We’re so honoured to have them in Niagara.”

This year marks the sixth anniversary for the annual vegan festival, which was started by a small group of Niagara residents who saw the potential for such an event in their community. In addition to guest speakers, Niagara VegFest will feature more than 80 vendors, live music and family-friendly activities.

VegFest in the Vineyard, a vegan wine tour, along with VegFest at the Chef’s Table, a multi-course dinner, and a screening of the documentary Eating You Alive are planned for Saturday, June 3, making Niagara VegFest a weekend of plant-based fun.

Admission to Niagara VegFest at St. Catharines’ Market Square on June 4 is by donation ($2 recommend). The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit to see the speaker schedule and bios, and to learn more about the festival.

Follow Niagara VegFest on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NiagaraVegFest and use the hashtag #NVF17.

Niagara VegFest is grateful for the support of its sponsors: Bamboo Natural Food Market, Beechwood Doughnuts, Booch Organic Kombucha, Brock University, Cave Spring Cellars, City of St. Catharines, Fiddler’s Pour House, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Flat Rock Cellars, Foodland Ontario, JLM Studio, Lock Street Brewing Co., Mahtay Café and Lounge, Melting Matilida’s Frozen Delights, Niagara Action for Animals, Niagara Culinary Tours, Niagara Inflatables, Niagara Jazz Festival, Palatine Hills Estate Winery, Pillitteri Estates Winery, Presstime Design and Screenprint Rescue Dogs, and Rise Above Restaurant.

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