LexVeg Fest 2019

Join us on Saturday, October 5th from 11-4 at Housewarmings in Lexington.

LexVeg Fest is a community street-fair-like event held to celebrate and promote a plant-based lifestyle for health, environment, and animal welfare.

Of the top 10 causes of death in our country, 9 can potentially be prevented, reversed, or improved by eating a healthier plant-based diet. This list includes heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. LexVeg Fest encourages people to eat more plants in a friendly and supportive environment.

The festival will feature speaker presentations; including a talk on health from Dr. Debora Tallio M.D., a lecture from Seedleaf, a presentation on animal welfare by Diana Shaffner of Good Acres Sanctuaries, and a talk addressing the relationship between our food and the climate crisis from Kevin Archer of Dandelion Ridge Farm. There will also be an “ask a vegan dietitian” booth, local food vendors, exhibitors, and nonprofits focusing on health and wellness, community, and animal welfare. In addition to all of this, there will be cooking demonstrations, live music by Earth Om Ether, and a special kids area with activities just for kids

This event is an outdoor event — rain or shine. Dogs are welcome provided that they are leashed and can interact well with others.

This is a low-waste event. Please bring your own water bottle and use our online map to navigate the event. 

Event Map

Food Vendors




11:00 – 12:00 | Main Stage 

Earth Om Ether
Tommy Clark & Weslyn Wolven

Siblings in a band – making music to save the planet & her creatures.

12:00 – 1:00 | Main Stage

Diana Shaffner is the founder of Good Acres Sanctuary in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Diana will be presenting a talk on animals. 

1:00 – 2:00 | Main Stage

“Can You Get Healthier on a Vegan Diet?”
Dr. Tallio is a Lifestyle Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician in private practice here in Lexington. She has done medical residencies in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, certification training in Culinary Medicine and Mind-Body Medicine and received certification in Plant-based Nutrition through eCornell. In a few weeks she will sit for her medical board certification in Lifestyle Medicine. She’s a whole food, plant-based vegan and as part of her medical practice she helps patients transition to a plant-focused diet.

2:00 – 3:00 | Main Stage

“Curbside Composting:
An Introduction to Compost Carpooling”
Seedleaf will be introducing their compost service, discussing how their services works and briefly talk about the community and global impacts composting has.

Casey “Cee” Byrd is the compost coordinator for Seedleaf. They have a BA from Umass Boston in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and is a current Geography Graduate student at UK. As a lifelong composter, they have a commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for composting. Their work with Seedleaf has helped foster a community-based effort to create a food-to-food loop system that works in tandem with Seedleaf’s 13 free-to-pick community gardens.

3:00 – 4:00 | Main Stage

“Vegans and the Growing Imperative”
The converging impacts of climate change, trade wars, social instability, and plastic accumulation are forcing radical change in what we eat and how our food is produced. As vegans, we often rely on others to find solutions, but this only increases our vulnerability. Additionally, process-heavy food production significantly increases global challenges. However, a small agricultural revolution is happening all around us. By becoming more engaged with this movement, by becoming or supporting growers, we can increase our resilience and position ourselves, individually and collectively, as food leaders, not followers.

Kevin Archer is a multi-media artist who left corporate security for a DIY life as a farmer, activist, educator, and chef. He’s planted gardens coast-to-coast, and led professional kitchens from Denver to Mendocino, from Santa Fe to NYC, and random locations in between.
He was written for Civil Eats, Sounding Out!, No Depression, and the Museum of Animals & Society. A nationally recognized humane educator, YES! Magazine includes him among their “Chefs We Love.” He’s presented at a wide range of conferences, touching on agriculture, ecojustice, art, and the power of progressive movements.
In addition to being the founder and creative force behind Zelda & Bramble Superlative Seasonings, he seeds, weeds, and feeds at Dandelion Ridge Farm in Versailles with his partner, Abbie Rogers.

2:30 – 3:30 | Kid’s Area
Monica & Nathan Diaz

“Mac-N-Cheeze for Picky Eaters” Food Demo

This food demonstration will be led by Nathan Diaz, age 12, and his mother Monica Diaz. 

Thanks to our Sponsors!