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Annual Indy Veg Fest Returns

After a two-year hiatus, the Indy Veg Fest returns from noon to 7 p.m. on April 29 at the Pavilion at Pan Am, in Indianapolis. The free event includes plant-based samplings from local restaurants, cruelty-free vendor booths, educational presentations and cooking demos, live music and fitness classes.

The event, intending to draw about 3,000 attendees, welcomes not only vegans and vegetarians, but anyone else interested in learning more about a plant-based food diet.

A plant-based diet consists of mostly fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, legumes and grains, and an abstinence from animal products. The benefits will be shared in the educational presentations from local experts speaking on topics like The History of Plant-Based Foods and The Connection between Climate Change and Animal Agriculture.

Indy Veg Fest is partnering with People’s Climate March, a nationwide march occurring in Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., and other states. The march begins at Veterans Memorial Park at 11 a.m. and ends at Indy Veg Fest.

The many food vendors include Aahaa Chai, Cluster Truck, Mami’s Vegan Gelato, and Mrs. Murry’s Naturals serving vegan soups. Local vendors and exhibitors will also include cruelty-free vegan products such as apparel, jewelry, vegan deodorant from North Coast Organics, and animal rescue information.

Pre-registration to attend through Eventbrite is greatly suggested. Those that do so will be eligible for a gift basket and vegan prizes. Location: 201 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. To register and for more information, visit

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