We spoke with Katelin Rupp, Co-founder of Indy VegFest 2017, to learn a little more about the event and the organization behind it. Promoting the vegan lifestyle, compassion for animals, and environmental responsibility, this celebration of all things vegetarian seeks to empower individuals to live a healthier, more compassionate life.
VegOut: Tell us a little about your mission.
Katelin: Indy VegFest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the public's acceptance of the compassionate, environmental, and health facets of a vegan lifestyle through an annual event and year-round outreach and education opportunities. We aim to become Indiana's largest annual event celebrating and educating the public about veganism.
VegOut: When and where is Indy VegFest 2017 happening?
Katelin: Indy VegFest will be held Saturday, April 29th 2017 from noon to 7pm at the Pan Am Pavilion in downtown Indianapolis.
VegOut: Who are the speakers lined up for this event?
Katelin: Sara Laycock, campaign manager at Mercy For Animals, is a confirmed speaker. We are reaching out to other speakers as well.
VegOut: What can we expect to see as far as vendors and demos?
Katelin: We will have around ten food vendors selling entree-sized dishes, including Three Carrots. In addition, there will be forty other food and non-food vendors and organizations. Our vendors will be mostly local to Indianapolis, including beer from local breweries. We will also have food samples and cooking demos, fun fitness activities, prizes and giveaways, and more.
VegOut: Are there opportunities to volunteer?
Katelin: We need several volunteers for the event itself, and for behind-the-scenes planning year-round. There is plenty of work to be done. We have a spot for everyone. Anyone interested in volunteering may fill out the form on our website.
VegOut: Is there anything else you would like to leave us with?
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Admission is free, but make sure to register ahead of time and bring cash for the food vendors. Donations are also welcome and help to cover the cost of the event.