April 27, 2019
The Tulsa World’s food writer James D. Watts Jr. wrote about (then) upcoming Tulsa Vegfest. Read the article.
Tulsa People Magazine featured Tulsa VegFest Co-Founder Melissa Furman in its May 2019 issue. Read what she had to say!
Tulsa Voice writer Terrie Shipley highlights the vegan food scene in Tulsa & health benefits of a plant-based diet in their May issue.
May 3, 2019
First-annual Tulsa VegFest to showcase city’s booming plant-based food scene TOMORROW
More than 60 plant-based food, health and sustainability vendors will descend on downtown Tulsa tomorrow, May 4, as the inaugural Tulsa VegFest celebrates the city’s growing culinary and cultural scene around plant-based diets and lifestyles.
The family-friendly festival is free and will take place at Guthrie Green in the Tulsa Arts District, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will feature national and local speakers, a plant-based food court of nearly 20 local vendors and at least 40 other exhibitors from around the region.
“The plant-based options at Tulsa’s restaurants are often the most creative, enticing dishes our city has to offer. The flavors in plant-based dishes are amazing,” said Melissa Furman, co-founder of Tulsa VegFest and its parent organization, Plant-Based Green Country. “At Tulsa VegFest, we want to celebrate Tulsa’s array of veg-friendly foods and illustrate just how easy and enjoyable it really is to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle right here in Green Country.”
Tulsa VegFest is formed and operated by Plant-Based Green Country, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging the public about the benefits of living a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. Numerous studies over several decades have shown that plant-based and meatless diets — also called veganism and vegetarianism — are associated with lower rates of chronic illness, cancer and obesity, and can meet all nutrition and protein requirements.
“Whether you’re plant-based or not, you will be exposed to a new way of thinking about food and see what our city has to offer,” said Krisann Polito-Moller, event co-founder and vice president of Plant-Based Green Country. “We’ll have something for everyone and you might be surprised just how great a plant-based lifestyle really is.”
The food court will feature a hyper-local farmer’s market by event sponsor Local Farm OK, and nearly 20 local establishments such as ediblend superfood café and Cult Kombucha. Other offerings will include middle-eastern, ramen, Mexican, Indian, salad, soup and sandwich, vegan takes on classic fare, desserts, fresh juice and more. A full list of vendors is available here, but the list continues to grow.
Included in the lineup is ediblend superfood café, which has two Tulsa locations that feature nutrient-dense fresh blends, meals and snacks, many of which are grab-and-go ready.
“We are thrilled to be part of Tulsa’s first annual VegFest. Educating our community on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle is one of our core values, so we jumped at the opportunity to get involved,” said Piper Kacere, co-owner, ediblend superfood café. “We will be offering plenty of delicious plant-based food and blends at our booth as well as feature our very own Dr. Rich, local cardiologist and ediblend contributor, to answer all your plant-based lifestyle questions. We would love to see the Tulsa community embrace VegFest and get excited about pursuing their best health!”
Plant-based diets have well-documented benefits in environmental sustainability, and Tulsa VegFest will also celebrate this with vendors showcasing products such as electric vehicles and sustainable gardening. Researchers at Oxford University estimate that eating a plant-based diet can reduce food’s harmful emissions by up to 73 percent.
National and local speakers at the festival will highlight the many benefits of a plant-based diet, including preventing and reversing common health ailments suffered by increasing numbers of Americans. Speakers include:
· Dr. Ron Weiss, M.D., a botanist, farmer, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and founder of Ethos Health, a farm-based healthcare system that connects human health to the natural world
· Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, D.O., System Medical Director of Wellness and Employee Health at Lee Health, the largest healthcare system in southwest Florida
· Dr. Jimmy Conway, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and founder of PlantbasedOKC
· Karin Gibson, a New York City-based nutrition consultant and registered dietitian who specializes in plant-based diets for children and during pregnancy and breastfeeding
· A panel of local physicians including Dr. Rich Kacere, Dr. Kelly Flesner, Dr. Brent Beasley and Dr. Ron Weiss.
Tulsa VegFest is made possible by an array of sponsors, including platinum sponsors Omni Air Transport, ediblend superfood café, Evans & Davis attorneys, and premium sponsors Eastern Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. A complete list of sponsors is available here.
Additional information can be found at www.tulsavegfest.org.