June 26, 2017

Speakers, Films and Workshops

Addie Thacker

Addie Thacker

Vegan Kid Panel
Time: 1:00 PM

Addie is 13 years old, currently in 7th grade. She has been vegan for almost 10 months now. Addie enjoys running track and field, hanging out with friends, shopping, and spending time with animals. Some of her favorite foods are veggie burgers (Cheesecake Factory specifically), vegan pizza, and vegan ice cream! Addie's compassion towards animals has been with her for her entire life. When she discovered veganism, she knew it’s what she wanted. Her only regret is that she should’ve switched sooner! 
Abhimanyu

Abhimanyu Iyengar

Vegan Kid Panel
Time: 1:00 PM

Abhimanyu is 12 years old is in the  7th grade.  He has been vegan for about 8 years.  He is a science and technology geek and loves swimming, running, biking and spending time with his family. He wants to try out for the Triathlon Youth nationals in Washington next year. He is a very compassionate kid and loves to educate people about why eating plants is great for the animals, one’s own health as well as the environment. His favorite food is Indian food and he loves to cook and try out new recipes. He also loves to travel with his sister Ananya and parents and is every excited to try out vegan food in different places.
Isadora Parkin

Isadora Parkin

Vegan Kid Panel
Time: 1:00 PM

Isadora is 11 years old (almost 12) and has been vegan her whole life. She is a competitive dancer, she especially loves musical theatre, jazz, hip hop and breakdance. She loves shopping and finding vegan shoes. She loves to cook and is great at baking, her specialty is her secret recipe chocolate chip cookies. Isadora has two dogs and wishes she could rescue 10 more.

Ananya

Ananya Iyengar

Vegan Kid Panel
Time: 1:00 PM

Ananya is 14 years old and is in the 9th grade. She has been vegan 8 years now. She loves shopping, make up, swimming, biking and running. She wants everyone, especially kids, to know that you can be vegan and strong! She tried out for the Youth Triathlon nationals this year and wants to go back stronger next year.  She eats a lot of fresh fruit and also loves vegan ice cream. She loves to volunteer at Ching Farm when she can. Both Ananya and Abhimanyu just started making hard made soaps and are donating 100% of the profits to Ching Farm and Sage Mountain sanctuary.

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Rell Montano

Vegan Kid Panel
Time: 1:00 PM

Rell is 5 years old and has been vegan for a year. She is very loving and caring. Rell wants to save all the tigers and lions from hunters and poachers.

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The Last Pig

Film Screening
Time: 2:00 PM

THE LAST PIG is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Deeply immersive, the film is a contemplation on life, death and personal ethics as it follows a pig farmer grappling with his conscience. Through sparse, intimatemusings, the farmer reveals the growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death” - one he can no longer live with. The pace of the film is unhurried, allowing the viewer to experience and absorb life on the farm, the herds of pigs – so clearly intelligent and trusting, the steel and concrete slaughterhouse, and the ghosts.

With bittersweet detail, against the stunning backdrop of upstate New York, THE LAST PIG is a documentary that offers an entirely new view of small-scale livestock farming, and raises crucial questions about the ethics of eating.

lauren Ornelas

Photo Credit: In Her Image Photography

Keynote Speaker: lauren Ornelas

Food Justice: The Power of Your Food Choices
Time: 3:00 PM

lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. She is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999 and for which she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. She was also the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. In addition, lauren served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on “The Power of Our Food Choices.” Learn more about F.E.P.’s work at foodispower.org and veganmexicanfood.com.

Martie Nightingale

Martie Nightingale, CNM, DNP

Vegan Health and Fitness Panel
Time: 4:00 PM

Martie is a plant-based certified nurse midwife currently practicing in Salt Lake City. She attended the University of Utah, earning a MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) in 2004 and a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) in 2011. After practicing in Upstate NY and Washington State, she joined the Intermountain Nurse Midwives practice. At Intermountain, she provides complete women’s healthcare services throughout the lifespan,  including care during pregnancy, labor and delivery at IMC in Murray.

For over 27 years Martie has followed a vegan diet and has taught multiple vegan nutrition and cooking classes. She has experienced two healthy vegan pregnancies herself and has successfully grown her two young men (26 & 17) on a vegan diet. Martie enjoys assisting her patients to reach a healthy weight through diet and exercise and is especially passionate about guiding patients in adopting a whole foods plant based diet. Martie is a yoga instructor (RYT-200) and finds joy in sharing her love of yoga and meditation with others. When she's not catching babies or sharing the benefits of a WFPB diet, Martie can be found exploring the Wasatch mountains, cycling or practicing yoga.

Martie Nightingale

Lexi Purrington

Vegan Health and Fitness Panel
Time: 4:00 PM

 

Lexi Purrington is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Personal Trainer, Health Coach and mother. She has been vegan for over a decade. Lexi is a type 1 diabetic and believes veganism is the key to managing any illness or disease. She has worked with numerous clients of all ages and backgrounds and has devoted her life to saving animals and educating others.

Victor Ivan

Victor Ivan

Vegan Health and Fitness Panel
Time: 4:00 PM

Live Cooking Demonstration
Time: 6:00 PM

Victor Ivan, animal rights activist, Vegan Chef and fitness enthusiast will be doing a live cooking demo as well as being on the Vegan Health and Fitness panel. Previously featured on Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, he also is PETA's Sexiest Vegan 2015 as well as Mr. Pride 2017. He teaches vegan cooking classes at Mi Ranchito and started the Vegan Mexican Buffet at the same location. He is currently working on a Vegan superhero comic book called “Solar Fire Ninja”
Herbalism

Erika Longino of the Mobile Moon Co-op

Herbalism Class
Time: 5:00 PM

Discover the practice of "reading" local and medicinal plants, learning their properties, and how to process them into useful forms. See, smell, taste, and sense the potential that sprouts out of the ground everywhere!  
 
Located at The Plot community garden on the north side of the library.

 

Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) believes that a wide array of lifestyles, beliefs, and opinions ought to be present at a community festival. The views and opinions expressed by the vendors & speakers at SLC VegFest do not necessarily reflect the opinions of UARC or SLC VegFest, and the presence of a vendor or speaker at SLC VegFest should not be construed as an endorsement of every idea, tactic, or position held by that vendor or speaker.