>> Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I have the great luck to be able to celebrate my wedding anniversary between the yearly Veg Fest events in my area. This year on our 24th (but who's counting?), we attended the 4th annual Tampa Bay gathering located off the beautiful Hillsborough River. As usual there was delicious food, cool music and a full day of activities from petting friendly animals to watching videos and listening to informative speakers.
We got to see the popular film Vegucated. We also enjoyed Dr. Milton R. Mills give an interesting presentation about keeping our bodies (specifically our colons) healthy through eating plants. He addressed the serious topic of food choices in a humorous, easy to digest way. And Jane Velez-Mitchell was just a ball of energy and enthusiasm in her talk to motivate the audience to get active in helping animals.
The week after we went to the 8th annual Central Florida Veg Fest and as the announcement says it's an extremely family and pet friendly setting. We thoroughly enjoyed the talks presented by body builder, vegan-athlete-extraordinaire Robert Cheeke. And abolitionist speaker, educator and activist Elizabeth DeCoux gave a riveting and compelling talk on why justice to our fellow Earthlings is long overdue.
In both events there were great exhibits and lots of fun to be had. Along with the memories of sharing a special time with other compassionate people, we came home with a goodie bag filled with coupons, brochures, buttons, stickers and samples: