In this episode of the Vedge Your Best podcast, I’m excited to welcome Robin Dionne, the founder and organizer of Rhode Island VegFest. We talk about the growing phenomenon of veg fests and the opportunities they present for vegan outreach and advocacy. Robin shares her journey as a vegan for over 25 years and discusses the evolution of veganism, particularly in terms of accessibility and public perception.
The episode highlights the upcoming Rhode Island VegFest 2023, scheduled for February 4th and 5th at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The event promises a fun and welcoming atmosphere with over 80 plant-based vegan restaurants, makers, artists, and retailers. Robin emphasizes that the fest is a family-friendly event open to everyone, regardless of their dietary choices, and aims to create a positive experience for all attendees.
We also discuss the importance of sustainability, with a special mention of the partnership with Bootstrap Compost for waste management at the festival. Robin talks about the diversity of vendors and the variety of vegan products available at the fest, from food to sustainable goods. She expresses her desire to see more large national brands participate in future events and discusses the potential for growth in vegan-friendly products, particularly in areas like plant-based leathers and down alternatives.