TAMPA — Whole Foods Market, based in Austin, Texas, is the title sponsor for the second annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water Street, in downtown Tampa.
Whole Foods has two locations in the Bay area: Tampa, 1548 North Dale Mabry Highway; and, Sarasota, 1451 1st Street.
According to organizers, “The event — presented by Florida Voices for Animals in honor of the 29th annual observance of World Farm Animals Day — will appeal to all who enjoy tasty, healthy foods, whether or not they follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.”
Veg Fest sponsors include: Creative Loafing, Tampa Downtown Partnership, Farm Animal Rights Movement, A Well-Fed World, Talking Animals Radio Show, Gardein, Tofurky, Larabar, Bumble Bar, Raw Revolution, Field Roast Grain Meat Co., WayFare Foods, Go Max Go Foods, Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, and Florida Voices for Animals.
The free event will feature Carol Leifer, a Los Angeles-based comedian and former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “Seinfeld” who has frequently appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Leifer will speak about the vegan lifestyle.
Parking for the festival is available in the South Regional Parking Garage, at 301 Channelside Drive.
According to organizers, about 3,000 people attended last year’s inaugural event, and this October’s festival promises to be “bigger and better.” The new location will include air-conditioned indoor meeting rooms for guest speakers, films, and a kids’ puppet show, along with improved outdoor facilities for vendors and performer.
Performers include Jun Bustamante, 11 a.m.; Ella Jet at Noon; The Shakes Society, 1 p.m.; Raise The Baby, 2 p.m.; Raise The Baby; Ricky Wilcox & The Moonsnakes, 3 p.m.; Hapi & Patty and the Crabgrass Cowboys, 4 p.m.; and, The Red Tailed Project at 5 p.m. Each performance will last about 45 minutes.
“Although pets on leashes are welcome at the park, please note that animals (other than service animals) are not allowed inside the Tampa Bay History Center where we will have films, speakers, and a children’s puppet show,” a spokesperson said.
ABOUT: Founded in 1989, Florida Voices for Animals is a Tampa Bay-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal-advocacy organization that generates awareness of animal issues and educates individuals about how to make compassionate choices for animals. FVA also provides information about plant-based diets as a way to improve health while helping animals and the environment.