Asheville VegFest 2018


Asheville VegFest, September 2, 2018, 10AM – 6PM

Pack Square Park 121 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Welcome to the return of Asheville’s original all-vegan festival (Est. 2011), brought to you by the Asheville Vegan Society.

Asheville VegFest, presented by the Asheville Vegan Society, is a celebration of compassionate eating and sustainable living, where vegetarians, vegans, and the veg-curious alike can explore and celebrate the benefits of plant-based eating. Held in gorgeous Pack Square Park in beautiful downtown Asheville, this family-friendly event will feature live music, speaker sessions, local beer, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ activity area, and best of all—food!

Asheville's original vegan festival was established in 2011 by the Asheville Vegan Society. Be sure to attend Asheville VegFest for a day of great fun, lively entertainment, and delicious vegan food and drink.

A wide variety of vegan fare will be available for purchase from multiple food vendors and restaurants, and free samples will be provided as well. Think of it as a delightful vegan epicurean feast. We’re expecting thousands of attendees, so make sure you come join the fun! Admission is FREE, so we hope to see you there.

Why Vegan?

Today, vegan food is more readily available than ever. From options on restaurant menus, to entirely vegan eateries; from specialty treats like artisanal cheese and non-dairy ice cream, to the produce and packaged goods found at any grocery store–options abound for those choosing to eat vegan, in Asheville and around the world. Making the one simple (and tasty!) choice to follow a vegan diet has a resounding impact—on the planet, human health, and the lives of thousands of animals. This is why we’re so passionate about bringing Asheville VegFest and Vegan Awareness Week to you.

Why Should You Attend Asheville VegFest?

Because you are…

  • Curious about a plant-based diet
  • Interested in new companies and products
  • A foodie who wants to taste what’s fresh and new
  • Looking for something to do that’s fun and free
  • A fan of live music
  • Excited about the cooking demonstrations
  • Committed to helping animals and the environment
  • Interested in connecting with other veg folks in the area

Vegan Awareness Week

See below for information about Vegan Awareness Week 2017.  Check our festival website for updates:

Asheville VegFest is not only a celebration of vegan food and drink, it is also the culmination of Vegan Awareness Week. During the week leading up to Asheville VegFest, the Asheville Vegan Society will host veg-related events around Asheville, featuring guest speakers, film screenings, book signings, and more fun happenings. Visit the Vegan Week Events page for more details and to read Mayor Esther Manheimer’s ceremonial proclamation of “Vegan Awareness Week” for 2017!

Vegan Week Events

See below for last year’s line up.  Check our festival website for updates:

The Mayor of Asheville, Esther Manheimer, has proclaimed the week of August 28- September 3rd to be Vegan Awareness Week in Asheville! The ceremonial proclamation highlights some of the great reasons to choose a plant strong diet (though we would add that kindness to animals is the number one reason that many folks cite for going vegan). This proclamation reflects just how vegan friendly the town we are lucky enough to call home is! Click here to view the proclamation.

To celebrate Vegan Awareness week we will be be hosting multiple events (film showings, BBQ, vegan drinks, lectures etc.) around Asheville, culminating with the big Asheville VegFest: A Celebration of Food and Drink, taking place on Sunday, September 3rd at Park Square Park.

Be sure to check the schedule often as we will be adding exciting events from now until the event.



Asheville VegFest: A Celebration of Vegan Food and Drink!



We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, May 15, 2016, we will be hosting the 2nd Asheville VegFest: A Celebration of Vegan Food and Drink!  Asheville VegFest will take place at Pack Square Park from 10AM-6PM in beautiful downtown Asheville! The festival will be promoted in local magazines, newspapers, radio, websites, e-mail groups, social networking sites, and on flyers around Western North Carolina and beyond.

Asheville VegFest,, is presented by The Asheville Vegan Society, a local 501(c)(3).  We are a grassroots, volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting healthy food choices and plant based living. We accomplish this by tabling at local festivals, leafleting, distributing vegan food samples, showing films, hosting monthly vegan potlucks, restaurant outings and by inviting speakers to join us in discussing the positive aspects of veganism.

Asheville VegFest will showcase all vegan food, beverages and related products. There will be cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities (face painting, games, et cetera), speakers and live musical entertainment.

Asheville VegFest, which is FREE for attendees, offers a great opportunity for you to promote your business and showcase your products to an excited audience interested in learning more about plant-based diets and vegan living!

Additionally, the whole week of May 9-May 15th will be proclaimed “Vegan Awareness Week” in Asheville by Mayor Manheimer! We are planning fun and educational events to correspond with this exciting development!




Join Us in Helping One of Our Own Fight Cancer


Longtime AVS member Julie Loveless was recently diagnosed with recurrent stage IV breast cancer. We are holding a fundraiser (spaghetti dinner, auction and live music) to help her offset her medical, travel and living expenses as she wages war on cancer once again.

Julie is brilliant, generous, hardworking, witty as hell, brave, a fantastic mother to young Emma, and has OFTEN done nice things for AVS (she brought us an Indian feast one time for like $5 per person; she signed up Mela as a vegdiscount partner; she has hosted us in the restaurant and made sure there were extra vegan options and she has lit up our events with her friendly smile many times).

If you can’t make the event (but we so hope that you can!) PLEASE consider making a donation by clicking here.

COST at the door is $15 suggested (but we are happy to take more!) and that includes dinner and live music by awesome vegan musician Christy Snow! She’ll be releasing a new CD at the party and a portion of proceeds will benefit Julie.

As far as food, Joe will be donating the supplies for the spaghetti and “meat” ball dinner (salad, bread and iced tea too) but if anyone would like to pitch in for cooking duties, please email

We will also be doing a live art action with some UHMAZING pieces with low minimum bids as well as a silent auction for other goodies! If you’d like to donate anything, please let us know (we are off to a good start by the way!) Items and photos will be posted ahead of time.

The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 16, at THE BLOCK off biltmore (39 S Market St) and everyone is welcome! Suggested donation is $15 at the door.

Vegan T-Shirt Wearing Day – Every Saturday!


600_314987172Hello, all! I’d like to invite everybody to a virtual event – takes place wherever you are! And no need to be on FB but if you are,!/event.php?eid=281580061862033 is the event page.

The group page is at Started by Jonathan Balcombe (writer, activist, scientist, and public speaker on behalf of animals), the first Saturday of every month is VEGAN T-SHIRT DAY! Check out

Raise awareness as you go about your day – wear any vegan/animal rights message shirt to raise awareness for the animals! Or wear a button, sticker, etc! After you wear your shirt that Saturday, if you want, head over to the Facebook group (link above) and post a pic of you in your message shirt! If you like this idea and want to raise awareness to help the animals, please SHARE it (and WEAR it!).

You can forward the Facebook event to anyone you think may be interested – and let’s spread the word! See you at an event soon!


Seitan-ic gathering! – Wed, April 30, 6pm

  • NOTE: limited to 8 attendees so sign up fast!!


    Linda Joy from Jacksonville, FL, author of Earth Angel Kitchen vegan cookbook, will be giving a seitan-making demo.  Attendees will learn how to make this delicious “wheat meat”  for BBQ, stroganoff, stews and just about everything.  There will also be samples, recipes and seitan to take home with you.

    Linda will be teaching the class on April 30th at 6PM at

    The Beaucatcher 9 Kenilworth Knoll off Tunnel Road.  This is a private home so the class will be limited to 8 people.  RSVP required (click here to RSVP on the Meetup site). $10 donation.  Questions, call Zia 828-407-3334

No Exotic Animal Circus in Asheville! – Tues, April 8, 5pm

  • The below info is from Asheville Voice for Animals. They have been working diligently to present the argument to City Council for banning Animal Circuses in Asheville. More details to follow but the more folks who show up, the better chance of success!

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    5:00 PM

    Asheville City Hall

    70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC (map)

    2nd floor Council chambers

    The time is set. We will address the council on Tuesday the 8th of April. Please arrive at least 15 min early to get your materials of support.

    Please share this info around town with all your friends and all the supporters you can find. We want to fill the chamber with supporters. Please help and let everyone know of this meeting.

    RSVP on the Meetup here >>