Vegetarian Movement Gaining Ground
The inaugural nonprofit Ocala Veg Fest is a free annual outdoor festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 24, at the Ocala Downtown Market, sponsored by aPlantBasedDiet.org. President Mike Young says, “It was founded to bring together like-minded individuals to educate and support those wanting to transition to a plant-based lifestyle.
“Veganism is only followed by a small, but growing, population,” says Young. “We needed to reach a critical mass of local participants in order for our 100% vegan festival to be successful in the smaller market of Ocala. We feel that the pendulum has finally started to swing towards veganism in Ocala, and we're excited to be a part of this movement locally in our very own hometown of the nonprofit!”
They are headquartered in Silver Springs, and starting with one festival in 2018, now conduct the Ocala Veg Fest, SWFL Veg Fest, Fairfax Veg Fest and Mountain Veg Fest, as well as VeganOcala.org and other groups long the East Coast. Along with a board of directors and an all-volunteer staff there are 30 team members and hundreds volunteer that out on the festivals.
“We exist to educate and serve the public and awaken folks to consider new and improved ideas that challenge the status quo,” says Young. “All of our events are a minimum of 100 percent vegan. Our ultimate goal is to help folks transition to a veganic, whole plant lifestyle to take control of their personal health. We make everything we do super fun!”
Admission is free. Ocala Veg Fest is located at Ocala Downtown Market, 310 SE 3rd St, Ocala.. For more information, visit OcalaVegFest.org.