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VegFest Continues to Grow in Popularity

Nonprofit North Florida Veg Events, Inc., held the inaugural Gainesville Vegfest in 2017 at Westside Park, organized by Gainesville residents and University of Florida students to provide education and accessibility to a compassionate and environmentally sustainable lifestyle. The event has since moved to Depot Park, in downtown Gainesville, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 16.


Hosting about 500 attendees the first year, Gainesville Vegfest grew to more than 8,000 guests in 2018. The annual family-friendly and free event connects Gainesville with a plant-based lifestyle and also provides entertainment, speakers, food and vendors with the intent of spreading awareness and excitement about pursing a more ethical manner of consumption.


Approximately 30 volunteers work to organize the event, including grant writing, media coverage, logistics, entertainment committees and more. Fundraising and sponsorships are a goal that the team steadily works to surpass every year.


Location; 200 E. Depot Ave. For more information, visit

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