Vegan donuts by Gluten Free Goat.

Allegheny Commons Park

August 22
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pittsburgh VegFest
Pittsburgh VegFest

Move over corn dogs and funnel cakes, it’s time to eat well this summer. On Saturday, August 22nd, Pittsburgh’s first-of-its-kind VegFest will set up shop within the Northside’s scenic Allegheny Commons Park to host a delicious and thoughtful celebration of healthy vegan fare, animal advocacy and ethical and sustainable living.

Whether you’re a lifelong vegan or flirting with making the transition to a plant-based diet, you won’t want to miss this chance to eat your way through the region’s best vegan fare. Think healthy wraps, refreshing smoothies, spicy seitan wings, chili dogs, a falafel bar, vegan twinkies and more.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh VegFest.
Courtesy of Pittsburgh VegFest.

The event’s dizzying array of local food vendors includes Randita’s, Istanbul Grille, Onion Maiden, Taj Mahal, El Burro, Gluten Free Goat, Fortuitea Café, The White Rabbit Café, Pittsburgh Halal, Loving Hut, Chip and Kale, Pittsburgh Halal, Fresh Farm Juices, B52 Café, Allegro Bakery, Sree’s Indian and more.

While sampling vegan fare, attendees can also shop for ethically produced artwork, decor, crafts and green wellness products, peruse educational resources and vie for raffle prizes including shop and restaurant gift certificates, t-shirts, snacks and skincare products. Featured vendors include Olive & Marlowe, The Dog Stop, Red Lotus Foods, Yummy Plants, Hello Bully, Big Idea Bookstore, Animal Rescue League, Yoga Hive, Western PA Humane Society, Pittsburgh Massageworks, Arbonne and many others.

The green-minded event will also feature a kids’ craft area and live music by Jen Miller, Where’s Ian and Rachel B. Organized by the McKees Rocks-based nonprofit Justice For Animals, VegFest is presented in partnership with the summer pop-up series, Cedar Arts Market, which has been busy bringing innovative new events to the Northside.

Healthy bonus? Be one of the first 100 to arrive and receive a free goodie bag stuffed with products and coupons from Whole Foods, Upton’s Natural Seitan, Daiya vegan cheese, Blue Diamond, Earth Balance, Mercy For Animals, Vegan Outreach and more.

VegFest is free and open to all ages.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.