New York, NY, February 24, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Do vegans have food traditions? Kevin Archer will tackle the topic at the 4th annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, taking place over the first weekend in March in Manhattan. Archer is scheduled to speak on Sunday, March 2, 4:45-5:15, on the subject of "Forging a Vegan Heritage.”
“Many people cite loss of tradition as a challenge to becoming, or staying, vegan,” Archer said. For example, what happens when vegans go home to confront that turkey at their parents’ Thanksgiving table, or the creamy eggnog at Christmastime?
Archer maintains that what vegans gain is greater than what they lose. “The vegan ethos is full of so many heritage values: sanctity of life, honor for the earth’s beauty, and preservation of families,” he said. “There is a great mass of heritage that remains within reach. Rather than preserving a fragmented past, we have the unique opportunity to create a rich new heritage for the next generation of vegans.”
Archer is a certified chef, teacher and writer. He has worked as executive chef, general manager, and head baker at landmark vegetarian and vegan restaurants across the US. Additionally, he is a contributing writer for a diverse mix of online entities, including Civil Eats, the National Museum of Animals & Society, and Crazy Sexy Life.
Another speaker, Peggy Kotsopoulos, will translate the vegan philosophy into edible goods. Her presentation will occur on Sunday, March 2, 1-2 p.m., when she will share recipes and stories from her two books, "Must Have Been Something I Ate" and "Kitchen Cures."
Kotsopoulos is a registered holistic nutritionist and the host of her own cooking show—Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures—on Veria Living Network. She has also made regular appearances on the Today Show, The Talk, and The Steven and Chris Show, and has written for publications such as Shape, Fitness Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Redbook, and All You.
Other presenters at the festival will include cardiologists Robert Ostfeld and Joel Kahn, vegan chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, and animal law experts Sherry Colb and Mariann Sullivan.
Approximately 100 vendors will be showing and sampling their wares, including Vega, Nutiva, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, and Rescue Chocolate. There will also be musical entertainment, children’s activities, and a raffle benefiting the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
The New York City Vegetarian Food Festival will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://2014nycvegfoodfest.chirrpy.com/ or at the door. For further information, visit http://nycvegfoodfest.com/.
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Peggy K’s Kitchen will be momentarily transported to the stage of the NYC Vegetarian Food Fest. Come hear the author of "Must Have Been Something I Ate" and "Kitchen Cures." For those not in hurry, we’ll give you her full name: Peggy Kotsopoulos.
Asheville, North Carolina’s star vegan chef and bread baker is returning to the NYCVFF. It’s Kevin Archer… our arch friend!