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Professional Athletes to Speak at NYC Vegetarian Food Festival in May

New York, NY, April 21, 2016 --( Elite pro athletes who fuel their feats exclusively on plant-based diets will be among the presenters at the sixth annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.

Christine Vardaros, a champion cyclist, will speak on “How Pro Athletes Do It.” She began her cycling career in 1996 as a mountain biker for Team Breezer run by Joe Breeze. In 2000 she became a vegan, but it didn’t slow her down. After transitioning to road biking and cyclo-cross, she went on to represent USA Cycling at three World Cyclo-Cross Championships as well as more than 25 World Cups.

When not out pedaling, Vardaros is a spokesperson for In Defense of Animals, the Vegan Society, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. A native New Yorker, she now makes her home in Everberg, Belgium.

Another athlete scheduled to speak at the Festival is Omowale Adewale, a professional boxer. His talk is entitled “Champion Vegan Nutrition.”

Adewale became a vegetarian when he was 15, before getting involved in competitive sports. He taught himself Jeet Kune Do, a form of martial arts, and was also a national finalist in the 1997 Body Building of America competition. In 2012, he became a Super Middleweight Champion in the Brooklyn Brawl. And a few years later, he decided to cut dairy products from his diet to become fully vegan.

He now coaches others, both in how to box and in how to go vegan. He and his wife are raising three vegetarian children.

In addition to showcasing the athletes, the Festival will feature speakers on a variety of topics such as animal advocacy, plant-based cooking techniques, and medical research into the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle.

A large part of the Festival pavilion will be devoted to vegan vendors, many of whom offer free food samples to attendees. Non-profit organizations will also staff tables with literature about their activities. This year’s charity partner is Mercy For Animals, which will receive proceeds from the Festival raffle.

The event is family-friendly, with a special area devoted to children’s arts and crafts activities. There will also be performances by a comedian, an illusionist, and other entertainers.

The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival was launched in 2011. It is presented by U.S. Veg Corp, an event-planning company which also sponsors Vegan Drinks Brooklyn, various cooking competitions, and Meatless Monday meals at local restaurants.

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