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The Third Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival is Slated to Tempt Tongues and Minds at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, Over the Weekend of September 29-30

Los Angeles, CA, September 21, 2018 --( Festival chefs hail from all over, and will be bringing their plant-based creations to the food demo stage. Each of these will show off their cooking techniques and provide tasting samples for the audience:

· Eleni Simos is a certified holistic health coach, plant-based chef, and nutritional consultant. She shares lifestyle tips through her website,
· Leslie Tarian became a certified natural chef in Berkeley, and has worked at vegan restaurants in Oakland and Venice, California. She delivers meals for private clients and enjoys creating innovative plant-based dishes.
· BitterSweetBlog blogger Hannah Kaminsky is the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie. She develops mouth-watering recipes and photographs food from morning to night in the Bay Area.
· New Yorker Chandra Lee is a former fashion photographer and now a holistic nutritionist, herbalist, raw vegan chef, and spokesperson for Alkaline Living. Her company, Organic Flava, was founded in 2007.
· Empowerment coach Kristen D’Amato is the author of the plant-based gluten-free cookbook Food for the Light Body. She has spent 20 years working with food as medicine, using a medel she created called the Wheel of whole Body Healing.
· Houston-based Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram is a YouTube celebrity, raw vegan chef, and the author of The FullyRaw Diet. She is also the founder of the Rawfully Organic Co-op and FullyRaw Juice.
· Joni Marie Newman is the author of numerous books including The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions and Vegan Food Gifts. Based in North Long Beach, she enjoys knitting, painting, walking, reading, and swimming.

Speakers on the keynote stage include new presenters as well as old Festival favorites. Here are some of those to be featured:

· New presenter Scott David will discuss his undercover investigations for Compassion Over Killing. His important videography has shed light on the plight of animals in slaughterhouses across the country. He earned his master’s degree in Applied Ecology and has wored at an afterschool program teaching about the environment.
· Also new to the Festival this year is Bill Muir, aka Sergeant Vegan. After 9/11, he left a cushy job teaching English in Japan and joined the Army. He became a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and served in Afghanistan as a combat medic. A vegan since 1992, he adhered to his plant-fueled diet throughout his rigorous training and deployment.
· Los Angeles-based Sharon Palmer is known as the Plant-Powered Dietitian. She is the author of The Plant-Powered Diet series and is an award-winning writer, editor, and blogger on the themes of plant-based nutrition, cuisine, and sustainability.
· Back by popular demand, Jane Velez-Mitchell is well-known for her animal rights advocacy. Her reporting on animal cruelty earned Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the U.S. Born to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish American father, she has worked as a co-anchor on Los Angeles-based television stations. Her books include Secrets Can Be Murder, iWant, Addict Nation, and Exposed.
· Another repeat presenter is Julieanna Hever, speaking on Simple Steps to Fill Your Plate with Delicious Food. She has a bachler of arts degree in theater from UCLA and a master of science degree in nutrition from Cal State Northridge. She has authored four books, including the new Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s Guide). She is also the nutrition columnist for VegNew Magazine and co-hosts Home Sweat Home on Facebook.
· New to the West Coast but well-known on the East Coast, Jasmin Singer is the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough. She is the co-host of the Webby-recognized Our Hen House podcast and senior editor for VegNews. She earned a “40 Under 40” award from The Advocate Magazine and was named a top “Eco-Preneur” by Go Magazine.
· Dynamic duo Jacque Tarlton and Marzia Prince are known as The Plant Chics. They are plant-based coaches who work primarily with women to help them find food freedom. They have partnered with leading global brands on custom keynotes and wellness programs.

Festival-goers who want to get a little physical can head to the Mind Body Zone where they will be put through gentle paces by several facilitators, including “success coach” Tristan Gutner. There will also be several sessions of Hyperslow Yoga.

For families with children, the Festival will feature a Kumquat Kids Area with a variety of activities such as face-painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, drama and dress-up, and musical expression.

Information tables will be staffed by several humane non-profit organizations, including Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Share International USA, Mercy For Animals, Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary, and Best Friends Animal Society.

Scores of vegan food and lifestyle vendors will also be on the Festival grounds, offering samples as well as wares for purchase. These include KeVita, VeggiDome, Fiesta Gourmet, Orgain, Pan’s Mushroom Jerky, Bare Naked Botanicals, Cena Vegan, Revive Kombucha, Honest Tea, Los Colorines, and Farm Fresh To You.

The Festival is presented by U.S. Veg Corp, a company which also presents plant-based events in New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit
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