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New Classes Offered at U.S. Veg Corp's Vegetarian Fest Next Weekend

New York, NY, May 12, 2019 --( A galaxy of new vegan stars has recently been added to the presenters’ roster at the 9th annual New York Vegetarian Food Festival, to take place May 18-19 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.

Headlining the Banana Stage (for health and wellness presentations) is Derek Goodwin, who has been a vegan for over 20 years. He became a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher in 2011. His yogi name, Pashupa, means “protector of animals.” He mixes his love of storytelling and music into his classes, which are physically challenging but always suited to the students he serves. Derek is also known for his photography of farm animals living in sanctuaries and of yoga practitioners. He was the co-host of Vegan Radio, and he also founded the Vegan Bus Project.

Pilates On Fifth will also offer soothing sessions from the stage. Praised as having "the best instructors in NYC" by Yelp users, this studio helps hundreds of New Yorkers per week reach their unique fitness goals. Its instructors hail from a variety of rigorous teacher training programs and disciplines.

New to the Pear Stage (for cooking demonstrations) is Ysanet Batista, a queer Black Dominican woman who was born in NYC. She is a plant-based chef who created the food service and food justice worker co-op Woke Foods. She also helps others start businesses at Green Worker Cooperatives. She enjoys learning how to grow her own food through Farm School NYC. In the near future, she plans to start a farm bed & breakfast co-op called Mamá Tingó in the Dominican Republic.

Another celebrity chef, back by popular demand, is Tere Fox, co-creator/owner and executive chef of the famed Rockin’ Raw. She also heads the catering and consulting company Jam, which focuses on gluten-free cakes and pastries. Additionally, she consults with businesses on how to bring more plant-based foods to every table and menu.

And festival-goers can also hear from Craig Cochran -- a tour-de-force in the NYC vegan scene with over a decade of opening and running pioneering restaurants. In 2010, he co-founded Terri, the first all plant-based fast food restaurant in NYC. Terri now has three locations. Craig is also the co-founder of P.S. Kitchen, a new gourmet restaurant that donates 100% of its profits to charity. Craig is also the co-founder of Blackbird Seitan.

Recently added to the Vegan Parenting Panel on the Apple Stage (for keynotes) is Leinana Two Moons. She’s a longtime vegan and the author of Baconish. She also blogs on Vegan Good Things. Her writing and photography have appeared in LAIKA and VegNews magazines. She is active in the regional vegan community and lives in Long Island City with her husband, 7-year-old son, and 5-year-old daughter, who are all vegan.

As always, the festival will feature scores of plant-based food and lifestyle vendors, food sampling, a charity raffle, a podcast taping, children’s activities, medical experts, animal advocates, and more. For further information or to purchase tickets, visit
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