The place to learn about healthy vegan living

5 Reasons to Attend

The Vegan Experience That Can Change Your Life!

Looking for an outstanding way to learn more about the prevention and treatment of some of the major chronic diseases through plant-based eating? Do you want to meet people who share your commitment to health, animal rights and the environment? For more than 40 years, Vegetarian Summerfest has been a premier educational and social event for vegans and those just ­learning about this way of life.

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Five Reasons to Attend Vegetarian Summerfest 2018

Vegetarian Summerfest is open to all, whether you’ve been a vegan for years, or are just starting to explore more healthful and ethical ways of eating and living. At this five-day event, you’ll:

Chef GW Chew
Chef GW Chew
Jenny Brown
Jenny Brown
Joel Kahn, MD
Joel Kahn, MD
Michael Klaper, MD
Michael Klaper, MD
Anthony Lim, MD, JD
Anthony Lim, MD, JD
Kim Allan Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC
Kim Allan Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC

1. Get motivated by over 60 inspiring speakers

Our 2018 lineup of speakers includes doctors, dieticians, chefs, activists, book authors and other educators. Whether you’re interested in healthful living, animal rights, vegan cooking or other lifestyle topics, you’ll have ample opportunities to hear from some of the most knowledgeable educators in their field. 

2. Learn from educational sessions

With more than 120 talks planned, you’ll want to check out Vegetarian Summerfest 2018’s selection of informative programming. Discover our educational sessions addressing the prevention and treatment of some of the major chronic diseases through plant-based eating. You’ll also learn how veganism not only improves your health, but also helps animals and the environment.  With a diverse variety of classes, discussion groups, food demos, fitness workouts, yoga, and more, this event is the place to learn about healthy, cruelty-free living!

3. Enjoy delicious vegan meals

We’ve teamed up with award-winning vegan chef Mark Reinfeld to offer an amazing variety of scrumptious plant based meals, with a focus on healthy, delicious eating. Raw food and gluten-free options are available, too.

4. Meet people who share your interest in plant based living

Vegetarian Summerfest attracts more than 600 people of all ages – singles, couples and families. The relaxed social atmosphere provides ample opportunities to make connections that will last a lifetime!

5. Have a blast!

Vegetarian Summerfest is a chance to have fun in a beautiful, peaceful setting with other vegans, vegetarians and veg curious from across North America. Singles, couples, families and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Evening socials, dances, games, sky watching and more will ensure there is something for everyone.

Here's what previous attendees have to say about their experience at Vegetarian Summerfest:

“This has been a fantastic experience replete with dynamic speakers, great food and entertainment, plus the wonderful fellowship of people of like mind.”
“One year ago I came with no idea of what I was getting into and left committed to a whole foods plant-based diet – since then I’ve gotten off [prescription] drugs and lost at least 25 pounds.”
"At the end, I didn't want to leave. This is my first time at Vegetarian Summerfest and I've learned more here than in my past five years having been a vegetarian."
"I look forward to this conference each year, knowing that I will be able to renew contacts with wonderful people and that I will leave feeling inspired by the outstanding speakers. It is the highlight of my year!”

When and Where

Vegetarian Summerfest 2018 runs from July 4 to July 8. Events are held at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. The campus is a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve with 40 acres of hiking trails.

Join us for all five days or purchase a weekend pass. On-campus housing is available. For more information or to register in advance, please explore our website.

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