Niagara VegFest Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With Expanded Itinerary

An Invite to You from the Organizers of Niagara VegFest in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted May 24th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Mark your calendar!

Niagara’s pre-eminent festival celebrating plant-based diets and compassionate lifestyles returns next month.

Photo courtesy of Niagara VegFest

Photo courtesy of Niagara VegFest

Niagara VegFest is set for Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Market Square in St. Catharines, Ontario.

This spring’s festival brings with it a bill of internationally renowned speakers, including Farm Sanctuary’s Susie Coston and New York Times bestselling author Michael Greger, more than 80 vegan vendors and exhibitors, gourmet food, live music, and fun for the whole family.

Now in its fifth year, Niagara VegFest is expanding its offerings to turn the daylong event into a weekend celebration. A vegan wine tour that showcases the beauty and culinary talent of Niagara Wine Country, and a screening of the thought-provoking documentary Racing Extinction at the new Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre happen on Saturday, June 4th.

The festival has also partnered with several local restaurants to offer creative vegan menus with broad appeal on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Niagara VegFest

Photo courtesy of Niagara VegFest

“We anticipate this being our biggest and best festival yet thanks to the incredible partnerships with our local wineries, restaurants, arts community, and other compassionate businesses,” says Laurie Morrison, Niagara VegFest co-founder and organizer. “We’re thrilled with how the community has embraced this festival.

We see it every year with crowds of more than 5,000 coming out to learn about compassionate living and enjoy a family-friendly day.”

Admission to Niagara VegFest is by donation ($2 recommended). The event runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for the wine tour and film screening are available at and must be purchased in advance.

Visit to see the full list of speakers, vendors, musicians, and activities.

Niagara VegFest is grateful for the support of its sponsors: Bamboo Natural Food Market, Beechwood Doughnuts, Black Oak Brewing Co., City of St. Catharines, Craft Arts Market, Niagara Action for Animals, Niagara Artists Centre, Niagara Jazz Festival, Rescue Dogs, Rise Above Restaurant, White Oaks Resort & Spa – Play Urban Café.

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