VegRehoboth, organizer of the 7th Annual Rehoboth Beach VegFest, announced its schedule of events for Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19. This year’s dates coincide with National Vegetarian Week May 13-19. The full weekend schedule promises to bring delicious food, education, camaraderie and music, as the public has come to expect.
A movie and appetizers at Lewes Public Library will kick off the fun Friday night. “The Last Pig,” an award-winning documentary by Allison Argo, eloquently shows the conflict one pig farmer experiences as he recognizes the moral gap between his work, and the suffering and inevitable death of the animals entrusted to his care. The movie shows one person’s transition from meat farmer to vegetable farmer and offers a hopeful look at the changing relationships between humans and the animals who depend on them. Appetizers will be supplied by G restaurant, 234 Rehoboth Ave., whose specialty is new American cuisine.
The daylong festival runs from 11 .m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. It includes vendors offering incredible food and wares, Rehoboth’s favorite roving musician duo Buntopia, animal rescue groups offering puppy hugs and kisses, and speakers to challenge and inspire. Lanikai Wellness will host the healing arts village, and provide talks and demos throughout the day.
Admission is free, and the first 200 people in line receive a free goody bag of samples and coupons. The festival is easily accessible by foot, bike or car, and there is plenty of free parking at Epworth.
Speakers include Sanah Baig, special advisor to the executive director of The Good Food Institute, Washington, D.C.; Kerry Foley, MD, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; Kristin Renai, co-owner of food truck Nude Food, and V-Trap Kitchen and Lounge, the first vegan restaurant in Wilmington, who will have a fantastic food demo; and Charles Wolfe, VegDover and Stephen Scheffer, evolving thinkers and eaters who will share their paths to plant-based living.
An art reception featuring the work of Debbie Dean Colley of Berlin, Md., will be held Saturday at Gallery 50 Contemporary Art & Frame Shop, 50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach.
Colley’s art is enthusiastic and distinctive, much like the artist herself. A committed vegan for many years, Colley transforms her love of life and her passion for veganism, animal rights and green environment into delightful works of art. Gallery 50 has long been a supporter of VegRehoboth and Rehoboth Beach VegFest. Buntopia, the beloved duo that has visited Rehoboth Beach VegFest every year, will be singing.
A plant-based brunch Sunday at Fork + Flask at Nage completes the weekend. The restaurant has hosted a popular monthly vegan brunch the first Saturday of every month since VegFest 2017. For more information, go to www.vegrehoboth.org.