First Annual Sedona VegFest, January 14-15

Start the new year healthy while creating wonderful memories in Sedona.

2017 marks the first year of the annual Sedona VegFest taking place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, January 14-15. Be inspired, step out of your comfort zone and find out how easy it can be to adopt a lifestyle that can create positive results for your own health as well as benefit the world.


What is the Sedona VegFest?

The Sedona VegFest is a two-day celebration of whole-food and plant-based eating. You will learn about plant-based nutrition, have the opportunity to watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and sample the delicious food. Besides receiving the latest scientific information on whole food plant-based nutrition, you will experience inspiring lectures and Q&As with top medical, environmental and animal rights experts.

Sedona VegFest key note speakers include; yet, are not limited to:

  •  Joel Fuhrman – Board-certified family physician with over 25 years experience in nutritional medicine Author of: The End of Heart Disease; The End of Dieting; Eat to Live; The End of Diabetes; and Super Immunity
  • Richard Oppenlander – Author of the groundbreaking book, Food Choice and Sustainability, Dr. Oppenlander is a consultant and researcher whose award-winning book, Comfortably Unaware, has been endorsed as a “must read” by Ellen DeGeneres
  • Craig McDougall – Board-certified internist and formerly worked as a primary care doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, where he developed a Healthy Living Program

Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for both days. Children 12 and under receive free admission.


Event Program January 14th:

8:00  – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Exhibits Open
9:00  – 9:30 a.m. Welcome – Josh LaJaunie, Don Fries and Bev Bow
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Richard Oppenlander, DDS – Food Choice and Sustainability–Tipping Point Realities
11:00- 11:15.m. Break
11:15 – 12:00 noon Cooking Demo: Authentic Mexican Street Tacos – Chef Jason Wyrick and “Plant-Based Dietitian” Julieanna Hever.  Enjoy this same dish for lunch!
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch: Authentic Mexican Street Tacos – Separate Charge
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Craig McDougall, MD – Creating A Path Towards Health: Making the Transition to Plant Based Eating
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Victoria Moran – One Woman Show: The Making of a Main Street Vegan
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD – The Vegan Athlete
6:00 p.m. Exhibits Close

Event Program January 15th:

8:00 a.m. Doors and Exhibits Open
8:30  – 9:30 a.m. Ted Crawford, DO – A Better Way
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45- 10:45 a.m. Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT – Let the Myths Stop Here
10:45 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 – 11:45 p.m. Cooking Demo – Time for Thai – Chef Jason Wyrick.  Enjoy this same dish for lunch!
11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch: Time for Thai – Separate Charge
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Joel Fuhrman, MD – Scientific Principles of Superior Nutrition 
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Sailesh Rao, PhD – Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Gene Baur
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Renee King-Sonnen, Ken Beller, Susan & Richard Pitcairn, Kari Neinstedt, Hugh Dorigo, Gene Baur – Panel/audience dialogue on The Relationship Between Human and Non-Human Animals.  Moderator: Andrea Chilcote.
6:00 p.m. Exhibits Close

We are excited to celebrate with you! Enjoy 10% off accommodations when attending the Sedona VegFest!

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