3rd Floor, Junior Ballroom
Kathy Hester Vegan Cookbook Author/Blogger
Instant Pot: Perfect for Vegan Kitchens
Kathy Hester is passionate about making healthy eating easy and delicious. You can find her recipes on HealthySlowCooking.com and PlantBasedInstantPot.com, and on her private Facebook group, Vegan Recipes: Cooking with Kathy Hester. Her recipes are so full of flavor even the meat eaters in your family will love them too. She is the author of the bestselling cookbooks, The Revised Vegan Slow Cooker and The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot.
Berto Calkins Fitness Professional
Presentation: Optimal on Plants
Berto Calkins is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist who has been active in fitness for 14 years. He currently has a workout program out called "Pyramids and also offer custom meal plans to online clients. He also holds a B.A in Communications (Advertising/ Public Relations) from the City College of New York.
Berto showcases content that promotes mental & physical wellness, as well as comfort foods that encourage non-vegans to become interested in the lifestyle. His mission is to make people aware of controllable influences on their lives, so that they can make decisions that better themselves and the world. Berto also serves on the board of directors at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.
Toni Okamoto Author of Plant-Based on a Budget
Eating Plant-Based on a Budget
Toni Okamoto is the founder of Plant-Based on a Budget, the popular website and meal plan that shows you how to save dough by eating veggies. She’s also author of the forthcoming book, Plant-Based on a Budget, The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, and the co-host of The Plant-Powered People Podcast. She's a regular presence on the FOX affiliate in Sacramento, where she teaches viewers how to break their meat habit without breaking their budget, and was featured in the popular documentary What the Health.
Meeting Room E, 3rd Floor
Maya Gottfried Author
Navigating Your Love Life as a Vegan/Vegetarian
Maya Gottfried is the author of Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal (Skyhorse), and books for children including Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (Knopf). Her articles have been published in outlets including VegNews, KrisCarr.com, ForksOverKnives.com, Lilith Magazine, and People online.
Isa Leshko Artist & Author
Allowed to Grow Old: What I Learned Creating Portraits of Animals at Farm Sanctuaries
Isa Leshko is an artist and writer who focuses on themes of animal rights and aging. Her images of elderly farm animals are much admired and have been published in the Atlantic, Boston Globe, the Guardian, Harper’s, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Her first book, Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Rescued Farm Animals, was recently released by the University of Chicago Press. The book includes essays by activist Gene Baur, NY Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery, and curator Anne Wilkes Tucker.
Nicole Broushet Owner The Vegan Nest
"Victor and Nicole Broushet: In 2014, husband and wife team, Victor and Nicole Broushet, founded The Vegan Nest. “The Nest,” as it is affectionately called, is a culinary-nutrition-education and health advocacy organization committed to educating, empowering, and strengthening communities. In 2017, they established The Vegan Nest Café, an organic, farm-to-table, plant-based café based in downtown Worcester.
Performances & Activities
Showcase Corner (main floor)
Plant Based Drippin
Grey is one of the hottest emerging artists at the intersection between activism, urban style & hip hop. A growing Atlanta institution in his own right, Grey became one of the most talked about acts of 2016 after his Vegan Thanksgiving freestyle & music video took the internet by storm. Notching a total of 30+ million views, he was catapulted from local stardom to the global stage. Even PETA and Whole Foods supported his release, proving the cross-marketability of Grey and his message.
His music and clothing line, Plant Based Drippin, is creating a new energy in the Vegan community. A lyricist, activist, and social entrepreneur, Grey is nothing short of refreshing. With a clear, understandable, and sophisticated flow, Grey is an artist to watch in 2019. He, like vegan cooking, just might surprise you
Hosted by Yoga at the Ashram
Develop your inner calm, strength, and physical well-being during this participatory yoga demonstration for all experience levels. Yoga at the Ashram is a non-profit organization founded in Millis, MA in 1970.