About Hampton Roads VegFest

Celebrating plant-based fare and cruelty-free living and inspiring the community of Southeastern Virginia to make kinder, greener, and healthier choices.

The second annual festival will bring together vegans and curious omnivores alike to feast on delicious food, hear from diverse speakers, shop eco-friendly products, and enjoy some of the region’s best entertainers.

Sunday, October 8, 2017
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chesapeake City Park
900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320


Hampton Roads, Virginia, is a gem when it comes to vegan eating. From the dozens of restaurants in Norfolk’s Ghent dishing up vegan pizza, froyo, and burritos to the organic eateries at the beach and vegan caterers and baked goods only a phone call away, there is much to celebrate. That’s why, in late 2015, a small group of folks scattered throughout the area joined together to pursue a common goal: putting on the biggest celebration of plant-based fare in the region.

Spearheaded by Smithfield Pig Save, a local non-profit organization promoting compassion for pigs and other animals used for their flesh, the inaugural 2016 VegFest was a hit. Thousands converged on Festival Center at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to dine on delicious food, shop local goods, meet movers and shakers from the animal advocacy movement, rock out to local musicians, and learn about vegan eating. Check out some of our highlights from 2016 right here!

The second annual VegFest promises to be even bigger and better, with dozens of vendors, mouth-watering food, music, a kids’ zone, contests, and so much more. We hope you’ll join us!

2017 Hampton Roads VegFest Committee

Hampton Roads VegFest Committee

From left to right: Rachel Cascada (committee chair), Libby Watts (fundraising coordinator), Emily Gilleland (kids’ zone, beer garden, volunteer, and Facebook coordinator), Laura Lee Cascada (webmaster, media outreach, speaker, and Instagram coordinator), Amanda Page Stephens (band and entertainment coordinator), Matthew Watts (vendor and sponsor logistics coordinator); Not pictured: Michele Oxton (founder, Smithfield Pig Save, and vendor/sponsor outreach coordinator)