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.

Hampton Roads VegFest is an annual festival bringing together thousands of vegans, vegetarians, and curious omnivores alike to feast on delicious cruelty-free food, hear from diverse speakers, shop eco-friendly products, and enjoy some of the region’s best entertainers. With dozens of 100% vegan food vendors, yoga, bands, an interactive kids’ zone, a beer garden, exhibitors galore, and so much more, you’ll find something you love at Hampton Roads VegFest — and admission is completely FREE!

Join us for our third annual festival!

Sunday, October 28, 2018
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chesapeake City Park
900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320

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Our History

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.

The inaugural 2016 VegFest, presented by Smithfield Pig Save, 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 at Chesapeake City Park proved to be even bigger and better, with over 4,000 attendees enjoying mouth-watering food from over two dozen local eateries, 50+ vendors and exhibitors, local music, a kids’ zone, yoga, a beer garden featuring Smartmouth Brewing, acclaimed speakers, contests, and so much more — all spotlighted by local media. And the runner-up from the first annual Vegan Pie-Eating Contest presented by My Vegan Sweet Tooth stole the throne at the grand finale in 2017!

In 2018, we’ll keep growing and growing. Prepare for more food, more vendors, more fun, and more pie! Mark your calendars for October 28, and we’ll see you at the park!

Hampton Roads VegFest is a 501(c)(3)-pending non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.


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)