Spring Seed Celebration and Fundraiser!

Let’s spring into the next Hampton Roads VegFest fundraiser! In honor of Johnny Appleseed Day–celebrating one of our nation’s pioneering vegetarians–come out to buy seeds for your spring garden donated by McDonald Garden Center while sipping on cold craft beer from Coelacanth Brewing Company. My Vegan Sweet Tooth, which so graciously supplies HRVF with scrumptious pies for the Pie-Eating Contest each year, will also be dishing up goodies! A dollar from each pint* benefits the 2018 Hampton Roads VegFest — but please make sure to mention to your bartender that you are there for the fundraiser!

Where: Coelacanth Brewing Company (760 A W 22nd St, Norfolk)
When: Saturday, March 10, 12-5 pm
RSVP on Facebook!

Every year, HRVF draws out 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 — and it’s all FREE! But as a non-profit, we need your support!

So stop by our Spring Seed Celebration on March 10 at Coelacanth in Ghent to enjoy mouth-watering beer and sweet treats, stock up for your garden, shop VegFest merch, and learn how you can get involved in the third annual festival. If you aren’t able to make it but want to help make HRVF better, you can donate here!

(*Full beer menu benefits VegFest, excluding the Lionfish Imperial Gose)


Raise some dough for VegFest at Cogans North on Feb. 18!

Help Hampton Roads VegFest raise some dough on February 18 at Cogans North! Stop by to get a slice of the one-day-only special VegFest vegan menu featuring delicious pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, and more. Cogans North, home of the “best pizza and coldest beer in North Colley,” will donate a whopping 20% of all proceeds from this special menu ALL DAY LONG toward helping us bring you the biggest, tastiest VegFest that Hampton Roads has ever seen! Make sure to mention on the 18th to the server or bartender that you have come for the fundraiser!

When: Sunday, February 18, all day! (11 am to midnight)
Where: Cogans North, 4311 Colley Ave, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
RSVP on Facebook!

Every year, HRVF draws out thousands of vegans, vegetarians, and curious omnivores alike to feast on delicious cruelty-free food, hear from diverse speakers, shop eco-friendly products, partake in an interactive Kids’ Zone, and enjoy some of the region’s best entertainers — and it’s all FREE! But as a non-profit, we KNEAD your support!

So stop by our DOUGH-raiser on February 18 at Cogans North (make sure you are not going to the Original Cogans on Colonial) to enjoy mouth-watering pizza and beer, shop VegFest merch, and learn how you can get involved in the third annual festival. Stay tuned for the full Cogans North menu for February 18!

Announcing the 2018 Hampton Roads VegFest!

Last year, we doubled in size–and now we’re back again for year three! Please join us in 2018 as we celebrate our local plant-based community at the third annual Hampton Roads VegFest. This yearly festival brings 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!

Sunday, October 28, 2018
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chesapeake City Park
RSVP on Facebook!

This event is family-friendly, with special activities geared towards our younger compassionate friends.

It will be hosted at Chesapeake City Park once again this year. Last year, we had over 4,000 attendees–let’s top that this year!

Vendor/sponsor information COMING SOON!

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

Join Our Organizing Team for 2018!

Did you love the food, speakers, bands, vendors, and fun in 2017? Help us make 2018 even bigger and better by lending your talents to our organizing team! We are recruiting volunteers for subcommittee roles ranging from graphic design to volunteer coordination to vendor and sponsor outreach and much more. Whether you’re a computer whiz, a people person, an artist, or an advertising mastermind, there’s something for you. Joining the team will require attending monthly meetings with the rest of your subcommittee and staying on top of all the tasks delegated to your role — with your subcommittee leader there to guide you the whole way. The commitment will run from January to approximately October or November of 2018. You’ll get to meet like-minded passionate folks, network with our community, add something big to your resume, and most importantly be a part of our region’s biggest celebration of compassionate vegan eating.  Hurry — the application closes January 8! Find out more details and apply at bit.ly/VegFestApp!

HURRY! Register for the 2nd Annual HRVF Pie-Eating Contest!

Can you scarf down your dinner in record timing? Do you ever look down at your plate a few minutes into your meal to find only crumbs remaining? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat an entire vegan peanut butter-chocolate mousse pie?

Here’s your chance to find out. Hampton Roads VegFest is thrilled to bring you our second annual vegan pie-eating contest! At 4:30 p.m. on October 8 at Chesapeake City Park, 15 lucky contestants will get down and dirty with some creamy, gooey pies brought to you by My Vegan Sweet Tooth,  a renowned local bakery dishing up vegan goodies from pumpkin chocolate chip muffins to mudslide cupcakes, apple cinnamon rolls, pot pies, donuts, and more!

The first-place finisher (the one who eats EVERY BITE of pie first) will go down in VegFest history and will reign as pie-eating champ until next year’s contest. And, of course, the winner will also go home with some awesome prizes, including a brand-new Almond Cow milk machine (valued at $175) and a super-sized VegFest swag bag filled with vegan goodies from brands like Hippeas and GoMacro, plus HRVF merch!

You can get in on the excitement for just $15, which will help make next year’s VegFest even bigger and better. To sign up, read over the rules and waiver linked below, and then fill out the Paypal form on this page to make your payment. Keep an eye on your email, where we’ll send you a link to sign your waiver after you’ve registered.


  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Contestants must pay the $15.00 entry fee to Smithfield Pig Save via Paypal. Entry is limited to the first 15 contestants who register and pay the entry fee.
  • Contestants must read this waiver and then e-sign the waiver via email within 72 hours of receipt to qualify for the contest.
  • Contestants must arrive at the main stage by 4:15 p.m. on October 8 at Hampton Roads Vegfest (Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Dr, Chesapeake, VA). Contestants who are not present by 4:15 may forfeit their spot in the contest.
  • To be crowned winner, contestant must be the first participant to consume a full pie without the use of any utensils or hands. Water and napkins will be provided.

(Allergen information: Pies contain peanuts, soy, wheat, and coconut.)


Hurry! Registration will cap at 15 contestants! Please make your payment below and then keep an eye on your inbox for your waiver to sign.

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And our final speaker is… Documentarian Mark Devries!

Mark Devries produced and directed the award-winning 2013 documentary Speciesism: The Movie, which screened at theaters worldwide and has been featured in Scientific American (“brilliant and compelling”), The Huffington Post (“tremendously entertaining”), CNN Headline NewsPsychology Today, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among many others.

Mark Devries also filmed the world’s first aerial drone footage of factory farms, released as part of his Factory Farm Drone Project, which has been viewed by tens of millions worldwide and received global press coverage.

Mark Devries continues to appear and speak at special screenings of Speciesism and related events, while working on several new projects.

Mark Devries is also an attorney, licensed to practice law in Washington, DC.

Mark Devries’s other main areas of interest include the artistic aspects of theme park design.

Mark Devries currently lives in Los Angeles.

Introducing our next speaker: Pauline Stephens, fitness professional and culinary artist!

Hampton Roads VegFest is pleased to introduce our next speaker, Pauline Stephens! Pauline, a fitness professional and plant-based culinary artist, is the founder of Becoming You Lifestyle Management, a business dedicated to helping clients achieve success while connecting to their true passion.

Pauline is a certified indoor cycling instructor, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is also a yoga practitioner, avid marathoner and trained plant based culinary artist. Pauline resides in Richmond, Virginia where she champions living a healthy and organic lifestyle on a full-time basis. Her days are filled with creating and photographing gourmet plant based meals to share with her personal training clients and for her upcoming blog. Her schedule is also filled with teaching group fitness classes on a full-time basis at local studios. She has been called upon to speak at various schools and organizations regarding healthy eating and to create workout plans.

Connect with Pauline:

Instagram and Facebook – @paulinestephens
Email – hello@paulinestephens.com
Website – www.paulinestephens.com

HRVF welcomes Compassion Over Killing’s Erica Meier!

Hampton Roads VegFest is thrilled to announce our next speaker: Erica Meier!

Erica is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing (COK), a non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC.

Since 1995, COK has worked to expose farmed animal abuse and promote veg-friendly eating by employing a variety of strategies, including hard-hitting undercover investigations, groundbreaking pro-active litigation, successful corporate campaigns, and empowering public outreach programs.

In addition to ending the egg industry’s misleading “Animal Care Certified” claim, under Erica’s leadership, COK has persuaded food giants including Subway, Dunkin Donuts, BOCA Foods and Morningstar Farms to add vegan options to their menus. Erica has also appeared in several major news stories on CNN, ABC’s Nightline News, the Washington Post, LA Times, and more.

These accomplishments along with many more earned her the coveted National Animal Rights Hall of Fame award in 2013.

Before working at COK, Erica served as an animal control officer in Washington DC, rescuing sick, injured, and homeless animals as well as enforcing animal protection laws.