Join HRVF for FlickIt! Fridays: Empire Records!

Are you ready for Rex Manning Day? Join Hampton Roads VegFest, PETA Volunteer Party, My Vegan Sweet Tooth, The Groove Record Shop, and Atlantis Games & Comics for FlickIt! Fridays: Empire Records at Naro Cinema April 7th. CBC – Coelacanth Brewing Company beverages will be available before and during the show, with proceeds benefiting the Second Annual Hampton Roads VegFest!

When: Friday, April 7, 9:15 p.m.
Where: Naro Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA

RSVP and get more details here! We hope to see you there!

Hampton Roads VegFest Schedule Announced: Bands, Speakers, Pie-Eating Contest, and More!

You’ve been waiting, and we’re delivering! Here’s the line-up for this Sunday’s inaugural Hampton Roads VegFest–jam-packed with hit local music, acclaimed speakers, and even a highly anticipated pie-eating contest. Come all day or stop in to see one of our featured guests. We can’t wait to see you there!

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RESERVE YOUR SPOT: First-Ever Hampton Roads VegFest 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 debut the region’s first-ever vegan pie-eating contest! At 4:30 p.m. on November 6 at Festival Center in Virginia Beach, 10 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- and second-place finishers will go down in VegFest history and will reign as pie-eating champs until next year’s contest. And, of course, winners will go home with some awesome prizes, including 10 free yoga classes to help you recuperate from all that pie at Atma Bodha Yoga and an official VegFest t-shirt!

You can get in on the excitement for just $10, 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 form on this page. Keep an eye on your email, where we’ll send you an invoice for your entry fee (payable via Paypal or check).


  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Contestants must pay the $10.00 entry fee by Friday, November 4. No late payments will be accepted, and all payments are final. Entry form closes this day.
  • Contestants must read, print, sign, and bring this waiver to the contest by 4:15 p.m. on November 6 at Hampton Roads Vegfest (at Festival Center, 708 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach). Contestants who are not present by 4:15 may forfeit their spot in the contest.

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


Hurry! Only the first 10 registrants will be entered into the contest. Please fill out the form below and keep a lookout for an invoice and more details in your inbox. And don’t forget to sign the waiver and bring it with you the day of the contest.

HURRY! Get Your Ticket to VIP Status at VegFest!

Don’t miss out on the VIP area of our inaugural Hampton Roads VegFest on November 6 at the Festival Center in Virginia Beach! VIP passes will get you EXCLUSIVE access to…

Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres*A meet-and-greet with each of our featured speakers (including Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres of Vegan Muscle and Fitness, Mary Finelli of Fish Feel, Jon Camp of The Humane League, and David Phinney of Factory Farming Awareness Coalition) immediately after their talks. Get ready to pick their brains on vegan fitness, animal rights, tasty recipes, and tons more info that didn’t make it into their presentations!

*Hang with band members from our featured act, CoverThis, and our acoustic performers!

Kahiau's Sweet Treats*Chill in a cozy, comfortable space with games, hot cider, a private bar (with a free drink ticket), and delicious baked goods from Kahiau’s Organic Sweet Treats & Crafts! Kahiau is a local organic baked goods company transplanted to Virginia Beach all the way from Hawaii, dishing up treats like blueberry crumb coffee cake and macadamia nut butter cookies.

10429448_918141668203056_5285779796683842561_n*Go home with a goodie bag with EVEN MORE treats and some official VegFest swag! You’ll also get some natural, home-made, and cruelty-free soap courtesy of Flutterby Soap Company that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth. And you’ll get a complimentary raffle ticket for your chance to win some trendy artwork or handcrafted jewelry.

couch-1213103_960_720But HURRY! There are a limited number of VIP passes available! You don’t want to miss out on your chance to get up-close and personal with our distinguished speakers, taste Kahiau’s mouth-watering treats, get pampered by Flutterby Soap,  enjoy your own private bar, and so much more. Proceeds will help make next year’s festival possible. Get your tickets below for just $50 each before it’s too late!

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Kayak with Dolphins and Help VegFest — Make Your Reservation Today!

School may be back in session, but your summer fun doesn’t have to end! The awesome folks over at Ocean Eagle Kayak and the Z-Team have an exclusive offer for you! For the entire month of September, they’re teaming up with Hampton Roads VegFest to offer their guided ocean kayaking tours at a discounted rate, with proceeds benefiting the festival. Cost is $30 per person, so you’ll save $40 off the normal rate–helping your wallet AND our inaugural VegFest. To take advantage of this amazing opportunity to see dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat, call Ocean Eagle Kayak at 757-589-1766 and mention VegFest. You can schedule a tour for any open weekday or Sunday through the end of the month. Then, make your payment via Paypal using the form below. Hurry! Make your reservation ASAP and don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore our coastline in a whole new way. For more information on Ocean Eagle Kayak’s tours, please visit the company’s website.

Details: Participants will need to arrive at a set location in Virginia Beach 7:15 a.m. on their scheduled date, and the trip will run from 7:30 to 10 a.m. (Those who sign up will be given more details on where to meet.) Remember to bring lots of water, a hat, your bathing suit, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Please print out and sign the waiver at this page and bring it with you on your trip.


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And our final speaker is…

We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for this announcement, and the Hampton Roads VegFest team is excited to officially confirm that the one and only Jon Camp will be joining us as our final speaker at the Inaugural Hampton Road VegFest!

Jon Camp is the National Grassroots Director for The Humane League. Prior to joining THL, Jon spent 11 years traveling throughout North America, leafleting college campuses for Vegan Outreach, reaching over a million individuals at over 500 colleges and universities. In 2014, Jon was recognized for his contribution to grassroots animal advocacy by being inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Learn more about The Humane League by clicking here.

New Speaker: David Phinney of Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

David PhinneyIf you loved  or missed seeing David Phinney,  the Richmond, VA Director of Factory Farming  Awareness Coalition, speak at Richmond’s VegFest, we have your golden opportunity to see him at the Inaugural Hampton Road VegFest this November 6th at the Festival Center in Virginia Beach! David Phinney has six years of experience working directly with animals who have been rescued from the agriculture industry. During that time, he coordinated and carried out the largest rescue of farmed animals in California’s history. Having spoken about animal agriculture through media outlets and multiple conferences, he’s looking forward to bringing an advocacy network back to his home town, Richmond, Virginia. David, we look forward to seeing you this November!

Join us at ZenFest!

T13445351_635830073242762_1487839108870490125_nhe stellar folks at 37th & Zen have kindly opened their doors for Hampton Roads VegFest‘s July fundraising event! Please note that this event is designated to be FAMILY FRIENDLY from 1-4 p.m. with events geared toward our younger friends.

Where: 37th and Zen
1083 W 37th Street
Norfolk, VA 23508

When: July 2, 1-7 p.m.

Come out and enjoy all the great activities we have planned!

*live local bands (stay tuned for more info on this!)
*cornhole tournament
*pool tournament
*live comedy
*local art for sale
*kids’ corner including face painting, games, a special kids’ bar, and a meet and great with Superhero The Black Widow!
*grand raffle prize of kayaking with dolphins at Ocean Eagle Kayak

A portion of food and drink sales will go to benefit Hampton Roads VegFest and entry is donation-based. Please help us get our Inaugural VegFest off the ground!

Speaker announcement: Introducing Derek and Marcella of Vegan Muscle and Fitness!

Hampton Roads VegFest is excited to welcome Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres of Vegan Muscle and Fitness to our speaker roster!

Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres are the husband and wife team of competitive bodybuilders behind Vegan Muscle and Fitness, where they have shared their training and nutrition tips, recipes and more since 2009. Owners of Richmond, Virginia’s only plant-based personal training studio, Root Force Personal Training, the pair seeks to promote a fit and active plant-powered lifestyle and shatter the perception that strength and athleticism can’t be achieved with a plant-based diet.

Derek Tresize and Marcella TorresDerek is a three-time natural bodybuilding champion and WNBF pro bodybuilder. He is also an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer, is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Marcella is a professional meal planner, dancer, and PhD student in mathematical biology studying human metabolism. Together they have raised two thriving vegan children. Their mission: to generate as many fit vegan role models as possible to get the message across that a plant-based diet isn’t a handicap in the world of athletics – it’s an advantage!

You don’t want to miss their talk at the inaugural Hampton Roads VegFest on November 6.  And don’t forget to check back soon for more confirmed speakers.