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 –
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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.

HURRY! Get Your Tickets for our Brunch Fundraiser!

Come join us for an all you can eat brunch fundraiser, Saturday August 12th. We’ll have biscuits, gravy, tofu scramble, homefries, pancakes, orange juice, coffee, sausage and more. Tickets are limited, so reserve a spot today!

Saturday, August 12th 2017 — 11am–1pm

Western Branch Community Center
4437 Portsmouth Blvd, Chesapeake 23321

$20 for adults, $10 for kids 6–12, and free for 5 and under!

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Speaker Announcement: Introducing Kristie Middleton

Kristie Middleton is senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States and the author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time. She’s a sought-after speaker and thought leader on the topic.

Middleton has partnered with the nation’s biggest school districts including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Boston to implement plant-based initiatives such as Meatless Monday. Her work has been covered by national media, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

She holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Kristie lives with her husband, dog and four cats in Oakland, California.

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!

2016 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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