We are happy to announce that Eddie Garza, Senior Manager of Food & Nutrition at The Humane Society of the United States is coming to speak and do a cooking demo at the 2017 Baltimore VegFest on May 6th!!!!
Eddie is a leading figure in the movement to reform food systems in Latino communities. Garza and his work have been featured by a wide variety of media outlets in the United States and Latin America, including CNN, Telemundo, Univision, ¡Hola! TV, Fox News Latino, TV Azteca México, Latin Times, and Caracol Radio. Garza has collaborated with some of the nation’s most influential school districts and higher education institutions to develop and implement innovative plant-based meal plans.
He will be making amazing food from his new vegan cookbook; ” Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook!
Yoga at VegFest
Kate Domingue, RYT 200, was first introduced to yoga as a teen. She developed a deeper commitment in her twenties when an inactive lifestyle at work prompted her to seek the physical benefits of yoga. She not only found that yoga helped improve her physical health, but also strengthened her mental health. She soon became better able to manage stress and grow into the full capacity of her relationships. Experiencing the connection of yoga to her sense of well-being has inspired her to teach others, as Kate believes that everyone can benefit from yoga. Her passion for building community helps create a supportive environment in her classes. Given her first-hand experience with the benefits of yoga, she particularly enjoys introducing new students to the practice. Kate completed the 200 hour teacher training at Avalon Yoga & Wellness Center where she now teaches twice a week in Catonsville, Maryland.
Cooking Demo at VegFest
Elena Johnson is the chef and owner of Nourrie Cuisine. Her company provides organic plant-based catering, prepared meals, personal chef services, and cooking lessons throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. With a background in French culinary technique and global flavors, Elena strives to create fresh, wholesome dishes that nourish body and soul.
Check out Nourrie Cuisine’s website for more details: https://nourriecuisine.com/ “
Erin Jeter has been teaching group yoga classes since 2013. She is married with three lovely daughters, loves her dog, being outside and moving her body. In this fast paced world of pushing harder and doing more Erin finds yoga to be an escape from the serious business. She loves to laugh and play with new experiences in her vinyasa classes. She also holds a passion for yin yoga and the mindful time it brings for self care and understanding. Erin is the proud owner of Main Street Yoga.
Naijha Wright-Brown is the co-owner of and Director of Marketing for The Land of Kush, a vegan soul bistro located in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore. She is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland, whose mission is to educate and increase awareness of veganism and pure vegetarianism in the Black and Latino communities with emphasis on the health and healing benefits. Naijha, a native New Yorker, born in Manhattan’s lower east side (LES) and raised in the South Bronx, is a people-person, with over 20 years of customer relations experience. She has held managerial, technical and administrative positions at Verizon Wireless, Dow Jones Markets, and Credit Suisse First Boston. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Past business ventures include independent contracting for Nu Skin International and launching an entertainment company called Now Dat’s Comedy! Through her strategic marketing initiatives and relationship building, The Land of Kush experienced exponential growth within the first five years since its opening in 2011. Naijha develops relationships and collaborates with local businesses, non-profit organizations, schools and churches that share in the mission of promoting dietary, ethical, or environmental veganism. She has spoken and made several appearances at radio stations, schools and community events throughout Maryland and Washington, DC. Naijha co-founded and organizes Vegan SoulFest, an annual vegan festival catered to Baltimore’s inner city communities hosting close to 7,000 attendees. Naijha has spoken and made appearances at radio stations, schools and community events throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Naijha speaks on entrepreneurship, couplepreneurship, business, marketing, vegan/vegetarianism, and personal growth and development.
Michael A. Webermann
Michael A. Webermann is the Strategic Director for Better Eating International. Better Eating International, a new nonprofit that seeks to inspire compassion for all animals through inclusive and empowering vegan education. Previously, Michael served as Executive Director Farm Animal Rights Movement, where he helped them grow into a global force, tripling their budget and staff size while expanding their programming worldwide. He brings to Better Eating his a combination of big-picture strategic thinking with a focus on achieving measurable results for animals.
Live Music by Soul Island Rebels
Kiki Adami, originally from Philly PA spent five years traveling as a Cruise Director, where she explored vegan food all around the globe and taught vegan cooking classes to the guests on her trips. In 2014, Kiki joined the restaurant industry in NYC and was the first person to flip a restaurant from paleo to vegan which led to the launch of her consulting company, Veganizer. Since then, she has been tracking the veganized restaurant revolution around the globe and hosts vegan pop-up dinners within omnivore restaurants every month in five cities. Veganizer also runs the first veganized kitchen certification program which incentivizes omnivorous kitchens to embrace vegan cooking methods. Veganizer was also the first entity to host a vegan dinner at the esteemed James Beard House in 2017.