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Mission

Madison Vegan Fest’s mission is to bring people together to enjoy delicious vegan food, hear from engaging speakers, and explore ways to live more compassionately.

History

Madison, Wisconsin has hosted a vegan fest every year since 2011.  Over the years, the location, name, and directors have changed but the community’s passion for vegan food and animal rights has only grown.

Madison Vegan Fest was created when organizers from past fests wanted to keep the event from leaving our community. Previous fests in Madison have been exciting and successful. Organizers were determined to see it continue! Especially because this fest is all about spreading the word of veganism and its impact to make a difference for animals, the environment, and the health of our community.

This Year's Event Details

The fest will feature vegan exhibitors, delicious food, engaging speakers, and a fun atmosphere. This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Whether you are already vegan, thinking about it, or just curious – you’ll enjoy yourself!

Madison Vegan Fest is a project of Center for Community Stewardship

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Madison College - Truax Campus
1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704

Listen to the radio promo featuring lead organizers Mollie and Becky on WMVO for 2019 fest

Listen to an interview with Mollie Stolbov (Madison Vegan Fest’s Lead Organizer) with on WORT's “8 O’Clock Buzz.”

Watch an interview with Mollie on NBC15

Watch a highlight segment from Channel 3

Listen to an interview with Mollie Stolbov (Madison Vegan Fest's lead organizer) on WORT's “8 O’Clock Buzz.” (11-minute segment from 9/3/18)

Watch an interview with Mollie on NBC 15. (3-minute segment from 9/8/18)

 
 
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Meet the Organizers

 
 

Mollie Stolbov

Lead Organizer

After learning more about how animals are treated in the meat and dairy industry, Mollie had to go vegan. After 5 years, she hasn’t looked back and loves showing others how you can be strong and vegan. Mollie has about 5 years of experience in organizing different fests and is excited to lead the new Madison Vegan Fest this year. She’s also an avid rock climber and travels the country to climb. You’ll find her at Devil’s Lake scaling the bluffs and boulders on most nice days.

 
 
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Becky Burbach

Co-Lead Organizer

Becky decided to go vegan in 2014, after doing some research on the horrors of factory farming and watching Cowspiracy. She has a degree in Accounting and works front-of-house for events at the Barrymore Theatre. Becky is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, and a foster mom with Fetch WI rescue. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, creating jewelry, and showing friends how to “veganize” their favorite meat-based dishes.

Becky Koechell

Becky has been involved in animal rights for many years, including coordinating fundraising and outreach events. She became vegan 12 years ago after discovering the cruelty, exploitation, and violence of the dairy and egg industry, after being vegetarian for most of her life. Becky currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Animals and Bite Size Vegan. She is excited to be part of a Vegan Fest that will promote healthy and compassionate living.

Katherine Beaton

Katherine moved to Madison in June 2016, after earning her degree in Landscape Architecture at Ohio State University. A vegetarian since the age of ten, she became vegan at a New Year's Eve party five years ago when a friend asked her if she was vegan, and she decided to reply, “yes.” When she's not at work designing outdoor spaces or scoping out the best vegan nachos in any city she visits, she is most likely to be found practicing yoga, exploring a park or forest, making art, participating in vegan activism with Friends of Animal Liberation [FOAL], or volunteering at Heartland Farm Sanctuary.

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Bethany Mehta

While researching information on factory farms for a college English class, Bethany learned that her vegetarian lifestyle was still contributing to animal suffering; she turned the paper in and went vegan. Eleven years later, Bethany’s current focus has been on raising her vegan daughter: instilling compassionate viewpoints and a love for veggies. Once an intern at Farm Sanctuary, Bethany is now an organizer for a local Meetup group that brings vegetarian and vegan families together.

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Andy Evanson

A little over 20 years ago, Andy was seeking to improve his health and address hereditary medical issues. He finally learned too much to ignore about the many risks involved with an omnivore diet and the benefits of going vegan, not just for the body but also for the animals and the planet. When he isn’t herding his cats, Andy is active in assisting various vegan and animal-focused groups in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Dave Friedman

Dave's been vegan for 8 years and was vegetarian for 32 years before that. He was one of the lead organizers of Mad City Vegan Fest for six years, starting with its launch in 2011. He led the Madison Area Vegetarian Meetup Group for 10 years, hosting 250 events and seeing membership grow to 2,000. Dave has coordinated all sorts of vegan activities for groups of 5 to 150… vegan dinners, camping trips, cooking lessons, potlucks, game nights, Super Bowl parties, and more. Other aspects of his life include ultimate frisbee, word games, and gadgets.

Zach Boatrite