On January 18-19, 2020, Healthy World Sedona will present the 4th Annual Sedona VegFest, a celebration of the joys and benefits of the whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) diet and lifestyle. Held at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, this informative, inspirational event will feature leading national experts, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors and delicious WFPB lunches — all within a fun, festive atmosphere. Acclaimed speakers will include Dr. Michael Greger, Doug Lisle, PhD, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Kip Andersen. 

Research indicates that many of the most dreaded and deadly health conditions — including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s — may be prevented or even reversed through dietary changes. From an environmental standpoint, dietary choices have a greater impact on Earth’s climate than cars and other forms of transportation. Through presentations by medical, environmental and animal rights experts who specialize in plant-based nutrition, attendees will learn how easy it can be to adopt a lifestyle that may yield remarkable, positive benefits for their own health, animal welfare and the environment. 

The first presentation of VegFest will be delivered by Dr. Michael Greger, a physician, internationally recognized speaker and author of the New York Times Bestselling book, “How Not to Die.” As a licensed general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger has written and lectured extensively on important public health issues related to nutrition. Dr. Greger publishes his latest nutritional research and guidance at his site, https://nutritionfacts.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Other VegFest speakers will include Doug Lisle, PhD, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Kip Andersen. Dr. Lisle is the founder of Esteem Dynamics, a revolutionary new approach to human psychology and wellbeing. Additionally, he is the author of “The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health and Happiness,” a popular book that offers insights and solutions to the factors that make humans susceptible to poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Dr. Lisle currently serves as the Director of Research for the True North Health Center and a psychologist for the McDougall Wellness Program.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, practical and ethical aspects of a vegan lifestyle. Driven by her dedication to compassionate living, Colleen is an award-winning author of seven books about veganism, including the bestselling “The Joy of Vegan Baking.” She is also the beloved host of “Food for Thought,” an inspirational podcast that has been voted Favorite Podcast by readers of VegNews magazine for several consecutive years. Through her frequent speaking, writing and political action engagements, Colleen is committed to improving the wellbeing of animals and humans alike. 

Kip Andersen co-directed, and was featured in, the renowned documentaries “Cowspiracy” and “What The Health.” Andersen is the founder of A.U.M. Films and Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on creating films and media that promote thrivability, compassion and harmony for all life. 

In addition to enlightening presentations, Sedona VegFest 2020 will feature cooking demonstrations by award-winning chef Jason Wyrick and vegan culinary instructors Chris Kalinich, Jodi Paige and Linda Voorhis. Attendees will be able to experience the joys of WFPB eating first-hand with delicious lunches on both days of the festival. Lunch tickets may be purchased in the SPAC lobby for $12.50 per day. To further encourage attendees on their plant-based journeys, an exhibit area will feature intriguing products, services and information supportive of the WFPB lifestyle. 

In keeping with Healthy World Sedona’s mission of improving the environment, Sedona VegFest strives to be a Zero Waste Event as defined by the Sustainability Alliance AZ. This requires at least 90 percent of the waste generated to be diverted from the landfill. To achieve this ambitious goal, Sedona VegFest will equip attendees with reusable tote bags in which to store samples and items purchased. All plates, cups and utensils provided at the event will be reusable or locally recyclable, and attendees will be encouraged to bring their own reusable beverage containers. Sedona VegFest will also support the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau’s “Straw Free Sedona” initiative by declining to provide single-use plastic straws.

Early bird tickets for Sedona VegFest 2020 will be available through December 15, 2019 at a discounted price of $35 for one day or $50 for both days. For students with IDs, the early bird price is $20 for one day or $30 for both days. After December 15, these prices will increase to $25 for one day or $35 for both days for students, and $40 for one day or $60 for both days for general admission. Children aged 12 and under may enter for free with a paid adult. 

To purchase tickets and learn more about this festive, informative and inspirational event, visit https://healthyworldsedona.com/sedona-vegfest-2020/