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Bluegrass VegFest 2017 at Tim Faulkner Gallery tomorrow

Kristina Addington and partner Jeff Hennis created Bluegrass VegFest last year, drawing a large and enthusiastic turnout, so much so that this year’s vegetarian food event, which will be tomorrow, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. has expanded into a larger venue, the popular Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave. Admission is open to all, but a $5 donation is encouraged.

Addington is the proprietor of V-Grits, the popular food truck, and V-Box, which provides delivery of vegan meals with recipes and instructions for home preparation. She staged the VegFest last year at Apocalypse Brew Works, which ended up attracting a standing room crowd estimated at 3,500 people. The Tim Faulkner Gallery will offer increased space to facilitate a larger crowd, more than twice as many vendors and other attractions, such s DJ Sam Sneed spinning music, CirqueLouis performing, and Magnolia Photo Booth allowing lots of goofy, amusing photo opportunities. A full bar will be available.

Dawne Gee will be the Grand Marshal of the event, and speakers include Bob Hobbs, founder of Louisville Lifestyle Medicine, speaking on how a healthful diet is the best medicine. Local business LOVAFARE will do a cooking demonstration. At 4 p.m.“What The Health,”  a film about preventing and reversing chronic disease, and how big business influences our nation’s health, will be shown at no charge.

Among the food vendors will be V-Grits food truck, Morels Cafe, LOVAFARE, Half Peach Cafe and Highland Coffee, with vegan chefs also coming from Lexington. Other exhibitors include yoga studios and gyms, cruelty-free cosmetics and tattoo studios.

The second annual Bluegrass VegFest runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Admission is again free, although a donation of at least $5 at the gate is encouraged.