How Do I Vegan?
KEYNOTE • MAIN STAGE | Featuring Callie and Nichole of Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!
Are you newly vegan or vegan-curious, but feel like you have no idea how to even vegan? Come learn the ropes from two radical, funny, warm-hearted vegans who take a unique perspective on the vegan label guided by years of experience answering listener questions and their own journeys.
Nichole and Callie are the founders and hosts of Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack, a philosophical, anti-oppression podcast launched in 2015. Over the years they have “attacked” a wide range of topics through in-depth fiery discussions; from the efficacy of consumption-based veganism, to media deconstructions, to their persistent existential dread. They focus on building a better movement by calling in their own and advocating for a radical, anti-capitalist, pro-intersectional approach to veganism through community building, boundary setting, consent culture, anarchist and feminist concepts, and a whole host of other topics that will make you feel you are having a conversation with friends.
Rabbits and Legislation: Are They Protected?
MULTIPURPOSE ROOM | By 10,000 Carrots Rescue
This discussion will be focused on the specific legislation put out by the Canadian Federal government regarding the code of practice for the care and handling of rabbits. Currently domestic rabbits lie in a very grey and very dangerous area under any legislation. What are the facts? What can WE do to help elicit some positive change for these gentle, docile and sentient little beings?
Tammy is the founder and President of the nonprofit domestic rabbit rescue group 10,000 Carrots Rabbit Rescue Association based in HRM and Hants county but services all of Nova Scotia and at times New Brunswick. Tammy has been a passionate animal lover her entire life and has cared for all types of animals from wild to farm to domestic. She is a Veterinary Technician who strives each day to educate and help improve the lives of all animals and began the rescue on her own over 9 years ago when she saw the need to help rabbits as she felt they were falling through the cracks.
Lisa is the Adoption Coordinator and the Outreach Education coordinator for 10,000 Carrots Rabbit Rescue Association. She has many years of experience with rabbits and has experience as a House Rabbit Society Educator in Nova Scotia. She joined the rescue over 6 years ago and is heavily involved in educating the public and speaking to groups of all ages and sizes. She enjoys the aspects of animal rescue that give her an opportunity to try and make up for the lack of love, care and respect for sentient non-humans. Lisa has lived with house rabbits since 1992.
Taking Care of Ourselves While Keeping the Focus on Animals
KEYNOTE • MAIN STAGE | By Andy Tabar and Paul Steller of The Bearded Vegans
Andy Tabar is an animal rights activist, movie theatre etiquette enthusiast, and owner of Compassion Co, an organic, USA made vegan clothing line. As an activist Andy has most notably completed three tours with the 10 Billion Lives tour, travelling to nearly every continental state and having over 10,000 one on one conversations educating college students and concert goers about the cruelty inherent in animal agriculture. Currently, Andy lives nomadically in his van as he brings Compassion Co to VegFests coast to coast all while eating at as many vegan restaurants as possible.
Professor Paul Steller teaches math at both the high school and college level. More importantly, he is the literal most positive person on the planet. Seriously, he fronts a band called Continuous Improvement that sounds like if Andrew W.K. really liked pop-punk. When not consuming monstrous amounts of pizza or indulging his all-consuming love of all things buffalo flavored, Paul can be found maintaining his nerd cred playing Dungeons and Dragons all while simultaneously podcasting about it on Roll To Hit.
The Bearded Vegans is a weekly podcast started with a desire to move beyond the basic Vegan 101 and create more nuanced discussions for the seasoned vegan. Since it’s inception, the podcast has become a place for in depth, honest, unapologetic and often uncomfortable discussions about the ethical grey areas of veganism. Through these conversations, co-hosts Paul Steller and Andy Tabar, aim to figure out how to create a stronger, more effective, and inclusive animal rights movement. They rarely reach any solid conclusions, but they certainly have a lot of fun and share many laughs along the way.
Cooking Demo: Plant-Based Snacks and Apps
MAIN STAGE | By Chef Showdown: Greg Balingit of The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Jane Crawford of Hopyard Halifax
Greg will be cooking Sweet Potato Vichyssoise with Coconut Crème Fraiche and Crispy Leeks, and Jane will be cooking an Earth Candy Burger with Lentil Patty, Date Jam, Parsley Salad, Mayo, Harrisa Hummus and Baby Spinach.
Backyard Composting Basics
MAIN STAGE | By Chloe Kennedy of DivertNS/HRM
Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into a valuable fertilizer to nourish your lawn and garden! You’ll receive a course booklet with composter building instructions, a trouble shooting guide and much more!
Chloe Kennedy is a Waste Resource Educator with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Chloe and her fellow educators provide workshops and programs about HRM’s recycling and organics systems, as well as how to reduce waste through backyard composting and other at-home solutions. To learn more about HRM’s educational services, contact Halifax Solid Waste Resources at email@example.com
BOOTH | By Art of Life: Dylan Cag
Kind Krafts: Animal Justice Button Crafting
BOOTH | By Kind Krafts: Animal Justice Button Crafting