Lots of options and things to learn at the Vegan Food Festival

Local chefs and plant-based dishes will be everywhere at the Meadowlands Expo Center this weekend with the Vegan Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will also feature vegan products, plant-based fashion and live music.

The Vegan Food Festival will include classes on both days of the event in the Expo Center conference room, such as Nutrition 101, a book club, and the Vegan and Plant-Based Small Business Workshop.

Nutrition 101 takes place at 12:30 p.m. with Marisa Sweeney, owner of NJ Vegfest and Be Well Integrative Health Services. The course will teach newcomers to the vegan experience, as well as long-time vegans and others, about plant-based nutrition and the latest research on vegan diets.

The book club takes place at 1:45 p.m. with Hailey Brock, owner of The Nature of Reading Bookshop. She will moderate a discussion on My Days of Dark Green Euphoria, by AE Copenhaver. On Sunday, she will discuss Melanie Challenger’s How to Be Animal.

The Vegan and Plant-Based Small Business Workshop takes place at 3 p.m. with Kurt Biroc, the owner of Freakin’ Vegan. The workshop covers marketing and branding, building a social media presence, market separation, product awareness, what to sell, cost of your product, process rationalization, market assessment, revenue generation, consumer trends and how to survive. and thrive with a vegan business.

Participating vendors include Absolute Green, Ascend Cannabis, Bare Life, Barrett’s Garden, Bhakti Books & Art, Bona Bona Ice Cream, Cake Jars, Cookies Para Vos, DKM Cosmetics, Eden’s Sweet Ideas, Fanciful Fox, Feasty Vegan, Got Da Juice, Grandma Emma’s, Healthy As A Motha, Heavenly Healing, Kangen Water, Lovers Rock Sea Moss, Montana Mountain Skincare, The Naked Botanical, The Nature of Reading Bookshop, Oxygen Theory, Plant Base, Redi-Farms, Secret Vegan Kitchen, Spice Sisters, Sweet Trail Bakery, Two River Mushroom, Vegans Are Us, VEGKY Mushroom Jerky, and Wild Bill’s Craft Beverage Co.

Tickets range from $20 to $30 and can be found online at https://bit.ly/3A0Kg7T. Children 13 and under enter free. The Meadowlands Expo Center is located at 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus.