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We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Kenny Feldman Animal Advocate Award. We’ve created this award to recognize a person, organization, or business in our community whose amazing work is pushing the ball forward for animals. This year we’re giving the award to Terrell Woods, aka Carnage The Executioner.
Sterling “TrapKing” Davis is a well-traveled, ex-military, music and cat enthusiast who has always loved entertaining and interacting with people. In 2017, he started his own nonprofit, Trapking Humane Cat Solutions, where he focuses on educating, assisting, and doing trap-neuter-return (TNR) and community cat management. Davis’ mission is to change the stereotypes of not only men in cat rescue, but also bridge the gap between Black communities and predominantly white animal welfare organizations. He’s a featured speaker at Twin Cities Veg Fest where he’ll present his talk, “From Rapper to Trapper: you don’t lose cool points for compassion.”
A major highlight of Twin Cities Veg Fest is the amazing lineup of speakers who take the stage and inspire us with their insights. It takes a lot of dedication, organization and communication to bring great speakers to our event. We’re grateful for volunteer Lisa Goddard for taking the reins this year as Speaker Coordinator.
Twin Cities Veg Fest is planned and coordinated by a committee of volunteers dedicated to making the event a success. With September 19 just around the corner, the committee is in high gear putting the final details together for this year’s hybrid in-person and virtual gathering. Meet the festival’s volunteer leadership team. They’re working with our staff and a team of 20 volunteers to orchestrate this year’s festival. Learn what they’re most excited about in 2021.
We’re so excited that Twin Cities Veg Fest is back for 2021—and it’s better than ever! This year, Twin Cities Veg Fest will be a hybrid event with both a virtual experience on EventHub and an in-person return to Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. The festival will be on Sunday, September 19, with new hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you’ve been to Twin Cities Veg Fest, you know the exciting array of food vendors, retail vendors and exhibitors are a major part of the festival’s appeal. Meet the talented team helping to coordinate them! Annette, Ibtisam and Sarah have been dedicating their time to making this year’s lineup of vendors and exhibitors a great one. Read what they’re looking forward to on festival day, September 19!
Thanks to everyone who took part in the CAA 4th of July Vegan Potluck Picnic at North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis. Approximately 50 guests attended this fun event and many brought fabulous vegan dishes for all to enjoy.
Check out these scenes from our holiday celebration — the first in-person potluck we had the opportunity to enjoy in over a year!
Did you know that Twin Cities Veg Fest is the Midwest’s largest veg festival, and we’re expecting about 10,000 guests in 2021? Did you also know that the festival is almost entirely run by volunteers? Meet one of our Twin Cities Veg Fest Volunteer Coordinators, Sheri Olson. Sheri will be providing amazing feats of organization, coordination, leadership and solid support for volunteers on the day of the festival. Find out what Sheri has to say about volunteering for this year’s big event.
What inspired you to get involved with the Twin Cities Veg Fest?
I have been vegan for almost 8 years. I wanted to use my skills and love of event-planning to help support CAA and veganism in my community.
What are you most looking forward to about the festival?
I can’t wait to see all the vegan vendors and all the people connecting with great food. It’s really great to see people having a positive experience with being veg.
What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering for Twin Cities Veg Fest?
It is super fun and you get to know other people who are like-minded. It’s an easy way to support and promote veganism.
What, in your opinion, is the best thing about being a festival volunteer?
I really love meeting other people that think like me regarding animals. It’s a whole connecting thing — connecting with vendors, companies, food, and other veg-loving people. It really helps support your choices throughout the year. It makes you feel that you are not alone.