This weekend from Friday, September 14th to Sunday, September 16th, Berkeley Heights located in New Jersey will hold its vegan festival! Sponsored by the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission, the event will include free offerings like yoga, Tai Chi, a vegan cook-off, and educational panels for everyone in the community regardless of their current diet.

This Vegan Fest is an attempt by the BHEC to raise awareness of the importance of a plant-based diet to your personal health, as well as the preservation of our environment. The event also hopes to instill, on those who attend, the value of mindful exercise and making informed food choices.


On the first day of Vegan Fest, Yoga and Tai Chi sessions will take place in Grove Park at the Connell Center starting at 6 pm. This sunset workout will include an hour of yoga taught by certified instructor, LeeAnn Gerrato, and will finish with a Tai Chi session as the sun sets taught by Don Madson. Please bring either a beach towel or yoga mat, along with a canister of water!

The second day of Vegan Fest, Saturday, September 15th, will entail a Health Focus Panel beginning at 10 am at Town Hall on Park Avenue. The panel will discuss how fitness can improve your overall lifestyle and health, and how eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help contribute to that. Guest speakers will include wellness experts from the YMCA, an oncology nutritionist, and a professor of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics of Rutgers University.

On the final day of the event, an exciting, vegan cook-off will take place at Lower Columbia Park at 1 pm. The cook-off will have three parts: appetizer, main course, and desserts, and winners will be chosen in each category. The food prepared must be 100% vegan. Winners will receive prizes like a deep tissue massage, manicures, Whole Foods Market giftcards, and free yoga mats!

We hope you can make it to Vegan Fest in Berkeley Heights, NJ! It is going to be an amazing time!


Can’t make it to Vegan Fest?

If you are not located near Berkeley Heights, NJ, you can still have your own Vegan Fest at home by taking part in a new exercise regime, watching an informative documentary, and preparing your own vegan recipes! This will help get you started!

1. Experiment with a New Yoga Routine

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Yoga is an excellent way to align body, mind, and spirit. For tips on embracing a new yoga routine, check out this article!

2. Watch a Documentary that Will Inspire and Inform

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Watching a documentary is an amazing and fun way to be more in the know. For documentary inspiration, check out this article!

3. Prepare Amazing Vegan Recipes

Image Source: White Mac and Cheese with Buffalo Seitan


If you can’t take part in Vegan Fest, you can still eat amazing vegan food by preparing recipes from our Food Monster App! Recipes like this mac and cheese, pictured above, pretzel wrapped ‘cheese’ dogs, or these chocolate chip cookie dough brownies are real crowd pleasers!

For more news, we recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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