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Gabriola Music Festival 2017 Wrap Up Message

Original post and pictures available here.

An amazing all vegan Gabriola Music Festival.

It was so powerful that the entire event was vegan! It normalized veganism for the people who attended. Because it was a music fest – not a vegfest – most people were music lovers – so just happened upon the food incidentally and found out that it tasted great. It was a small but very successful event – probably 500 people – but those 500 people were all faced with the idea that veganism was the norm, not a weird thing.

All the food trucks and booths served vegan food, there were compassion signs up in various places promising that we would not harm other animals, the musicians and crew were served vegan meals made by Robert – our favourite restaurant owner – throughout the weekend and we didn’t even hear one complaint about it.

Crew from one of our important local farms spent the weekend serving really healthy veg kabobs on rice, served in a cabbage leaf bowl, topped with kimchi and sauce and they were run off their feet with customers. The farmers aren’t vegan and they never would have thought of cooking that way without this opportunity. But it gives them a new perspective on the idea of vegan cooking. They run a produce box program on the island and they provide recipes to go with the produce – that are never vegan. I’ll be interested to see if they start to send some vegan recipes along with the produce in future…we’d be surprised if they don’t.

There was a great raw food demo each day by some funky young women who run a vegan place in Tofino called Earth Mama Love Kitchen Collective – and Vesanto Melina (the dietician who is co-author of Becoming Vegan: Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina and various other plant-based books) gave a presentation each day and then she came and hung out at the Vegeteers booth with her books on display and talked to people about nutrition.
There were several compassion booths there – we had a Vegeteers booth of course, with many volunteers over the two days, there was a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) booth, RASTA Sanctuary had a booth.

We had so many people coming by our Vegeteers booth wanting to talk about changing their diet. It was very helpful that Vesanto was there as a knowledgeable dietician and could have conversations with people about B12, iron, legumes, GMO Foods, etc. She was lovely and I’m sure lots of those people will be putting the info they got from her to use.

We had a vegan gift basket at our booth that was worth about $200 dollars – mostly vegan food donated by our local grocery store Village Food Market – but also one of Vesanto’s cookbooks, a vegeteers “liberation is love” t-shirts, a $50 gift certificate from The Herbivore Clothing Company. Sixty-nine people entered the raffle, so at least that many people stopped at our booth long enough to have a chat and enter the draw. (We spoke to more people but some of the chatters didn’t enter because they were leaving before the draw, etc.)

It was powerful.

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New Facebook Page for Canadian Buddhists Who Care Deeply About Animals

Gabriola has its fair share of Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism including several members of the Vegeteers. A kind member has passed on a new Facebook page of interest:

Other Facebook pages/groups of interest to local vegans:

Vegans of Gabriola

Vegans of Nanaimo

Vancouver Island Vegan Association

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Gabriola’s Plant Based Music Festival Sept. 2-3

The Gabriola Vegeteers are working with the Gabriola Arts Council to make the Gabriola Music Festival vegan! We have some amazing vegan food vendors coming to the Gabriola Music Festival: The Very Good Butchers, The Bandwagon Food Truck, Accidental Carny Concession, The Vegan Bite, Earth Mama Love Kitchen Collective, and Fox On An Island. Vesanto Melina of “Becoming Vegan” is giving two health presentations, we’re screening two documentaries (Called to Rescue and Animals and the Buddha), AND Earth Mama Love Kitchen is giving a food demo on each day! That doesn’t even begin to talk about the music and all the other fabulous and artsy things going on! Get your tickets soon!

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This festival celebrates community, love, compassion, inclusivity, and mindfulness. There is no better place for it than standing on a rock in the ocean, surrounded by good people, good music, good vibes, and more art than you can imagine.

  • With this celebration of creative culture, we want to make some promises.
  • We promise to enrich the lives of those participating in and enjoying this festival, through the arts.
  • We promise to artistically inspire, entertain, enhance, and invigorate our community and those who visit it.
  • We promise to promote inclusivity both onstage and off.
  • We promise to take care of all fellow beings and not support animal suffering in any way.
  • We promise to promote empathy, compassion, happiness, and a healthy spirit. We promise to maintain this mindful abundance of love, and be with all, in the present.

Compassion Series Schedule in The Roxy:
Saturday, September 2:
10am Called to Rescue Screening (see below), 12pm Food Demo from Earth Mama Love Kitchen 1:30pm Eating for Optimal Health with Vesanto Melina (see below)
Sunday, September 3:
10am Animals and the Buddha Screening (see below), 11am Food Demo from Earth Mama Love Kitchen 12:30pm Two Steps To Clean Eating with Vesanto Melina (see below)

We’re excited to announce that we will be raffling off a black 5-tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator at the Gabriola Music Festival! These things are THE BEST and the brand is top quality! And just in time for apple season, where you can get a good stock of apple rings for the year. Get your raffle tickets at the Gabriola Music Festival. The draw will happen Sunday night of the festival!

Eating for Optimal Health – Saturday September 2, 1:30pm Roxy Stage
Two Steps to Clean Eating – Sunday, September 3, 12:30pm Roxy Stage
Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is an internationally known speaker and co-author of books that are classics on plant-based nutrition. They won a Canada Book Award, two Book of the Year Awards in the U.S. and star rating by the American Library Association as “the go-to books” on plant-based nutrition. These include Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition for health professionals (both with dietitian Brenda Davis). Their books are now in 11 languages and with 750,000 copies in print. Vesanto has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia and at Seattle’s Bastyr University, is a government consultant, and is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets.

Documentary Screenings in The Roxy
Come on down to the music fest early, find a good spot for your blanket, and head to the funky Roxy Theatre to watch a short inspiring documentary with your morning coffee while the vendors and musicians set up for the day!

Called to Rescue – Saturday at 10am
Called To Rescue is a beautiful documentary film about some of the animals who live in farm sanctuaries and the people who have dedicated their lives to rescuing and caring for them. It will inspire and delight people of all ages and stages.

Animals and the Buddha – Sunday at 10am
The powerful and important film, Animals and the Buddha, brings awareness to the idea that the path to end all suffering includes not just humans, but all the beings who share the earth. Many Buddhist leaders lend their voices to advocate for animals in this moving film.​.