3rd annual 'VegFest' puts vegan-friendly small businesses on display
For the past 3 years, the ICT VegFest has provided a festival-like atmosphere for vegans, vegetarians, and even meat-eaters who are veg-curious.
Nicole Mullen created VegFest, and said that it's great for small businesses.
"Clearly the economy is kind of suffering right now," Mullen said. "So this is just a great way for those small businesses to have a place and an opportunity to gain foot traffic and let the public know that you know, they are here and they do offer these items."
This includes businesses like Lito's restaurant. Owner Angel Ponce said that the restaurant has a vegan, and non-vegan menu. He said that the restaurant caters to those who may want to take baby steps into entering the vegan lifestyle.
"If you just want to try a mushroom asada taco, and just try to see how it tastes, you could do that," Ponce said. "But you could also get to more of the tacos that you know, wherever you want steak or chicken or anything like that, too."
VegFest offers much more than food however, there are vendors for clothing, jewelry, and even a caricature artist.
"After signing up for it, and meeting all the people involved in it, I just thought it was super cool," said Alec Lange with Capybara Caricatures. "And so I wanted to do it and make it a point to do it every year."
Many of the non-food products sold at VegFest subscribe to the vegan lifestyle.
Ashlea Fisher has been selling vegan-friendly candles and soaps at veg fest since last year.
"We try and you know, here at the veterans, we try and create that lifestyle so that they can have the options of having everything vegan friendly," Fisher said.
This is the first year VegFest was held at the Sedgwick County extension building, Mullen says the event keeps getting bigger every year, and they needed more space.