This year's World Vegan Day also marks the 70th anniversary of the term "vegan". The festivals welcome vegans and non-vegans and the rapidly growing interest in plant based nutrition and animal-free and cruelty-free products is obvious.
Amy Cottrill, who started the Pittsburgh Vegan Day celebrations says, “The first festival was held last July and the response was overwhelming. We had to move to a bigger venue because we had 500 people show up in a venue suited for 150. It was amazing."
Some of the festivities on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 in U.S. cities:
L.A.'s Vegan Day Celebration is hosted at
The Vegan Tiramisu Factory
1220 East Lexington Avenue in Pomona, CA
between 12:00 and 4:00pm
San Jose, CA hosts the festival at
New Leaf Community Markets
5667 Silver Creek Valley Road
San Jose, California
Pittsburgh, PA celebrates with more than 30 vendors offering vegan food and animal-free products at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills, 2359 W. Ingomar Road, Franklin Park
from noon to 8 pm. Admission is $3 a person (children under 12 are free.)
There will also be live entertainment including belly dancing, cooking demonstrations and raffles and prizes.