Win Tickets ($32): Portland VegFest @ Oregon Convention Center | Oregon’s Largest Plant-based Food Event, Samples & Demonstrations

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to Portland VegFest @ Oregon Convention Center on September 21-22. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 20.

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From our sponsors:
Portland VegFest @ Oregon Convention CenterPortland VegFest
September 21-22, 2013
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | $8 | All Ages

Oregon Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A, 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd., Portland
(503) 235-7575 | More info:

Northwest VEG, a local nonprofit organization, will present the ninth annual Portland VegFest at the Oregon Convention Center Sept. 21 and 22. As Oregon’s largest plant-based food event, VegFest features presentations by some of the nation’s foremost experts on plant-based nutrition, cooking demonstrations, activities for kids and teenagers and more than 100 exhibitors showcasing vegan products, including free food samples, nonprofit organizations and local restaurants.

“If you are interested in exploring all the options of a more plant-based diet, VegFest is the place to do that,” said Peter Spendelow, President of Northwest VEG. “Not only can you learn about eating healthy and reducing your impact on the planet, but there is so much tasty free food for you to try, too.”

Attendees of the event can sample delicious main dishes, decadent desserts and chocolates, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks and ice creams; fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nuts and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks and treats and much more.

Presenters include John McDougall, M.D., physician and nutrition expert whose teaching promotes better health through vegan cuisine, Registered Dietitian Brenda Davis, and many more. Full schedule at

Watch inspiring cooking demonstrations by Vegan Artisan Cheese’s Miyoko Schinner, Chef AJ, Karyn Calbrese and others.

Films, including “Turlock,” a documentary on the 2012 rescue of 4,460 hens from an egg farm in Stanislaw County, Calif., will be shown.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Exhibit Hall A at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. in Portland. Admission is $8 per day; children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Students and seniors with valid ID are admitted for $5. More information about Portland VegFest is available at

Volunteers will be needed both days at the event and receive free admission to the festival both days. To volunteer contact Chelsea Davis at

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83 Responses to Win Tickets ($32): Portland VegFest @ Oregon Convention Center | Oregon’s Largest Plant-based Food Event, Samples & Demonstrations

  1. Sierra September 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    As a long term vegan, VegFest is like Christmas and the Superbowl rolled up in one. I’ll definitely be attending and would love to win tickets to bring my family and inspire them with the amazing guest speakers and incredible food.

    • eliz linser September 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Veggie fest for feasting veggies until vegged out!
      Sounds like a way to spend the weekend –
      bringing breastfeeding daughter to make better milk!

  2. Christine September 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    I’d love more ideas for meals, this sounds fun!

  3. Robert Renning September 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Yum! I’d love to try some new vegetarian food.

  4. Deana September 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Making some new and exciting vegetarian food would be welcome in our house! Send me!

  5. Stacie September 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Newly vegetarian and would love some ideas!

  6. Rain Madrone September 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I would love to surprise my wife with these tickets – she works hard, and deserves a treat!

  7. Amy September 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    My boyfriend and I are flying up to Portland from Houston, Texas, this Thursday with hopes to enjoy VegFest! We are vegans with big hearts for Portland and we haven’t even been there yet!

  8. Sandy September 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I love veggies and this event would be so informative. You would think we would know all about veggies but we don’t.

  9. Jarrod September 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Going on week 5 of being vegan! I would love to watch the cooking demonstrations to see/smell in person!

  10. Lori Walker September 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Vegfest is my favorite event each year. This year my 10 year old granddaughter has chosen to become vegan from vegetarian, and is doing a wonderful job of learning about options for cheese, milk etc. I’m so proud of her and this event will delight her beyond belief. Also Dr McDougal, who is my hero, will be speaking, and I would like everyone in my family to hear him. I would so love to win!

  11. Garrett B. September 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    I just started dating a vegetarian. I think this would really help kick off this fresh relationship.

  12. Elyse September 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    I look forward to Vegfest every year! My sister and I are vegetarians and recently have been challenging each other to eat less processed foods. Finding out new products at Vegfest is a great way to find healthy alternatives. Pick me please!

  13. Laura September 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Please help me go to this! I’ve had my eye on this event for months now, can’t wait to taste all the free veggie samples! It will be veggie heaven :)

  14. Jeremiah Johnson September 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    I would like to win to because I have been going more vegetarian over the years and I would like to discover more about my options and alternatives for vegan and vegetarianism so I can continue to eat and live even healthier and more sustainably as I grow and evolve.

  15. Natasha September 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Vegfest rocks!! What a wonderful event each year.

  16. stacie September 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    On the fence about going vegetarian. Would love some extra inspiration to start this new chapter!

  17. Sam September 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Me and my girlfriend are newly vegetarian and need new ideas so we can cut back on the pre packaged meals

  18. Heather September 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    I’ve been vegetarian for three years and woul love to win tickets to this.

  19. Luka September 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I would be very thankful to win this. My wife is a vegetarian and I am giving her all the support she needs. Let’s go green wifey!!!

  20. monica burnett September 17, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    my family has changed our entire way of eating. We are healthy and clean now and detoxed from all the junk. This would be very helpful for us with our new lifestyle.

  21. Jody September 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I’m in dire need of new veg recipes & ideas! As a new mom, I’d also like healthy first food ideas for my baby.

  22. LizzyLou September 18, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I’d love to take my boyfriend and show him how great veg food can be!

  23. David September 18, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Perfect – I’ve been wanting to learn more about this. Please pick us!

  24. Terri September 18, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Would love to go to vegfest and go to all the informative seminars they ae having along with the cooking demos, heard so many wonderful things about it, ohh please let me win

  25. Ben September 19, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Not a Vegetarian but I like food of all kinds I don’t discriminate

  26. Michael McManus September 19, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Because I like vegetables! And I know the difference between using the words “healthy” and “healthful.” So…

  27. Jen September 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    After being vegetarian for 15+ years, I went vegan in may. Since then I’ve lost 37 pounds. My fiancée is vegetarian as well.(we met when he bought tofu from me, and I gave him my number with the line “let’s get together and go someplace to not eat meat.” True story!I swear!)so I would love to go, get some ideas about how to make our new vegan diet more exciting, and hopefully give us the health to enjoy a long happy married life together. <3

  28. Andrew September 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Wife is really interested in going to this. Would love to win some tickets so I can take her.

  29. NaTasha September 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I need help with the veggies. Sure to pick up some great tips here.

  30. Kel September 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to this event!! A foodie and passionate about vegetables, it would be my dream to win tickets.

  31. Brian September 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Help me convert my girlfriend to full time vegetarian by showing her all of the awesome options. We have a baby on the way so this would help a lot. Thanks!

  32. xea September 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    VegFest sound awesome!

  33. Bridget September 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I’ve been desperate for some veggie inspiration, this would be perfect!

  34. Kat September 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I love snacking my way through this event. Such a great opportunity to try new foods and learn about new restaurants with vegan options and new vegan vendors in the area.

  35. Sarah B September 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    I am a vegetarian and recently-realized gluten free gal.
    I’d love to win tickets and attend in order to discover this world of GF options!

  36. Cory Shird September 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    I want to Veg out!!!!!!

  37. Dan September 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    We’d like to attend to check out all the great vendors and see all the veggie options out there.

  38. Ayla Rose Gilbert September 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    As someone who has been a loud and proud vegetarian for 13 years, VegFest would be heaven on earth. I’d be like Homer Simpson at the Gummy convention (without the gelatin, of course).

  39. Kiyoko Williams September 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    oh man oh man i’d love to go!!

  40. Kelly September 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Now that we’re expecting, Portland Vegfest will be greatly expanded in my mind. My wife and I can spend time looking at all the kid/baby stuff we’ve always skipped over. Of course, we’ll likely gorge on the delicious new and standard food samples that are always all over Vegfest. So excited!

  41. Christine September 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    My daughter became a vegetarian at age 15 because she doesn’t want to hurt the animals. I need help with recipes!

  42. J September 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Am cutting back on gluten and dairy, would love to gain some ideas and see new products!

  43. Michaele September 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    I would love to learn new HEALTHY ideas to help lower my husbands blood pressure, and keep my child interested in such a HUGE part of our daily lives.

  44. d@Ve September 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    i am giving up meat for my girlfriend, who’s been veg since a teen. i lie and tell her it’s because of the unethical treatment of animals, but free-range, local meat would still find my plate if i knew she wouldn’t show me the door. so help me become educated, indoctrinated, and subordinated: with lots o’ free samples, maybe i’ll even like the stuff!

  45. Jessica September 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Love veggies! As a vegetarian, they are our main food staple. Yum, yum, yum!

  46. Lisa Hummel September 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    This will be my first time going to the Veg Fest. I have been a vegetarian for three years and am really in need of some new cooking ideas. Can’t wait to go !

  47. Minh Tran September 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    I need some more veggie recipes!

  48. Ann Broeg September 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    This looks awesome! I’m new to Portland, married to a vegan, and we’re trying to decide what kind of diet our 8 month old son will follow as he gets into more solid foods. We’d love new ideas for vegetarian foods for the whole family!

  49. Jeremy Brill September 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Newly vegan and need techniques and ideas

  50. david c September 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    I recently converted to vegetarianism from standard. American. Diet and. Vegfest is a great way to educate myself on knowledge and products.

  51. Ditty Nicolaides September 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Sounds yummy! Pick me!

  52. Patricia Uri September 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I went last year and was impressed with all the exhibits and resourses, & ended up purchasing many items that I never knew existed, or were reluctant to try (like V-Dog ) food. I enjoy the cooking demos and food samples! Id really like to be able to sample Miyoko Schinner’s uncheese, before purchasing the book. And of couse who wouldn’t want to hear Dr. McD??

  53. Brad S September 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I would be interested in seeing if just eating vegetables is worth it.

  54. Shylo Johnson September 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Just beginning my fitness journey! New food ideas would be so helpful!!

  55. Caitlin Galietti September 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    How cool is this? New to Portland and would love to experience some of these events.

  56. Kami September 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    We are vegans new to Portland – what better welcome gift than tickets to Vegfest??

  57. Corrie Sliger September 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I have just moved to Portland to live with my 102yr old grandma. I have a very particular diet.. but have a hard time turning down a gift… and grandma eats a lot of cookies and milk!

    Please save me Vegfest!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Gaby September 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    I’d love some new veggie recipes!

  59. Lauren September 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    My husband, brother and I are all going to VegFest this weekend for the first time. Any chance to expand our knowledge about cooking vegetarian is always welcome. We’re looking forward to tasting some creative recipes so that we can incorporate them into our weekly cooking regimen.

  60. Victoria Gantz September 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I’ve been a Pescatarian (fish) & Vegetarian for 18 years. We have an organic garden, and shop for groceries on the cheap, being senior citizens. I would love to bring my husband to this event. We both love to eat good vegetarian cooking. Please???

  61. William Stewart September 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Sign me up to Veg Out!!

  62. Brian September 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    For our vegan family this would be the perfect all-ages event even the kids could enjoy.

  63. Scott September 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Sounds like fun.

  64. laura September 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I’m a vegetarian. I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years, yet I’ve never been to vegfest. I feel like a bad vegetarian. Please correct this for me by allowing me to win.

  65. Tara September 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    It our 11th wedding anniversary this Saturday and this would make an excellent outing to celebrate!

  66. jimbobber September 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    I’d love to go because I’ve gotten fat and I need help!

  67. panda September 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    panda’s in.

  68. Melissa Cook September 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Because I would love to take the kids somewhere that was fun and promoted healthy living. And I would love to write a post about it on my blog!

  69. Dorthea September 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    I would love to go to get ideas for getting my veg on.

  70. Asha Jagannathan September 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    I have been a vegetarian all my life so I would be super excited to see the variety of foods available ! Hope I win cos’ it would be a wonderful birthday treat for me :) !

  71. Allie Rivenbark September 20, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    We just moved to Portland 8 weeks ago. I’ve been a vegetarian for 23 years and I want to show my new wife what life could be like without meat.

  72. Rachel September 20, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Sounds like a fun outing!

  73. Jessica September 20, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    I recently became a vegan….love to explore vegan world!

  74. Kristy September 20, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    We are going to purchase a VITAMIX at the fest this weekend!!!!! We are sooooo excited :) So saving a few bucks to get in would be AWESOME!


  75. Deana September 20, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I eat meat…but I would love to see why I should stop-or even cut back.

  76. Danielle September 20, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I would LOVE to win these tickets. I have been becoming fairly obsessed with eating vegetables, and would really really enjoy seing the variety. Being raised on canned veggies leaves me needing a veggie education

  77. Claudia September 20, 2013 at 9:12 am #


  78. Tonez September 20, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    We all could use more veggies. Great opportunity for some creative ideas

  79. Bjoern September 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    I love veggies

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  81. Kathy September 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    This is an amazing event. Would love those tickets!!!

  82. Victoria Gantz September 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    I am soooo hungry!
    We have to do all of our own vegetarian cooking! I would love to win and taste all the samples!

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