Enjoy the best that Northern California has to offer when you head to Sonoma Wine Country! There are over 425 wineries for one to sample, and you’ll be close the great, rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Close to the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a beautiful travel destination. Enjoy the Sonoma Plaza for a glimpse into the unique history of the area as well as gorgeous views. An amazing spa and safari awaits you at Safari West, which offers a great glamping experience while you get to see African wildlife up-close, and the wineries in this region range from rustic boutique affairs to breathtaking globally renowned operations. You’ll also find an amazing variety of unique accommodations to enjoy during your stay. From cozy B&B’s to romantic inns along the coast and beautiful rentals, you’re sure to find your perfect bliss!
While you travel to Sonoma County, indulge in some healthy living and spend some time at the Sonoma County VegFest on August 18th, 2018. Known for its great food and education in promoting a meat-free alternative lifestyle, the Sonoma County VegFest has been going on strong for five years and is open to all. Bring your family and loved ones as you learn about how to heal and nurture yourself as well as the world around you. ResortsandLodges.com had a chance to sit down with the organizer, Hope Bohanec, to tell us all about the Sonoma County VegFest.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
HB: This year marks the 5th Annual Sonoma County VegFest.
RAL: How many attendees do you draw?
HB: We have around 4,000 attendees annually.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract?
HB: Everyone! We have an awesome kid’s room and a full schedule of family activities, and a new event for adult singles as well, VegSpeed Dating.
RAL: What makes the event unique?
HB: This is the only food festival in the North Bay area that is purely vegan.
RAL: What kind of activities will be at the event?
HB: We will have over 70 vendors, both indoors and outdoors! Free food samples will be given out, as well as health products and information and natural body care. Books, clothing, and jewelry will also be sold, so there’s something for everyone.
RAL: Any guest appearances?
HB: Yes! We have three rooms of speakers, where there will be veggie cooking demos all day from expert chefs. New this year will be the Animal Film Fest showing a series of award-winning short films from the annual Film Fest in Grass Valley.
RAL: What will the dining options look like?
HB: There will be a full fair food court. Look for healthy raw options like coconut noodles with spicy kraut and ginger sesame sauce to more decadent fare like pesto & mushroom grilled cheese sandwiches. You’ll also find some fun options like vegan fried chicken and waffles and veggie hot dogs with sauerkraut. For dessert, indulge in our ice cream vendors, milkshakes and smoothies, and flaky pastries galore!
RAL: Does the event support a special cause in the community?
HB: The SoCounty VegFest is a fundraiser for a local non-profit called Compassionate Living. They work to end farm animal suffering and encourage a healthy vegan lifestyle to help our community thrive. Compassionate Living support ethical and eco-friendly living in the Bay Area and beyond by highlighting the abundance of plant-based options that heal our bodies, our planet, and our relationship with animals.
RAL: What is the atmosphere like?
HB: Fun, festive, and inspiring with just a dab of education! Past attendees have said it was the most fun, educational, and delicious event they have ever attended, leaving with full bellies and smiles on their faces.
For more information about the Sonoma County VegFest, please visit their event website.