Asheville VeganFest bringing food, beer, music and fun this weekend

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Come one, come all, this weekend will be full of fun and tasty treat for Asheville VeganFest!

The theme of VeganFest this year, 'Save the Animals, Save the Earth', explores the effects of global animal agriculture on animals, wildlife, our environment, and climate change.

On Friday and Saturday, expert speakers from across the country (and beyond!) will include Jane Velez-Mitchell (of Jane Unchained), Dr. Garth Davis (featured in Forks Over Knives, medical director of the Mission Hospital Weight Management Center), Sailesh Rao (co-producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health), Earthling Ed (co-founder and co-director of Surge, a creative grassroots animal rights organization), and many, many more!

On Sunday, enjoy an outdoor festival with over 75 vendors showcasing vegan food, beer, lifestyle products and more! Asheville VeganFest is hosted by the largest no-kill animal rescue organization in NC, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Cost of Event: Free to the public, except for benefit shows on the evenings of June 8+ 9. Purchase tickets to the benefit shows by visiting

Location of Event: Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9: The Orange Peel

Sunday, June 10: Pack Square Park

For the first time ever, we will also be hosting two nights of entertainment at The Orange Peel, featuring comedian Lee Camp on Friday and again on Saturday along with Afrobeat musical guests Antibalas.

Tickets can be purchased at, with proceeds benefiting the Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary.

Other musical guests include local fave hip-hop artists, Debrissa and Austn, and Grey, a hip-hop activist and entertainer.

On Sunday, enjoy the outdoor festival you know and love at Pack Square in downtown Asheville! Bring your family and friends to enjoy dozens of vendors showcasing vegan food, beer, and cruelty free merchandise, as well as an array of informational booths, educational speakers, and more!

All proceeds from Asheville Veganfest will benefit the Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary currently under construction in Leicester, NC. The Sanctuary, located on 82.5 acres of rolling pastures and mountainside forest, will facilitate adoptions, volunteer opportunities, and critical care for all animals, including ones who have been so abused and neglected that they require longer term, more specialized rehabilitation.

In addition, the Sanctuary will be an educational resource for area youth to learn about our responsibilities to animals, nature, and society.

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