Nashville VegFest
Nashville VegFest

Get ready for 2020! We have a great line-up of  vendors, speakers, and sponsors again this year!

Experience the Difference

Promoting a plant based, healthy, cruelty free lifestyle

Plant-Based Diet

The Nashville VegFest is a public event whose mission is to educate the public about the benefits of a plant-based diet for health and the benefit to animals.

Locally Grown

This year marks the 5th annual Nashville VegFest, hosted right here in Nashville, Tennessee!


News & Updates

Get Your Tickets!

nashville_vegfest_logoJoin us for Nashville’s 3rd Annual VegFest to celebrate the plant-based lifestyle!

Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Nashville Fairgrounds
625 Smith Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

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Sorry, this event has ended. Thank you to everyone who attended our 3rd Annual Nashville VegFest!

Volunteer to Help!

If you are passionate about a plant-based lifestyle and want to help spread the word and introduce others to the concept – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This event is designed to be a great resource to people alreadyt living a plant-based life AND for those who are curious and looking for more information. We have generous sponsors, donors, and vendors doing their part…but we will need VOLUNTEERS to help make this event awesome, and that’s where you come in!

Volunteers are needed for shifts between 7AM and 5PM including tasks like Vendor Setup, Attendee Check In, Chef Demo Assistant, Guides, Stage Assistants, Guest Services, Raffle Ticket Sales, and Clean-up/Tear-down. Most volunteer shifts are just three hours.

Please consider volunteering – there are a number of ways you can help, and you can start by signing up!

(You’ll find a full list of the shifts/tasks after clicking the button below)

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Ellen Jaffe Jones – Author

Ellen Jaffe Jones is the author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, Kitchen Divided and Paleo Vegan, and a contributor to Running, Eating, Thinking. She is a certified personal trainer and running coach, and is currently 1st in her age group in Florida in the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meters, and nationally ranked 7th in the US in the 1500 meters and 10th in the 400 meters. She has placed in 84 5K or longer races since 2006 “just” on plants. It is rare for anyone with her sprint times to have ever finished a full marathon, which she has done twice. As a former Emmy-winning investigative TV reporter for 18 years, trying to figure out the truth about food became the reporting job of her life. She was a media consultant for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and a cooking instructor for them for six years. Ellen was voted PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50.


Jess Rice – Chef / Advocate

Jess Rice is the former chef de cuisine, co-founder, and creative force behind Avo, the first full scale, gourmet, raw vegan restaurant in the state of Tennessee. She is a dedicated advocate of the plant-based lifestyle and has created gourmet, raw cuisine across the United States.
In her former career, Rice worked in public relations and marketing. She was drawn to experiment with living foods in response to the toll late nights spent networking and long days sitting at a desk eventually took on her health. She experienced life-changing results once she eliminated animal-based foods and took a health-focused approach to preparing vegan cuisine.
Gradually, she began helping others do the same and decided to pursue formal training as a chef and coach. Leaving her sedentary office job, Rice focused on her business, My Poor Tired Liver, full-time, supplying local eateries (The Wild Cow, Juice Bar, 8th & Roast) with healthy raw foods and began teaching raw foods classes independently and with Metro Nashville’s Community Education Commission. Between 2013 and 2014, Rice completed culinary training at celebrated chef Matthew Kenney’s Culinary Academy in Santa Monica, California, and obtained detox coaching certifications and raw food chef certifications with Naturopath Dr. Amy Rachelle in Indonesia. In 2015, Rice opened Avo and made waves in the vibrant dining scene in Nashville; Avo is the first vegan restaurant to win “Best New Restaurant” in the annual and highly-anticipated Nashville Scene’s Reader’s Poll.
Jess Rice brings a fresh perspective to Nashville VegFest; she will speak to her successes, trials, and tribulations as a young, DIY, vegan business owner and will also demo one of her best selling raw vegan recipes at VegFest.

Photo by Hope Anderson, Edible Nashville Magazine.


Kat Mendenhall – Vegan Lifestyle Coach

kat-mendenhall-logoA native Texan and vegan activist, Kat Mendenhall considers herself a stuck in the city country girl on a mission to mend the world through whole plant-based nutrition and cruelty-free products. As a purveyor of vegan handmade goods, Kat is giving leather the boot by designing the first handmade vegan cowboy boots and western wear. She is a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator certified by the Main Street Vegan Academy, a Culinary Nutrition Expert certified by The Academy of Culinary Nutrition, holds a certification in plant-based nutrition by the T. Colin Campbell Foundation at Cornell University, and is certified as a Food for Life Instructor by Physicians Committee. “I enjoy combining my nutrition training, culinary skills, and desire to create cruelty-free products to help bring awareness to one’s ability to live a healthy, delicious, and compassionate lifestyle.” Kat is dedicated to empowering people to make informed food choices, to debunking myths about veganism, to being a voice for animals, and to giving people the tools and resources they need to live according to their own values of compassion and wellness.
You can read more about her vegan goods, coaching, and culinary services at:



Join us for the first annual Nashville VegFest!

We’re excited to announce the first annual Nashville VegFest will take place on April 9th, 2016!

You can learn more about this great event and all it has to offer by exploring our new website.

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