Second annual Gainesville Vegfest
Gainesville VegFest was a one-day festival aiming to promote compassionate living to families, children and adults. There were 130 vegan vendors, lots of animal rescues and sanctuaries, several speakers, music acts, and local chefs doing food demos, as well as loads of activities for kids, yoga, and free food samples. There was a welcome by the City of Gainesville Mayor and City Commissioners held talks about compassionate life choices.
The event was a huge success with over 6000 people in attendance, the majority (an estimated 5000) being non-vegans. A lot of attendees were first-time visitors to a vegan event and the feedback was extremely positive: over 98% stated they would return next year.