Planting the Seed of Compassion in the Big Apple

Last week, thousands of people flocked to New York City to celebrate compassion at The Seed: A Vegan Experience. The bustling, two-day festival took place at Soho's magnificent 82Mercer and featured delicious vegan foods, inspiring speakers, pro-veg films, and vegan-inspired workshops.

IMG_1432.JPGSeed_2012_054.jpgLongtime vegans and veg-curious attendees alike were enlightened by The Seed's motivating speakers, which included Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Brendan Brazier, Kathy Freston, Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Victoria Moran, Dr. Michael Greger, and MFA's very own Eddie Garza and Nora Kramer. Film screenings included Marisa Miller Wolfson's film Vegucated, and James Costa's film Lunch Hour.

The Seed also featured dozens of vegan food companies that are making veganism a convenient way of life, including The Regal Vegan, Vegan Bodega, V-Spot, Foodswings, Blossom, Cinnamon Snail, Candle 79, and Mac'n Food, a vegan food truck that drove in all the way from Miami. Other compassionate exhibitors included Vaute Couture, Compassion Company, Herbivore Clothing, and YEA Camp.

The mission of The Seed was to provide attendees with "all of the information, inspiration, and empowerment they need to understand why a vegan lifestyle is the way of the future." Considering the legions of inspirational speakers, amazing products featured, delicious food, and captivating workshops, The Seed was an absolute success!

Congratulations to 82Mercer and The Seed's organizers for putting together a truly incredible vegan experience.

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Photos courtesy of Splice Photography.