Pack Square Park
121 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Vegan Week Events

Read below about Vegan Awareness Week 2017, and stay tuned for updates for 2018.

The Mayor of Asheville, Esther Manheimer, has proclaimed the week of August 28- September 3rd to be Vegan Awareness Week in Asheville! The ceremonial proclamation highlights some of the great reasons to choose a plant strong diet (though we would add that kindness to animals is the number one reason that many folks cite for going vegan). This proclamation reflects just how vegan friendly the town we are lucky enough to call home is! Click here to view the proclamation.

To celebrate Vegan Awareness week we will be be hosting multiple events (film showings, BBQ, vegan drinks, lectures etc.) around Asheville, culminating with the big Asheville VegFest: A Celebration of Food and Drink, taking place on Sunday, September 3rd at Park Square Park.

Be sure to check the schedule often as we will be adding exciting events from now until the event.


Monday, August 28
THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S. Market Street, Asheville, 6-9pm
Vegan Outreach Table, “Vegucated” documentary screening.

Stacy Shepanek is the Carolina Outreach Coordinator and Communications Designer at Vegan Outreach. She will have a table and be sharing ways for folks to get involved with activism via Vegan Outreach, on one’s own, or some combination thereof. Stacy will be bringing her Oculus Rift Virtual Reality system for you to try out.

“Vegucated” is part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy. Follow the evolution of three very nonvegan people who accepted a challenge to go vegan for six weeks. Show time, 7:00.

Food will be available for purchase from Vianda Catering.

Tuesday, August 29
Whole Foods Tap Haus, 4 S Tunnel Rd, Asheville, 6-8pm
Three Course Dinner, $14
Optional Beer Pairing with each course, $9

VegFest Sponsors Hi-Wire Brewing and No Evil Foods join Roots Hummus and Whole Foods to create a three-course meal that comes with specially selected beers to accompany each course.

Wednesday, August 30
THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S Market St, Asheville, 6-7:30pm
Pizza Party!

The Asheville Vegan Society will provide a bunch of pizzas – first come, first served. Love donations gladly accepted.

Come to THE BLOCK, grab a cold one, and get yer pizza on!

Thursday, August 31
THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S Market St, Asheville, 7pm
Happy Hour Social with Guest Speaker Justin Belleme

Justin will talk about his childhood being raised Macrobiotic by a family working in the health food industry; his 25 years wandering away from a plant-based diet; and his return to Veganism over the last three years. He will discuss the role that working to promote the first Vegan cruise, which his father John co-founded 15 years ago, played in his journey, including the profound impact of the repeated exposure to the live lectures of Drs. Neal Barnard, T. Colin Campbell, and Michael Greger each year on the cruise.

Snacks will be available for purchase from the bar.

Friday, September 1
THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S Market St., Asheville, 6:15pm

Dr. Amy Lanou speaks - "Sifting Through the Hype: Miracle Meal or Dietary Disaster?” This talk will be followed by a Q & A. Snacks will be available for purchase from the bar.

Saturday, September 2
THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S Market St., Asheville, 5-9:00pm

Dr. Joanne Kong speaks on Ethical Veganism, at 5:30
Dr. Joanne Kong has been praised throughout the country as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-based nutrition today, centered ethically in raising awareness that greater compassion for animals and our planet is vitally necessary for transformative growth and positive world change. Her presentations this year and next include appearances at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival, New York University, Columbia University, VegFest Colorado, Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, Green Festival Expo in Washington, D. C., the University of Southern California, National Animal Rights Day in Washington, D. C., Milwaukee Veg Expo, MIT, and Yale University among many others. Her highly-praised TED talk on veganism is included in Unbound Project, “a multimedia and book project that celebrates the inspiring women who have been at the forefront of animal advocacy around the globe.”

Sunday, September 3
VEGFEST! 10-6, Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville

VEGFEST AFTER-PARTY at THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S Market St., Asheville, 7-9pm
In the spirit of reducing waste, VegFest vendors are encouraged to bring their leftover food to the after-party to sell to hungry patrons.
Annette Conlon plays 7:30-10:30