Northwest VEG, a local nonprofit organization, will present the ninth annual Portland VegFest at the Oregon Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

As Oregon’s largest plant-based food event, VegFest features presentations by some of the nation’s foremost experts on plant-based nutrition, cooking demonstrations, activites for kids and teenagers and more than 100 exhibitors showingcase vegan products, sharing free food samples, nonprofit organizations and local restaurants. Attendees can sample main dishes, desserts and chocolate, organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks and ice cream; fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and much more.

Presenters include John McDougall, M.D., physician and nutrition expert whose teaching promotes better health through vegan cuisine, and Registered Dietitian Brenda Davis.

Cooking demonstrations will be given by Vegan Artisan Cheese’s Miyoko Schinner, Chef AJ , Karyn Calbrese and others.

Fillms, including “Turlock,” a documentary on the 2012 rescue of 4,460 hens from an egg farm in Stanislaw County, Calif., will be shown.

The festival is held each day 10 a.m. to 6 in Exhibit Hall A at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Portland. Admission is $8 per day; children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Students and seniors with valid ID are admitted for $5. More information can be found at

Volunteers are needed both days of the event and receive free admission to the festival both days. To volunteer, contact Chelsea Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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