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Vegetarian Food Festival to Focus on Kids

New York’s first-ever Vegetarian Food Festival will be held at the Altman Building in Chelsea (135 West 18th Street), on Sunday, April 3.

There will be a day’s worth of cooking demonstrations, food samplings, entertainment, and cookbook signings. But the morning is especially geared toward children and family issues.

The Festival will present acclaimed professional chef Cricket Azima on the Banana Stage, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Cricket’s interactive children’s cookbook, Everybody Eats Lunch, was published by Glitterati in May 2008.

Cricket’s philosophy is that children can learn about more than just food while in the kitchen, including a foreign language, the importance of good nutrition, history and even math.  Join Cricket at the Festival for a hands-on cooking class. Kids will make a delicious vegetarian-friendly lunch using recipes from around the world while learning about different cultures. While the kids are cooking, Cricket will share some tips with parents on how to feed the vegetarian child, focusing on keeping tummies full and nutritional needs in check.

Also for the parents, there will be a presentation on vegan parenting by a pair of young New York celebs, Chloe Jo Davis and Alexandra Jamieson.

Davis is a writer, green expert, animal rescuer, radio host, online personality, ethical fashion expert, and Girlie Girl Army blogger.  Jamieson has authored such books as Vegan Cooking For Dummies, Living Vegan For Dummies, and The Great American Detox Diet. They’ll be appearing together on the Apple Stage, 10:15-10:45.

And that’s not all. The Vegetarian Food Festival’s vendors will be doling out tasty samples for young and old. Also of interest to the younger set: there will be donut and cupcake eating contests, exciting raffle prizes, and musical entertainment including belly dancers.  Plus, speakers and informational tables on how everyone can do their part to rescue horses, kittens, puppies, and other animals in need.

General admission is free, and VIP admission packages are also available for sale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information, go to NYCVegFoodFest.com or contact 917-544-7306 or info@NYCVegFoodFest.com.


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