Great Day for Going Green!

Great Day for Going Green!

 

Vegetarian dumplings at the Vegetarian Vision N.Y. Veg, Health & Wellness Expo

I am not a vegetarian, and I can still remember when vegetarianism was once considered the domain of weirdo hippies in California and people with specific medical issues, but, let’s face it: the tides have changed. I am seeing more and more, both in Manhattan and in my hometown of Princeton, vegetarian and vegan-friendly additions to menus everywhere (even in fast-food joints) along with the proliferation of vegetarian-only cafés and restaurants. Kale is the perfect example of this (relatively) newfound love for the world of green foods. The reigning king of all vegetables for at least three years now, kale shows no signs of returning to its minor role as a garnish on a plate—I have witnessed everything from kale bowls to kale burgers to kale shakes to kale cookies. Indeed, people everywhere have really have gone bonkers for plant-based eats.

And, in a few weeks, vegetarians of the world can all unite under one roof for one weekend of all-green fun: On September 9 and 10, the Vegetarian Vision N.Y. Veg, Health & Wellness Expo convenes at Penn Plaza Pavilion, with programs that include demonstrations, speakers, classes, tastings, live performances and more, at gentle ticket prices: $15 for one day and $25 for the weekend. The event, co-produced by New Life Expo founder Mark Becker, will showcase all things vegetarian: Some 20 restaurants will be serving plant-based, vegetarian and vegan fare from countries that include India, China, Japan, France and the United States (not to mention vegan wines as well).

Elsewhere at the convention, practitioners will be leading classes in a variety of yoga methods (hatha, vinyasa, restorative and others), along with offering tips on meditation and balance. Entertainment will include a cruelty-free fashion show, a crystal bowl sound healing concert (nope, I have no idea what that is), Bollywood dancers, and even a Mr. & Miss Vegetarian pageant. In addition, medical and wellness experts will be sharing the latest information on hypnotherapy, acupuncture and other medical practices. 

So, whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, omnivore or even a carnivore, the convention has something for everyone: I mean, who doesn't like a great restorative yoga stretch followed by a Bollywood dance or two?

>> Vegetarian Vision N.Y. Veg, Health & Wellness Expo, Sa, Sept. 9 & Su, Sept. 10, Penn Plaza Pavilion (40 Seventh Ave., at 33rd St.), 10 am-7 pm. www.vegetarianvision.org

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