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The 4th Annual Tampa Bay VegFest Oct. 19!

The 4th Annual Tampa Bay VegFest, the Tampa Bay area's only vegetarian/vegan festival, makes its return Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Tampa Bay VegFest 2013 will take place at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, in a beautiful setting on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. The park is conveniently located across the street and to the south of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Come and enjoy our great speakers, food, earth-friendly vendors, live music, children's activities, and more. Admission is free, and companion animals on leashes are welcome! For more information, CLICK HERE.

Just a few of our great speaker's at this year's VegFest are featured below.
Speakers at This Year's VegFest: Jane Velez-Mitchell
Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell," a topical event-driven show with a wide range of viewpoints. A veteran television news journalist, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show "Celebrity Justice" and regularly served as guest host for "Nancy Grace," another HLN program.

As a commentator on high-profile cases, Velez-Mitchell has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other national cable television programs. During the Michael Jackson molestation trial, she appeared daily on "Nancy Grace" and was featured on CNN's "Larry King Live" on several occasions, including the evening of the verdict. Velez-Mitchell chronicles her lifelong battle with alcoholism, as well as her coming out as a lesbian and her discovery of a healthier, happier and more meaningful existence, in "iWant: My Journey From Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler Honest Life," which was released in October 2009, and became a New York Times bestseller. Her most recent book, “Addict Nation” was released in February 2011.

Speakers at This Year's VegFest: Dr. Neal Barnard

Neal Barnard, MD, is a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate.

He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health.

He is the author of several books and a frequent lecturer.

Speakers at This Year's VegFest: Dr. Milton Mills
Milton R. Mills, M.D., serves as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a North American group of doctors and laypersons dedicated to promoting improved health care, better and more appropriate nutrition, and higher standards in medical research. Dr. Mills practices medicine in Northern Virginia and in Washington DC.  His varied experience specializing in Internal Medicine and HIV disease and in the relationship between nutrition and chronic diseases has made him extensively knowledgeable about the unique healthcare needs of minorities, the challenges of practicing medicine in inner cities, and the special medical and nutritional requirements of HIV+ and AIDS patients. As an African-American physician focusing on preventive medicine, Dr. Mills has delved into some of the environmental and societal influences affecting the health of African Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities. Dr. Mills has lectured and given research seminars across the United States and in Mexico and Canada.
Speakers at This Year's VegFest: Robert Cheeke

Robert Cheeke grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is a best-selling author of the book Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness - The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet. As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion Robert has been considered one of VegNews Magazine's Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours all over North America regularly giving talks about his story transforming from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder. Currently Robert works for Vega, a line of vegan whole-food products, as a representative of the pro-vegan film Forks Over Knives and also works full-time running Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, which includes writing books, touring and maintaining the popular website.