It’s that time again! The Central Florida Veg Fest started out beautifully October 22, 2011. Every year in October, Vegans and Vegetarians in Central Florida look forward to gathering together to eat great food, meet old and new friends, listen to amazing musicians, get delicious food ideas, and learn something new from brilliant speakers.

This year, we were graced with a visit from the amazing Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Author, activist, passionate speaker, and all-round amazing person. Colleen addressed the audience with humor, honesty, and pure passion.

It was that passion that touched me more than I realized. I sat in awe watching her speak about veganism in a way that was not scary to anyone. There seemed to be quite a few people in the audience curious about living the vegan lifestyle. Of course, newbies think of veganism as a trend, fad, and a diet when really it is much more than that.

Ms. Goudreau is truly an inspiration to anyone that comes in contact with her. She has this infectious personality that radiates passion and compassion from the inside out. When she speaks, she makes veganism sound like the it thing to do. However it is the smart thing to do. I really enjoyed meeting her and experiencing what people all over the country has had the honor of being present.

Boy was I present!


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