Rehoboth VegFest Thanks YOU!

From the day we officially started our promotion campaign, with Reason #1 to come to Rehoboth Beach Vegfest….Twist Juice Bar!…..we were determined to reach 100 Reasons in the months that followed. We accomplished that and so much more!   Rehoboth Beach VegFest celebrated our 5th year and once again brought out so many from our community and well beyond to revel in a day of kindness, good food, plant-based good health, and mindful living.  Our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude for the turnout at every one of our events – our film Seed: The Untold Story, the Festival and Art Exhibition, and our Sunday Brunch.  We thank All who attended, promoted, and supported this life-affirming 3-day Festival.
We send a special thank-you to our top Sponsors, CAMP Rehoboth, Jenn Harpel of Morgan Stanley, Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market, Delmarva Public Radio, and VegFund.  We simply could not put on VegFest without their very generous support, and we are truly grateful.
Thank you to the well over 100 organizations, our “Reasons” – restaurants, businesses, and non-profits – who exhibited or contributed to VegFest in one way or another.  Your products, information, and generosity help make the world better!
Rose Wellman, webmaster and ad creator extraordinaire! Donna Davis, Ruth Lamothe, Sue Goudy, and Carey Schneider – our right-hand women!  Thank you for stepping up and reaching out just when you were needed most! 
A special thank-you to our speakers, all of whom spoke with such compassion and were a wealth of knowledge: Aysha Akhtar, M.D., a neurologist and preventative medicine specialist, Jon Camp, National Grassroots Director of The Humane League, and Karen Ranzi, a raw vegan coach and chef.  Our emcee from VegDover, Charles Wolfe – thank you so much!
Thank you to the ever so talented and generous musicians, Gary Loewenthal and Colleen Orozco of Buntopia who have come every year, and Alex Razze, Kaleb Brown, and Evangelina Guarjardo who filled our Music Tent at Rehoboth Beach VegFest with everything from jazz, to blues, to reggae, to rock-n-roll!   
We want to thank the kind people at Epworth United Methodist Church for once again allowing us to hold the Festival on their beautiful grounds, and for all the technical (and physical!) help they provide.   Thank you to Richard Hurt and his hard-working ROTC crew for helping put up dozens of tents, tables and chairs!
A heart-felt thank you to Don Peterson and the entire Social and Environmental Justice Committee at Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware for hosting our film Seed: The Untold Story – a powerful documentary about the extinction of nearly 95% of our seeds, and to Rich Garrahan and friends at Crooked Hammock Brewery for kicking off the weekend with good cheer.
Thank you Ed McGann of Gallery 50 for providing his gallery space and hosting our Evening Art Exhibition on Saturday night and to Cultured Pearl for providing the appetizers.  Thank you to our Featured Artists, Dino and Dart, who displayed their bold, vibrant, and complex works of art.  
Thank you to Sean Corea and Matt Reardon of The Fork and Flask at Nage for creating a delectable feast of exquisite plant-based dishes.  The renovated space and expanded hours allowed even more to enjoy our Sunday Brunch!  Thank you to Hari Cameron of a(muse) for hosting a veg happy hour to wrap up the weekend and his support of VegRehoboth all year long.
Thank you Jolly Trolley for providing a van to take festi-goers back and forth to the Festival FREE from the Boardwalk.
Thank you to Kids Cottage for sponsoring the Bouncy House, East Coast Garden for providing the aloe plants for the kids to plant, the Rehoboth Art League for arts & crafts, and Holly Piper-Smith and Suzette Chambers-Martin of the Sussex Family YMCA for Family Yoga and Pound in the Kids Tent.
Thank you to Athena Allread and Katie Oswald of Free Spirited Foundation, Jessica Coyne of Higher Power Yoga, Sue Greer of Quakertown Wellness, Raylen Williams of Yoga Studio on 24, and Erin Shivone of Just Be Wellness for promoting peace, love, and wellness at our Healing Arts Village.
Thank you to Gwen Osborne and Katie Handy at Sign A Rama for once again supporting VegFest and making us such great banners and signs!
Thank you to Grand Rental Station for again being a sponsor and so expertly getting our big BIG tents up.
Thank you to Delmarva Public Radio, 89.5 Fine Arts & Culture and 90.7 Rhythm and News for again helping spread the word about VegFest on the radio!  We are so appreciative to WRDE for doing live feeds from VegFest!
A very special thanks to Valery and Rick Cordrey of East Coast Garden Center for being a generous Sponsor of VegFest, and inviting us to be on air with The Delmarva Potting Shed!
Thank you to Rehoboth Beach and Highway Starbucks for providing dairy-free delights free of extra charge in honor of VegFest – soy, coconut, almond… so many options and so delicious! 
We are especially grateful to Pam George for her “Veg Out” feature in Delaware Beach Life and to Dorothy Greet for sharing her story, and ours, through her blog GO VEG.  Thank you to Deny Howeth for her photography and our friends at Cape Gazette for providing outstanding journalism to our area all year long. 

And we could not put on VegFest without the many individuals who came out to volunteer their time and help.  Thank you Sue Goudy for coordinating our spectacular volunteers, such as Muriel Hogan, Kathy Wiz, Elizabeth Moore, Nicole White, Sandy Gera, Angie Orr, and Brian Cox who helped fill the goodie bags, and set up and cover the VegRehoboth and info tables.  Jeff Socorso and Justine Danger, who stayed until the last bottle was recycled and the last tent was put away – you two were amazing!  Thank you to MaryAnn Manzi, Joanne Szczepkowski, Lin Dixon, Donna Davis, and Justine Bohlman for helping distribute our posters and rack-cards, and to the businesses who proudly displayed them!  We were especially touched by Barbara Longova’s daughter and grandchildren who came from Maryland and volunteered in loving memory and to honor one of the most devoted and kind volunteers VegRehoboth has ever known.  We miss you Barbara.

And A HUGE shout out to Carey Schreiber who worked for months collecting coupons and samples for our “filled to the brim with goodness” goodie bags, and to Fifer Orchards for donating the bags themselves!  Thank you to all who donated to our raffle, including Bobby Carolan of Carolan Hair Artistry, and the Minimalist Baker, and Plant Food cookbooks.  
To anyone who helped who we might have missed, please know you matter and your help made a real difference.  We are grateful.
And to each person who came to the festival and shared in the day – we thank you.  Whether you are dedicated to meat-free living or just starting to lean into eating less meat, we salute you and the path you are on.  The world is better because of you and every effort you make to eat more plants!
Last but not least – to Patricia Haddock, our mentor, our inspiration, our friend – for her vision and determination to make VegRehoboth and Rehoboth Beach VegFest what they are today. 
Until next year, we hope to see you at VegRehoboth events all year long, and ThanksLiving this Fall!