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Noon-6:00  Marcella Torres and Derek Tresize - "Questions about going vegan? Stop by and talk to this dynamic duo!"
12:30-1:15  Mary Finelli - "Why Fish Don't Belong on Your Dish"
1:45-2:30  Gabriel Miller - Cooking Demo - "How I Lost 100 Pounds on a Vegan Diet"
2:45-3:30  Thomas Goodman - "Empowering Plant-Based Accessibility in the Foodservice Industry"
4:00-4:45  Josh Kadrich (from Unmoo) - Cooking Demo - "Josh's Plant-Based Potluck"
5:00-5:45  Joanne Kong - "Myths About Veganism"

Mike Goldberg

Master of Ceremonies

Meteorologist and musician Mike Goldberg will be emceeing the Richmond VegFest for the 17th year! Mike is an Emmy-winning meteorologist for CBS 6 and the afternoon classical music host at VPM Music, where he also serves as the station's Coordinator of Classical Music Initiatives.

Mike Goldberg

Mike is always out in the community, promoting music and science education in the schools and presenting talks to various groups of all ages. He has served as a judge for the Virginia Science and Engineering Fair and the Metro Richmond Science Fair, and has also been the Master of Ceremonies for various events including the Richmond Vegetarian Society, Richmond SPCA, and the Richmond Animal League. An avid animal lover, Mike is dedicated to helping local animal adoption and welfare groups, and hosts the Paws for Pets segments on CBS 6 every weekend morning. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Henrico Humane Society and has received a Guardian Angel Award from Save Our Shelters for outstanding contribution to animal welfare in Virginia.

Mike remains active as a musician and is both the founder and Artistic Director for Crescendo, a professional chamber music ensemble. Passionate about music education, he serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Randolph-Macon College, while maintaining a private clarinet studio of younger students. Also an accomplished conductor, he is co-founder and Music Director of the Central Virginia Wind Symphony, a group of the most talented high school musicians in the region.

You can catch Mike on CBS 6 Saturday and Sunday evenings. You can hear him on VPM Music (93.1 and 107.3FM) hosting "Classical Music with Mike Goldberg" each weekday afternoon and "Breakfast Classics" each weekend morning from 8AM-10AM.

Marcella Torres and Derek Tresize

Marcella Torres and Derek Tresize

Vegan Muscle and Fitness

Questions about going vegan? Stop by and talk to this dynamic duo!

Marcella Torres and Derek Tresize have been competitive bodybuilders, fitness, and nutrition bloggers at Vegan Muscle and Fitness, and owners of Richmond, Virginia, plant-based personal training studio, Root Force Personal Training, since 2009. Between them they have three degrees in subjects from biology to mathematics (and a PhD in the works), various personal training and nutrition certifications, two vegan kids, and a vegan dog named Joe. With 5 jobs between them, two vegan kids, and a vegan dog named Joe, Derek and Marcella know the meaning of the word "busy"!

Website: www.veganmuscleandfitness.com

Mary Finelli

Mary Finelli

Fish Feel

Why Fish Don't Belong on Your Dish

Mary Finelli is founder and president of Fish Feel, the first organization devoted to promoting the recognition of fish as sentient beings deserving of respect and compassion. She also chairs the Save the Rays Coalition, and is a long-time animal rights activist with a B.S. in Animal Science. Mary has worked with various animal protection organizations, and she produced Farmed Animal Watch, a weekly online news digest sponsored by numerous animal protection organizations. She co-wrote a chapter of In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave, and has assisted with research for several books.

Website: Fish Feel | Advocating for Fish Worldwide

Gabriel Miller

Gabriel Miller

How I Lost 100 Pounds on a Vegan Diet

Gabriel Miller is a plant-based influencer and market gardener from Richmond, VA. Gabriel was a starting football player at the University of Nebraska until he suffered a career-ending back injury. At the time, he was also pursuing a degree in livestock production, but after his injury he began to do his own research on diet and health. Unable to maintain his previous active lifestyle, Gabriel began searching for ways to lose weight and become healthy through his diet. In the process, Gabriel found that what he was learning in his classes not only contradicted what he was learning about health, but also contradicted his own beliefs about animal welfare and preserving the environment. Still, Gabriel chose to finish his degree while also pursuing his own research into sustainable and ethical agricultural practices that promote health. Now 100 pounds lighter than his playing weight, Gabriel is focused on helping people transition to a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle.

Website: www.youtube.com/c/PlantBasedGabriel

Thomas Goodman

Thomas Goodman

Plant Dining Partnership

Empowering Plant-Based Accessibility in the Foodservice Industry

Thomas Goodman has been a lifelong admirer of animals, was raised meat-free and later became a professional advocate in 2014. He has since worked in various initiatives such as corporate outreach, federal state and regulatory advocacy, promotion of Meatless Mondays, leafleting across North America, public speaking, campaigning, community organizing, and more for the animal protection movement. Thomas launched Plant Dining Partnership in 2019 to empower the accessibility of plant-based food with institutional and grassroots campaigns.

Website: plantdiningpartnerships.org

Joanne Kong

Joanne Kong

Myths About Veganism

Dr. Joanne Kong has been praised as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-based nutrition today. She has given numerous presentations at festivals around the globe including the Veggie Pride Parade in New York City, Oakland VegFest, Sedona VegFest, Cincinnati VegFest, the North American Veg Society's Summerfest, a 3-week speaking tour of India, and talks in Norway, India and Germany. Interviewed for the documentary Eating Our Way to Extinction to be released later this year, she addresses the urgency with which the world community must acknowledge the devastating impacts of animal agriculture on climate change, the environment, and our sense of identity and compassion. Dr. Kong is author of If You've Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan, has a highly-praised TEDx talk on veganism currently at over half a million views on YouTube, and she will be included in the new book, Legends of Change, about vegan women who are changing the world.

If you attend Joanne's talk, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and insights, and learn about how adopting veganism could be one of the most powerful decisions you ever make in your life.

Website: www.vegansmakeadifference.com

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