Free Vegetarian Tasting and Health Fair Attracts 1,000 Community Residents

Knoxville, TN – March 23, 2015 – A free vegetarian tasting and health fair took place on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the Knoxville First Seventh-day Adventist Church. Approximately 1,000 community residents attended and sampled vegetarian and total plant-based (vegan) cuisine from 20 area restaurants and food vendors.  Other area vendors sold health-related products and distributed valuable health information.  Medical professionals and lifestyle educators were present for free consultations. The fair also featured live cooking demonstrations, where attendees learned how to make vegan macaroni and cheese and vegan cheesecake.

Attendees provided an overwhelmingly positive feedback. Marci W. commented, “I brought a friend, and we both LOVED this event! It was absolutely great. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the fun atmosphere and food. Thank you so very much for doing this!” Steph O. commented, “Wow! The Health Fair exceeded my expectations, for sure! Lots of vendors, plenty of samples, and it sure didn’t hurt to have it on a beautiful day, either!” Paul H. said, “The food was great. The vendors were very nice. It was a good time.” Two local television news stations, WBIR and WVLT, covered the event and featured it on the evening news.

The vendors who participated included, Teeccino Herbal Coffee, K-Town Vegans, *Back to Eden Natural Foods, *Knoxville Adventist School, Mediterranean Delight, *Sweet Pea Vegetarian Garden Pantry, *North Knoxville SDA Church, *Get Healthy, Knoxville!, Trader Joe’s, Yassin’s Falafel House, *Healthy Peach Vegetarian Catering, Tropical Smoothie Café, *Kristina’s Kitchen, *Pain and Health Solutions, *Wildwood’s College of Health Evangelism, Benefit Your Life Market & Bakery, Juice Bar, Hillside Bakery, and Community Health of East Tennessee.  (* = indicates a Seventh-day Adventist entity)

The event was sponsored by Get Healthy, Knoxville!, InStep for Life Health Ministries, the Knoxville First Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Veggie Link to encourage community residents to live healthier lives through exercise, plenty of sunshine, spiritual growth, and a vegetarian, plant-based, whole foods diet.