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Vegan Fest pegged as world’s largest returns to Tel Aviv’s Sarona Park

3-day event includes cooking workshops, lectures, holistic activities and vegan products

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Vegan revelers at Vegan Fest, a three-day celebration of all things vegan at Tel Aviv's Sarona Park, organized by Vegan Friendly and the Tel Aviv Municipality, June 7-9, 2022 (Courtesy Ruti Benziman)
Vegan revelers at Vegan Fest, a three-day celebration of all things vegan at Tel Aviv's Sarona Park, organized by Vegan Friendly and the Tel Aviv Municipality, June 7-9, 2022 (Courtesy Ruti Benziman)

Vegan Fest returns to Tel Aviv this week for the first time since 2019, and is being held in the city’s Sarona Park Tuesday through Thursday.

Hosted by the Vegan Friendly organization and the Tel Aviv Municipality, and pegged as the world’s largest vegan event, the three-day Vegan Fest includes cooking classes, food stands, food-tech and health stalls and kids’ activities, with free entry. The complex is open each day of the festival from 5 p.m. through 11 p.m.

Local vegan restaurants are represented in more than 100 food stalls, including Tel Aviv eateries Anastasia, Bana, 416, Wong, The Green Butcher, Indira, Bretonne, Green Roll and Meshek Barzilai.

Cooking workshops on Wednesday include learning how to make vegan arais stuffed in a pita, vegan sushi and Italian dishes.

Lectures on Wednesday focus on the connection between Judaism and veganism and Buddhism and veganism, along with a talk by Vegan Friendly founder Omri Paz.

On Thursdays, workshops will focus on vegan desserts and protein dishes, with lectures on veganism and feminism, vegan diet for the family, veganism and sports and other topics.

The holistic area of the complex will include yoga workshops, Pilates, qigong, natural soap making and other activities. Other stalls will sell Vegan Friendly-marked products, including shoes, bags, clothing, cosmetics and foods.

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