VEGAN GUIDE

 

Here at GastroFest, we embrace different kinds of eating. Most of the selections at a tasting fest like ours tend to be omnivore in nature. We’ve gathered all the vegan selections together so that you’ll know who to hit, where they’ll be, and when, if you are looking for plant-based options on March 18th in Hemming Park.


Although there are limited tickets, we also hold a Vegan Wine Tasting every year (this year Black Sheep & Orsay will be providing the vegan food to go with) at 6 p.m. on the day of the Fest at the Special Events Tent. To ensure you get a ticket, go to Eventbrite ahead of time!

 

Since plant-based selections have less of a carbon footprint, to reward those fest-goers committed to Greening GastroFest, there’s a hashtag campaign with a chance to win rewards for greening the fest. Anyone posting a picture of a plant-based selection on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) with the hashtag #greeninggastrofest gets a chance to win one of our Greening GastroFest prizes!

 

Vegan Tastes at the Fest

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Native Sun, Tent A in Hemming Park
Blue Bamboo, Tent A in Hemming Park

Black Sheep, Tent B in Hemming Park

The Pear, Laura Street Tasting Zone
Ibex, Laura Street Tasting Zone

3 p.m.-7 p.m.

South Kitchen, Tent A

Orsay, Tent B in Hemming Park

The Pear, Laura Street Tasting Zone
Ibex, Laura Street Tasting Zone

 

Green & Plant-Based Events

 

Noon-1 p.m. Chef Kurt D’Aurizio of Provision will be demonstrating vegan dishes featuring local produce from Down to Earth Farm and Urban Folk Farms and his FauxMage Cashew Cheeses and farm-driven sauces and marinades. Fresh, local, seasonal, and delicious! Sawyer Gas Cooking Stage at corner of Laura & Monroe within Hemming Park. Free.

Noon -3 p.m. Recycled Arts Repurposing everyday materials into personalized works of art with a focus on environmental sustainability, with crafts and activities for all ages. Inside the Jacksonville Main Library Makerspace on Laura Street. Free.

1 p.m. Clean Green Kitchen Join The Organic Adventurer for a workshop where you can learn to make your own sustainable, nontoxic cleaning and personal care products from common pantry staples for a truly clean home and better health, plus savings! Inside the Jacksonville Main Library Makerspace on Laura Street. Free.

2-3 p.m. Healthy Eats Join Heather Borders with Kailo Nutrition as she demonstrates how to prepare creative plant-based dishes that are deceptively filling, quick to prepare, easily modified to match taste preferences, and prove how delicious healthy can be. Sawyer Gas Cooking Stage at corner of Laura & Monroe within Hemming Park. Free.

2 p.m. Fleet Farming Riverside With legal consent from the homeowner, Fleet Farming constructs, maintains, owns and operates a portfolio of highly productive small farms (farmlettes) within a neighborhood’s network of front, side and backyards. Fleet Farming “sharecrops” with homeowners, offering a small percentage of each harvest to the host family. Inside the Jacksonville Main Library Makerspace on Laura Street. Free.

6 p.m. Vegan Wine Tasting Vegan nibbles from Orsay and Black Sheep to go along with your vegan wine! Not every wine is free of animal products, but they will be at this tasting! Republic National Distributing Company will supply the wines, a flight of four wines, with an explanation as to what makes a wine vegan. $23.40 cost includes Eventbrite fee, taxes and gratuity. Cost at door is $21.14 including taxes and gratuity, but this event sells out, so we recommend buying on Eventbrite.

Greening sponsors include the Jacksonville Transit Authority; Native Sun; our Green Plates Sponsor, who helped to fund eco-friendly plates for our events; Orsay and Black Sheep at the Vegan Wine Tasting; Apple Rabbit Compost, which will be handling the composting for the fest, in partnership with Celestial Farms; UNF’s Environmental Department, which will be providing the colorful recycling cans for the fest; and The Organic Adventurer, our sustainability sponsor.

GastroJax thanks Friends of Hemming Park and all of the GastroFest sponsors, who include EU Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Sawyer Gas, All About Events, Jacksonville Magazine, D’land Productions and I Know Jax.

Erin ThursbyVEGAN GUIDE