HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, “DO IT” SECTION, 9/19/2019.
VegFest O‘ahu Offers Music and Food for Thought
“Eat your veggies!” That will be more of a cheer than a demand this Saturday at VegFest O‘ahu festival, a celebration of “plant-based, sustainable living” at the Frank Fasi Civic Grounds.
The free festival will offer plenty of food, entertainment and education about vegetarian living, including demonstrations of plant-based favorites foods. Can’t imagine a loco moco without the beef and eggs? There’s a healthy version made with brown rice and tofu, to be cooked up by Paul Onishi of Down to Earth at 1:45 p.m. There will be plenty of other wellness activities, like yoga, sound baths and dance classes, along with a series of speakers talking about subjects such as “How to Get Plastic Out of Your Diet” (1 p.m.) and “How You Can Solve Climate Change Today” (2:15 p.m.).
Organizers say you’ll only be getting on the bandwagon of sustainable living. Plant-based food sales has grown five times more than total grocery sales this year, while restaurant offerings of meat alternatives has risen by a whopping 268%.
Enjoy some music with your healthy vittles, too: Acoustic R&B artists Hook + Line takes the stage at 11:45 a.m., followed by versatile rock and blues performer Tavana at 1 p.m. Paul Izak will blow your mind with harmonica and guitar playing at 2:15 p.m., and Taimane, pictured inset, and her phenomenal ukulele mastery close out the day at 3:45 p.m.