As part of Berkeley Heights’ first ever Vegan Fest, join us on Friday for the first event – Yoga and Tai Chi at The Grove Park!

6:00 – 7:00 PM Yoga with LeeAnn Gerrato, Certified Yoga Instructor
7:00 – 8:00 PM Tai Chi with Don Madson, Certified Tai Chi Instructor

Both the Yoga and Tai Chi sessions will be geared towards participants of all skill levels, including beginners. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, and please bring your own water bottle and yoga mat if desired. Grove Park is located between Lifetime Athletic and Embassy Suites, within the Connell Corporate Park.

Rain date: September 15th @ 2 PM.

The second event of Berkeley Heights’ first ever Vegan Fest will take place on Saturday, September 15th. Join us at town hall for educational panels with local experts on the benefits of vegan eating. Attend the first panel, second panel, or both!

Panel #1 – Health Focus
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
-Mitch Bentler, Oncology Nutritionist, Summit Medical Group

-Lisa McQuilkin, Wellness Director, Summit Area YMCA
-Sue Fieseler, Director of Community Wellness, YMCA’s Livestrong Program
Moderated by Kevin Hall, Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission

Panel #2 – Planetary Focus
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
-Steven Fenster, President,
-Gal Hochman, Associate Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
-Kim Diamond, Adjunct Professor of Energy Law, Fordham Law School
Moderated by Kinan Tadmori, Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission

Last but not least, our final event of Berkeley Heights Vegan Fest will be the Vegan Cook Off, taking place at Lower Columbia, under the pavilion at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 16th!

In order to enter a dish into the Vegan Cook Off, you MUST pre-register using this link:

Entries may be submitted in one of three categories: Appetizer, Entree, or Dessert. You may submit multiple entires, but please fill out a separate form for each one. Prizes will be awarded for each category. There will be a “General Public” division and a “Restaurant” division.

Please note, food prepared by the general public (i.e., non restaurants) can only be tasted by the selected judges, and will not be available for tasting by attendees. It is up to the discretion of the restaurants whether they choose to provide samples for the general public to taste.

Judging will begin at 1:30 PM. Our judges are:
-Bob Woodruff, Mayor of Berkeley Heights
-Jake Blochinger, Owner of Montclair Vegan, Montclair, NJ
-King El, Founder, La Vodega Market, Hoboken, NJ
-Alvaro Medeiros, Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission
-Kevin Hall, Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission