2017 VegFest comes off on Farmers’ Day
The 11th edition of the annual Vegetarian Festival (VegFest) is set to come off at the Christ the King Church Hall, Accra on Farmers’ Day, December 1.
Expected to attract almost a 1,000 patrons, the one day event will see a display of different types of vegetarian and vegan foods, most of which are already consumed on a daily basis by Ghanaians without knowing they are fully vegetarian dishes.
Vegetarian dishes and other healthy living lifestyles including spa and wellness service providers, and beauty service providers will be in over 30 stands to educate patrons on how to live the best of lifestyles. In addition to that, there will be music and fun, massages, and free healing sessions.
Coming off under the theme: ‘Vegetarianism: Beyond Meatless Diet’, the event is organised by the Vegetarian Association of Ghana (VEGGhana), a non-profit making organization with the aims and objectives of educating the public on plant based diet for a healthy living.
The event will have seminars throughout the day. Speakers include Dr. Kofi Asare, on the topic, African Healing Science and Nutrition; Dr, Samuel Sesu, on Wholistic Wellness; Kola Braimah and Jennifer Agyemanon Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP); and Dr. Asenso on Regenerative Health.
Dr. Kofi Asare, who is also the President of the association, noted that many Ghanaians think vegetarians eat only grass. “We eat some of the best dishes you can think of. The popular local dishes including Red Red, Apaparansa and others are a staple food of Ghanaians and these are the dishes we enjoy all the time,” he said.
He urged Ghanaians to patronise the festival to learn more about vegetarianism and the best healthy lifestyles that will not bring about stress and trouble in later lives.
“Do well to pass through the one day event and you will understand better the lifestyle of vegetarian. You will realise that we do not eat grass at all but actually some of the best dishes one can think off,” he added.
He explained that the reason for choosing to hold the event on Farmers’ Day is to show Ghanaians that vegetarianism starts right from the farm. “What we eat is not conjured from anywhere. We choose Farmers’ Day because our lifestyle comes from the farm, which signifies the earth,” he added.
The association has been holding monthly meetings with talks focused on the promotion of healthy living.