Healthy World Sedona Presents Sedona VegFest 2019 Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20.

The event is a celebration of the plant-based lifestyle and features speakers, film screenings and cooking demonstrations. The goal is to highlight the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet.

It takes place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.

The theme for this year’s event is “Healthy. Humane. Sustainable.”

With a mission of protecting the environment while improving human health and animal welfare, Sedona VegFest is striving to be a Certified Zero Waste Event through the Sustainability Alliance AZ.

Experts and proponents of WFPB living for informative and motivational presentations are scheduled to appear:

• Dr. Joel Kahn, known as “America’s Holistic Heart Doc” and author of The Whole Heart Solution: Halt Heart Disease Now with the Best Alternative and Traditional Medicine, will deliver the keynote address on using Lifestyle Medicine to prevent and reverse disease via a WFPB diet

• Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai will address the widespread health concern of Alzheimer’s disease

• Fiona Oakes, a famed vegan marathon runner from England

In addition, acclaimed speakers Nil Zacharias, Dr. Joanne Kong, Dr. Will Tuttle, Dr. Saray Stancic, and Robert Cheeke will address further benefits of the WFPB diet. These benefits include improved personal health, promotion of the humane treatment of animals and advancement of environmental sustainability.

New features of this year’s event will include an all-day cooking demonstration track and the feature film screening track.

Celebrity chefs Fran Costigan and Jason Wyrick will be joined by local vegan culinary instructors to demonstrate practical cooking techniques and ways to combine WFPB ingredients to achieve amazing flavors. Attendees will be engaged, informed and empowered by a broad range of topics, such as Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts and Growing Up Vegan.

“Running for Good” – produced by Keegan Kuhn, co-director of Cowspiracy and What the Health — will be offered as part of the feature film track. This production showcases Sedona VegFest speaker and vegan marathon runner Fiona Oakes, who runs to raise awareness of animal rights causes. The feature film track will also include “Code Blue – Redefining the Practice of Medicine,” starring Dr. Saray Stancic, who demonstrates how humans can live longer, healthier lives using the WFPB lifestyle as the prescription. A total of four feature films, presented in a rotating schedule, may be viewed each day to instruct and motivate.

Sedona VegFest will offer the joys of WFPB eating first-hand. Through a partnership between the HWS consulting chef Jason Wyrick and the Sedona Oak Creek School District, SOCSD staff will cater the VegFest lunch. All lunch items will include gluten-free options and will be prepared without added oils. Light fare and beverages provided by Cottonwood-based Wholesome Fast Food restaurant will also be available for purchase at the concession stand in the lobby. The lunch menu for Sedona VegFest will include two scrumptious meals, each offered on separate days. Saturday’s menu will boast Italian orecchiette pasta and charred eggplant in a preserved lemon and pistachio pesto, while Sunday’s menu will showcase Southwest bean stew over mango sticky rice with mango-lime salsa and cashew cream. Both menus will include a salad and dessert. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased in the VegFest exhibit area for $12.50 per day, all inclusive.

Registration is $50 for both days or $30 for a single-day pass. Students with IDs and Veterans may purchase tickets for $20 per day or $30 for both days. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Healthy World Sedona is actively seeking individuals, organizations or businesses to become part of Sedona VegFest 2019 as sponsors, as well as volunteers to help staff the event. The complete event program, opportunities for sponsorships and volunteering, and a registration portal are available on the Healthy World Sedona website at Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to

About Healthy World Sedona

Healthy World Sedona is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Sedona, Ariz. As an affiliate member of PlantPure Nation, and an organization certified by, it espouses personal health and well-being, the humane treatment of animals, and the recovery and preservation of our natural environment through a diet and lifestyle based on whole foods from non-animal sources. Further information about Healthy World Sedona is available at or by writing to

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