Why you need to get to a vegan convention

Is there a vegan convention near you? If so, you really have to get there. Online community is great, but I just learned that there’s no substitute for rubbing shoulders in person.

I’ve been vegan for 4 years already, but I’d never been to a vegan convention until Total Liberation Fest Tel Aviv on April 5th. I wish I’d gone sooner!

It was an unbelievable experience. It was like there were no barriers between us, adults, kids, all different kinds of people, from all different walks of life, because we were all coming together around this one thing: veganism. People wanted to talk about their animals and share pictures, and they were all so excited to hear what we’re doing with VeganNation.

There was such a sense of belonging and acceptance, it’s just indescribable if you’ve never been to a vegan convention.

Of course, I also loved seeing all the amazing, creative businesses. Not just food, though I have to admit that the food choices were excellent. There were also businesses showing off vegan bags, jewelry, soaps, nutritional supplements. It was all such high quality, and everybody was incredibly passionate about what they were doing.

We also talked with some of the vegan influencers who were there. I was most impressed personally by Tal Gilboa, founder of the Israeli Animal Liberation Front (now called Total Liberation), who is truly a legend (she also won the sixth season of Big Brother here!). In person, she’s a charming, strong woman, who seemed thrilled to hear about what we’re doing. We swapped phone numbers and chatted about how we could cooperate in future.

We also met Eric from Happy Cow, an online service for locating vegan restaurants. He struck us as just an amazing cool, laid-back kind of guy, and we exchanged numbers and also agreed to cooperate.

One of the thrills was meeting businesses which had already partnered VeganNation before the convention, such as: ioamo fashion accessories, Seakura seaweed and supplements, ilo natural vegan ice cream, COCO — Vegan Chocolate & CacaoTemple, and others. You’ve probably read about some of them here already, and they were all excited to meet us in person and chat face-to-face.

But hands-down the most exciting part of the convention was seeing the young kids. There were kids as young as 14 who came on their own, from non-vegan homes, simply because they love animals and care about making a difference.

The whole convention left me with so much positive energy. If you’ve never experienced this before, you really must. It really is life-changing. (And believe me, we don’t usually tell you what you HAVE to do — in this case, we’re making an exception!)

More than just filling me with energy, attending Total Liberation Fest 2019 gave me a sense of pride to be part of something huge, this worldwide vegan movement and community, and all our collective hopes and aspirations for a better future.

Have you been to an inspiring vegan convention? Planning to get to one soon? We’d love to hear all about it!

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