WVF 2020

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of VegFest 2020, which was scheduled for Saturday, September 19th at the University of Winnipeg.
Like you, we were eagerly looking forward to another incredible gathering of beautiful and compassionate friends, beaming with love for animals, the planet, and our health. And we had a truly extraordinary event planned for you this year. But over the last few weeks, as the news sunk in, we realized it was becoming unrealistic to put on VegFest this year. So, we made the heartbreaking decision to cancel.
We didn’t make this decision lightly. The reasons are as follows:
1. Public Safety: Social distancing is still in place and while we cannot predict what will happen in the coming months, the most responsible decision was to avoid organizing a large gathering for September.
2. Speaker Safety: Our speakers were set to come from a number of different countries. Currently, there are travel restrictions and self-isolation measures in place for travelers. We simply could not predict if our speakers would even be allowed to travel to Canada in September. Making travel arrangements at this uncertain time just wasn’t feasible. We also wanted to respect our speakers’ safety and well-being. Our (amazing!) lineup has been finalized, but will be rescheduled for 2021. We will hold off on making the announcement till next year.
3. Sponsorships: We usually begin planning VegFest several months in advance to raise the necessary funding to put on our massive event. Unfortunately, our sponsors are hurting right now and it just didn’t feel right to approach them under the current circumstances. Most of them are local businesses who need our support more than ever. We love them and want to help them as much as possible. We will be working on a special series of sponsor and vendor promos in the coming days.
Although VegFest is cancelled, we are looking at ways to keep the community connected during this difficult time. We have ideas for virtual meet-ups, mini-speaker sessions, virtual concerts, and more. If you have ideas or special requests, please let us know. We will do what we can to make it happen!
Lastly, we know that everyone is struggling right now. We know the news has been grim lately. But we also know that you are a compassionate bunch. We ask that you extend that compassion to each other during this difficult time. Reach out to those you know. Ask them how they’re doing. If you are fortunate, please help those in need. We will get through this, not alone, but together. We are a community.
Please stay safe. Please take care of yourselves. We will see you soon ❤️
The VegFest Team

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