Just a quick post today to remind you, if you live near the New York City area, to come to the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival this weekend (March 3 and 4)!
Events like this are a lot of fun, whether you’re full-on vegan, vegetarian, or just curious. There’s always a lot of food to sample (often healthy, but sometimes deliciously junky), books and organizations you never knew existed, and interesting people to meet, talk to, and learn from. I always leave these things with a renewed enthusiasm for this diet and lifestyle, and my guess is that you will too.
What I’m talking about
I actually won’t be speaking too much about running or nutrition. You can find plenty of that info here, and let’s be honest — I speak two hours after Brendan Brazier, so what more will there really be to say?
Instead, I’m going to talk more about the friendly, always pressure-free and preaching-free approach to vegetarianism and veganism that my blog is based on.
I don’t doubt that the opposite — the in-your-face, shocking approach to spreading the message — works too. But I know that for me, it has always been a total turnoff, so I want to present an alternative, which I’ve found to be both effective and non-creepy-feeling.
I’ll also talk about the opportunity that exists for you to get your particular version of this message heard and embraced — and how, as Seth Godin puts it, “gatekeepers” no longer have the power to decide who has a voice and who doesn’t. Anyone can start sharing their ideas, on a large scale, and nobody needs to pick you: you pick yourself.
Three years ago, I was a brand new vegetarian who knew nothing about blogging or vegetarianism, but I started a blog to share my experiment with others. It’s grown a lot since then … not to crazy, Perez Hilton levels, but big enough that it helps a lot of people, shares a message that benefits animals and the environment, and fulfills me like no other job I’ve ever had.
You can do the same, with your own message, in your own way. I’ll share a little bit about what I think are the best ways to do it and to attract a community of like-minded people around what you have to say.
I hope you’ll come to the festival and to my talk. I’d love to meet you and hang out for a bit and grab some free junk food. And maybe some healthy stuff, too. See you then?
You can check out the complete list of speakers, vendors, and sponsors at the NYCVFF’s website.
Several people have asked me if we’ll be selling No Meat Athlete shirts at the event, and the answer is (unfortunately) no. Mainly because everything is out of stock right now! But we’ll have more shirts coming in two weeks or so (including the debut of a brand new design!). If you’d like to be notified as soon as they’re in, you can sign up here.