This Saturday, July 13th, the first Long Island Animal Rights & VegFest will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington. Hosted by local animal rights group Karuna for Animals: Compassion in Action, the event will run from 10am-7pm and feature an art show, auction, musical performances and animal adoptions. The speaking schedule commencing at noon will include a couple of the usual suspects including Jenny Brown, co-founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, author and educator Victoria Moran plus Jennifer Greene, organizer of the Vegan Long Island Meetup, and Demosthenes Maratos, Communications Director at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College.
Organizer Erica Settino expects a good showing of Long Islanders as well as folks from NYC and New Jersey to make it to the event, the purpose of which is to build community and encourage attendees to “make the connection,” principles on which Settino founded non-profit Karuna for Animals. All proceeds from the event will be going to the organization.
For attendees eager to try or who are fans of 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe Farmingdale’s vegan offerings, some of those favorites will be sold by Jay Astafa from 2pm-6:30pm (cash only). Jay will be preparing the food in an open kitchen since logistics issues is preventing the event from having originally scheduled live cooking demos. Astafa also recently posted his menu on the event’s Facebook page.
Admission to the event, which will take place indoors and outdoors, costs $5 for adults and is free for children under 12, who can enjoy a playground on premise plus a kiddie corner with face painting, crafts and music. Details on location and the schedule of events can be found on Karuna’s website. For those traveling via public transportation, head to the Huntington LIRR station and take a cab.