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Huge Crowds at Worcester VegFest 2013

The 4th annual Worcester VegFest did not disappoint. The crowd, which has grown steadily larger each year, was massive, as expected, filling the Worcester Airport terminal with wall-to-wall attendees.

The range of vendors and exhibitors was also impressive—from numerous animal rights organizations, vegan bakers and food purveyors, cruelty-free jewelry, makeup, and fashion, organic produce, book sellers, animal sanctuaries, and too many more to mention.

Throngs of attendees at the 2013 Worcester VegFest, which took place at the Worcester Airport. 
Early on, especially, the crowds were thick. Diversity was impressive—people of different colors and ages, including lots of parents pushing small children in strollers.

More and more and more people!
The amount of free food samples was better than ever. And the upstairs hall was packed, as people sat on the floor and even stood to listen to presenters like Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the U.S., who gave a rousing talk about victories against cruelty in factory farming and the encouraging rise of vegan and vegetarian diets.

Was it overwhelming at time to try to navigate such large crowds? Sure. But what a great problem to have. Clearly, the people of central Massachusetts are hungry to learn about and practice a meat-free lifestyle, and on Sunday, April 14, they were able to do just that.

Brittany Davis and Pete Degraaf wait as Tiffany Cheng, who runs a catering business, Duck Yao, fills a plate for them at Worcester VegFest on Sunday.  (Photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette.)

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