RI VegFest, Rhode Island’s only fully vegan festival, today announced that it will host its annual “RI VegtoberFest” at Trinity Beer Garden, located at Biltmore Park in downtown Providence, on Saturday, September 17, 2022 (the rain date is September 18).

“This fun one-day celebration of compassionate plant-based living is proudly sponsored by Bootstrap Compost and will feature sampling from restaurants, breweries, and a distillery, alongside a marketplace with non-profits and vegan products available for sale,” according to a press release from the festival.

RI VegtoberFest’s line-up includes: Thrive Tribe Café, The Donut Shack, Lumpia Bros, Dips Dips, Like No Udder, Plant City, Born from Pain, The Red Door, Amazing Ackee, Blaze Pizza, Basil & Bunny, Hometown Poke, La Pheegan Chef, Oatmiel Café, Pianta, SoCo Vedge, Chair 2 Beer, Narragansett Beer, Moniker Brewery, Trinity Brewhouse, Proclamation Ale, Bully Boy Distillers, Ink Fish Books, Be A Nice Human, Divine Treasures Chocolates, Fieldstone Kombucha, Vine Sanctuary, Sacred Flame Candles, Stay Vocal, Flavorfied, Bear Butter, Barrett’s Garden, Freya Soapworks, Granny Squibb’s Iced Tea.

According to event organizers, these carefully curated vendors and exhibitors will be on-site selling vegan products, sampling food and drink, and sharing educational information about plant-based living. This event will use compostable trays, cutlery, and sample cups, and Bootstrap Compost will be on site helping ensure that waste is collected for composting and diverted from the landfill.

Tickets are available in advance for all three sessions: 11:00, 1:30, and 4:00 pm, at www.rivegfest.com, but are likely to sell out and may not be available at the door.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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