The Seed is coming up quickly here in New York City, and we’re excited not only to be speaking at this game-changing vegan event (whose profits will benefit Mercy for Animals and the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food), but also because we’re consultants helping out on the organizing end. The event, happening on June 16 and 17 at the lavish 82MERCER, down in Soho (a neighborhood also home to Our Hen House headquarters), will feature speakers, delicious vegan food, panels on everything from vegan blogging to raising vegan kids, a wine hour, live music, art auctions, and — I can hardly stand it! — a vegan “craftacular”! The craftacular component, which is being sponsored by Bust Magazine, will feature independent artists and their cruelty-free homemade art — knitted wear, jewelry, crafts, soaps, you name it.
Bust Magazine is currently “calling all cruelty-free crafters” to take part in this unique event — an event that will bring together NYC’s robust vegan scene with the health gurus and veg-wannabes who won’t know what hit them (not that anything will hit them, since we vegans are into non-violence through and through). The FAQ page answers all of the questions, including the deadline (coming up on May 14!) and details about the application process.
I love this idea of incorporating a DIY crafter element into a huge vegan event. It not only allows vegan artists a place to display their goodies, and gives shoppers like us who want to support ethically-sourced, independent folks (as opposed to The Man) a rad way to stock up on presents, but it also shows the RVA (that’s “random veg-curious attendee”) that cruelty-free goods are all the rage. It’s also exciting to see Bust — a fabulous magazine that is not specifically vegan — as the force behind this vegan craftacular.