Vegan and Vegetarian Food Festivals and Fairs 2013

Are you thinking about adopting a vegan or a vegetarian lifestyle and would like to learn more?  Or have you already made the switch and want to meet, socialize and network with other vegans and vegetarians?   As more people choose to stop using and avoid consuming animal products, vegan and vegetarian food festivals and fairs are becoming more popular.
Typically, these events include food samples, cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops.  Here are a few upcoming events in the U.S.A.:

The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 
When:  March 2 and 3, 2013
Where:  The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street

Seattle, Washington 2013 Vegfest
When:  March 23 and 24, 2013
Where:  Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center

Austin, Texas Vegfest 
When:  April 6, 2013
Where:  Fiesta Gardens, on the shores of Lady Bird Lake

Farms 2 Forks Weekend - California
When:  April 12 - 14, 2013
Where:  Garden Grove, California

Baltimore Vegfest
When:  April 27, 2013
Where:  Erickson Field, UMBC College Campus

NOLA Veggie Fest
When:  May 11 and 12, 2013
Where:  New Orleans Healing Center, LA

Vida Vegan Con 2013
When:  May 24 - 26, 2013
Where:  Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Farms 2 Forks Weekend - Illinois
When:  May 24 - 26, 2013
Where:  Chicago, Illinois

Cleveland Veg Fest Conscious Living Compassionate Choices
When:  June 1, 2013
Where:  Cleveland State University

VegFest Houston
When:  June 15, 2013
Where:  Pershing Middle School Campus, Houston, Texas

Farms 2 Forks Weekend - Georgia
When:  June 28 - 30, 2013
Where:  Atlanta, Georgia

The Long Island Animal Rights & VegFest
When:  July 13, 2013
Where:  Huntington Village, Long Island, New York
Note:  Congrats on Your First Festival & Best Wishes for Much Success!

VeggieFest Chicago
When:  August 10 and 11, 2013
Where:  Naperville, Illinois

Chicago Vegan Mania
(Dates and Location to be Announced)

D.C. VegFest
When:  September 28, 2013
Where:  Yards Park (near National Stadium)

C'Ville Vegetarian Fest
When:  September 28, 2013
Where:  Lee Park in Downtown Charlottesville