It was in 2004 when the five founding members of Albany Vegetarian Network, Inc. first met. After attending a few veg expos and festivals together, and becoming fast friends, they decided it was time to bring a similar educational event to the Capital Region area of New York. By 2006 plans were underway for the first annual NY’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo.
The Albany Vegetarian Network, Inc. was formed with the sole purpose of hosting this event. Sustained entirely from the dedication of volunteers and donations from incredible supporters, NY’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo is the premiere vegetarian event in the Albany and Upstate NY area and beyond.
The Future of The Expo
Our goal is to continue to grow the expo into a nationally renowned event, drawing diverse speakers with an array of educational exhibits, bountiful information, and providing resources for those interested in making positive life changes for their health, the environment, and the animals.
We hope that with the continued growth and production of NY’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo that the surrounding community will begin to more readily support those who choose a plant-based lifestyle.
The ultimate goal is to demonstrate and promote the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, compassion for animals and all beings and to highlight their relationship to plant-based lifestyle in the Capital Region area of New York and surrounding areas.
“People waited expectantly at the doors for the free festival to open in the morning, and the convention hall remained full all day. The Expo was the first in the Capital Region to blend and encourage the health benefits of green, sustainable living, environmental awareness, and respect for nonhuman animals. This event will be quite an act to follow.”
- Friends of Animals
“I wanted to thank you for your hard work, kindness, and generosity. Your event was outstanding! And I am honored to be part of it.”
- Harold Brown
“The Capital Region Vegetarian Expo provided an enriching, full day of camaraderie, networking and information sharing. Kudos to the Albany Vegetarian Network for their stunning success. They hit one out of the park in their first big-league at bat.”
- Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society