Harrisburg VeggieFest to appeal to vegetarians, vegans and the ‘veg-curious’


Sip kombucha, sample kimchi and nibble on granola.

Harrisburg VeggieFest is coming to Strawberry Square noon-5 p.m. Sept. 23. The family-friendly event will celebrate food and drink “supporting a healthy lifestyle.”

VeggieFest will be held noon-5 p.m. and is produced in partnership with Strawberry Square and SaraBozich.com. Tickets cost $20 for regular admission and $10 for students/designated drivers.

“We’re excited to present the first-ever Harrisburg VeggieFest to the community,” said Brad Jones, president and CEO of Harristown Enterprises in a press statement. “The Harrisburg area has so much to offer, and this festival will allow both vegans and vegetarians, as well as the veg-curious and beer lovers, to shop and sample from local purveyors in a fun, inviting space…”

The vegetarian and vegan-friendly event will bring together restaurants, breweries, cideries, vendors, speakers and entertainment. 

Local restaurants such as Arooga’s Grill House & Sports Bar, Vrai in Lemoyne, The Vegetable Hunter in Harrisburg, The Garlic Poet in Fairview Township and Yak N Yeti in New Cumberland will offer samples.

Local breweries and cideries such as 2050 State Brewery, Boneshire Brew Works, Jack’s Hard Cider, The Vegetable Hunter and Zeroday Brewing Co. also will be pouring samples.

In addition, more than a dozen vendors such as Kyle’s Cactus, Renewal Kombucha and Thistlehammer Studios will be selling items. Among the speakers will be The Garlic Poet’s Chef Kurt Wewer discussing Aquaponics and HYP Beautification Committee member Zac Monnier discussing urban gardening.

His & Hers Vinyl DJs and live music by Some Hands will provide entertainment. 

Proceeds from the event benefit JumpStreet, a private, nonprofit community-based arts incubator. For more information and tickets, go to the Harrisburg VeggieFest website. 



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