Asheville Veganfest is Sprouting Up in Pack Square Park this Spring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Asheville, NC – May 8, 2024 – On Sunday, June 2, 2024, we are back in Asheville, NC, for Asheville SpringFest, an event to promote vegan-friendly businesses and organizations’ resources in the Asheville area and beyond. This year we are coming back to Asheville in the spring and the fall. The festival is presented by Animal Haven of Asheville, a locally based animal sanctuary. This event is produced by the group behind Vegfest Expos, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based out of Wake Forest, NC, and Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit founded in 2004 and based in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina.

We want to highlight two of our biggest sponsors, Superieur Electrolytes and local business Spare Chaynge. We greatly appreciate their annual support.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy plant-based culinary delights, samples, and giveaways from vendors such as A Peace of Soul, Dare Vegan Cheese, Soul’s Kitchen, and local favorites Ginger’s Revenge and Sweet Squeeze Lemonade, while listening to our DJ spinning the tunes and MZ Jazzy emceeing, plus the children (and adults) can play in our Family Fun Zone, with free face painting and our new for 2024 free photo booth. Over 50 vendors will bring a variety of animal-friendly wellness and beauty products, apparel, health services, educational resources, and more. An up-to-date vendor live map can be found on our website, vegfestexpos.com and our Eventeny page, https://www.eventeny.com/events/asheville-springfest-9405/.

“This is our most popular festival,” Event Producer Helene Greenberg shares. “It made sense to have two of them so the public can enjoy attending in both the spring and the fall.”

Asheville SpringFest will take place, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Pack Square Park, right in the heart of Downtown Asheville, NC.

Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation; spend $10 or more in our booth, and you’ll get a free swag bag (while supplies last) along with VIP and VIP PLUS options. Attendees are encouraged to get a free ticket and donate to help our vendors gauge how much to bring/prepare. For $25, you can get a VIP ticket and receive an upgraded goodie bag of samples, 25 entries into our raffle to win fabulous prizes from our sponsors, and first entry to the venue at 10:30 am, giving an extra 30 minutes to shop and eat, our VIP PLUS is $35 and includes a reusable bag (unfilled and different from the VIP bags) and our Be Kind t-shirt. All are welcome to our events, and no one is ever turned away. Festival-goers, please BYOB (Bring your own bags or bottles). Composting is encouraged, and recycling bins will be available for non-compostable items. Water, provided by our water sponsor, Vital Flow Water, Co, will be available for purchase ahead of and at the festival. Help us reduce the amount of plastic by bringing your own bottle to fill for $3, or use our compostable cup for $5 and get unlimited alkaline water for the duration of the festival.

For more information and to make a donation, please visit:
Website: vegfestexpos.com

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Vegfest Expos
Contact: Helene Greenberg
984-900-6800
vegfestexpos@gmail.com

Family-Run Ethos Santorini Expands with New Villa Property, Ethos Vegan Retreat, on the Idyllic Island of Santorini

SANTORINI, Greece – May 1, 2024 — Ethos Santorini, a beacon of sustainability and ethical hospitality,
proudly announces the opening of its newest property, Ethos Vegan Retreat, nestled in the breathtaking village
of Imerovigli on the stunning island of Santorini. This expansion marks a significant milestone for the family-run
company, which first captivated guests with its inaugural property, Ethos Vegan Suites, in Fira, Santorini, in
2021.

Founded by Artemis Sorotou and her husband Coskun Piskin, Ethos Santorini began as a labor of love and
commitment to ethical living. With the opening of Ethos Vegan Suites in Fira three years ago, their dedication
to veganism, sustainability, and unparalleled hospitality has garnered widespread acclaim and adoration from
guests around the globe.

“Once we opened Ethos Vegan Suites, we felt our dream was realized. The overwhelming love from our guests
ignited new ideas and aspirations. It was then that my family joined forces, sharing our vision for Ethos and
contributing their expertise and passion. With their support, we set our sights on creating something even more
extraordinary,” co-owner Artemis Sorotou shares.

Ethos Vegan Retreat in Imerovigli epitomizes luxury and tranquility with four private residences, each boasting
two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and ample indoor and outdoor spaces for relaxation. The crown jewel of each
residence is a private heated pool, offering guests a serene oasis to unwind and rejuvenate amidst Santorini’s
stunning landscapes.

True to its ethos, Ethos Vegan Retreat prioritizes sustainability and guest comfort, providing amenities such as
vegan-certified wines and beers, daily filtered water, Nespresso coffee machines, herbal tea selections, and
more. Guests can also enjoy zero-waste toiletries from Crete-based Bioaroma, such as their biodegradable
shampoo/soap pods and bamboo amenities, further enhancing the vegan and eco-conscious experience.

“Ethos Vegan Retreat is more than just a luxury property; it’s a sanctuary for awakening and connection. Our
goal is to welcome both vegan and non-vegan guests alike, showcasing that luxury and compassion can
harmoniously coexist,” Artemis says.

Guests can expect a holistic experience that honors Santorini’s rich heritage and natural beauty, from
breathtaking sunrise views to locally inspired, house-made breakfasts prepared by Artemis. With a commitment
to fostering community and celebrating life, Ethos Vegan Retreat invites guests to slow down, recharge, and
savor the moments that matter most.

Reflecting on their journey, Artemis shares, “Opening Ethos in Fira was a dream come true, but our ambitions
didn’t end there. We’ve seen the transformative power of ethical hospitality and the growing demand for
sustainable travel. With Ethos Vegan Retreat, we’re excited to elevate the guest experience and continue
shaping the future of hospitality.”

Ethos Vegan Retreat in Imerovigli is now available for seasonal bookings (May – November), while Ethos
Vegan Suites in Fira welcomes guests year-round.

Interviews with co-owner Artemis Sorotou and photos are available by request.

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About Ethos Santorini: Ethos Vegan Suites and Retreat is a family-run hospitality venture committed to
redefining luxury travel through veganism, sustainability, and heartfelt hospitality. Ethos is dedicated to creating
unforgettable experiences that nourish the body, mind, and soul, fostering a global community united by
compassion and conscious living.

For media inquiries, contact:
rebecca@veggiesabroad.com
info@ethos-santorini.com

Wilmington Vegfest is Back at Legion Sports Complex

Wilmington, NC – February 27, 2024 – On Sunday, April 21, 2024, the community will come together for Wilmington Vegfest. We are back on the Backfield at Legion Sports Complex. The goal of the event is to educate the public about the benefits of adopting plant-based choices and to promote vegan-friendly businesses and organizations’ resources in the Wilmington area and beyond.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy plant-based culinary delights, samples, and giveaways from vendors such as Gold Potato Sponsor, Superieur Electrolytes, Oh My Cod Vegan Seafood coming from Florida, and coming from Charlotte, NC, RiCoQui Plant-Based Street Food, who will be at Wilmington Earth Day on Saturday and Vegfest on Sunday. Over 40 vendors will bring a variety of animal-friendly wellness and beauty products, apparel, health services, educational resources, and more. An up-to-date vendor list can be found on the event Facebook page or our website, wilmingtonvegfest.com

Presenting the festival again this year is Blueberry Lane Farm Animal Sanctuary. A percentage of sales will be donated back to the sanctuary in honor of their late Founder, Debbie Davis.

“Wilmington is a favorite city for us to host our festivals,” Helene Greenberg, Executive Director of Triangle Vegfest shares, “we love bringing the festival to the community and being able to reach more people year after year.”

We are joining forces again with the Wilmington Earth Day Festival. Their event is on Saturday, April 20 at Longleaf Park from Noon – 6pm, making it a perfect weekend to come to Wilmington and check out both events.

Again this year, in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic at our festivals, Appalachian Water Collective, is our alkaline water sponsor and will be selling $3 BYOB unlimited water passes or for $5 you can use our compostable cup. Don’t buy bottled water, bring your own bottle and fill up over the course of the day.

We will have a DJ and MZ Jazzy as our emcee at the festival along with our Family Fun Zone for the children to enjoy the day playing with our life-sized games, corn hole, free face painting, and many other fun options.

Wilmington Vegfest will take place, rain or shine, from 12pm–4pm on Sunday, April 21, 2024. The event is outdoors on the backfield of Legion Sports Complex at 2149 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington.

Admission is $10, but is $5 for a limited time ahead of the festival. There are also multiple swag and VIP options this year, starting at $15. All are welcome to our inclusive events. Festival-goers, please BYOB (Bring your own bags or bottles). Composting is encouraged and recycling bins will be available for non-compostable items.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:
Website: wilmingtonvegfest.com or vegfestexpos.com

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Triangle Vegfest
Contact: Helene Greenberg
984-900-6800
vegfestexpos@gmail.com

Vegan Travel Company Veggies Abroad Champions Travel as a Vehicle for Change

ROYAL OAK, Mich., [March 18, 2024] — As the summer travel season approaches, Veggies Abroad urges travelers to harness the power of their journeys as a form of activism. With a record 4.7 billion passengers expected to fly globally in 2024, up from the previous record of 4.5 billion in 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association, there are ample opportunities for travelers to be more conscious of their impact and advocate for causes they
believe in.

“Traveling and activism are often viewed as separate pursuits, but they intersect in powerful ways,” says Rebecca Gade-Sawicki, founder of Veggies Abroad. “Our travels extend beyond exploring new landscapes; They become opportunities for expressing our values and advocating for what truly matters to us in both big and small ways.”

This issue is important within the vegan space because, for many who follow the lifestyle, everything that they purchase in their day-to-day life is a conscious vote to minimize harm to animals, the environment, and human health. Veggies  Abroad believes that this shouldn’t stop when we travel; we just need to be more conscious of it.

By encouraging travelers to use their journeys as a form of activism, we are amplifying the opportunity for change. Travel presents unique opportunities to engage with communities, businesses, and decision-makers around the world, advocating for more sustainable, ethical, and compassionate practices in sometimes unexpected ways.

Veggies Abroad outlines four main ways travelers can use their journeys as a form of activism:

1. Vote with Your Dollar: Every dollar spent while traveling sends a message about what consumers prioritize. With 2 billion people expected to spend 2 trillion on travel by 2030, travelers have the power to drive change by supporting ethical practices, sustainability, and responsible business conduct. Travelers should consider supporting companies that share some (or all) of their values.
2. Use Your Voice: Whether approaching staff directly or leaving reviews on platforms like Trip Advisor and Google, travelers can use their voices to advocate for change. Suggestions include praising current menu options or encouraging them to adopt more vegan options, reducing single-use plastics, or encouraging more sustainable practices. When leaving reviews, be conscious of whether it will have a positive effect on the reader or turn them off. If it’s a bad experience, it’s often better to speak directly with the staff or send an e-mail; Public humiliation will never change anything.
3. Spark Conversations: Every conversation while traveling is an opportunity to make an impact. By engaging with hotel staff, servers, tour guides, and others, travelers can plant seeds of awareness and inspire positive change. Even the smallest conversation can leave an impact.
4. Spread the Word: When travelers discover businesses doing exemplary work, they should share their experience with others. Personal recommendations and social media posts can create a ripple effect. This can also be incredibly meaningful for small businesses who rarely have large marketing budgets.

“By integrating activism into our travels, we can create positive change and leave a lasting impact on the places we visit,” adds Gade-Sawicki. “Together, we can make a difference and advocate for a more sustainable and compassionate world.”

If you’d like to discuss this further, Veggies Abroad founder Rebecca Gade Sawicki is available for interviews and has dedicated a recent podcast episode to this topic. The Veggies Abroad Vegan Travel podcast can be found on all platforms.

For more information on Veggies Abroad and their vegan travel offerings, visit
veggiesabroad.com

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About Veggies Abroad: Veggies Abroad is a leading provider of vegan travel experiences, offering curated small group tours and custom planning services that combine the thrill of exploration with a commitment to ethical practices. With a focus on plant-based cuisine and cultural immersion, Veggies Abroad invites travelers to discover the world in a way that aligns with their values.

Media Contact:
Rebecca Gade Sawicki
(248) 595-4425
rebecca@veggiesabroad.com

Triangle Vegfest is Back in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – January 24, 2024 – On Sunday, March 24, 2024, the community will gather for a day of fun, food, and festivities to celebrate a cruelty-free lifestyle, a cleaner environment, and a healthier planet. Triangle Vegfest is back in Raleigh for the first time since 2016 and at Moore Square for the first time since 2015. The goal of the event is to educate the public about the benefits of adopting plant-based choices and to promote vegan-friendly businesses and organizations’ resources in the Triangle area and beyond. This event is produced by the group behind Vegfest Expos and Triangle Vegfest, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based out of Wake Forest, NC.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy plant-based culinary delights, samples, and giveaways from vendors such as Gold Potato Sponsor Superieur Electrolytes, Soul’s Kitchen, and Govinda’s Catering, plus the best vegan cheesecake from AJ’s Cheesecakes, while listening to our DJ and our host MZ Jazzy, and the children play in our Family Fun Zone, which includes free face painting and life-sized games. Over 50 vendors will bring a variety of animal-friendly wellness and beauty products, apparel, health services, educational resources, and more. An up-to-date vendor live map can be found on the event Facebook page or on our website, trianglevegfest.com.

Executive Director Helene Greenberg shares, “This is our 10th year, our decade, of producing vegan festivals, and it felt right to go back to our roots, where it all started.” This year we will have a spring and a fall festival, our fall Triangle Vegfest will be on September 15 at Durham Central Park.

Triangle SpringFest will take place, rain or shine, from 11 am – 5 pm. The event is outdoors at Moore Square, 201 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC.

Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation along with VIP and VIP PLUS options. For $30, you can get a VIP ticket and receive an upgraded goodie bag of samples, 25 entries into our raffle to win cool prizes from our sponsors, and first entry to the venue at 10:30 am, giving an extra 30 minutes to shop and eat, our VIP PLUS is $45 and includes a reusable bag (unfilled and different from the VIP bags) and shirt. All are welcome to our events, and no one is ever turned away. Festival-goers, please BYOB (Bring your own bags or bottles). Composting is encouraged, and recycling bins will be available for non-compostable items. Water, provided by our water sponsor, Appalachian Water Collective, will be available for purchase ahead and at the festival. Help us reduce the amount of plastic by bringing your own bottle to fill for $3, or use our compostable cup for $5 and get unlimited alkaline water for the duration of the festival.

For more information and to make a donation, please visit:

Website: trianglevegfest.com or vegfestexpos.com

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Triangle Vegfest
Contact: Helene Greenberg
984-900-6800
vegfestexpos@gmail.com

New Omega Oil Set to Revolutionize the Health of Australians

Ahiflower – an award-winning, regeneratively grown, perfectly balanced, plant-based super omega 3+6+9 oil – has been listed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and is available for the first time in Australia and New Zealand. It offers a number of health and environmental advantages.

Fewer than 20% of us are getting enough essential fatty acids from our diets.

We all need omega 3 and 6 for the functioning of our joints, skin, heart, brain, and hormonal regulation. But most of us are getting far too much omega 6, which can increase inflammation that has been implicated with a range of cognitive, cardiovascular and other health issues.

“We’ve been focusing on EPA and DHA as the most important essential fatty acids and while they’re critical, we’ve been overlooking a huge body of emerging science that shows there are significant benefits of other essential fatty acids such as ALA, GLA, ETA and SDA,” says Camilla Brinkworth, naturopath and co-founder of Phytolove, which is bringing a new plant-based super omega oil, Ahiflower, to Australia.

When we consume plant-based omega 3 and 6, these fatty acids both compete for the attention of the same enzyme known as delta-6-desaturase. This enzyme – known as the ‘omega gatekeeper’ – is singularly responsible for our ability to convert shorter-chain fatty acids such as ALA and linolenic acid into critical longer-chain ones such as EPA and DHA.

“So even if your omega 3 intake is adequate, excess linolenic acid drowns out much of the omega 3 by preventing conversion to the longer chain omega 3 metabolites SDA, ETA and then EPA, as well as increasing the amount of linolenic acid that gets converted to an overabundance of the highly inflammatory arachidonic acid,” explains Brinkworth, who suffered debilitating arthritic pain for several years since she was 19 before transitioning to a plant-based diet.

While most consumers take fish oil, a growing number consume plant-based omega fatty acids like flax and chia oils. Yet all these options have limitations.

Fish can contain dioxins, PCBs and heavy metals, particularly mercury, while some plant-based oils may lack the balance of omegas 3, 6 and 9.

“Flax seed oil, for example, contains good levels of ALA, and a favourable omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, but due to its low levels of SDA it doesn’t convert well to EPA and DHA in many people, which are critical long-chain omegas.  This problem is exacerbated in people who eat animal products or high amounts of processed foods which can block the  ‘omega gatekeeper’ enzyme.” says Camilla.

Enter Ahiflower: the first complete plant-based omega 3+6+9 oil

Made from a wild plant found growing in a hedgerow in the UK, Ahiflower’s main ingredient is refined Buglossoides arvensis seed oil, which is being researched at Universities around the world to confirm its proposed anti-inflammatory and health-promoting properties.

Refined Buglossoides arvensis seed oil’s unique complete and balanced lipid profile provides or efficiently forms all the omegas found in flax, chia, hemp, evening primrose, fish and algal oils combined.

Ahiflower by Phytolove – which has just been listed by the TGA – boasts the following properties:

  • Provides or bio-synthesises to EPA, DHA, ALA, SDA and GLA (no other commercially available plant-based oil provides all of these) for optimum health and wellness
  • Has the highest combined ALA and SDA of any natural commercially available plant-based oil. This provides the body with more complete omega 3 metabolites, all of which are important for optimal wellness and disease prevention.
  • Highly desirable 4:1 omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, which helps to promote overall health and wellbeing
  • Comparable levels of the beneficial omega 6 GLA to Evening Primrose Oil
  • Clean taste and aroma – meaning no ‘fishy burps’.

Ahiflower is a vegan-friendly, non-GMO dietary oil available with more efficient conversion to EPA and DHA than from flax, chia and hemp oils, whilst providing a wider array of beneficial omega metabolites than algal or fish oils.

More than sustainable – Ahiflower is regeneratively grown

Our oceans are in crisis due to overfishing. Some experts claim they could be empty by 2048. Fishing is causing environmental havoc and is a leading contributor to climate change.

Each year 25 million tonnes of oily fish are harvested and turned into oil, fertiliser and animal feed. This is around just 60 sardines a year for every human on the planet, making the fish and krill oil supplement industry increasingly unsustainable.

As well as its health benefits Ahiflower boasts superior sustainability qualities. The crop is grown in the UK by Natures Crop International, a certified B Corp, using regenerative practices that add valuable biodiversity to the land and provide good habitat for bees and butterflies. Every batch of oil can be traced back to the field it was grown in.

According to Nature’s Crop International, each acre of Ahiflower produces as much omega 3 as 500,000 anchovies, and each bottle containing one month’s supply provides as much omega-rich oil as 300 anchovies1.

Now available in Australia

Now Australians can reap the benefits of this plant-based, super omega 3+6+9 oil. Phytolove is the exclusive human and canine health product distributor of Ahiflower in Australia and New Zealand.

“I’m excited to bring this incredible product to Australia to help people achieve health and happiness,” says Brinkworth.

Ahiflower oil capsules are currently available to buy online at https://phytolove.com.au and will soon be available in stores across Australia and New Zealand.

ABOUT PHYTOLOVE:

PhytoLove is a collaboration between Camilla Brinkworth of Camilla Clare Naturopathy, and Simah Acabani of Hemp Culture. Combining Brinkworth’s expertise in plant-based nutrition with Acabani’s experience in ethical retail, they decided to join forces to seek the most innovative plant-based food and nutraceutical solutions and bring them to the Australian and New Zealand markets. Ahiflower is the company’s first product.

ABOUT CAMILLA BRINKWORTH 

Camilla Brinkworth is a plant-based naturopath and nutritionist based in Sydney. Diagnosed at the age of the age of 22 with hereditary arthritis, she spent years in so much pain that she could barely hold a pen. After transitioning to a wholefood, plant-based diet, her energy levels skyrocketed, her mental and physical health improved and her body is now mostly pain-free.

Links:

Phytolove: https://phytolove.com.au/

Camilla Clare Naturopathy: https://camillaclare.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camillaclarenaturopathy and https://www.facebook.com/phytolove

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/camillaclarenaturopathy/ andhttps://www.instagram.com/phytolovelife/

LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camillabrinkworth/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@phytolovelife

MEDIA CONTACT:

Camilla Brinkworth is available for interviews, comment and guest articles.

Contact: Cherie Frankel, public relations liaison
Ph: +61 (0) 472 528 078 (Australian mobile/cell; also available on Whatsapp)
Email: press@phytolove.com.au

MEDIA KIT WITH IMAGES, VIDEOS & OTHER ASSETS: bit.ly/PhytoLovePressKit

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Full names of essential fatty acids: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), ALA (alpha linolenic acid), SDA (stearidonic acid) and GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid).

Ahiflower is produced and trademarked by Nature’s Crop International, a certified BCorp in the UK, using regenerative agricultural practices.

Links to studies:

https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/3/261

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-nutritional-science/article/consumption-of-buglossoides-arvensis-seed-oil-is-safe-and-increases-tissue-longchain-n3-fatty-acid-content-more-than-flax-seed-oil-results-of-a-phase-i-randomised-clinical-trial/4DDA9BFB025AE89CFD518DE9AC8B75DD

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1028415X.2017.1324357?journalCode=ynns20

http://imjournal.com/digital/2021/imcj20_4/mobile/index.html

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1388198123001464

1: Via Nature’s Crop International: This figure comes from the Ahiflower seed yield per hectare which has improved to 2,250 kg, and the typical oil content in the seed which is ~20%.  So 2250 x 0.2 = 450 kg crude oil per hectare. A hectare = 2.47 acres. 1 acre has 450 / 2.47 = 182 kg crude oil. After typical refining losses the refined oil yield is 155 kg per acre = 155,000 grams refined Ahiflower oil.
1 anchovy’s average harvest weight is 25 grams. The typical omega-3 EPA/DHA oil yield efficiency is about 1-1.5% (before factoring in fish oil concentration, which is increasingly common in EPA/DHA fish oil delivery). So each anchovy contains 25 x 0.0125 = 0.31 grams EPA/DHA oil. 155,000 / 0.31 = 500,000 anchovies. This easily clears the 500,000 level.