Apple Stage

 

10:40-11:10 - Dr. Andy Mars. "Raising Veg Kids"

Dr. Andy Mars is an expert in raising veg kids and an expert in raising kids in general. He is a Ph.D. in Education who is highly sought after for parent education sessions, teacher training seminars, and helping children directly. He has been vegan for thirty-four years and has served on the Board of The American Vegan Society most of those years. He was a founding member of PCRM and Earthsave, and he is the Founder and Director of the Kids Make A Difference Foundation. He has raised veg kids, runs the Veg Kids organization helping veg kids connect with other veg kids, and is entering the 25th year of the Camp Exploration totally vegan camps for kids. Visit VeganCamp.org and VegKids.org for more information.

 

11:15-12 - Rachel Avalon. "Advanced Strategies for a Sustainable Diet & Lifestyle" 

Rachel Avalon has been one of the most celebrated, holistic health coaches and eco experts in Los Angeles since 2005. With an emphasis on vitality, mind-body detoxification, and cultivating a more sustainable, compassionate lifestyle she has transformed countless lives nationwide through coaching clients (including major celebrities), multiple media outlets, and professional speaking engagements. She is the creator of the well-respected program, The Avalon Cleanse. Nationally honored as an innovative leader in conscious, mindful living, Rachel Avalon loves helping people look and feel their absolute best in a deep, purposeful way. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life, and alongside authors Jack Canfield and Michael Beckwith in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living. www.RachelAvalon.com.

12:10-12:40 - John Lewis. "Plant Powered Positivity" 

As a well renowned fitness expert, John Lewis has spent over a decade in the health and fitness industry and played Division I College basketball. John is highly passionate about not only his own health and fitness, but that of others as well… Which are evident through his motivational messages either through his public speaking engagements or simply through his social media outlets. John strives to educate his clients on living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and he takes great pride in transforming individuals physically, mentally and MOST OF ALL... spiritually. After all, it is said, that one’s success is based on how one feels about themselves.

12:50-1:30 - Julieanna Heaver. "Veganism: How to Turn the Most Important Trend Into A Long-Term Lifestyle"

Julieanna Hever is a Registered Dietitian specializing in weight management, disease prevention, and sports nutrition. She is the host of the wellness talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and writes a nutrition column for VegNews Magazine. Julieanna received her Bachelors degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. 

1:40-2:10 - Moses Seenarine. "Diet, Global Warming, and Scientific Denial" 

Dr. Moses Seenarine is a graduate of Columbia University and a former Assistant Professor at Hunter College, New York. He is a vegan father and activist, founder of Climate Change 911, and author of Meat Climate Change (2016). He has produced documentaries on Marti Kheel, ecofeminism, sexism and carnism, food justice, and race and class in the animal rights movement. His work on gender, caste and migration has been cited by the FAO, UNESCO, Human Rights Watch, Anti-Slavery International, the Institute for the Study of Labor, World Council of Churches, and many other organizations.

2:15-2:45 - Chele Eades. "Probiotics from Nature Lifestyle"

Chele Eades is a Living Foods chef and healthy lifestyle guide. A graduate of the renowned Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, she has coached numerous individuals to a balanced way of living with her "Full Circle" program. Chele has developed an artisan line of ferments which are probiotic-rich foods, both traditional "fully fermented" krauts, kefir, etc., as well as convenience foods such as dips, snacks, beverages, and desserts. These foods aid in digestion and in increasing nutrient absorption, resulting in more energy and ultimately a prevention approach to healthy living.

2:50-3:50 - Dr. Amish Shah. "The Science Behind Plant-Based Diets: What's New in 2016?"

Dr. Amish Shah graduated from Northwestern University Medical School, and then worked at L.E.K. Consulting, LLC in San Francisco as a management consultant. He completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by residency training in Emergency Medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York City. In 2007, he won the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s National Resident Research Competition for his work in inventing a new method to provide care for the critically ill. In 2011, another of his research projects was instrumental in helping the National Football League improve its emergency management strategies. In 2013, Dr. Shah graduated from the University of Arizona’s Sports Medicine fellowship.

Currently, Dr. Shah is a faculty member at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. He enjoys recreational flying, Crossfit workouts, vegan cooking, and adventurous travel.

4-4:45 - Charles Horn. "The Importance of Comedy for Veganism and Social Justice "

Charles Horn is a comedy writer and producer. Born and raised in Toronto, he received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton. He has written for Fugget About It and Robot Chicken, and freelanced for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He is also the author of The Laugh Out Loud Guide: Ace the SAT Exam Without Boring Yourself to Sleep! and Meat Logic: Why Do We Eat Animals. In 2008 he was nominated for an Emmy award.

Pear Stage 

 

The 2016 CAVFF cooking stage is generously sponsored by Matthew Kenney Culinary.

 

10:45-11:45 - Alice MacKinnon. "Raw Spicy Peanut Noodles"

Alice joined Matthew Kenney Culinary from the UK in September 2015 as an instructor on the Venice team, following graduation from the program. With ten years experience in the food industry, Alice brings a diverse knowledge base and a passionate love for plant based cuisine to Matthew Kenney.

Alice studied Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh before attending Ballymaloe Cookery School. She went on to work with the Jamie Oliver Group in London and has consulted with some of the UK’s best known food brands on product development, brand identity, sales and marketing. Before moving to California, Alice worked with the UK’s most popular cold pressed juice brand; PLENISH, where she discovered the beauty of raw. She is a certified nutritionist with Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is dedicated to helping students change their lives through food. 

12-12:45 - Jason Wyrick. "Vegan Street Tacos"

Jason Wyrick is the Executive Chef of The Vegan Taste, delivering fresh vegan organic meals across Arizona. He is also the co-author of NY Times Bestseller 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart and author of Vegan Tacos and the upcoming Vegan Mexico. He is the first vegan instructor to teach in the Le Cordon Bleu program and publisher of the world's first vegan food magazine, The Vegan Culinary Experience. In 2001, Chef Wyrick defeated Type II diabetes and lost over 100 pounds by going vegan. Since then, he has helped thousands of people and animals with his work. He currently travels the world teaching vegan cooking classes and managing his vegan meal delivery service. You can find out more about Chef Jason Wyrick at www.thevegantaste.com.

1-1:45 - Joni Marie Newman. "Texas Hold 'Ems"

Joni Marie Newman loves to cook, especially for friends and family. Self-taught and still learning, she spends most of her time in the kitchen...often playing mad scientist, mixing together just the right amount of this and that trying to create the perfect vegan bacon. She is the author and coauthor of 10 vegan cookbooks, including Vegans Go Nuts, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, Going Vegan, Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen. Her food is her activism. Through her food, she hopes to help people to understand that it is not necessary to murder or torture another living creature in order to have a tasty supper. 

2-2:45 - Julie Morris. "Superfood Soups"

Julie Morris is a Los Angeles-based natural foods chef and superfood expert, regular on-camera personality, and New York Times bestselling author of five cookbooks, including Superfood Soups. Having worked in the natural food industry for over a decade, she currently enjoys her time as a sought-after recipe developer and consultant for leading food companies and cutting-edge restaurants, and is a frequent magazine contributor featured in Wall Street Journal, GQ, Vegetarian Times, SELF, and many more. Connect with Julie at www.juliemorris.net or @superfoodjules on Instagram.

 

3-3:45 - Kaitlyn Misheff. "Raw Vegan Lasagna"

Kaitlyn Misheff joined the Matthew Kenney team in October 2015 after graduation from our Level 3 program in Belfast Maine. With over 10 years experience in the hospitality and food industry, Kaitlyn brings a wealth of enthusiasm and knowledge to the team. A vegan of 8 years, Kaitlyn is extremely passionate about a plant-based diet. Before moving to California, Kaitlyn spent 5 years in advertising working with clients such as Verizon Wireless, Vitamix and Blackberry. She ran a successful vegan blog and pop up in Chicago that was featured on a commercial for a Midwest grocery chain Jewel Osco. Her love for food and interest in fine dining paired with her background in marketing allow her to provide students with a fully enriched experience.

  

4-4:45 - Alice MacKinnon. "Raw Banana Ice Cream"

Alice MacKinnon studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh before attending Ballymaloe Cookery School. She went on to work with the Jamie Oliver Group in London and has consulted with some of the UK’s best known food brands on product development, brand identity, sales and marketing. Before moving to California, Alice worked with the UK’s most popular cold pressed juice brand, Plenish, where she discovered the beauty of raw food. She is a certified nutritionist with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. She joined Matthew Kenney Culinary in 2015 as an instructor, and is dedicated to helping students change their lives through food. 

 

Mind Body Zone

 

10:45-11:15 - Ramses Barden. "Slow Glow Sports"

Super Bowl champion Ramses Barden is a former NFL wide receiver with the New York Giants. Along with a blossoming modeling career, Ramses has participated in the NFL’s Pro Hollywood Bootcamp, a week-long crash course exploring the depths of modern film. He has since starred in the short film Plottin’ on Caesar, The Woman Pleaser, and appeared in the feature film Draft Day. He has also developed a knack for the broadcast booth and has called several collegiate basketball and baseball games.

11:30-12 - Will Tucker. "Protein Propaganda: Building Muscle on a Plant-Based Diet" 

Will Tucker is a four-time Natural Bodybuilding Champion, motivational speaker, contributor to Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, plant-based fitness and nutrition expert, Team Clean Machine-sponsored athlete, and owner of WTF! (Will Tucker Fitness).

12:10-12:40 - Cindy Bru. "Dance"

Cindy Bru is the owner of CannaBloom Collective and previous partner with The Herb Connection Delivery Service. Ironically a non-user, Cindy entered the business through a past relationship and instantly found an emotional connection to the medicine after medicating multiple patients with diseases such as cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, and anorexia. Single mother and "ganjapreneuer," Cindy has chosen to empower females in a lucrative business that is generally a male-driven one in our society.

12:45-1:45 - Dr. Doug Lehrer. "Activate Your Power To Heal Your Body and Emotions – The Secret to Losing Stubborn Weight – and Rebooting Your Sex Hormones!"

Dr. Doug Lehrer is founder/director of Rich-In-Health Foundation with 30 years experience serving over 10,000 practice members with stress induced health issues. The AMA states emotional stress is the cause of 90% of all health issues. Discover the secret to rid physical and emotional stress and trauma from your brain/body to heal yourself and look and feel 10–20 years younger, potentially.

2-2:30 - Andaaz Dance Academy. "Bollywood Dance Session"

Andaaz Dance Academy brings you a fusion dance class in a joyful and friendly atmosphere. The academy also offers classes in Indian classical folk dance, Bollywood hip-hop, and Locking.

3:30-4:00 - Dada Ashiishananda. "Guided Meditation"

Dada Ashiishananda is a monk of Ananda Marga. He has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1974 and teaching the same since 1987 in South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

4:15-5 - Dr. Doug Lehrer. "Activate Your Power To Heal Your Body and Emotions – The Secret to Losing Stubborn Weight – and Rebooting Your Sex Hormones!"

Dr. Doug Lehrer is founder/director of Rich-In-Health Foundation with 30 years experience serving over 10,000 practice members with stress induced health issues. The AMA states emotional stress is the cause of 90% of all health issues. Discover the secret to rid physical and emotional stress and trauma from your brain/body to heal yourself and look and feel 10–20 years younger, potentially.

Kumquat Kids' Area

Kids, come visit your special Festival space for storytelling, animal origami, conscious coloring, cool comics, the guessing jar, an information station, the message mural, the sticker drop, word games, and a lot more veg-oriented fun!

Banana Stage

 

10-11:45 - Shivan Bonanno

Shivan Bonanno's musical journey started when he was teenager who fell in love with music and picked up a pen, paper, and guitar. His musical style ranges all over an eclectic pallet: acoustic, upbeat pop, and retro rock. His new release, The Meantime EP, is available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. His Youtube and Soundcloud accounts feature a constant stream of new and unreleased material. Shivan regularly plays shows around LA and is soon to graduate from UCLA with a degree in neuroscience.

12-12:45 - David Rothschild

David Rothschild is a New York-bred singer, songwriter & guitarist. Showing off a unique country-folk sound, David's background in Jazz and love of R&B greats make for songs that combine those early influencers with the Folk, Country, and Americana tradition he's grown to cherish. Having earned comparisons to Ryan Adams, The Lone Bellow, and Dawes, David's songwriting and storytelling echo greats from The Band To Bruce Springsteen, to which he brings lyrical guitar work and a voice that's been called "vehement, yet effortless." Visit davidrothschildmusic.com for more information.

1-1:45 - Alexa Heller

Having survived brain surgery and hip surgery, Alexa Heller has always looked to music to help her ride the waves of life. She has been featured on MTV, NYMag.com, ABC Nightline and made an appearance on American Idol Season 13. Among her career highlights was being the first independent artist to ever perform 40 consecutive weekly shows on Stageit.com. Alexa is currently working on her first EP and preparing for a Label Showcase at Lava Records with Jason Flom.

2-2:35 - Maureen Toth

The enchanting Maureen Toth’s albums include “Shine and Cut Flowers”. She was trained on the East Coast and now performs all around her new hometown: Los Angeles.

2:45-3:25 - Timothy Bloom

Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer and VH1 You Oughta Know Artist, Timothy Bloom recently released disc-one, "The Beginning", from the upcoming trilogy series, "The Life Trilogy." "The Beginning" was released via his label imprint, Beyond The Sky Music.

3:30-5 - Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza is a Native-American/Taiwanese singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. At the age of fourteen, she moved across the country to Los Angeles and has since continuously been on the move touring and sharing her music with people of all walks of life. She has performed in more than twenty states on the East and West Coasts as well as Mexico, Canada and France. The Deli compares her music to that of Norah Jones, and says "Raye's voice-and music, at large-has a unique elusiveness."Her debut EP entitled "Heroine" was recorded at Red Bull Studios in New York City with Chris Tabron (credits include Beyoncé, Robin Thicke, Mobb Deep, Vacationer, Natalia Kills...) and was released on May 11, 2015. The title single "Heroine" has received acclaim across the United States and in the United Kingdom. Subscribe at rayezmusic.com to follow her growing career.