Inaugural Keep It Fresh Children's Vegfest and Book Fair Boasts Being the First of Its Kind In Baltimore, Maryland
Vegan Soulfest co-founder, Naijha Wright-Brown collaborates with African Griot Book Fair founder, Gillette Dickens, to bring about the first ever Keep It Fresh Children's Vegfest and Book Fair scheduled for Saturday, June 15 from 12pm-6pm at Druid Hill Park, Lakeside Pavilion on Grove Road.
By: Black Veg Society of Maryland (BVSMD)
The Black Veg Society of Maryland (BVSMD) in partnership with Changing Lives MD, The African Griot Book Fair and Safety City @ Druid Hill Park launch Keep It Fresh Fest presented by MECU Neighborhood Event Grants.
Keep It Fresh initiated as a campaign for youth, by youth. As a Green For All fellow, Denver native, eco-hip hop artist and vegan chef Dr. Ietef "Dj Cavem" Vita asked for an official day in an effort to push his clean air, water, and food initiatives and use it as a way to highlight people around the world promoting food as medicine. Dr. Vita says, "I grew up in the five points, breathing in polluted air from local factories. Fresh water has always been an issue, and the freshest thing in my neighborhood was a lemon in a liquor store. I'm really excited that other cities like Baltimore are down with the movement, and my goal is to make this a national day."
Keep It Fresh Day (June 14) launched in 2011. In 2014, it was declared official by mayoral proclamation in Denver, CO. In 2017, the day was recognized by the Mayor of Baltimore when over 200 Champion Juicer sponsored bags were distributed at The Land of Kush, an award winning vegan soul food restaurant. A juicer would be gifted to the winning plant-based picture or music video on social media. Hip Hop artist Poet Deep won for producing a music video on veganism.
Keep It Fresh Fest (June 15) is a spin-off of Keep It Fresh Day. The free festival will highlight plant-based culinary arts, organic gardening, music and environmental actions in conjunction with The African Griot Book Fair's desire to impress the importance of reading, literacy and healthy lifestyle alternatives and choices to families with children.
Featured guests include Professor Griff, Culture Queen (https://www.culturekingdomkids.com/)
Cruelty-free organizations interested in sponsoring or participating, please register at buytickets.at/
Sponsors: MECU Neighborhood Event Grants, Black Veg Society of Maryland (BVSMD), Changing Lives MD, A Well-Fed World, VegFund, American Legion, Awesome Foundation