Live Talks

Hi there, I’m Helene.

Executive Director of Triangle Vegfest

We’re going to be chatting with a slew of prominent vegan business owners, activists, doctors, and authors. Check back every Thursday & Saturday for the latest live streams!

Drop us a line! We’re always happy to take suggestions for future topics & guests

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65. Besa Martini
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Besa, a health coach & Food for Life instructor, joined us live for a deconstructed cooking demo. What’s that? We didn’t cook, but we showed you tools & foods you can easily cook. Whole Foods Plant-Based & it won’t break the bank. The food is nutritious and versatile. Watch this if you: * enjoy cooking * want to know more about WFPB * want to know our favorite spices and what every kitchen needs to have * want to know why you don’t need oil to make flavorful healthy food
64. Randie Gentry
Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Randie Gentry, founder of The Cows Come Home Sanctuary, joined us to talk about how the sanctuary started and where they are now and everything in between. Watch this video if: * You care about animals * You want to know how long cows are supposed to live * How you can help Cows Come Home and support them * How Rick feels about making the decision to save his cows and receiving all your support. Learn more or donate at
Linda Watson
Thursday, October 8th, 2020

The always lovely Linda Watson joined us for Virtual Vegfest Live. Linda is an author, speaker, and activist plus the founder of Cook for Good. You’ll want to watch this video if: * You enjoy cooking * You want to know more about how to cook on a budget or even $3/day for three meals! * You are concerned about the environment and want to know how you can help * You want to know about what it’s like to be vegan and get cancer and survive it too.
62. Afton Hughes
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Afton joins us to talk about her role as the Executive Director of The Pig Preserve in TN. We learn all about the history, her background, and why it’s important to support and donate to farm animal sanctuaries.

61. Howard Jacobson
Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Howard Jacobson is joining us to briefly discuss the Wellness Coach Training that starts October 7, 2020. He will answer any questions you have and let you know how you can take the course. I’m taking the course and am super excited. Health coaching is about letting another person make the decisions they need without telling them what that is. This program is run by Whole Foods plant based professionals so bone broth will not be one of the topics of discussion. 🙂 Want to join? Send an email to Howard at Learn more about Howard and health coaching at

60. Kathy Hester
Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Can you drink corn? Can you make drinks out of corn? Yes, you can. Kathy Hester shows us how during our cooking demo plus you’ll get lots of advice and cooking tips along the way. Learn more about Kathy Hester on her website: Buy her books and get them signed at her shop on

59. Sunwarrior – Protein Powder – ANY GOOD?
Friday, September 18th, 2020

Sunwarrior Protein Classic Plus Chocolate in my smoothie! How is it? Watch to find out! USE THE CODE plantbasednetwork TO GET 25% OFF YOUR ORDER FROM SUNWARRIOR!

58. Jasper Wilkins
Sunday, September 27th, 2020

Jasper Wilkins joined us live from England. We are so excited to go international and to learn more about In Focus and everything Japser is involved in (it’s a lot)! You’ll want to watch this video if: * Climate Change is important to you * You want to know why eating animals will lead to more pandemics * You’re curious as to how climate change is impacting the UK and the USA * You believe that it’s important to plant seeds to facilitate change, especially in the younger generations * You’re looking for someone to help with marketing, writing, web design, and more!

57. Nelson Campbell
Thursday, September 24th, 2020

We went live with the amazing Nelson Campbell! Have you heard of PlantPure Nation? Are you part of a pod? This is a can’t miss talk that you need to watch. Here’s more reasons why you want to watch: * You want to know what PlantPure Nation is * You watched the movie PlantPure Nation * You care about your health * You want to know how you can improve your health * What you do impacts our planet and why that matters. PlantPure Nation was released in over 100 theaters and is now available on DVD and for download online, as well through streaming services including Amazon Prime, iTunes and YouTube & at

56. Chef Sunni!
Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Chef Sunni cooked up a delicious vegan chili. Watch and learn! Sunni Speaks is the creator of Vegan Trappin, a company determined to bridge the gap between health & the hood, through veganism. Vegan Trappin is dedicated to providing a myriad of vegan related services to the community. From interactive vegan cooking classes, to prepared meals & everything in between. Sunni Speaks is also the creator of Smackin’ Steak, a soy-free vegan meat substitute that is sold and shipped nationwide. Sunni uses her down south roots and well traveled palette to create vegan versions of the most comforting recipes..

55. Nashville Vegfest Update!!
Friday, September 18th, 2020

Nashville Vegfest is now Oct. 17 and 18! Tickets go live on Monday, September 21 for the general public. Things will be a bit different this year, but we’re having an event and that’s reason enough to be excited. Please note that because of COVID everyone must wear a mask to this event and social distance. Attendees will buy tickets that are during a time slot and have two hours to shop before having to clear out for the next group of attendees to enter the venue. If you are sick, been around someone who is sick, think you might have COVID, and/or been around someone who has COVID, please do not attend this event.

54. Erin Fergus
Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Erin Fergus, professional vegan bodybuilder, joined us live to talk about her journey and what training is like during a pandemic. Watch this video if: * You think bodybuilders need to eat animal foods * You are curious as to how to be a vegan bodybuilder * You want to know more about what it takes to train for competitions * You want to know what it’s like to train during a pandemic Erin Fergus is a vegan pro physique competitor and this year is entering bodybuilding as an added way to compete and show off the work of creating the trimmed down, sleek, ripped body that is necessary to compete.

53. Shawn Stratton!
Saturday, September 12th, 2020

The International Vegan Film Festival is coming up October 7-10, 2020. The founder, Shawn Stratton, joined us on September 12 to talk about what to expect and why you want to check it out. Watch this video if:
*You like documentaries*
*You are interested in a vegan film festival*
*You want to learn about the Plant-Based Profits Podcast
51. Eleni Vlachos!
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Jessica Shay, founder of the Vegan Street Fair in California, joined us live! Vegan Street Fair is an annual vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place. Vegan Street Fair*** is an annual vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place.
51. Eleni Vlachos!
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

We went live with Vegan Writer, Activist, and Musician – Eleni Vlachos, to talk about her writing, activism, and her music. You’ll want to watch this video if: * You are thinking of creating a Vegan Food Challenge in your city * Learn about different types of activism * Want to know more about what Eleni writes about (You Big Talker) * How can you hear her music. Learn more at
50. Meredith Marin
Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Meredith Marin, the CEO of Vegan Hospitality,  joined us from Miami for our live talk!  There’s so much great info in this talk that you’ll want to watch all the way to the end. You’ll learn about: * Vegan Hospitality – What is it and why it matters * Who is Meredith * What is her background and story * Why Aruba is the most vegan friendly Caribbean Island * Activism isn’t just protesting. Learn more at

49. Michael Greger, MD
Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. You’ll want to watch this if: * You are a fan of * You want to know how to eradicate future viruses from happening * Should you take B-12 daily? * Top 3 tips to staying healthy during this pandemic*
48. Erin Mullaney
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

We’re going live at 4pm EDT for our Virtual Vegfest 15 with Erin Mullaney to talk about her Follow Your Heart prize pack she received just for subscribing to the Virtual Vegfest YouTube Channel in July. Want to know how you can win one too? Watch to find out!
47. Gretchen Primack
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Saturday Afternoon with a Poet! Gretchen Primack joined us for some poetry and conversation. Gretchen Primack is a poet and educator living in New York’s Hudson Valley. She has taught and/or administrated with prison education programs (mostly college) since 2005.
You’ll want to watch this video if:
* You are a fan of poetry * You are interested in why fish feel * You’re curious as to why we are in this pandemic * To learn more about Gretchen through her readings. Learn more at
46. Paula Meninato
Thursday, August 20th, 2020

We caught up with Paula from her art loft in Philly to have a talk about what she’s been up to and to learn more about her art. Paula is an artist engaged in practice-led research on how art can be used to dismantle cognitive barriers that enable systemic oppression. She applies concepts learned from academic research on political organizing, creative activism and the psychology of oppressive ideologies to her art. She then uses her art as a tool to start conversations about social justice issues and political organizing. You can find out more at
45. Helene Greenberg!
Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Check out our video letting you know more about our website and our vendors! You’ll want to watch this if you want to shop on and you care about supporting all our vendors and Triangle Vegfest and The Plant-Based Network!

44. Keith Allison!
Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Keith has written two books and you can get a copy (signed) by writing to him at He lives in Ohio and is an educator and an all around fantastic human. You’ll want to watch this if: * You’re a fan of poetry * You care about animals and the environment * You want to learn why you don’t want to say “it”
43. Kelcie Leach!
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

How’d the conference go? How can you access the talks now that the event is over? Where do the funds go? How does buying the conference pack help Animal Place? These questions and more are answered in this Virtual Vegfest 15 Live Talk with Kelcie Leach, Program Director, at Animal Place. You can buy the conference pack at
42. Helene Greenberg!
Saturday, August 8th, 2020

We went live with the the host of Live-Talks for a channel update! Helene pivots to a brief update video when, unfortunately, Claire couldn’t make the talk. Learn a bit about Claire’s Plus more about Virtual Vegfest and what Triangle Vegfest has going on for the rest of 2020.
41. Jason Schramm!
Thursday, August 6th, 2020

We went live with Jason Schramm, the creator of,,, &
40. Sailesh Rao
Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Sailesh Rao, the Executive Director of Climate Healers, is joined us live! You’ll want to watch this video if: *Climate change is important to you *You’re thinking about switching to a plant-based diet *You want to know what colonialism, ableism, racism, and speciesism have in common *You’ve ever wondered what happens to the land that is used for animal agriculture *You want to know what you can do to help save this planet…So what are we waiting for?
39. Judy Brangman, MD
Thursday, July 30th, 2020

She’s the Plant-Based MD & she joined us live!! Dr. Judy is a great asset to the Triangle (NC) community and we know you’re going to love her too! Dr. Judy Brangman, MD, a board-certified internal medicine and lifestyle medicine physician, is dedicated to helping others live healthier and better. She is an advocate for a whole food plant based diet and enjoys teaching individuals and groups how to incorporate more plant based foods into their diet.
38. Kelcie Leach
Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

This Virtual VegFest 15 is a follow-up 15 minute discussion about the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit, with their Program Director, Kelcie Leach. You’ll want to watch this video if: * You want to learn more about the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit * You want to hear a sweet story about a blind cow * Click the link below if you want to know how to register for the conference happening on August 3-9!

37. Robin Asbell!
Saturday, July 25th, 2020

It’s time for another cooking demo! We visited with Robin Asbell in her kitchen in Minnesota to learn about umami flavors and how to build your vegan toolkit! Robin is an author, educator and natural foods chef who creates luscious, feel-good food. She is the author of 11 cookbooks and has developed recipes that appear in other books as well. Asbell has been teaching cooking classes around the Twin Cities since the 90’s & she travels the US and Mexico to teach and spread the joys of eating well. You can buy Robin’s books HERE at Virtual VegFest

36. Philip Anthony Mangan!
Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

We had the pleasure of getting to know Philip Anthony Mangan from the beauty of Maui, Hawaii
, live! Philip is a model, vegan activist, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer / Fitness Nutrition Specialist formerly based in New York City, now Hawaii. He’s made some major changes recently which you’ll learn about plus more, like:* How did a Vegan Model end up in Hawaii * How did Philip go vegan and why * What’s the best foods to fuel your body * Why should you grow your own food!
35. Kezia Jauron!
Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Kezia Jauron joins us again for 15 minutes to discuss more of the upcoming Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (August 3-9). Why watch?! * Learn how to register for the conference * Kezia delves deeper into some of the speakers * Find out how you can help Animal Place ♥ Register to watch here: You’ll be able to watch daily 3 videos/day starting August 3 with the option to purchase the conference pass, plus some cool perks from the speakers and hosts.
34. Chef AJ
Thursday, July 16th 2020

Oh, Yes! It’s true!!
We went live with Chef AJ !! If you didn’t already know, based outside of Palm Springs, AJ is a chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body.

33. Kelcie Leach
Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Learn more about Animal Place and the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit happening August 3-9, 2020 by watching this 15 minute talk with Kelcie Leach, Program Director at Animal Place. Founded in 1989 Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA, Animal Place provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals. In addition to permanent sanctuary, Animal Place’s new Rescue and Adoption Center in Petaluma is focused on placing needy farmed animals into permanent homes
32. Dilip Barman & Saray Stancic!
Sunday, July 12th, 2020

In this Live-Talk, we welcomed the producers of the new documentary film Code Blue !!  Code Blue, a new health documentary, reveals lapses in the current state of medicine and provides a common sense solution by featuring the practice of lifestyle medicine to prevent, manage and reverse chronic diseases. The film presents the hurdles to the proposed shift: antiquated curricula in medical schools, confusion in the media, inadequate government policies, and the underlying influences of the pharmaceutical and food industries. Visit to learn where to watch it.

31. Ellen Kanner!
Thursday, July 9th, 2020

It was a pleasure to have Ellen Kanner
join us. Ellen is an author, public speaker, food demonstrator, and an all around kind human being. In this talk we touch on: how eating isn’t just about consuming food, but is an experience * what it means if you enjoy eating with people rather than eating alone or with your phone * Why you should want to eat with other people * What Mindful Eating is and we do an interactive 10 minute mindful eating exercise You’ll leave this video feeling refreshed and aware of some great restaurants in South Florida.

30. Kezia Jauron!
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Joined us for the first of 4 live talks with the people behind the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit. Want to learn more about the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit, which is happening on August 3-9, 2020? Watch our series of videos on Tuesdays in July at 4pm EDT. This week we talk with Kezia Jauron, the PR person behind the event. We’ll highlight: What’s happening with the conference; Why you need to watch; Why you need to donate to Animal Place. The Plant-Based Network is a sponsor of the event.

29. Ben Strothmann!
Sunday, July 5th, 2020

Ben Strothmann AKA Honey LaBronx joined us LIVE…and hilarity ensued! This is a long one and Ben’s connection is a bit fuzzy, but you can hear everything. This one was almost too much fun…so get ready to laugh and learn! We delve in to the topics of Creating Your Dream Vegan Job, Working for Yourself and Having ADHD, Why It’s More Important than Ever to be Nice to People, and a host of others. Come have a listen to our chat with the Amazing Ben Strothmann, the person fascinating behind Honey LaBronx!
28. Shobha Swamy
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Check out our Whole Foods, Plant-Based Cooking Demo with Shobha Shobha! Based in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, Shobha is a Food For Life (PCRM) instructor and is a graduate of The Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program. She’s started a meal delivery service you can check out if you’re local to Atlanta at

27. Karen Ranzi
Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Karen Ranzi joined us LIVE from her home in New Jersey! Have you thought about eating raw? What about raising kids on a whole foods/plant-based raw diet? Karen, a whole foods plant based vegan for over 30 years, and I discuss a raw diet and raising kids! You’ll defiantly want to watch our talk with Karen

26. April Lang
Thursday, June 25th, 2020
April Lang was with us LIVE! We had such a great talk with April. She is based in NYC and has been practicing for over 20 years. She’s an ethical vegan, an author, and has her own practice. Do you feel burned out? Suffering from depression because of #COVID19? Have a listen and learn how to avoid Activism Burnout and tips to stay healthy!

25. Alan B. Roettinger
Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Alan B. Roettinger joined us LIVE!  Alan is a vegan author with Book Publishing Company. He’s written a number of cookbooks such as Extraordinary Vegan and Speed Vegan. We needed to switch things up today and had a wonderful talk with Alan about food instead of a cooking demo. (Alan unfortunately injured his back). Have a listen and to get to know, the very funny, well traveled Alan B. Roettinger and find out what you need to be cooking next! 
24. Ndem Nken
Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Can You Can Be Strong AND Be Vegan? YES YOU CAN! Ndem Nken joins us LIVE! So, how do you become an athlete and strong while eating vegan? Watch this talk to learn more about how the choices you make in your diet and exercise have a direct impact on your strength, stamina & focus. We also talk about how dairy is for the cows, Black Lives Matter and give a shout out to the Portland Vegan Scene!
23. Dr. Joel Kahn
Saturday, June 13th, 2020
The Holistic Cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn, joined us! How do you protect your heart and your health? Watch this talk with Dr. Kahn to learn more about how the choices you make in your diet have a direct impact on your heart. Learn about his latest projects, like his new weekly series on The Plant Based Network, The Kahn Chronicle. We also discuss how women and men have different heart attack symptoms, but what’s even more important is to watch for certain signs and to get to a doctor ASAP if you have them.
22. Valerie Taylor
Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Valerie Taylor joined us LIVE! She shared her journey into veganism and how it impacted her physical and mental health. Valerie has suffered from depression and health issues, lupus and POTS, for many years. Changing to a vegan diet has improved her health and mental outlook.
♥♥Much love in this video to vegan businesses in the Nashville area♥♥
21. Dr. Tionna L. Jenkins, Ph.D., MPH
Saturday, June 6th, 2020
Dr. Tionna L. Jenkins, Ph.D., MPH joined us live! Want to know what a food desert is? How does that impact a People Of Color and their desire to eat healthier and/or find affordable plant-based options? Then you’ll want to watch our talk with Tionna to learn why she created Plate It Healthy and what types of foods you can eat that are simple and delicious.
20. Kimberly Barnes
Thursday, June 4th, 2020
Kimberly Barnes, Might Be Vegan, shares about her Food Love program that was formed due to
#COVID19. Kimberly shares very personal stories about her experiences in this world as a person of color. It’s easy to see why she is a vegan influencer, marketing professional, and chef. She’s a dynamic human so do spend a moment and have a listen.

19. Omowale Adewale
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
We spoke with Omowale Adewale, the Founder of the Black VegFest, to discuss the 7 steps for the white vegan community to becoming an ally to the Black Lives Movement. No matter who you are, the information in this video is important.

18. Andy Tabar (@compassionco) & Tammie Malarich
Sunday, May 31st, 2020 
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to get
#COVID19 or what it is like to get tested then you definitely want to have a listen. Andy and Tammie will share their first hand experiences with having the virus.e, but with the humans you choose to interact with.

17. Dr. Michael Greger
The Live Broadcast, With Dr. Greger Has Been Rescheduled to Thursday August 27th 4:00 PM (EDT). 

Click Here to Watch the Video

16. Korin Sutton
Thursday, May 28th, 2020
The only kind of talk with Korin Sutton is real talk! He’s a vegan bodybuilder and a nutritionist
& small business owner. Have a listen as we discuss: compassion for all animals…including humans, his favorite success story, his personal training business Body HD Fitness, the riots in Minnesota and he answered live questions.

15. Shayla Toombs-Withers, DO
Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
Dr. Shayla Toombs-Withers, DO has been practicing for over 10 years and is a board certified family physician as well as being board certified in obesity medicine. We discuss why it’s important to fuel your body with the right foods during this #COVID19 pandemic. We discuss calcium, B12, Vitamin D3, and why you need to wear a mask!
14. Ren Hurst
Thursday, May 21st, 2020
Love animals? Then you won’t want to miss this talk. Ren Hurst is guiding animal lovers back to unconditional love. She has written one book and the second one is almost finished. She helps you unpack your emotional trauma, not just in relation to the animals in your care, but with the humans you choose to interact with.
13.  Chef Kathy Hester
Saturday, May 16th, 2020
Kathy cooks dinner for her and her wife, Cheryl, during our live talk. What’s on the menu? Soy curl fried rice made in a pressure cooker and single serve carrot cakes made in a mug in the air fryer. You’ll learn all about all the cookbooks she’s written . Buy them through Virtual Vegfest and she’ll sign a dedication for you.
12.  Brittany Sade
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
We spoke with author, fashion & accessory designer, perfumer and true motivator, Brittany Sade! We learn about her book, Holistic Mindfulness, her vegan clothing company, Prosperiteez Clothing, and most importantly the importance of “Finding Your Why”.

11.  Sid Garza-Hillman
Saturday, May 9th, 2020
Learn all about Sid’s Smallsteps program, his 50K ultra marathon event, The Stanford Inn By the Sea resort, and a bit more insight to just how incredible he is as a human.

10. Lenore Braford from Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Come and give a listen to our chat with the truly amazing Lenore Bradford, Founder of the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge. We talked about rescues, running a non-profit, and a whole host of other topics!
09. Josh and Evan from Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary
Thursday, April 30th, 2020
We spoke with Evan Costner of Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary. How do you save 600 pigs from a dire situation? Learn about Evan and Josh and how they came to live on an animal sanctuary in South Carolina.
08. Founder of the Plant Based Network, Ron Gandiza
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
Are you watching The Plant-Based Network? We spoke with Ron Gandiza, it’s founder and driving force. Watch and find out about what it takes to create a whole network that’s plant-based!

07. The Vegan Roadie, Dustin Harder
Friday, April 25th, 2020
We talked with Dustin Harder, The Vegan Roadie, and got caught up on what he’s been up to and how he’s involved with The Plant-Based Network.What are Dustin’s favorite recipes? Listen and find out!  

06. Josh LaJaunie and Howard Jacobson
Thursday, April 24, 2020
What happens when you bring a vegan athlete and a vegan health coach together? You get a VERY fun conversation. Check out our lively talk with Howie and Josh. You’ll smile and laugh.
05. Dilip Barman of the Triangle Vegetarian Society
Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Speaking with Dilip Barman from his home in North Carolina, we discussed homeschooling during self-isolation plus we also touch on health and cooking. Dilip’s daughter, Anu joined our conversation, too!
04. Marla Rose from Vegan Street
Thursday, April 16th, 2020

We talk with Marla about life during a 100 day post operation quarantine and Marla shares her insight into how what we say and the way we say it can affects others, both friends and strangers.

03. Ellen Jaffe Jones
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Interested in learning about Vegan Sex? We speak with Ellen and discuss eating vegan on $4.00 a day, exercising & staying active during self-isolation AND Vegan Sex.
02. Lisa Marie McDonald
Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Lisa and Helene have a lively talk about life on a sanctuary during a pandemic, how to cope while living alone, and mental health.