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2017 Speaker Lineup



DJ DAN DAYOur MC and host – Vegan classic rock DJ, Dan Day, from Baton Rouge’s Eagle 98.1


Promo Pic 10282016 6VEGAN BLACK METAL CHEF
SATURDAY, 1:15 – 2:30

Vegan Black Metal Chef combines his passions for vegan cooking and making metal music to create an awesomely unlikely combination that is informative, hilarious, and enlightening.

As a Vegan since 2000, and a musician since 2002, his quest to make awesomely amazing food, music, and blasphemy has culminated into a modern sensation. As seen in TIME Magazine, Anthony Bourdains “No, Reservations”, The Washington Post, and Wired Magazine, Among many others… he has devoted followers in the US and across the world.

His cookbook and website contains vegan cooking instruction that focuses on cooking concepts rather than strict recipes, a series of YouTube videos that focus on single dishes as well as whole meal ideas, seeks to answer the question “what do vegans eat” set to a self made and recorded soundtrack of Black Metal music with comedy thrown in. The website also seeks to introduce people to bringing consciousness to their lives and all of their actions.


Author, Personal Trainer & Athlete
SATURDAY, 11:15 – 12
SUNDAY 12:15 – 1

Ellen is a former major market Emmy-winning TV reporter turned vegan athlete and prolific author. Her best-selling books, “Eat Vegan on $4 a Day,” “Kitchen Divided,” “Paleo Vegan,” and “Vegan Fitness for Mortals” give fuel for her “Vegan Mythbusters” radio show she has done for years. In her running age group, she has placed in 106 5K or longer races, has placed 7th in the US in the 1500 meters, 10th in 400 meters, and 1st in Florida in the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meters since 2006 “just” on plants. She is a certified personal trainer and running coach, and has volunteer coached cross country and track high school girls at Manatee High in Bradenton, Florida.
Before her books and travel, she was a media consultant for many organizations and non-profits, including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, where she also trained and became a cooking instructor. She was PETA’s 2014 Sexiest Vegan Over 50.


15-before-and-after-Josh-LajaunieJOSHUA DAN LAJAUNIE
SATURDAY, 12:15 – 1
SUNDAY, 1:30 – 2:15

An unabashed Who Dat from Bayou Lafourche, Joshua once weighed over 400lbs but he was able to transform his life through running and adopting a plant-based diet. Pictured here competing in the 2014 Crescent City Classic, Joshua will share his inspirational story.


Fraser & Lauren BaileyFRASER & LAUREN BAYLEY
SATURDAY, 1:15 – 2:30
SUNDAY, 2:30 -3:45

Elite vegan/plant based nutrition coaches, Fraser & Lauren Bayley,
help people “kick butt, get strong, fit and healthy as Vegans!” Together they are advocates for the ‘Evolving Alpha’. “Evolving Alpha is an idea that men and women can be strong, powerful, healthy, fit and lean while living a life full of compassion, equality and understanding. We are the new alpha males and strong women of the modern era.”


JL Fields headshot 022017JL FIELDS
SATURDAY, 12 – 12:45

JL Fields is the founder and director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy and the author of several cookbooks, including The Vegan Air Fryer and Vegan Pressure Cooking. Fields is on the culinary arts faculty at the University of New Mexico-Taos, a vegan lifestyle coach and educator, a newspaper dining critic, and hosts the weekly radio program Easy Vegan.


SATURDAY, 2:45 – 3:30

Cooking demo: Vegan Fried Chicken

Contrary to popular belief, vegan cuisine in New Orleans is not a new, trendy, hip, 20-something craze that’s sweeping the Marigny one transplant at a time. 64 year old New Orleans native, Chef Amina Dada, or ‘Mama Mina’ to her loved ones, has been a vegan chef since the 80s. Early on, she had noticed the unhealthy trends surrounding black communities and the food we eat. After moving to San Diego in the 70s and discovering the benefits of macrobiotic dieting, she decided to come home and do something about it. After 10 years as a vegetarian, Chef DaDa constructed the idea to take New Orleans style cooking and replace the animal products with plant-based ingredients. When she cooks vegan red beans, she replaces the pig fat with a cup of peanut butter; when she makes her veggie gumbo, she uses seaweed and other sea-grown vegetation to imitate the sea-food taste. Says DaDa, “I will put my vegan red beans and rice up against any out there.”



Julie is a bona fide Yogi who loves the joy of simply being in the moment with breath and body. She keeps busy sharing the news that you can transform yourself any time, any age, any place and at any size – one breath at time. Julie teaches internationally and is Nationally Certified 200RYT, CTT, CHPLN, Aromatherapy & Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Alliance Education Committee Member. Dial 602.741.0654 /


SATURDAY, 11:15 – 12
SUNDAY, 12-12:45

Ed Rhinehart, Executive Chef at Seed, New Orleans’ newest all-vegan restaurant, has extensive experience in the culinary world. From his roots teaching at Nicholls State University, to attaining executive chef positions at several restaurants, Ed’s expertise ranges from raw food preparation and nutrition, to various “farm to table” efforts. In his 18 years of pursuing his culinary goals, Ed has maintained a personal policy of staying “green” in business. He has earned a reputation as a dependable and driven leader in his field.


Ken Levy Profile PhotoKEN LEVY
SATURDAY, 2:45-3:15
SUNDAY, 3:30-4

Ken Levy is the Holt B. Harrison Prof. of Law at LSU Law School ( He writes academic articles, chapters, and – soon – books in the areas of philosophy and criminal theory and non-academic articles about various cultural, political, and social issues, including animal rights.


SUNDAY, 4:15-5
& MUSIC, closes Fest at 5:45

Meagan Simone Whiten is an artist/designer, singer, songwriter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, specializing in Reggae, Soul, and Jazz. She was influenced to pursue her career in the Reggae industry, spending much time with friends and family in Negril, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, where Meagan gained a profound love for Roots, Rasta, and Reggae. She performs live reggae, soul, and jazz with many musicians of New Orleans’s thriving music scene, including professor and jazz saxophonist Brent Rose, and also many old school bands like the Tunji Band of Richmond, Virginia. Meagan has appeared on Showtime at the Apollo, and continues to travel as an upcoming indie artist.






Other special guests to be announced!