For People, Animals
& Our Planet

Showcasing the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle for our health, compassion for animals and protecting our planet.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Dr. Michael Klaper

Michael A. Klaper, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.  He received postgraduate training in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at University of British Columbia teaching hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California at San Francisco. He has practiced acute care medicine in Hawaii, Canada, California, Florida and New Zealand and for the past 35 years us been focusing upon health-promoting food and lifestyle choices to help prevent the need for hospitalization and surgery.

A long-time radio host and a pilot, Dr. Klaper has served as nutrition advisor to NASA’s programs for space colonists on the Moon and Mars. He makes the latest information on health and nutrition available through his website,, where visitors can find the latest nutrition information through his numerous articles and videos, subscribe to his free newsletter, “Medicine Capsule” and support his “Moving Medicine Forward” Initiative to get applied nutrition taught in medical schools.

Ocala Downtown Market
Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 10AM – 4PM

Compassion | There's No Greater Gift You Can Give To The Animals Than A Plant-Based Diet.

Compassion is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. Compassion is action oriented. No one wants to intentionally cause harm. But we grew up with the notion of “dominion over animals.” Is it right to think that humans are the only ones whose lives matter? Many people have pets who are family members. Why are these animals special and not others? What is a non-violent way to live? What does this mean on a practical level? How do I live my life according to compassion? Part of the mission of SWFL Veg Fest is to enable people to reconsider their relationships with animals as commodities in order to incorporate a more compassionate lifestyle that benefits their own health, the health of the planet, and all living beings. Come to SWFL Veg Fest – we will have a nationally known speaker on animal rights, vendor products, food demos, books, animal adoptions, and lots of people willing to help you continue or start your journey of compassion!

Health | There's No Greater Gift You Can Give To Your Own Health Than A Plant-Based Diet.

Properly administered whole-food plant-based diets can prevent, stop, and reverse disease, with life-changing results. In fact, such specific diets are now actually being prescribed as medicine here in SWFL. It’s exciting that SWFL is the worldwide epicenter of this new physician use of food as medicine movement! Join us at our SWFL Veg Fest & learn the latest from our vendors, speakers & chefs. This historic paradigm shifting of our healthcare system is happening right here in our local community! It’s long been known that true healthcare actually consists of the food a person chooses to eat.

Planet | There's No Greater Gift You Can Give To Our Planet Than A Plant-Based Diet.

It may not be as widely known, or understood, but conventional animal farming is one of the most destructive forces our planet faces. The resources used to produce animal based food products are neither sustainable nor necessary. Everything from water, to land, to food itself is being used at levels that we simply cannot maintain. Reducing demand for animal-based products could have immensely positive benefits for our planet.

Music provided by "Treblehawk" & Friends

Labeled by indie radio stations as, “Tribal Blues”, Treblehawk is so much more. They capture the sound of tears falling in the river, the smile of a dog, the weeping of trees in a forgotten forest, the heartbeat from a mothers belly.  Weather it is one of their innumerable original compositions, or their spin of current or past favorite, Treblehawk puts music to the longing in your soul and gives emotion a melody. CLICK HERE to find out more. 

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