The vendors participating in Ocala Veg Fest include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors; non-profits; fun and games for kids; restaurant booths and cooking demonstrations. We are so thankful for their participation and hope that you take a moment to visit their sites. Although the businesses may not be exclusively vegan, all food and products sold on-site at the fest will be vegan.
ANIMALS RESCUE & ADOPTION
Community Unity Animal Sanctuary | Community Unity is a network of change, based out of Alachua County, FL. We aim to serve animals in need. Provide healthy co-op garden for the community. Provide a place of peace, and hope to grow into a animal therapy center for families of special needs.
Florida Parrot Rescue | Florida Parrot Rescue works throughout the entire state of Florida, and is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer run, avian rescue dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of companion parrots. We understand that all parrot owners love their birds, and that finding a new home for their birds is used as a last option. Florida Parrot Rescue remains non-judgmental and supportive in your time of need. If you need to re-home your bird, Florida Parrot Rescue can help by offering your bird a safe place to stay and get veterinary care until the right home can be found!
Kindred Spirits Sanctuary | Kindred Spirits is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending the abuse and suffering of farm animals through rescue, advocacy and education. We seek to provide a place where people can connect with these sentient beings and discover their unique (and often humorous!) personalities. At Kindred Spirits, farm animals are our friends, not our food. We are passionate about helping others form bonds with these remarkable animals, and gladly give tours on scheduled days. Kindred Spirits Sanctuary invites you to come and give a pig a belly rub, or get a kiss from a cow! Volunteers are also welcome to join our “Work Parties” and are invaluable to our rescue work.
Little Bear Sanctuary | Our nonprofit farm sanctuary is named in loving memory of our mom Ursula (little bear in Latin). Her dream was to have a barn where she would rescue any animal in need.
Our mission is to provide a permanent home for local farm animals that have been abandoned or can no longer be cared for by the owner in order to allow them to live out the remainder of their lives in a cruelty free environment.
Live Freyly Sanctuary | Live Freyly Sanctuary was founded by my husband and I. It has been our dream for a long time to start a sanctuary. Growing up I cared for so many species of animals. As I got older I was heartbroken to learn of and witness so much animal abuse. Being vegan not only save lives but betters our health and the health of the planet. But being vegan wasn’t enough for my husband and I. We decided to be active, spread awareness and fight for all those who are suffering. Rescuing is our passion and we are happy to finally start our sanctuary and we our working towards buying larger property to continue to grow. Thank you for your interest and support and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to donate.
Body & Soul | Mission: To help the community with 100% natural healing products, herbal and aromatherapetutic medicine, and natural customized wares! We seek to educate the community with creative classes and workshops on living naturally and creating your own body care goods.
The Little Green Oasis | For many years I have dealt with allergies and other health issues, have seen many doctors, allergists, and dermatologists for my many ailments, all with no relief. In 2010 I started to look into and research natural remedies to help me with my ailments. I prayed often for changes to happen with my health. While searching for natural remedies I also looked into essential oils. I started to read about aromatherapy, and started to research many of the essential oils, to see how they could help my ailments.
I started mixing essential oils with other ingredients and using them on myself, and in and around my home. Gradually I started to see a difference in my health, on the better side of things. I started telling family and friends about what I was doing with the essential oils and some were really interested.
Natural Oats, LLC | At Natural Oats we pride ourselves in using 100% natural and organic ingredients and specialty oils to create our unique formulas. Each bar is safe, luxurious and gentle to the skin. Our formulas contain no chemical preservatives. Those with skin sensitivities find our products to be nurturing and beneficial.
EDUCATIONAL AND NON-PROFIT
ACTION FOR ANIMALS | AFA operates under the simple principle that animals do not exist for humans to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. We promote a Vegan lifestyle. AFA strives to end animal suffering through educational outreach, demonstrations, and media involvement.
aPlantBasedDiet.org | Mission: To improve lives by raising awareness and advocating for the use of food as medicine. Specifically a whole plant food, organic diet + things that lead people in that direction.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society | Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Authentic Empanadas | Vegan Empanadas
Fusion Roti LLC | Vegan burgers, wraps and popcorn chic-N. Promoting wholesome plant based option food choices for the community. All foods will be free from animal products, thereby encouraging a harmonious relationship between man and the environment. This will result in less wastage of resources, less spillage to local water supplies and better lifestyles in terms of better controlled diabetes, cholesterol levels, BMIs- (body mass index) and overall well being.
Ocala Downtown Diner | Downtown Diner is family owned and operated by Chris and Nina Schweers. In 2015 they opened their first restaurant, Ocala Fresh Produce and Deli. It was an instant favorite in the community, winning multiple awards including Best Sandwich shop!
Spice Affair | As a caterer, I understand that food is not just food. For me, food is a work of art and I am always innovative in the way I prepare and present my dishes. In the U.S., people pay hundreds of dollars to eat gourmet dishes. That tells me just how much people appreciate food when it is presented in the most artistic manner.
I strive to use the very best ingredients available and every menu item is prepared to our highest standards of excellence. Our staff will deliver to your home or business. We set up, cook, serve and clean-up in a professional and courteous manner.
Tamale Co. | Tamale Co. Is original and traditional, unlike any other. We are passionate about the idea of TAMALE, a mexican dish that can be tracked back to the pre-hispanic times. Made of masa filled with anything from meats to fruits and vegetables, wrapped in cornhusks and combined with delicious mexican sauces. Making it a very traditional way to create a unique assemblage of different flavors. Tamale Co. offers the best Gourmet Mexican tamales, each hand-crafted to an artista perfection and prepared with the freshest ingredients Florida’s local farmers have to offer. Our rish passion for the art of quality and authentic cuisine is sure to unwarp the original taste.
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
AirTronics, VERONICA BEAUDOIN Independent Wellness Advocate | Our pure essential oils are revolutionizing the way families manage their health. We harness nature’s most powerful elements and share these gifts through our global community of Wellness Advocates.
Arbonne | It’s not just what we put in our products that makes them superior. It’s what we choose to formulate without. We integrate the most beneficial botanical ingredients from nature with the principles of green chemistry — we craft products with integrity, expertise and innovation. And we do it responsibly, taking care of our earth at the same time.
Bettys Naturals| Bettys Naturals products are free of parabens, preservatives, phthalates, SLS, SLSA, SLES, petrochemicals, DEA, TEA, MEA. We are conscience of our environmental footprint and minimize the use of excess packaging when possible. Soaps are wrapped only in biodegrable paper (put it in your compost pile if you like), plastic coated labels are also kept to a minimum throughout the entire product line.
Clearwater Hydroponic Tower Gardens | Grow Your Own Food. Grow a Healthier You. Good health starts with good habits, like eating wholesome foods. And with Tower Garden, you can easily grow your own fresh, nutrient-rich food virtually anywhere, year‑round, without soil.
EcoJoia | Our mission is to support the merchandise needs of environmental and humanitarian non-profit organizations, with the goal of increasing their fund raising capabilities and simultaneously spreading cause awareness. We are committed to selling products made from environmentally conscious materials such as certified organic cotton with earth-friendly dyes and screen printing, wherever possible.
Humane Apparel | Humane Apparel isn’t just a clothing line, it’s a movement. We are a conscious collective of humans that want to make a positive change in the world. Through fashion, we give a voice to the voiceless, promote a more conscious, compassionate culture and inspire others to evolve into advocates for the greater good. We are humanizing society one shirt at a time. Wear your heart on your sleeve. 15% of profits go to our 501 (c)(3) non-profit, Compassion Kind to support humanitarian, animal welfare/rescue and conservation efforts around the world.
Nutritional Cooking Solutions dba Saladmaster | Saladmaster has revolutionized healthy cooking by offering premium products through a unique cooking experience. Our vision is for everyone in the world to experience Saladmaster. For more than 70 years, Saladmaster has changed lives by empowering Cooking Coaches to achieve their entrepreneurial goals in more than 45 countries. As a multimillion-dollar company, Saladmaster’s state-of-the-art cookware is manufactured in the U.S.A. by parent company Regal Ware, Inc.
Simply Scented Candles | A true Mom and Pop shop. We make small batch, organic, vegan handcrafted in Jacksonville, FL made 100% soy wax candles with completely metal-free wicks, and scented with a custom blend of pthalate-free fragrance oils and pure essential oil
Supportive Connections, Inc. | It is our mission to assist individuals and organizations with behavioral health needs in order to restore balance and stability to the core structure while providing a quality client centered experience.
Wela Nutraceuticals | Wela Nutraceuticals is the number one distributor of Premium Hemp Extracts in the U.S. Our phytocannabinoid rich full spectrum products are grown in Colorado using organic farming practices & GMP compliant bottling and storing methods. Our company uses cutting edge technology to ensure an industry leading absorption rate & bioavailability
Doreen’s Oily Stuff Young Living Essential Oils | As the world leader in essential oils, Young Living believes that everyone deserves a life full of abundance and wellness. Their vision is to bring the life-changing benefits of essential oils to every home, family, and lifestyle.
Young Living Essential Oils | Essential oils are aromatic, concentrated plant extracts that are carefully obtained through steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. We offer essential oils, blends, and oil-infused products with the optimal levels of specific, naturally occurring essential oil constituents to maximize their potency. Watch the video and learn more!