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Speakers & Demos


Victoria Moran - Main Street Vegan: Eating Plants and Saving Animals in the Real World

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Have you noticed? Kale chips and veggie-burgers are the new normal. In this fun-filled presentation from Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and a vegan herself for three decades, you can join the bandwagon - either all the way, or to the extent that you're ready. In a fun acronym based on the word v-e-g-a-n, you'll learn the fast facts you need to respond to questions from the curious; how to add far more to your meals and your life than you subtract; as well as tips for choosing foods that will help you love your body now and for decades to come. Finally, you'll come to an understanding of the ethical underpinnings of being vegan: a way of eating and living that starts saving lives, ours and the animals', from your very first day of this lifelong adventure.

Victoria Moran is the author of eleven books, a certified holistic health counselor (HHC, AADP) in private practice, and director of Main Street Vegan Academy, training vegan lifestyle coaches. Her latest book is Main Street Vegan, which VegNews magazine calls "The Vegan Bible, New Testament." A two-time Oprah! guest, winner of "Vegan of the Year" for 2012, and co-host of the Main Street Vegan Show on Unity.FM radio, Victoria lives in a green condo in New York City.

Dr. Michael Greger - The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing the 15 Leading Causes of Death

Michael Photo Dr. Michael Greger has scoured the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this brand- new presentation on the latest in cutting-edge research. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse many of our top 15 killer diseases.

A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. Hundreds of his nutrition videos are freely available at, with new videos uploaded every other day.

Julie Sinistore, Ph.D. - Environmental Impacts of Food Choices

Julie Photo Julie Sinistore, Ph.D., has been vegan for 12 years and holds a Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering, a Masters of Science in Agroecology and a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Management. She is currently the Senior Life Cycle Analyst at Virent in Madison, a bio-based fuels and chemicals company. Julie's academic and professional career as well as her personal life has been focused on evaluating the environmental and social impacts of the production, use and disposal of goods, particularly agricultural goods, by employing a methodology called Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and using the results of these evaluations to inform not only her life choices, but also industry and policy.

Harold Brown - A Journey of Conscience

Harold Photo Harold Brown, the founder of Farm Kind, was born on a family farm and spent half his life in agriculture. This includes three years working in the dairy industry. Growing up as a farm kid gave him a rich experience that few people have the benefit of knowing these days. He says it taught him the value of community, of hard work, and that our personal choices have everything to do with the world we create.

Dr. Mary Clifton - How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life

Mary Photo Dr. Mary Clifton, author and founder of Get Waisted, is a clinical associate professor with Michigan State University's medical school and a a private solo internal medicine specialist with 17 years of experience. Like many people, a routine physical turned into a wake-up call six years ago. Diagnosed with pre- diabetes and elevated cholesterol, Dr. Mary reviewed her extensive pharmaceutical options, and opted to modify her diet instead. Her blood sugar is back to high school levels and her cholesterol dropped by 70 points. Her talk details the science behind healthy fats and proteins, and explains how to make lifestyle changes easily and successfully, so you can enjoy a healthy life.

Dr. Mary shares her lifestyle and diet tips in a book co-authored by her daughter, Chelsea Klemens, an OB/GYN physician in Manhattan. Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life is available on Kindle and Amazon. For more information, check out

Food Demo

Dino Sarma - Beans, Grains, & Veggies While Not Boring Yourself to Tears or Spending All Day

Dino Photo Dino's spent the last few years yelling at vegans to start eating real foods, and clearly his message has caught on. His focus has always been on produce, grains, seeds, nuts, spices, herbs, and whole food ingredients that are generally easy to find (if you discount a few of the more esoteric Indian spices) anywhere you go. Back in 2007, he moved to New York with his husband Steve, and started working for Sacred Chow, a vegan restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Currently, he helps manage the restaurant, teaches private cooking lessons, and cooks in his spare time for his husband and their friends.

At Mad City Vegan Fest, Dino will be doing a cooking demo for three dishes: Lemon Quinoa, Raw Kale with Chickpea Dressing, and Daal (an Indian bean soup). He plans to show people that meals can be put together even on very tight schedules, if you're willing to be a bit creative when making it. He welcomes all questions about his style of cooking, and is happy to tell anyone who'll listen about using vegetables in interesting ways.

Dino is strongly influenced by South Indian cuisine, and tends to lean in that direction when giving suggestions, so be prepared to go through plenty of cumin!