We’re hard at work at the CAA office preparing for the festival. We’re printing things, sorting things, putting things in bags, typing things, talking about things, labeling things, and generally doing things with things.

It’s all things all the time today!





Twin Cities Veg Fest is at least twice as much fun as a nunnery, but how can you get here? The options are limitless. For example, you can use your ice gun to create an ice path in front of you and ice skate here. But what’s that you say? You left your ice gun in your secret lair and you can’t be bothered to get it before Saturday. Alright, here are some other ways to get here.


First, the obligatory lefty enviro messaging that we feel compelled to include. Cars bad.

With that out of the way, here’s how you drive here. We’ve created a custom Google Map for the festival that includes driving paths from the nearest highways. If you’d like to plot your own course, set your GPS for 300 Washington Ave SE in Minneapolis. You’ll want to park in the East River Road Garage behind Coffman. Take the elevator to the top floor then head across the nearest street and up the stairs to Coffman.


There are a lot of buses that serve the Minneapolis UMN campus. Unfortunately, all the express routes are weekday only. However, you still can choose from the 2, 3, 6, and 16. Check out the Metro Transit website for a trip planner, maps, and schedules. Your destination for the trip planner is 300 Washington Ave SE in Minneapolis.


Biking to the university is easy and there are many bike racks by Coffman. See the UMN biking info page for details, including maps showing available bike lanes.

This image came up in a Google search for "hard at work". This photo is copyright Tom Adriaenssen (CC-BY-SA 2.0).
This image came up in a Google search for “hard at work”. This photo is copyright Tom Adriaenssen (CC-BY-SA 2.0).

The festival is less than a week away and we’re hard at work. As you might imagine, putting on an event like this is no small task. Here’s a sampling of tasks from our shared project management software that we’ve marked done in the past few days:

  • Nag exhibitors to pay us
  • Make signs for the CAA food giveaway table (Tofurky, ice cream sandwiches, and chocolate almond milk!)
  • Give final program updates to Nicole, our fabulous graphic designer
  • Make signs for the Coffman parking lot elevator lobbies telling people how to find the festival
  • Give table tents to the University Dining Services to be displayed on cafeteria tables
  • Send reminders to speakers
  • Create online event surveys for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors
  • Create a printed survey for attendees
  • Finalize exhibitor hall layout
  • Order keepsake posters from the printer
  • Send out press releases about food vendors at the festival
  • Review and print volunteer instructions

And that only covered the last four days!

It’s a lot of work, but it will all pay off this Saturday. We’re confident that this will be a fun, informative, and most importantly, delicious, event for everyone who joins us.

Please help us make the festival great by bringing your friends and family! Invite them on Facebook! Tweet at them on Twitter! Send them a telegram!

See you soon.


This year, just like last year, we will have a free raffle drawing for anyone who wants to enter. You enter by filling out our event survey and giving us your name and email so we can contact you when you win.

We have a whole bunch of great prizes, including vegan cookbooks, nutrition books, gift certificates, a free vegan cooking class at Whole Foods, and more! So if you needed yet another reason to come to the festival, now you have one.