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40th IVU Congress/Vegfest - California - Program

October 5-14, 2012 - San Francisco and Los Angeles

For reports, videos, photos of the event click here:

-below is the original program:

IVU in San Francisco - October 5-8:
to book the four day program:

More from the San Francisco Vegetarian Society about the event:

For the connecting flight - Oakland to Burbank:

IVU in Los Angeles - October 11-14:
The full program for the local tour and international sessions, and booking options, in LA - click on the above link.

For the VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo program - Sat 13/Sun 14:


The Complete Program

Friday October 5 - dinner/registration at the Milennium restaurant, for those on the 4 day package ( )

Saturday/Sunday Oct 6/7 - the Vegfest in the Golden Gate Park - food fair, speakers, many activities
- the Green Lifestyle Film Festival will be moving up from LA to join in the Vegfest.

Speakers for SF (subject to change):

Saturday, October 6, 2012


10:30 am-12 pm ®Cherie Soria, Raw Demo "Forget Cooking! Spectacular Soups without Cooking"

12:15-1:15 pm "Welcome" Dixie Mahy, SFVS, Dilip Barman, Marly Winckler & John Davis, IVU, "Vegetarianism & Veganism around the World"

1:30-2:30 pm Visanto Melina, "What's on the Menu?"

2:45-3:45 pm Dr. Michael Greger, "Latest Nutrition Discoveries 2012: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death"

4:00-5:00 pm Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, "I Don't Eat Fake Meat: an Etymological Appeal to Compassionate Language"

5:15-6:15 pm Alex Hershaft & Michael Weber, FARM "Sustained Vegan Advocacy – A Revolutionary Approach to Animal Consumption"

6:45 pm Raw Dinner catered by Chef Cherie Soria, Living Light Culinary Arts.

7:45 pm Dixie Mahy, SFVS, & Marly Winckler, IVU, Greetings

8:00-8:30 pm Freya Dinshah, AVS, "Where We've Been & Where We're Going"

8:30-9:00 pm Dr. Gabriel Cousens, "Holistic Veganism"


10:30 am-12 pm Vaidya Priyanka, "Food with Song: An International Celebration of Food with Traditional Cooking Songs"

12:15-1:15 pm Rynn Berry, "Vegetarian Groups that Changed the World:
Pythagoreans, Jains, Buddhists, Essenes, Gnostics, Cathars, Bible, Christians, SDA.

1:30-2:30 pm Lee Hall, Friends of Animals, "How Do We Look? Vegetarians in the Media"

2:45-3:45 pm Linda Riebel, Dangers of GMO & Your Right to Know What's in Your Food, Prop 37"

4:00-5:00 pm Janice Stanger, PhD, "Whole Foods: The Secret to Hunger Free Permanent Weight Loss"

5:10-5:55 pm Sebastien Zoesch, "Development of Vitamin B12 Tooth Paste"

6:00-6:40 pm Dr. Everest Igwe, "Going Back to our Roots in Africa"


10:20 am-12 pm Green Lifestyle Film Festival: "Raw Man & Green Girl" 10 min. and "A Sacred Duty" 60 min.

12:15-1:15 pm AJ, Demo "Unprocessed"

1:30-2:30 pm ® Azalea Blalock, Raw Demo "10 Min Tasty Raw Food Recipes under $10 for a Family of 4"

2:45-3:45 pm Antonio Magana, Demo "Keeping Your Culture & Being Vegan"

4:00-5:00 pm ®Jennifer Cornbleet, Raw Demo "Raw Food Made Easy"

5:15-6:00 pm Shanta Sacharoff, Demo "Stuffed Winter Squash with Flavors of India & Seasonal Ingredients"


Sunday, October 7, 2012


10:20-11:30 am Green Lifestyle Film Festival "Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" 60 min. followed by film maker, Mark Perlmutter, for Q & A

11:45 am-12:45 pm Brenda Davis,"Designing an Optimal Plant-Based Diet"

1:00-2:00 pm Dr. John McDougall,"The Starch Solution"

2:15-3:15 pm Dr. Will Tuttle, "Time to Wake Up: Vegan Living & World Peace"

3:30-4:30 pm Dr. Gabriel Cousens, "How to be a 100% Successful Vegan"

4:45-6:15 pm Dr. Michael Klaper, "Digestion Made Easy: Journey thru Your Amazing Digestive System"
Dr. Alan Goldhamer, "Fasting Can Save Your Life"

6:45-7:30 pm Vegan Cooked Dinner by Chef Barry Horton, Local Love Catering

7:25-7:30 pm Dixie Mahy, SFVS & Marly Winckler, IVU - Greetings

7-30-7:45 pm John Davis, IVU, "Veganism from 1806"
Veganism Since 1806

Veganism Since 1806

7:45-8:15 pm Jasmijn De Boo, UKVS, "I Pledge & We Make History-Visions of the Vegan Society"

8:15-9:00 p.m. John Robbins, "No Happy Cows"


10:30-11:30 am Bob Lynden, GoVeganRadio, Saturdays 4 pm, KEST AM 1450, "How to Promote Vegan Animal Liberation"

11:45 am-12:45 pm Keith Akers, "Vegetarianism & Christianity – why don't they mix?"

1:00-2:00 pm Dan Brook, PhD, "Eating the Earth"

2:15-3:15 pm Dr. William Harris, "Getting Started"

3:30-4:30 pm Dr. Steve Blake, "Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer's Disease"

4:45-6:30 pm IVU Forum – Dilip Barman, IVU, "Best Practices Around the World Promoting a Plant-Based Diet" Participants: Emanuel Eyah, African VS; Felix Hnat, Austrian VS (VISA denied by US); Freya Dinshah, American VS; Jasmijn De Boo, UK VS; Jogerson Pereira, Brazil; Lauren Ornelas, US, Food Empowerment; Marly Winckler, IVU; Michael Weber, US, FARM; Priscilla Feral US, Friends of Animals; Sebastian Zoesch, Germany VS, Susianto Tseng, Indonesian VS.


10:30-11:30 am ®Lisa Books-Williams, Raw Demo "Food Recipes for Vibrant Health"

11:45 am-12:45 pm Ellen Jones, Demo "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day"

1:00-2:00 pm Patricia Allen-Koot, Demo "15 Minute Vegan Dinner"

2:15-3:15 pm ®Jillian Love, Raw Demo

3:30-4:30 pm Miyoko Schinner, Demo "Better than Grilled Cheese: Recipes from Artisan Vegan Cheese"

4:45-5:45 pm Anna Coulter, Demo "Better World Cuisine-say no to cancer, diabetes, & heart attacks"



Monday October 7:
- rooftop reception at the VegNews office 3-6
- evening meal arranged by GoVegan Radio at the Loving Hut

Tuesday/Wednesday October 8/9 - make your way down to LA


the Los Angeles IVU sessions:

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
-- Guided bus tour around the Los Angeles area. Starting at
8:30 am at the hotel, come meet wolves from the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center and Wolf Sanctuary for a presentation on eco-therapy  and wolf wisdom - using the natural world as a source of healing, finding balance, and creating healthy home lives and work environments.
Then at 9:30 am, board a bus and head for the J. Paul Getty Museum to tour famed art collections.
Then lunch at a local vegan eatery in Westwood, and on to Venice Beach, Hollywood and the Walk of Fame, then to CityWalk at Universal Studios, stopping for a delicious vegan dinner before returning to the hotel Thursday evening.
The Thursday bus tour will be hosted by Chef AJ.

Friday, Oct 12, 2012

the program for the IVU International Seminar in Los Angeles:

9.00-9.45 - Opening panel with representatives from Asia, Africa,  Europe, North and South America -- Introduction to the International  Vegetarian Union (IVU) and World Vegetarianism and Veganism - with photos of  veg activities around the world. Panel members to include:
* Marly Winckler, President of the Brazil VegSoc; Chair of the IVU Council
* Saurabh Dalal, President of the VegSoc DC, USA; IVU Deputy Chair
* Susianto Tseng, President of the Indonesia VegSoc; IVU Asia-Pacific  Coordinator
*Sundara de Silav, IVU Liaison Officer for Australasia 
* Dilip Barman, President of the Triangle VegSoc, NC, USA; IVU North America  Coordinator
* Sebastian Zoesch, Germany, board member, European Vegetarian Union
* John Davis, UK, IVU manager

9.45-10.45 - Brazil! - Marly Winckler, Monica Buava and Alex Fernandes on  "Preservation of the Amazon Rainforest", "Segunda Sem Carne" (Mondays  Without Meat campaign) and "Who we really are"

10.45-11.00 - break

11.00-11.30 - Dr. Susianto Tseng, Indonesia - "Role of Tempe Formula as a  Source of Vitamin B12 and its Implementation for Vegetarian Diet"



11.30-12.00 - Sebastian Zoesch, CEO Vegetarier Bund Deutschland, on 'The Veg*n and Animal Rights movements in Germany and Austria'

12.00-12.30 - Tracy Wong, Malaysia with a video presentation on the 41st IVU World Vegfest, to be held in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in October 2013

12.30-1.30 - lunch

1.30-2.00 -  Brian Jacobs, London, UK on Vegan Hypnotherapy

2.00-2.30 - Saurabh Dalal, India/USA - "Diet and Environmental Connection  from a Science-based Perspective"

2.30-3.15 - closing panel, questions  for all speakers

3:15 -- End of international program -- guests will then have almost 3 hours to swim, work out, relax, whatever -- before the main EXPO program with dinner begins at 6pm.

for more Los Angeles IVU sessions, details and booking, see:

Saturday/Sunday October 13/14 - the Vegsource Healthy Lifestyle Expo

2012 Expo Speaking Schedule

Friday, October 12 -- 6 to 10 pm Healthy Vegan Banquet & Jeff Novick MS RD -- Keynote -- "Cracked! A Close Look at the Claims About Nuts"

Saturday, October 13 -- 8:30 - 5:00

8:30 - 9:00 -- John Davis - "In the Beginning -- Veganism Since 1806"

Veganism Since 1806

Veganism Since 1806

9:00 - 10:15 -- Michael Klaper, MD -- "Salt and Sugar: What's the Problem?"

10:30 -- 12:00 -- Neal Barnard, MD -- “Alzheimer's Disease and Diet”

12:00 - 1:00 pm -- lunch break

1 - 2:15 pm -- Jeffrey Smith --"Genetic Roulette"

2:30 - 3:45 -- Caldwell Esselstyn MD -- "No More Heart Attacks"

4:00 - 5:00 -- Rich Roll -- "You Can Do It"

Saturday Night, Oct 13
-- free film screening after dinner at hotel.
- or a evening at an Ethiopian restaurant.

Sunday, October 14 - 8:00 - 5:00

8:00 - 9:00 -- Cooking demos with Jeff Novick (and his Fast Food twins), Ann Esselstyn , and Sabrina Nelson of vegsource.

9:15 - 10:00 -- Rev. Heng Sure, PhD -- "Our Spiritual Connection with Animals"

10:00-11:00 -- John McDougall, MD -- Special talk

11:15 - 12:15 -- Brenda Davis, RD -- "Raw Foods: Myths and Realities"

12:15 - 1:15 pm -- lunch break

1:15 - 2:15 -- John McDougall, MD -- "Updating The Starch Solution"

2:30 - 3:45 -- John Robbins -- "Food Revolution 2012"

4:00 - 5:00 -- "Panel Discussion"

For full details of the VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo program - Sat 13/Sun 14:


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