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100,000-Square-Foot Vegan Block Party Hits LA

This summer, attendees can expect vegan food, live performances, and a roller rink in the heart of Los Angeles.

New festival Vegan Playground will occupy one square block of downtown Los Angeles on June 16. Event organizers Vegan Hard aim to unite the LA community with plant-based food, music, and art. The festival features more than 60 vegan vendors, an “inner-beauty” pageant, and various art installations in Pershing Square park. “[The park] was perfect with a playground and a roller skating rink,” Vegan Hard co-founder Jane David told VegNews. “There’s even a giant chess board. You’ll really get to feel like a kid again.” LA-based actress Jillian Rose Reed and rapper Jallal will appear at the event, along with vegan speakers, social media influencers, and performers. “It’s a very collaborative festival,” David said. “There are so many vegans, vegan-friendly options, and events in LA. There is no competition; we all follow the same mission.” Festival tickets range from $22 for general admission to $44 for VIP. The vegan festival scene in Los Angeles will expand further this year when Miami-based SEED Food & Wine Festival and LA-based festival Eat Drink Vegan collaborate on a week-long event that debuts at the end of May.

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NYC All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Fest Offers Vegan Scoops

Three-day festival Scooper Bowl in Bryant Park will treat guests to ice cream of every variety, including dairy-free scoops from Van Leeuwen, Ben & Jerry's, and Häagen-Dazs.
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Animal Ag Companies Fined $29M for Destroying Amazon

The government of Brazil slapped a hefty fine on feed suppliers to meat and dairy companies that sell to McDonald's, Burger King, and Walmart for destroying the country's biodiverse Cerrado region for profit.
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Moby Retires from Touring to Focus on Activism

…and to make vegan smoothies every morning after waking up in his own bed.
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UK Version of Beyond Burger Expands Across London

British vegan brand Moving Mountains expands its B12 burger to five locations of meat-centric chain Dirty Bones—where it will be served topped with vegan mac and cheese.
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Legendary Canadian Rugby Player Starts Vegan Cheese Brand

Nick Blevins' vegan lifestyle improved his performance on the field so much that he established a plant-based cheese and yogurt company to educate others on the benefits of plants.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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