VegFest celebrates and promotes sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone! VegFest features:
Free samples of hundreds of different foods! Delicious main dishes, decadent desserts and chocolates, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks and ice creams; fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks and treats, and so much more!
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Ask the Experts
- Family and Teen Activities
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Film Screenings
Scott West, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Director of Intelligence and Investigations
Scott West retired from federal law enforcement in 2008 and began working with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He had been a supporter of the organization for over 20 years, so his position as Director of Intelligence and Investigations was a natural transition. Scott has been to some amazing and some pretty horrible places around the world investigating marine wildlife destruction and working to end such practices. His work has taken him both undercover and into the middle of the Japanese tsunami. No two days are the same.
Elora Malama West is a homeschooled teenage activist. She is on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) Board of Advisors for Children’s Education and Activities. She is currently 19 and attending community college with plans to soon transfer to pursue a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Multimedia/Journalism.
In the fall of 2010 at age 16, Elora accompanied her father, Scott West, to Taiji, Japan for the first SSCS Cove Guardian campaign. They spent three months on the ground reporting everyday about the plight of the dolphins. While there Elora began a blog, A Teenage Activist: This Girl's Soapbox and encouraged thousands of people to call the Japanese embassies in their area to protest the dolphin slaughter. Her young age combined with her blog reports brought international attention to what is happening in Taiji, Japan.
Elora participated in the first ever meeting between the mayor of Taiji and the SSCS activists opposing the town's annual slaughter. She hopes to send a message to her generation that you are never too young to make your voice heard. Elora wants to inspire kids to stand against cetacean captivity, protest swim with dolphin programs, and other institutions that exploit marine mammals. She believes that if you love dolphins and whales, you want to work to protect them.
In April 2013, she joined SSCS USA at the Columbia River for the Dam Guardian campaign in an effort to end the slaughter of sea lions in Washington and Oregon.
Scott and his daughter Elora Malama (crew member and Board of Advisors) will discuss their campaign activities, and share stories about their global travels in defense of our world’s oceans during their weekend seminars. Scott and Elora have participated in numerous campaigns. Come hear about their efforts, learn how you can be involved in participating, and what you can do to support the efforts of the organization to save the world’s oceans.