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Main Stage Schedule

Noon-12:10  Mike Goldberg - Welcome and Intro
12:10-12:45  Anne the Vegan - "My Vegan Evolution"
2:15-2:45  Eating Contest
3:00-3:45  Brionna Jones - "Building a Better Relationship with Plant-Based Foods"
5:15-6:00  John Netzel - "The Individuality of Farmed Animals"

Mike Goldberg

Master of Ceremonies

Meteorologist and musician Mike Goldberg will be emceeing the Richmond VegFest for the 17th year! Mike is an Emmy-winning meteorologist for CBS 6 and the afternoon classical music host at VPM Music, where he also serves as the station's Coordinator of Classical Music Initiatives.

Mike Goldberg

Mike is always out in the community, promoting music and science education in the schools and presenting talks to various groups of all ages. He has served as a judge for the Virginia Science and Engineering Fair and the Metro Richmond Science Fair, and has also been the Master of Ceremonies for various events including the Richmond Vegetarian Society, Richmond SPCA, and the Richmond Animal League. An avid animal lover, Mike is dedicated to helping local animal adoption and welfare groups, and hosts the Paws for Pets segments on CBS 6 every weekend morning. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Henrico Humane Society and has received a Guardian Angel Award from Save Our Shelters for outstanding contribution to animal welfare in Virginia.

Mike remains active as a musician and is both the founder and Artistic Director for Crescendo, a professional chamber music ensemble. Passionate about music education, he serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Randolph-Macon College, while maintaining a private clarinet studio of younger students. Also an accomplished conductor, he is co-founder and Music Director of the Central Virginia Wind Symphony, a group of the most talented high school musicians in the region.

You can catch Mike on CBS 6 Saturday and Sunday evenings. You can hear him on VPM Music (93.1 and 107.3FM) hosting "Classical Music with Mike Goldberg" each weekday afternoon and "Breakfast Classics" each weekend morning from 8AM-10AM.

Anne Magee

Anne Magee

My Vegan Evolution

Anne Magee is a physical therapist from Glen Allen. She lives with her husband and two young adult daughters. She has been some version of vegetarian her entire adult life, finally transitioning to vegan in 2017. She began running in 2012 as a way to stay motivated to keep fit, running her first marathon in 2014. She finished her first ultramarathon in 2021, a 50k. She contributes to the Richmond running community as an assistant coach with the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team and as Vice President of Marketing with the Richmond Road Runners Club. She is currently training for her 10th marathon and second ultramarathon. Her blog, Anne the Vegan, is a way for her to share vegan tips, running information, and commentary on the human experience. She is a regular contributor to and Assistant Editor for Miles and Minutes magazine, the quarterly publication of the Richmond Road Runners Club.

Website: annethevegan.com

Brionna Jones

Brionna Jones

Vegan Eats with Bri LLC

Building a Better Relationship with Plant-Based Foods

Brionna Jones is the owner of Vegan Eats with Bri which operates in The Green Kitchen in Church Hill. She participates in community events and offers one on one plant based coaching support, catering and host "pop up" events.

She also offers a 21-day plant-based reset, a monthly raw vegan meal prep program designed to help customers build a better relationship with plants. Bri believes plants offer the highest nutritional value and many benefits to the human body and has been growing her relationship with plants for the last decade.

After watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Bri was fascinated by the story and became obsessed with the fact that plants could heal and help the body recover from certain ailments. Bri perfected her love for plant-based nutrition by reading, learning, and experimenting with different ways to manipulate plants. Over the years, Bri has experimented with a wide variety of plants by preparing them in a variety of ways like juicing and creating beverages and plant-based meals. Bri's mission is to help customers build a better relationship with plants by displaying how plants can shine independent of animal protein.

Website: veganeatswithbri.com

John Netzel

Peaceful Fields Sanctuary

The Individuality of Farmed Animals

John Netzel founded the 501c3 non-profit organization Peaceful Fields Sanctuary nine years ago in Winchester Virginia and serves as president, blending Jewish ideals of repairing the world and avoiding animal cruelty with vegan concern for the rights of farmed animals. PFS's mission is to honor all of creation through providing a safe & forever home for farmed animals in need, so they can live free from abuse, exploitation, and neglect. A core aspect of this mission is to highlight the cruelty of animal agriculture through showcasing the personality and lives of our residents and engage in vegan outreach to prevent further harm. PFS is currently home to 70 rescued farmed animals and has saved over 130 lives to date.

Website: peacefulfieldssanctuary.org
Facebook: peacefulfieldssanctuary

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