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Plant-based food, vendors to be spotlighted at Plants + Pints Harrisburg event

 

The 2019 festival, then known as Veggie Fest.

Harrisburg, chew on this: a festival devoted to healthy eating will return in August following a pandemic-induced hiatus.

Plants + Pints Harrisburg, formerly called Harrisburg Veggie Fest, plans to bring the community together to educate people on living a healthy and eco-conscious life by highlighting local farms, vegan and vegetarian businesses and other plant-based products. And, in a unique, central PA twist, there also will be craft beer.

“It’s a wellness community event with a focus on wellness, PA agriculture and craft beer,” said organizer Sara Bozich, CEO and founder of Sara Bozich Events.

The festival will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Strawberry Square.

The event, produced in partnership with Harristown Enterprises and presented by UPMC in Central PA, will benefit two local nonprofit organizations: Downtown Daily Bread and Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services.

Bozich said the idea came from Harristown Enterprises CEO and President Brad Jones, who has vegan family members and loves craft beer. Jones attended an event in Philadelphia spotlighting plant-based companies and local craft breweries and wanted to bring it to Harrisburg. 

So far, organizers have two dozen plant-based vendors selling food and products lined up for the event, as well as DJ duo His&Hers and six craft breweries. Bozich also stated that, although everything is plant-based, anything not vegan will be very clearly specified. 

General admission tickets for adults are $20 and youth ages 12 to 21 are $10. Anyone under 12 years old is free.

Both benefiting organizations of the festival fundraiser are close to Jones and Bozich’s hearts. They have both partnered with Downtown Daily Bread and Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services previously. The head chef of the Downtown Daily Bread’s soup kitchen will be onsite at the festival giving a cooking tutorial on how to make vegan dishes. 

Bozich reminds Harrisburg residents that this is an event for everyone, not just those who live the plant-based lifestyle. 

“It’s a community event,” she said. “And proceeds are going back to the community.”

Tickets to the Plants + Pints festival can be purchased online. More information can be found on their website. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available by emailing Sara Bozich at sara.bozich@gmail.com.

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