Sept 15

17:30
19:20

Chautari Hall
OPENING CEREMONY BEGINS – KATHMANDU, NEPAL
Local vegan activists, advocates, educators, celebrities, chefs, conservationists, environmentalists, organizers, athletes, and plant-based entrepreneurs are joined by delegates from over 31 countries to launch the Himalayan Vegan Festival celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal. The opening ceremony marks the official launch of the biggest vegan event ever in the Himalayas and the start of the first-ever Himalayan Vegan Festival. The festive celebrations this evening includes live music & dance performances, special cultural programs highlighting the Himalayan region and it’s many diverse communities, a colorful multimedia presentation to plant-based foods and their centuries-old history in the Himalaya, an all-star vegan introduction to the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, and a fantastic vegan feast of local Himalayan delicacies. Don’t miss out on this landmark celebration to mark the official start of this history-making event!

Special Guest Speakers

  • Ashmi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2016 and vegan social activist)
  • Dr. Susianto Tseng (World Vegan Organisation Founder and Doctor in Nutrition)
  • Palak Mehta (Founder and CEO of Vegan First, India)
  • Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday (Meatless Monday Bhutan), Animal advocate
    and film director & producer)
  • Dr. Sailesh Rao Ph.D. (Founder of Climate Healers, Human, Earth & Animal Liberation Activist)
  • Shristhi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president, Animal Nepal)
  • Keegan Kuhn (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health)
  • Kuntal Joisher (Vegan Mountaineer and two-time Everest summitter), Dr. Nandita Shah (Award-winning author and disease prevention advocate)
  • Ken Spector (Head of marketing and key principal at HappyCow – the largest vegan/vegetarian website in the world)
  • Venerable Jeong Kwan (Buddhist Nun & globally popular plant-based chef
    who promotes saving the planet through food)
  • Seth Tibbott (Founder of Tofurky and Turtle Island Foods – the world's pioneer in vegan food products, and Tempeh Expert)
  • Sanam Puri (Singer,Songwriter and Vegan Advocate)

Sept 15

19:30 

Chautari Hall
OPENING CEREMONY DINNER
Special vegan feast of Himalayan delicacies from across the region all 100% veganized for this
absolutely delicious plant-based celebration in the heart of Nepal!