Sept 15

04:00pm-
04:50pm

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)
  • Shristi 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)
  • 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

05:00pm-
05:50pm

Chautari Hall
WHAT IS VEGANISM? WHY IS IT A BETTER DIET?
Vegan, veganism, and plant-based – you’ve heard the words, now learn what they mean! Will I get enough protein, where will I get my calcium, can I still play sports and be strong? How does what I eat really impact the environment and climate change? And even if it all sounds good – how can I afford it? Is it just a trending diet for the rich? These and many more questions are answered in an in-depth conversation with some of the region’s and world’s leading experts who explore the health, environmental and affordable benefits of a plant-based diet – which has a lot more to offer us than most people know.

Speakers

  • Dr. Zeeshan Ali (Program specialist at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
  • Dr. Vidya Chakravarthy (Award-winning plant-based ayurvedic doctor)
  • Ken Spector (Head of marketing and key principal at HappyCow)

Moderator

  • Kuntal Joisher (Vegan mountaineer and two-time Everest sum- mitter)

Sept 15

06:00pm-
06:50pm

Chautari Hall
THE RISE OF VEGAN ACTIVISM IN NEPAL
Being vegan is more than just about what you eat. To be vegan is to be an activist simply by leading by example. It is about planting seeds and educating those around you which is key to successful vegan activism. Discuss the rise of Vegan activism in the Himalayas and how best to create a more compassionate community around you.

Speakers

  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president of Animal Nepal)
  • Ramji Adhikari (Founder of Manavsewa ashram , Social vegan activists)
  • Palak Mehta (Founder and CEO of Vegan First, India)
  • Angphuri Sherpa (Author, plant-based health advocate & vegan monk)
  • Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday–Meatless Monday
    Bhutan, animal advocate, film director & producer)

Moderator

  • Asmi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2016, fashion model)

Sept 15

07:00pm

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!