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1st Nevada City Vegan Food + Wine Festival adds speakers

Allison Rivers Samson, an award-winning vegan chef, cookbook author, wellness coach and co-founder of The Dairy Detox, was just added to the speakers list for the inaugural Nevada City Vegan Food + Wine Festival June 2-3.

Samson, also known as "The Maven of Mmmm …," is set to speak 1 p.m. at the main day of the festival, which takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 at Nevada City Oddfellow's Lodge, 225 Broad St., Nevada City.

Among the other speakers is Kristie Middleton, author of "Meatless" and senior director of food policy at the Humane Society of the United States. Also on tap is Jasmin Singer, author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough and one of The Advocate's "40 Under 40."

"Veganism is moving from the fringe to the mainstream," said event organizer Aurelia d'Andrea. "We're celebrating this shift with a first-of-its-kind event."

According to d'Andrea, local bars, restaurants, wineries and retail shops will join in to celebrate plant-based living by showcasing vegan offerings. So far, the list includes: Blackberry Creek Farm Animal Sanctuary, Miyoko's Kitchen, Cello Chocolate, Harmony Books, Animal Film Festival and Arbonne cosmetics.

"Together with the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, we will distribute 'V Marks the Spot' maps to help people easily navigate the downtown area and pinpoint vegan-friendly business and services," she said. "Participating merchants will display a laminated 'V' in their windows for easy identification."

The event kicks off 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 with a vegan wine + cheese fundraising soirée hosted by vegan cheesemaker Miyoko's Kitchen and local vegan winery Clavey Vineyards + Winery.

This cocktail-hour event will feature Clavey's award-winning unfiltered wines, created without the use of eggs or fish (typical in wine-making processes at industrial wineries) and the award-winning artisanal nut-based cheeses created by Fairfax-based Miyoko's.

Saturday's festival, which includes a wide range of exhibitors, is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

The festival will be capped off by a pop-up vegan dinner the evening of June 3.

For more information, contact d'Andrea at 530-955-1308, send a message to NevadaCityVeganFestival@gmail.com, or visit the event's Facebook page at Facebook.com/NevadaCityVeganFoodAndWineFestival.