“In 1997, I went to an animal camp with my Girl Scout troop. We were each assigned an animal to care for during the week and I was assigned Stuart the cow. I fed him, brushed him, talked to him and gave him hugs. When I got home from camp and my parents served steak for dinner, I made the connection that my Stuart could one day become steak and I swore off meat from that day forth!
Clayton John Rud (Cuh-lay-oooo-tuna Chaun Rew-deh)/ noun. A totally funny person who is funny and stuff. I am sup-I mean he is super good at riding bike and can pop a wheely where BOTH wheels get off the ground! It’s called a pro-hop. Look it up. Anyways, he’s a vegan actor, artist, blood donor, video gamer, film creator, dog lover, cat lover, snake lover, bread lover, ferret acquittance, candy enthusiast, jackhammer, comedian? (You decide), son to a very supportive and patient mom, and also sometimes I’m funny. Available for birthday parties.
My name is Andrew Carlson and I’m the packaging manager at The Herbivorous Butcher. I’ve been vegan for about seven years. Throughout this time, I’ve gained an great appreciation for food, especially that in which I can create on my own, through cooking and baking. Fashion also plays a huge part in my day-to-day life. In living a vegan lifestyle, I always keep a keen eye out for clothing that is sustainably sourced and supports a good cause, especially when it’s something that is unconventional and stands out from the norm.
Medora Frei is a Hospital Patient Advocate who loves art, music, and is passionate about animal rights. She is a Cystic Fibrosis advocate and started her own program that uses art and photography to help kids who are going through similar struggles. She hopes to one day start her own animal sanctuary with her partner Sam.
Samuel Sprynczynatyk is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker from North Dakota. He has been in filmmaking for over ten years and is self taught. He strives to make a difference in the world through his films and is currently shooting a feature called “Kindred Creatures” which focuses on the personalities and inner lives of animals typically used in animal agriculture.
Cori is the owner and creator behind vegan cookie company, The Cookie Creative. After finally making the switch to veganism last year, she knew immediately that transitioning her brand was next and after months of recipe development, she made the switch official in January of 2018. Cori is passionate about teaching others about plant-based alternatives in baking and offers personalized instruction to those interested in learning the tricks of the trade as well as offering bespoke royal icing cookies for all occasions.
Sarah Deimel is the owner and found of Sweet Root Mpls. Sweet Root Mpls is a local vegan bakery on a mission to create tasty vegan treats using natural and organic ingredients.
Kara founded SoulSpace in May of 2015. SoulSpace is located on 11 acres in New Richmond, WI SoulSpace provides rescue, refuge, and a forever home for 40+ farm animals, enabling visitors to connect with the Residents and see them as the emotional, intelligent, loving individuals they are. These Residents stand as ambassadors for the billions in factory farms who have no way out. Kara has dedicated her life to advocating on their behalf.
Vegan chef, Heather Klein refuses to compromise taste for vegan cuisine. When it comes to animal welfare, sustainability and health, she creates dishes that incorporate all three and taste amazing. Her mobile food kitchen, Root to Rise Kitchen makes all their dishes from scratch, organic and vegan. Check out their catering menu at roottorisekitchen.com
Kirstin is co-owner of Reverie Mobile Kitchen, a plant-based food truck serving the Twin Cities. Kirstin is passionate about creating places and situations where people can come together and connect. When not slinging vegan food, she’s gardening, managing public art projects for the City of Minneapolis, or hanging out with Jeff and her animals, Mr. Buckles and Al.
Hi I’m Alicia! I have been vegan for 10 years. I love to eat, sleep, travel, and spend time with my human and animal friends. When I’m not doing these things I’m working with some pretty great people at The Herbivorous Butcher helping to make the meat-free meats and the cheese-free cheeses! Yum yum!!
Sheila Nelson is the owner and baker of Vegan East. She started as an in home bakery in 2016 and open it’s first storefront on February 10th, 2018 in downtown White Bear Lake. She will soon have another storefront location in Uptown in the former Ecopolitan Building, which is scheduled to open some time this year. She currently resides in St. Paul, MN.
Bruce Leroy Williams has been performing comedy all over the Twin Cities for the past 3 years. He was named one of Minnesota’s “2017 Artists of the Year” by The City Pages, and Growler Magazine’s “Trailblazers of the Twin Cities” with Baddies Comedy Co. In December of 2017, Bruce Leroy was featured on “Hart of the City”, aired on Comedy Central as rising star comic! As an advocate for healthy living, Bruce created the 50 Days of Water and 50 Days Vegan programs to assist and provide information and resources to people looking to make changes in their lifestyle. He recently celebrated 500 days of vegan in May.
Bruce Leroy’s comedy is based around his life experiences. Photographer, a Yoga instructor, and Safety Specialist at a wastewater treatment plant. He speaks on experiences he’s had as a child, things he has recently or is currently going through, as well as anticipated experiences that he might have or have to witness. Expect HIGH ENERGY, a lot of MOVEMENT, CHARACTERS and IMPERSONATIONS, and AUDIENCE INVOLVEMENT. An overall good time!
In these last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to share stages with Bill Bellamy, Rick Gutierrez, Adam Hunter, and Ronnie Jordan to name a few.
As a multi-racial youth I grew up in the Minneapolis punk scene in the early 1980’s and became a Straight Edge punk which meant I didn’t drink, do drugs or smoke. Not too much later I got into Oi & Ska music so some friends and I started what was the first anti racist skinhead crew in the United states, The BALDIES. We later started a organization called Anti-Racist Action (A.R.A.) to involve other youth that we not necessarily skinheads. A.R.A. went on to have chapters all over the US and several countries.
Veganism was brought to my attention from the straight edge bands I had been listening to at that time. But I didn’t make the change right away. After my oldest son passed away in 2013 of a accidental overdose. It made me realize I needed to break the chain of ancestral and family trauma that have been plaguing us for decades and centuries. So I felt the only way to not contribute to anymore pain or suffering in this world was to go vegan.
It has been most nonviolent revolutionary act I could ever do. It has changed my world and many friends and family.
In 2017 sir winston Hampshire came into our family from A rotta love plus dog rescue. He’s a vegan dog and it will help maintain a long and healthy life for this awesome little guy.
Stefon Alexander, better known by his stage name P.O.S, is a hip hop artist from Minneapolis.
P.O.S. is a founding member of the indie hip hop collective Doomtree and is currently signed to Doomtree Records. He also fronts a number of punk rock bands and is currently serving as guitarist and vocalist for Building Better Bombs, as well as vocalist and keyboardist for Marijuana Deathsquads.