The First-Ever Veg Fest in Southwest Florida occurred in January 2017 at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. Although the weather in the morning was cold and rainy, we had 8-10,000 attendees visit our booths. In year two, we skyrocketed to 15-18,000!

From its inception, SWFL Veg Fest has been a team effort. The core team formed quickly and has extraordinary talent. This group demonstrates what a small group of passionate people can do!

We are grateful to the many other volunteers who help with planning and event day activities and made the fest what it is.

We look forward to growing our fest to Naples:

Sun, January 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Thanks to our Volunteers for Making Veg Fest a Success


Mike Young


Mike Young is the Founder of Wake Forest Veg Fest, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit,,, and Director of Pod Operations at PlantPure. He’s the type of person that’s continually in search of improvement and doing the best he can do with everything. Mike has always been a forward thinker, and this has propelled him into leading a whole foods plant based lifestyle. He believes there’s nothing more important to do today than spread the good news of this lifestyle since everyone and everything benefits! Mike can be found perpetually on social media.


Michelle Stephens

Founder, The Great Hope Foundation

Michelle Stephens is the Founder of the The Great Hope Foundation a non-profit charity.

The Great Hope Foundation is making bold strides to combat childhood poverty from 2 different angles. Supporting existing orphanages and schools who have proven effective in transforming children’s lives from destitution to college degrees and aiding rural villages.