Max La Manna is a Zero-Waste vegan chef living in Brooklyn, New York. Max works with seasonality, so you’re guaranteed fresh ingredients sourced locally and that is beneficial for your body.

Max brings back the simplicity and consciousness to each dish, but never lacks the truth for flavor and the love in each bite. Max strongly feels that plants can stand alone on a plate and give you the nutrition and nourishment you need to live a happy and healthy life.

Each bite invites you to a conscious awareness of the impact we have on our environment. With Max’s Zero-Waste approach and vegan cooking, Max hopes to inspire others, leading by example and sharing his journey through delicious and tasteful food creations.

James Wildman is the Humane Educator for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.

Since 2007, James has given over a thousand presentations at over a hundred different schools and universities in South Florida, teaching respect and compassion for animals and the environments we share. These presentations have reached over a hundred thousand people, empowering youth and adults to live a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle.

His «101 Reasons to Go Vegan» video has been translated into 18 languages and has over 4 MILLION views total on YouTube. A 10 minute version of the presentation was recently posted on Facebook and has generated over 40 MILLION views. Come see the presentation that has changed thousands of people’s lives.

James was also featured in the 2017 documentary Food ReLOVution. He has worked with youth for 20 years, and in 2006, he obtained a master’s degree in Humane Education.

101 Reasons to Go Vegan is a humorous and honest look at diet and culture that highlights the benefits of a plant-based diet for our health, the environment, and the welfare of animals. The presentation is an ethical examination of our food choices designed to empower people to live a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle.

Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D.​ Biologist and ethologist, is the author of five non-fiction books, including: the New York Times best-seller What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins, Balcombe is​ ​an Associate Editor with The Editorial Department​ and also ​serves as Associate Editor for Animal Sentience, a journal on animal feelings; and he teaches a course in animal sentience for the Viridis Graduate Institute.


Lars T. Fadnes,, PhD, DTM&H jobber som Førsteamanuensis ​ved Institutt for global helse og samfunnsmedisin, Universitet i Bergen ​og er også​ Fastlege/spesialist i allmennmedisin ved Fjellsiden Legesenter. Frem til 10. august vil det være mulig å sende inn spørsmål om plantebasert ernæring. Lars vil svare på de mest spurte i en FAQ-presentasjon søndag på Vegan Weekend. Spørsmål kan sendes til

Foto: Erik Sæter Jørgensen

Mari Hult står bak (som til tross for navnet er helt vegansk), en av Norges mest leste matblogger, som stakk av med prisen «Nicest blog» på Oslo vegetarfestival i fjor. I 2016 ga hun ut den bestselgende kokeboken «Sykt godt».

På Vegan Weekend vil Mari Hult holde to kurs. Les mer om de i programmet og meld deg på.

Husk å melde deg på!