Aspen Fall Festival is Sunday |

Aspen Fall Festival is Sunday

Aspen Meatless Monday, Aspen T.R.E.E and The Humane Society of the United States are hosting the Aspen Fall Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cozy Point, 220 Juniper Road, Snowmass.

The free, family-friendly day celebrates health, sustainability and animals.

In the morning, explore vendor booths and enjoy samplings from Spring Cafe and Healthy Hearts.

A panel discussion will follow on the health and sustainability benefits of a plant-based diet as well as the impact of factory farming on the environment. The panel includes Physicians for Responsible Medicine, Sandy Holmes RD at Aspen Valley Hospital (including some of her plant-based recipes), local physician Dr. Christine Miller, Aubyn Royall of the Humane Society and Eden Vardy of Aspen T.R.E.E.

The Aspen Animal Shelter will be on hand with adoptable dogs. A veterinarian from Aspen Animal Hospital also will be there to answer questions. And for a touch of meditative relaxation, the Aspen Yoga Society will lead a class for kids in the morning and one for adults in the afternoon.

A bring-your-own-lunch picnic will be held from noon to 1 p.m. There also will be fun events for children such as face painting and cookie decorating sponsored by Hampton Creek as well as interacting with farm animals.

Meatless Monday was “founded in 2003 by Sid Levin in association John’s Hopkin’s University Bloomberg School of Public Health to make meatless dishes part of everyday culture and cuisine to improve personal health and health of the environment,” according to the organization.

Aspen T.R.E.E (Together Regenerating the Environment through Education) was founded in 2008 in the Roaring Fork Valley to “empower youth and community to grow a better future.”

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