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Easton and Bethlehem are still vegging out in 2020 with healthy-eating festivals – lehighvalleylive.com

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Bethlehem’s VegFest returns for a 10th year with a hybrid of virtual and in-person events beginning Monday, followed by Easton’s VegFest returning for a second year Sept. 12 in Downtown Easton.

Suffice it to say, it won’t be like the Lehigh Valley’s past festivals celebrating healthy eating, thanks to restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus illness.

But organizers still have a lot in store for the vegetarian-friendly and even the vegan-curious.

In fact, Bethlehem’s VegFest culminates Sept. 5 with The Curious Vegan Trail on-site event in Center City Bethlehem. Tickets for the event running 1 to 5 p.m. are $35 and include a passport and map, entitling the holder to sample 100% vegan offerings at 11 participating locations. Guests will also receive personal hand sanitizer and have to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

Other in-person events in Bethlehem require tickets, as well, and are in addition to free live-streamed events also beginning Monday. Visit the event’s Facebook page or webpage hosted by the Downtown Bethlehem Association for all the details.

VegFest in Easton started in 2018 in Tatamy before moving along the city’s Delaware River-front last year. It is scheduled Sept. 12 this year in Riverside Park, beginning at 11 a.m. and overlapping with the tail end of that morning’s Easton Farmers’ Market in neighboring Scott Park.

Tickets are not required for the free event, said founder and co-director Rachel Douglass, and again the event has a list of COVID-19 guidelines in place. The Easton festival runs through 5 p.m.

Full details are available through the event’s Facebook page and website hosted in partnership with the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com.

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