Thousands from New York and around the nation came to participate and learn at the Vegetarian Vision during its first International Health and Wellness Exposition on September 9-10 at Penn Pavilion in New York City. Renowned speakers included dozens of internationally recognized physicians, scientists, authors, and wellness experts, who spoke about the many health and environment benefits of a plant based/vegetarian diet. Exhibitors and booth demonstrators filled a 40,000 square foot arena at Penn Pavilion’s expo hall, entertaining guests with live food demonstrations, on site yoga exercises, holistic therapies and new age massage techniques, and the very latest in health and wellness products.
Vegetarian Vision founder H.K. Shah, and his wife Malti Shah, expressed their joy at a ribbon cutting ceremony, which marked the inception of the event and the organization’s 25th jubilee anniversary. President Chandra Mehta led with the lamp lighting ceremony, alongside Bollywood star Mahima Chaudhry. Attendees included Dr. Sudhir Parikh, H.R. Shah, meditation guru Patri Ji, Air India’s Vandana Sharma, David Green, president of Vegan Association, Andrew Zwicker, New Jersey assemblyman, Mr. K. K. Mehta, convention chair, Nitin Vyas convention coordinator, and Flora Parekh, vice president.
Gary Null, host of award winning radio shows, and author of numerous NY Times best sellers, delivered a keynote lecture on reversing heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and mental decline through vegetarianism and veganism. Harvard trained cardiologist, Dr. Robert Ostfeld spoke further on the many benefits of plant based diet.
Bollywood star Mahima Chaudhry was chair and judge of the Mr. and Miss Vegetarian Beauty Pageant. The pageant was followed by a special gala event, hosted with honorable Congressman Tom Suozzi and Vegetarian Vision founder H.K. Shah. The keynote speech was made by Chandra Mehta. The Expo’s grand finale had a live fashion show, organized by Suhag Mehta, president of Shreenath Enterprise Inc, and MC’d by Flora Parekh.
The exposition was a first for the Vegetarian Vision organization, bringing plant based lifestyle and wellness, to a global stage. Null, host of award winning radio shows, and author of numerous NY Times best sellers, delivered a keynote lecture on reversing heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and mental decline through vegetarian and veganism.
Harvard trained cardiologist, Dr. Robert Ostfeld spoke further on the many benefits of plant based diet Dr. Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute lectured on advanced healthcare, preventing and reversing disease, premature again, and renewing happiness. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Live, The End of Diabetes and The End of Heart Disease, further demonstrated the healthiest ways to eat, and scientific principles of superior nutrition. Mark Becker, yoga specialist, who opened the first Non-Hindu yoga center in NYC, Serenity, over 40 years ago, focused on “ahimsa,” nonviolence, as a spiritual cornerstone of vegetarianism.
Pavilion hosts, booth exhibitors, and other speakers displayed unique healing techniques through crystal bowl sounds, infrared light saunas, hydrogen water, and ayurvedic remedies. Famous vegan chefs, including, Mark Reinfeld, lit up the Expo with live cooking demonstrations featuring their celebrated recipes. The food hall also showcased a variety of oriental teas, live juice and smoothie samples, and vegan meals by Chickpea.
Vegetarian Vision’s International Health and Wellness Exposition proved to be a success of mega proportion. Attended by thousands, and hosted by a star-studded list of pioneers and wellness experts, the Expo made for a special, and memorable experience.