By Bob Linden 



Last October in San Diego, an event was organized to commemorate “World Vegetarian Day”, “World Farm Animal Day”, “The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi”, and Gandhi’s birthday. It was a festival of inclusion wherein even animals were recognized in the mosaic of life and the equations of human and environmental health. Attendees declared the highly-publicized, highly-attended occasion “utopia” while vendors labeled it “perfect”. The name “FallFest” gave way to “WorldFest”, with the hope of spreading the vision far and wide. 

Inspired by the success of the San Diego event, organizers took it to L.A. on July 30th. Like San Diego, LA embraced the concept. 8,000-10,000 joined together in this most unique music/food/health/environment/animal festival including celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Nealon, Linda Blair, Peter Reckell, and others. It flashed on the pages of “People”, the “LA Times” and numerous publications, and on “E! Entertainment Network” and many TV and radio stations. 

So what is so special about this free festival? 

Unlike any other festival, no animals were harmed, abused, killed, or exploited in any way for this celebration of life. This is a celebration of love for all animals (including humans) and the environment in which we live. No animals are for sale to be eaten or worn at WorldFest, and no consumer, personal, or household items can contain animal ingredients or be tested on animals. 

Fun, flavor, and frivolity are so satisfying when they come at no one’s expense. WorldFest is deliciously diverse in food and music. Fragrance-filled air dances to the rhythms of the stage, typically worldbeat, reggae, Brazilian, and progressive. 

Booths of environmental, health, animal, and other nonprofit groups spot the landscape among holistic healers and vendors of innovative products. Dogs and cats find new homes. Children gleefully giggle at clowns. 

And the booming voice of special guest speaker, Howard Lyman, silences the music and the crowd, if only momentarily, for a message of such major importance to our health and environment that no parent should miss it. He is the fourth-generation Montana cattle rancher and author of “Mad Cowboy” who has prevailed with Oprah Winfrey in the cause for freedom of speech in the Texas cattlemen lawsuit. 

This magical and inspirational event returns to San Diego on Sunday Oct.22, from10 a.m.-7 p.m., at Embarcadero Marina Park South (on the bay behind the convention center.) 

Information about becoming an exhibitor, volunteer, or just attending this event can be found at  or by calling 
(619) 584-6462.

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