2019 Charlotte Vegfest Speakers and Chef Demos Schedule

Speaker Schedule

Featuring Swami Pluma Rayodeluna MD, Jessica McCarton RD, Dr. Cowan, Moderated by Steven Cuzmusco

Erin Fergus is the associate department head of health and fitness science at Wake Tech Community
College in Raleigh. After being vegetarian for 12 years and spending her post-college years as a runner
and triathlete, she decided to try a different challenge. March 1, 2013 was the day she decided that
there was no better way to solidify going vegan than to do so as a bodybuilder. She was told “vegan
bodybuilder is an oxymoron” and placed last in her first competition in 2013, but she never gave up on
training and spreading the message. That paid off in 2017 when she became the first vegan pro in WNBF
Fit Body and the first vegan pro in OCB women’s physique. Her pro debut in fall 2018 went better than
expected by placing 2 nd at the national level OCB Yorton Cup and 6 th at the international level WNBF
Worlds. Each of those competitions has been against all non-vegans. Although she won’t compete again
until 2020, she trains as hard as possible six days a week to prove that what many people think can’t be
achieved on plants and compassion definitely can be! She is also an advocate of busting other myths,
such as that women lifting weights will become bulky or “less feminine.”

Featuring Shonda Caines, Benita Gibbs, Punjabi Spice, June, Moderated by Kayla Jai


Chef Demos


Chef Daniel is here as a participant of Veg Out Charlotte

Chef John Schaal loves to ferment all of the things! As a personal chef here in Charlotte he sometimes gets to incorporate his love of fermentation with his clients, but he really enjoys being able to teach this magic and share it with others.