Hi everyone! I’m back with another Veg Fest volunteer interview in anticipation of our inaugural Twin Cities Veg Fest happening on July 14th at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.
This time I sat down with Brita Bengston, an exhuberant Veg Fest volunteer to get her insights into what working on Veg Fest has been like as well as to get to know her a little better.
CAA: What is your role on the Veg Fest team?
Brita: I am the Advertising and Media Coordinator.
CAA: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Brita: I bike a lot when it’s warm, going to movies and concerts in the park, and NE Arts District events in my neighborhood such as Art-A-Whirl. I also enjoy a wide variety of music, day trips to State Parks with friends and family, cheesy movies, sci-fi conventions and playing Rock Band.
CAA: How did you get involved in planning the Veg Fest?
Brita: After being a (mostly vegan) vegetarian for well over two decades, last year I started to feel that I still wasn’t doing enough for the animals. I had been aware of CAA for quite some time, and so I inquired about volunteer opportunities. I was really impressed with their mission and core values, and the way they go about approaching the delicate issue of factory farming. I was honored to be asked to help plan the first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest.
CAA: What have you enjoyed the most so far?
Brita: Attending CAA events such as the Thanksgiving Potluck, The Chili Cook Off, the Spring Potluck, the Banquet and various dine-outs, meeting so many inspiring people and enjoying great food.
CAA: What are you most looking forward to at the Veg Fest?
Brita: I imagine it as being just like any CAA event mentioned above but with thousands more! Spread the word.
CAA: Who/what species is your favorite animal?
Brita: I like goats. But my cats Dusty and Chibi-san would be more resentful than usual if I didn’t give them a shout out.
Thanks, Brita, for talking with CAA and for all of the work you are doing to help make the first Twin Cities Veg Fest a success. We’ll be back soon with another interview, but until then, feel free to visit our Sponsors or Volunteers page to find out how you can get involved!