Interview with Patrick Tullo

Wow – the inaugural Twin Cities Veg Fest is only a few days away! Can you believe how quickly the weeks are flying by? I know I can’t! As we continue to towards the big day, we will be bringing you more interviews with speakers, volunteers, and sponsors. Today I have an interview with volunteer, Patrick Tullo, for you – enjoy!

CAA: What is your role on the Veg Fest team?

I’ve had a minor role in helping to recruit speakers and exhibitors. Mostly, I provide legal advice and draft legal text for the event’s website and materials.

CAA: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I’m retired, but I still practice law occasionally for existing clients and cases involving animal protection issues. I enjoy bike riding, and I’m an avid tournament chess player and genealogist. Much of my time, between and now and the general election, is devoted to voter protection and the defeat of Minnesota’s anti-marriage-equality amendment referendum.

CAA: How did you get involved in planning the Veg Fest?

I’ve been vegan for 22 years and an animal rights advocate for much longer. At a CAA event last year, Suzy Sorenson mentioned Veg Fest and asked me if I’d like to be involved in the planning. I’d been wanting to do more with CAA.

CAA: What have you enjoyed the most so far?

I love being around the CAA leaders and volunteers. I’ve never met a more committed and effective group of people. It’s inspiring to see what this group has been able to accomplish.

CAA: What are you most looking forward to at the Veg Fest?

I want to see huge numbers of people flood the event, so that this year’s success will guarantee that there will be a Twin Cities Veg Fest every year from now on.

CAA: Who/what species is your favorite animal?

I’m partial to cats. My present family includes four rescues: Lazarus, Lela, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Subaru. They are my teachers.

Many thanks to Patrick for helping with Veg Fest and for taking the time to do this interview with us! There’s still time to volunteer your time or services for the event! Check out our Volunteer page to find out how!