The Los Angeles Green Festival Expo Launch Party took place at Expert DOJO on September 3, 2015 with over 150 attending. Special thank you to the host, Brian Mac Mahon, Chief Community Officer of Expert DOJO.

Proudly sponsoring the Green Festival Expo Los Angeles Launch Party was Blue Gold 4 Life, Bright Green Events, Coco Jack, Nature Hole Snacks, KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks, Love 'n Light Wellness by Leah, Marley Coffee, Miyoko's Kitchen, MUNCHOS Raw Snacks, New Age Wine, The Permaculture Academy, Earthflow Designs, B. Layne Creations, True Food Kitchen, TreeHomeMedia, Treeium, Inc., VegVoyages and Vital Hemp.

Those in attendance at this year's Launch Party included: The German Consulate General Guests, Mr. Kai Spicher, Consul and Head of Administration and Mr. Thomas Feith, Business Affairs; Rachel Avalon, Health Coach & Eco Expert; Andrew Keegan, Actor, Entrepreneur, Community Leader & Founder, Full Circle Venice; Rev. Leon Campbell, Youth Director, Agape International Spiritual Center; LaurieAnn Gibson, Celebrity Choreographer/Creative Director; Annie Goeke, Earths Rights Institute; Tiffany Paige, Green with Tiffany; Don Rose, The Wire; Ken Spector, Happy Cow; Sara Spitz, KCRW/SM Daily Press.

Those attending enjoyed the upcycled fashions from models of B. Layne Creations. Our new Green Sponsors TreeHomeMedia and Treeium had a lounge where guests could watch a clip from their great Green Giants film. Thanks to Coco Jack, guests could open their own coconuts and bring them to the bar where Michelle "Green Queen" Eco Bartender would make a cocktail with them or offer wine from our drink sponsor, New Age Wine. Also special thanks to Russ Henry for providing the island tunes on the steel drum. Other choices for drinks were Marley Coffee and KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks. Water was provided by Blue Gold 4 Life. As the sun was setting, guests sampled the delicious food from: True Food Kitchen, Love 'n Light Wellness by Leah, Miyoko's Kitchen, Nature Hole Snacks and MUNCHOS Raw Snacks. VegVoyages was talking about their upcoming vegan tourist trips. Select students from UCLA, USC and UC Irvine showcased their green business projects they are working on as well. A big thank you goes out to Bright Green Events for making the VIP Launch as close to zero waste as possible.

Dr. Corinna Basler, President of Green Festivals, Inc., spoke enthusiastically about the growing momentum of Green Festival Expo in the community. She announced new developments at Green Festival Expo and announced Portland, Oregon as a new city addition this year! In addition, LA 2016 is already launched with the floorplan available for exhibitors to pick their spot in advance! B2B sessions start, for the first time in LA, Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30 am which are free for exhibitors and a small fee for attendees. With this year being a 3-Day Expo as opposed to a 2-Day Expo last year there will be more opportunities for exhibitors to learn more about sustainable business practices! The Green Festival "Saves Lives Campaign", a program providing attendees with the opportunity to adopt homeless pets, is a way for everyone to learn more about pets for adoption in the community and encourage all to adopt, not shop for pets. Other awards at the show include the Green Festival Community Award and Green Festival Brand Award. Winners will be announced Sunday at 2:30pm at the Green Festival Stage. Some guests began voting for their favorite green brand throughout the party making them automatically eligible for a chance to win the Super Green Shopper Prize – a gift-basket of products provided by Green Festival exhibitors and sponsors. Big thank you to our Los Angeles Green Festival Expo Regional Director Pascale Sikes, our amazing LA host committee and all of our supporters.

The LA launch party received wonderful green items from David's Natural Toothpaste, Good Earth Bags, Eco Dog Care, Good Juju Apothecary and Stephie's Healthy Eats, VeganTreats which were included in the gift bags that provided a taste of what was to come at the Green Festival Expo on September 25th, 26th & 27th at the LA Convention Center. Expert DOJO was the perfect spot for the LA Launch Party and we encourage everyone to come out, bring your friends and have a great time at the Expo!

Photo Credit: Linda Abbott