The Green Festival Expo New York City Launch Party took place at the trendy Spreadhouse on Tuesday, March 30, 2016 with over one hundred New Yorkers joining us. A very special thank you to Gregory Minasian, the Owner of Spreadhouse, and his team.

The media-focused event was highlighting the upcoming Green Festival show, celebrating its fifth year in New York City. Guests included exhibitors, small business owners, media representatives, environmental advocates and community members who all share a commitment to making New York City more sustainable and green. Those attending enjoyed an array of plant-based hors d'oeuvres, beverages and fun takeaways from: Velvet Frame, DF Mavens, The Elephant Pants, Bakery on Main, Ora's Herbals, Alternavites, EarthCare Corp, So buddhalicious and Fire Cider. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Bank Purely, Belle + Bella, Chelsea Garden Center, Gudrun Sjoden, Hidow, Organic Spa Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine and Spreadhouse.

We are pleased to be back in New York at the LEED certified Javits Convention Center and endorsed by New York Mayor Bill De Blasio! "New York has always been known as a place where all people have the chance to build a fulfilling life for themselves and their families, and in order to keep this promise of opportunity alive for future generations, we must act now to build a stronger, more sustainable, and more resilient city." – Bill De Blasio. The Javits Convention Center is offering an exclusive VIP green roof tour of their sustainable roof top during the New York Expo Friday and Saturday. Selected sponsors and social media contest winners will receive an hour long tour from the sustainability experts.

Rona Berg, Editor-in-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine and best-selling author, gave opening remarks and shared her excitement about the creativity and innovation the Green Festival Expo will bring to the green community. Dr. Corinna Basler, the President of Green Festivals, welcomed all guests and shared our mission and how we as conscious consumers can make a difference with our everyday choices – and Green Festivals provides a great diverse green product platform. Everyone can make a contribution towards a more sustainable environment by making a conscious and compassionate decision about what to put on their plate every morning. Hon. Sidique Wai, President & National Spokesperson of the United African Congress was present and will also be speaking during the April Expo together with other United Nations representatives. Other New York Green Festival Speakers present at the party include Joan Bucchino from Grace Play Connect sponsoring the family fun pavilion, Peter Rogina from the Peace Lights - New York Peace Coalition Synergy, Julian Michael - Celebrity Numerologist, Sarah Gross for the New York Vegetarian Festival and Jeongwoon Eun founder of Tigerwon Inc. The full NYC speaker list includes nearly 60 speakers, musicians, professors, entrepreneurs, health experts and authors.

The growing momentum of Green Festival Expo was highlighted by Corinna Basler. She announced new developments at Green Festival such as the new sponsorships with BankMobile, Bank Purely, GEICO, Hidow, Kombucha Brewers International, Roofless Solar by Clean Energy Collective, Stromer Electric Bikes, VegFund and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. A local vegan and vegetarian food court will provide delicious options throughout the 3-day weekend. B2B workshops will provide programming designed to educate and assist local business-owners and entrepreneurs. The brand new Green Festival Online Store will be available to consumers this spring proving access to the expo year round. As part of a new partnership with A.U.M. Films, Green Festival will be hosting screenings of the acclaimed documentary COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret by filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn.

Corinna Basler mentioned the Green Festival Community and Brand Award and invited everyone to invite local nonprofits for the community award and vote for their favorite brand for a chance to win the Super Green Shopper Prize! The New York Humane Society is joining the Green Festival for the Saves Lives Campaign encouraging attendees to adopt, not shop for their new furry friend.

Big thank you to the New York Regional Director Amy Galper, our Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Johnson, Scott Luxor our Green Festival Ambassador and their whole team.

Spreadhouse was the perfect venue for the New York City Launch Party and attendees left with gift bags that provided a taste of what was to come at Green Festival on April 15, 16 & 17th at the Javits Convention Center. Big thank you to Gudrun Sjödén America for providing the gift bags. We encourage everyone to come out, bring your friends, and have a great time at the Expo!

Over 25 Media Outlets Present: Style Music TV, Feed Me Gluten Free, Gluten Free Travel, That Girl at the Party, Examiner.com, Style Music TV, Maya Litovsky - FashionsWeek.com, Local Cable TV, City Times News, New York Trends, Culture, Art & Performance, MommyNatrix.com, Buzzebeauty Blog, Jane Seo, Huffington Post / Buzzfeed, Fashionably Petite, Veganzinga, Gluten Free NYC, PopEntertainment.com

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Photo Credit: Michael Ostuni