Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rawstock Cometh!

Want something a little different to do on August 25th? Here is the latest press release for Rawstock-Check it out!


A day filled with food, yoga, live music, and guest speakers gathering to celebrate promoting health and well-being through a raw foods diet.

The first annual Rawstock Niagara will be heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, August 25th for a day of food, music, yoga, and wellness. From 11am to 10pm, vendors, speakers, and demonstrations will pack Kinsmen Hall and surrounding outdoor green space located at 430 King St. in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. Admission is free, open to all ages, pet-friendly, and wheelchair accessible.
Presented by Conscious Eating Niagara, the event welcomes everyone from vegans to vegetarians, to raw foodists, to meat eaters. Conscious Eating Niagara ( runs a monthly potluck gathering over an average of 50 individuals who celebrate food in its natural form. Their growing success has led to their enthusiasm for creating an event to highlight a raw food diet.
Raw food diets are increasing in popularity, and Rawstock Niagara is geared toward exploring and embracing a conscious-eating lifestyle. With the focus on nourishing the body with food as presented in nature, a raw food diet consists of unprocessed plant foods that have not been heated over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), thereby retaining all of their nutritional value. All speakers and exhibitors will promote education, products, and services dedicated to a raw food lifestyle.
The growing number of exhibitors feature companies and restaurants dedicated to raw, whole, and organic foods, local organic farmers, handmade artisan jewelry and art, holistic healing, exercise and fitness, natural beauty and eco-friendly products, and non-profit organizations. Highlighted speakers will showcase their knowledge and talent from a diverse group of professionals, including Marni Wasserman, certified chef and culinary nutritionist, and founder of Delicious Knowledge by Marni Wasserman, Toronto-based chef and author of Canada’s first ever raw food recipe book Eat Raw, Eat Well (Robert Rose, 2012) Douglas McNish, hempseed guru Jim Poyton, Michael Lachaume, a member of a world network of free plant breeders, who will be distributing heirloom seeds, and Laura Kozloski, owner of the local Virgil Organic General Store.
Free all-day yoga will also be offered by local business Yoga By Sarah (, led by certified instructors in a shaded area of the grounds. No prior yoga experience is required—all you need is a yoga mat and an open-mind. For those who want to break a little more of a sweat, they can partake in a 30-minute mid-afternoon bootcamp hosted by Balance Fitness Studio.
Live music will complement the schedule with an array of talent, including Combo Royale, a large community of veg-enthusiastic swing dancers; musicians Jack Harlan, Whitney Peterson, and Brian Wall; and The Perpetual Peace Project, a band dedicated to creating human happiness through music. The evening will conclude with a First Nations drum and dance ceremony.
The venue is easily accessible by Go Train (from Toronto to St. Catharines), with shuttle buses running to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rates start at $9.80 and family discounts are available. Located in beautiful wine country and just steps from the historic old town, there is much to see and do within minutes of the venue. Those who are visiting can take advantage of local bed and breakfasts offering raw vegan breakfasts.
            For more on Rawstock Niagara, including exhibitors, travel details, a bed and breakfast directory, schedules, and other general information, visit

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