Conventional jealousy

It's time to be jealous of the Bay Area again—this time for hosting two vegan conventions in the same week. First, there's the World Veg Festival at the San Francisco County Fair Building (1199 Ninth Avenue) in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, September 28, through Sunday, September 29. Admire the envy-inspiring schedule at (an ayurvedic vegan-recipe demo!). Next, is the East Bay's Plant-Powered Health & Fitness Expo, which SN&R would like to imagine will be chock-full of ripped vegans sippin' kale smoothies. So, despite its name, it might look like a meat market on the inside. There's only one way to find out: It's on Saturday, October 5, at Kaiser Center in Oakland (300 Lakeside Drive). Details are at