The Coachella of animal rights conferences

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

If the Nevada City Vegan Food + Wine Festival on June 3 (see “Cheese and wine party, vegan style,” May 18) is not your speed, here are a couple of other vegan-centric events that weekend. The Animal Place Farmed Animal Conference is Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4, at 17314 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. It’ll be the Coachella of animal rights conferences with camping; famous vegan speakers like author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and musician Tony Kanal of No Doubt; plus, the farm’s resident (saved-from-slaughter) party animals. Go to for tickets ($75-$125) and scholarship and volunteer opportunities. Or opt to go to PreetiRang Sanctuary at 4197 Rio Dixon Road in Dixon on Sunday, June 4, for its fourth anniversary and National Animal Rights Day celebration, with a vegan potluck, music and NARD ceremony. It’s a zero-waste event, so bring utensils and a plate, and fill out a liability waiver prior to the event at