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EPIC: The Sustainable Living Expo offers sampling and shopping for the eco-conscious

Grab your reusable shopping bags, jump on your electric scooter, and get your eco-chic on down to EPIC: The Sustainable Living Expo taking place May 11-13, 2012 at the new Vancouver Convention Centre.

The EPIC expo, a conscious consumer exhibition and eco-educational event, will host over 300 exhibitors offering the latest in sustainable lifestyle options: from food, fashion, weddings and health to transportation, and including most importantly lots of beer, wine and chocolate.

“This is the most important topic of our time and we put on a pretty good show - lots of fun things to do and good things to eat and see,” EPIC Sales Manager, Chris Livingstone said.

EPIC offers not only plenty of ethical and earth-friendly shopping, but also entertaining and inspirational programming on three different stages throughout the weekend. The Main Stage will host leading eco-visionaries including activist Sarah Duggan, discussing what teens are doing to combat plastic water bottles in schools, and former Vancouver City Councillor Peter Ladner discussing his book, The Urban Food Revolution.

EPIC’s theme this year is: “All Things Food: Local, Organic and Healthy,” and the Whole Foods EPICurean Stage is where foodies can scoop the latest info on everything from seeds, to animal welfare, to canning techniques, to raw food. Great Chefs such as Andrew George Jr. of the Tsleil–Waututh Nation, Dino Gazzola of Grouse Mountain Resort and pastry chef Wendy Boys of Cocolico will be cooking up healthier gourmet cuisine. On Sunday, Lucretia Schanfarber of Prairie Naturals will be discussing super foods and supplements and making smoothies all day from her book, Smoothies for Life.

Whole Foods Market jumped at the chance to sponsor the EPICurean Stage again this year because, says Marketing Coordinator David Hulbert, “it gives us the opportunity to interact with an educated and engaged audience. This level of shared environmental consciousness is a leading reason why we chose to support the event.”

To see what environmental consciousness and amazing fashion look like together, head over to the EPICatwalk and take in fashion shows by local designers and even eco-Bridal shows. Shop the EPICFashion Marketplace for clothing, shoes, sunglasses and accessories from 40 different designers committed to sustainable business practices.

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