Photo provided by Humane Society of LouisianaÑA co-founder of the NOLA Veggie Fest, Dana Nesbitt, is the recipient of the inaugural Animal Advocate of the Year Award, presented by the Feral Cat Consortium. Nesbitt is president of the Humane Society of Louisiana. She is seen with Wendy Guidry, right, president of the Feral Cat Consortium.

The Humane Society of Louisiana will present its NOLA Veggie Fest on Saturday and Sunday at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans.

Hours for this annual celebration of plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free lifestyles will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be food vendors, restaurants, cooking demos, speakers and activities for kids. Those who make a $10 donation at the door will receive a tote bag and product samples; the food vendor area will be open to the public.

Founded in 2009, the NOLA Veggie Fest is a project of the Humane Society of Louisiana. “Along with our programs to help cats, dogs, horses and other companion animals, we’ve been promoting compassion for all farm animals for more than 25 years,” said Jeff Dorson, executive director and founder. “We like to communicate that message New Orleans style, with great food, celebration and fun. We invite everyone to come out and indulge in some seriously incredible food that just happens to be healthy and meat-free.”

The Humane Society of Louisiana is working to develop its Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary in Mount Hermon . At 47 acres, it is the state’s largest no-kill facility. The charity operates solely on private donations and is not affiliated with any other national or local humane society or SPCA.

The Humane Society’s president, Dana Nesbitt, recently received the inaugural Animal Advocate of the Year Award from the Feral Cat Consortium. A co-founder of the NOLA Veggie Fest, she has written more than a half-dozen pieces of legislation that have either increased penalties against convicted animal abusers or criminalized certain activities. She also wrote the original text of the bill that authorized the manufacturing and sale of “Animal Friendly” license plates, and created the Louisiana Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council and the Pet Overpopulation Fund, which will soon distribute more than $23,000 to subsidize low-cost spay/neuter operations across Louisiana.