A free spring vegan pop-up market is scheduled from 1-4:30 p.m. May 17, at Epicentral Coworking, 415 N. Tejon St. Focused on the home cook, attendees can spend an afternoon with local chefs and cookbook authors and learn simple ways to cook plant-based meals through four cooking demos.

“Our anchor store, Nooch Vegan Market from Denver, will be back selling specialized vegan groceries and local Azteca Gourmet will be on hand selling vegan tamales,” said event producer JL Fields in a news release. “But new this time around is four free chef demonstrations by vegan home cooks and trained professionals.”

The Cooking Demo Line-Up

— 1:15 pm. Cindy Harrell is certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and completed the Engine 2 Immersion Program. She specializes in vegan cooking classes, healthy eating coaching and healthy eating personal shopping. Harrell’s vegan classes include cleaning up the classics, the dirty vegan favorites, fresh from the garden, it’s easy being green, vegan desserts made easy and the vegan holiday table.

— 2 p.m. Tess Challis is an author, vegan chef, cooking instructor and wellness coach. Her books include Radiant Health, Inner WealthThe Two-Week Wellness SolutionRadiance 4 Life, and Get Waisted: 100 Addictively Delicious Plant-Based Entrées. Challis co-founded Get Waisted (an alternative to Weight Watchers, with over 70 locations worldwide), along with Dr. Mary Wendt. See radianthealth-innerwealth.com.

— 2:45 p.m JL Fields is a vegan lifestyle coach & educatorFood for Life instructor, co-creator of Real World Vegan Meal Plans, personal chef, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services. She is the author of Vegan Pressure Cooking: Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutesco-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet, contributor to Running, Eating, Thinking: A Vegan Anthology, writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette and is a food, health and wellness freelance writer. See jlgoesvegan.com.

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— 3:30 p.m. Alan Roettinger is a writer, food designer, blogger and public speaker. He has been a private chef for more than 30 years, serving clients in the U.S., Europe and Australia. He is the author of four cookbooks, Omega 3 CuisineSpeed VeganExtraordinary Vegan and most recently, co­-author of Paleo Vegan. Alan is passionate about encouraging and empowering people to “Eat smart, and live Joyfully.” See alanroettinger.com.

Each chef/author will be on hand to answer cooking questions and sell and sign copies of their cookbooks. Fore more information, visit meetup.com/ColoradoSpringsVeg/.