Vegan Roadie Season 3: Ciao Italia!

$6,975 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 81 people in 28 months
The Vegan Roadie Season 3: Ciao Italia! 

The Vegan Roadie is back and taking it abroad to bring you six BRAND NEW episodes covering various regions in Italy. Thought you had to take Italy off your bucket list because you no longer consume animal products? Think again, join your host Dustin Harder on a plant based journey across one of the most visited countries in the world! Discover where to dine on your trip to Italy and uncover some hidden gems.

Not only will you get an inside scoop on plant based eats, fashion and culture. Dustin will take you inside a families house in each region visited to get a one on one cooking lesson showcasing authentic italian meals that just so happen to be vegan, after Dustin will break the recipes down so you can recreate these dishes in your own kitchen! 

Money raised with this campaign will go towards equipment, equipment upgrades, housing, travel and production expenses. Thanks to a sponsorship by Vegan Travel Club the amount needed to achieve these goals is reduced drastically. 

Rewards are minimal to eliminate waste and the carbon footrprint on the enviroment. We are hopeful you will value the final result of our hard work as reward for your generous contribution.

We will film in 6 different regions (Rome, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Matera/Puglia, Sicily & Tuscany) in a time span of only three weeks. That's A LOT of work in a very short time, combined with pre and post production this project will span work hours over 9 months time to deliver superior quality for your enjoyment. 

Consulted by Gretchen Sheridan of Vegano Italiano Tours/VeganTravel Club every step of the way. Gretchen will be working closely with the Vegan Roadie team to bring the authentic vegan italian experince to life, traveling with us as we film to bring the facts and fun for each episode onto your laptop and into your home. 

This installment of the Vegan Roadie will offer a comprehensive guide beyond the pizza and pasta of it all, please join us for the ride! Your generous contribution not only helps create a resource for vegans and veg-curious, most importantly, it continues to create content that aids in the efforts to mainstream veganism. Meshing entertainment with education has consistently proven to have a lasting effect on creating change and progress. We hope you will see the importance of this vision and contribute anythingyou can from $1 and beyond, every donation helps us reach our goal. 

We are incredibly grateful for your support, there are literally no words big enough, lovely enough or thankful enough to tell you how much it means that you support this endeavor to create television quality programing to offer the masses. PLEASE share this campaign with everyone you can! 

PREVIOUS EPISODES can be seen at the following links, this gives you an exact idea of what we will offer up Italian style:
Season One:
Season Two:


Host/Creator - Dustin Harder

Dustin is a personal plant based chef and recipe developer in NYC. Graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute in 2014 he quickly went on to work with celebrity chef Chloe Coscarelli developing the menu for her fast casual chain of restaurants, By Chloe. Most recently he has teamed up with innovation at Juice Press with over 60 locations in the New York area to create mouthwatering options for their expansive menu. When not on the road Dustin maintains a private client list, teaches cooking classes at the Natural Gourmet Instutute and delights NYC with pop up dinners.  

Director - Adam Peditto 

Adam Peditto is a Philadelphia based filmmaker and music video director. His short films have been seen in America and Europe. He currently is the Video Producer for The Humane League making short videos and documentaries with a powerful message of living a plant based life.

Prodcuction Manager/Writer - David Rossetti

David Rossetti has served as the office manager on every single Vegan Roadie crowdfunding campaign, he is the reason rewards went out on time and goals were reached, among many other things. In 2015 he directed the St Louis and Denver episodes in season one of The Vegan Roadie. This season David is wearing many hats when the team lands in Italy from social media management, holding the boom mic and coordinating schedules... you name it, David is on it. An actor of the Broadway stage and regional director/choreographer, we are grateful Mr. Rossetti is taking a break from his busy schedule to keep us all on track abroad. We couldn't do it without him.

Executive Producer/Sponsor - Vegan Travel Club

Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Pasquale Tierno and Gretchen Sheridan, Vegano Italiano Tours arranges boutique tours of Southern Italy with a discerning insider’s curatorial touch. The Roccadaspide-based duo knows just where to go and what to see for the very best, most bespoke European experience: from inviting accommodations to exciting excursions, historical sightseeing to exquisite dining, wine tastings to live entertainment, leisure activities to athletic endeavors, shopping to boating and beyond. Specialty tours cater to hiking enthusiasts, traditional foodies and avid vegans, among myriad more dream themes. Bilingual guides with expert knowledge of the area — be it the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Rome or anywhere else within the southern region — accompany every tour group.
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If you are in NYC this coming Friday (2/16) PLEASE come help me celebrate the release of my new book, The Simply Vegan Cookbook! For $22 you get an awesome sandwich special, a book and a bottle of kombucha! AND 20% of the proceeds go to Herbivorous Acres... Look at the good you do!!!

Book Launch and Benefit in NYC FEB 16
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Hey Everyone! So Excited to share the trailer for Season 3 with you! THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!!
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Hi Everyone!
I wanted you to be the first to know that we wrapped Season 3 in Rome on Tuesday!! We still have a lot of work to do in post production but i'm excited to announce that the new season will be available to watch on The Vegan Roadie YouTube Channel on February 6th 2018.

Also, if you donated $25 or more your postcards went in the mail today. They were purchased when we started filming in Sicily and put in the mail AT the Vatican today.

Lastly, my first cookbook, The Simply Vegan Cookbook, will be released the same day as Season 3 so mark your calendar for February 6th and get ready to feast your eyes on the vegan eats of Italy and tie your apron strings and get Simply Vegan!

Thank you THANK YOU for all of your support over the last three years, none of this would have been possible without you. As this was the last time this series will be produced on YouTube it was an emotional journey bringing Season 3 to life, and I can't wait for you to see it! I'm grateful for every kind word and every penny you have put towards this project since 2014.

Dustin and The Vegan Roadie Team
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Hi Everyone!
You know, I never said anything in "updates section" within this campaign as it was a casual endeavor this time around in terms of crowdfunding. The previous campaigns had spreadsheets and deadlines and endless strategies. This one was straight forward, I have assembled a tremendous team for Season 3 and we believed the people who support this content would come through without me shouting from the rooftops every 20 seconds on social media...and you did. AND I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!!! We are thrilled beyond belief that you believe in this endeavor the way we do and we are so excited to head to Italy NEXT WEEK (can you believe it?).

Gretchen has worked tirelessly to assemble some of the best eats in Italy for us to highlight.

David and I have worked our butt's off this summer to prepare financially so we didn't have to ask you for more than what was absolutely necessary in this campaign. YES, even though there is crowdfunding the majority of this endeavor from Season 1 to now has been funded by me and David personally.

Adam has gone above and beyond preparing for this journey and working with us on a Philadelphia episode that I truly fell in love with, I'm so honored to have him along for the ride not only behind the lens but as the director.

We are truly a crew, ready to roll and bring you a new season that will also be the FINAL season of The Vegan Roadie on YouTube. It doesn't mean I'm done, but sometimes you have to close a door to make way for new opportunities.

Season 3: Ciao Italia will be out in Feb 2018 along with my very first cookbook "The Simply Vegan Cookbook" that I have also been feverishly penning and testing all summer.

Only other note I have is that I am changing the reward for the $50+ donors, instead of a keychain you will be receiving a lightweight tote with the vegan roadie logo on it, this was meant to be originally posted but somehow overlooked, my sincerest apologies. I know all of you donated for content, not the rewards (which makes my heart sing) just the same, you will get rewards as promised, but wanted to let you know of the small change!

Postcards will be arriving from Italy when we are there. Totes will be sent out hopefully by February 2018, I appreciate your patience on that front.

And that's all she wrote. ... for now. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for the encouragement and support as I have continued onward with this endeavor.

I'm thrilled to bring you six brand new episodes! Be sure to connect with me on Facebook, instagram and twitter to watch the Italy journey in time, I will be doing some live instagram stories as we travel and would love to chat with you when I do.


Dustin and The Vegan Roadie Team
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Raised by 81 people in 28 months
Created March 6, 2017
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AJ Marrone
16 months ago

Love your work man! Keep it up!

Dawn Moncrief
20 months ago
Mabel Montoya
20 months ago

Have a wonderful time on your trip!

20 months ago
Massimo Balacchi
21 months ago

Buona fortuna in Italia Dustin! Let me know if you need an interpreter ;) Ciao

James Harder
21 months ago
Natalie Eslick
21 months ago

Have LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Vegan Roadie since the very first episode. You need to come to Australia next!!! xxx

Michael Harren
24 months ago

next time I am going to so 25 $1 donations. This was too easy.

Michael Harren
24 months ago

LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE Can't wait to see Italy episodes!!!

Shana Starman
24 months ago
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