It's time to get your tickets for the biggest vegan celebration ever in Michigan! We've assembled our best lineup of speakers, added great new restaurants, increased the number of free samples, and added more activities for kids. We've also widened the aisles, added seating, and doubled the hall space to cut down on congestion.
Alicia Silverstone, Hollywood Actress and Plant-Based Advocate
Lisa McDowell MS, RD, CSSD, Team dietitian for the Detroit Red Wings
Dr. Michael Greger, Nutrition Expert and New York Times Bestselling Author
All current members will be emailed their VegFest tickets. Check your inbox for an email from Eventbrite. As you enter VegFest, your ticket(s) will be scanned directly from your phone or by bringing in your printed ticket. It's that easy! Contact noelle@vegmichigan.org if you have questions.
Please invite friends and family to VegFest and share one of our social media posts.
Get a Cool T-Shirt and Free Lunch by Volunteering at VegFest
Please consider donating a few hours of your time to help make VegFest 2019 our best year yet! All VegFest volunteers will receive a free lunch, free parking, a free VegMichigan t-shirt, and you will still have plenty of time to enjoy the event before or after your shift. We will do our best to make sure that your volunteer experience is fun and rewarding and many past volunteers tell us that they thoroughly enjoyed their volunteer experience. Please contact melissa@vegmichigan.org for more information.
Please Support Our VegFest Sponsors
Renting such a large space at Michigan's premier convention center and bringing in celebrity speakers is very expensive. Our sponsors allow us to keep ticket prices reasonable. Please support them.
Detroit's iconic Irish pub, The Old Shillelagh, introduced a fabulous vegan menu last year, featuring Shepherd's Pie, tacos, super nachos, chili dogs, Mushroom French Dip, and a Mushroom Smoked Gouda Beyond Burger. They've also recently added a vegan brunch on the weekends. The Old Shillelagh is located at 349 Monroe in Detroit. See the Vegan Menu
Better Health Stores is an independently-owned natural food chain based in Michigan and a longtime VegFest sponsor. Many Better Health Stores stock vegan brands, including Follow Your Heart, Upton's Naturals, Tofurky, Gardein, Field Roast, Amy's Kitchen, Daiya, Radical Plants Superdips, Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage, and more. Find a Store Near You
Radical Plants is vegan specialty foods company started by Melissa Heath, a six-year vegan, and her childhood friend, Lynn Shippey. Radical Plants launched with Superdip, a plant-based, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free dip that has no sugar, no preservatives and is made with non-GMO soy. Superdip comes in 3 delicious flavors: Basil Alfredo, Chipotle Lime and Better Than Ranch. Learn More & Store Locations
Fresh Thyme market has a huge selection of vegan products. Everything from plant-based meats, milk, cheese, ice cream, and all of your favorite brands. They have a great selection of fruits and vegetables and their eco-friendly bulk section stocks dry beans, nuts, seeds, grains, and many other vegan essentials. Lastly, they have a big selection of cruelty-free health and beauty products.  Find a Location Near You
Henry Ford Center for Integrative Medicine specializes in holistic approaches to support your wellness – mind, body and spirit. From alleviating joint pain and easing anxiety to harnessing the power of nutrition to assist you on your wellness journey, the Center for Integrative Medicine utilizes a whole-person approach to care to find the best solution for you. Find a Location Near You
A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief   and animal protection organization working to chip away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering: the suffering of people hungry from lack of food and the suffering of animals used and abused for food. Learn More
Don't miss the 2019 Nutritional Medicine Hall of Fame Award, which will be presented at 2:45 pm in Presentation Room #1 before Dr. Greger's presentation. The Nutritional Medicine Hall of Fame is a national award honoring significant leadership and innovation in the use of plant-based nutrition in the field of medicine, in either research, practice, or education. Click here to learn more.
Dinner Clubs This Month
Please join us at our dinner club outings this month! Click on the listings below for details on how to RSVP. For more information on dinner clubs near you, check out one of our many region-specific VegMichigan Meetup groups in Ann Arbor , Flint , Greater Lansing , and Metro Detroit .
Veg-O-Rama Opening Second Location in Canton in April
Our friends at Veg-O-Rama in Ypsilanti are expanding by opening a second location at 44930 Ford Road in Canton on April 10th! Check out Veg-O-Rama Canton's Facebook page for updates on their opening, business hours, and the menu. A lmost the entire menu can be made vegan or gluten-free and nearly all dishes are under $8 and 800 calories. B e sure to stop by their booth at VegFest to try comfort food favorites, including v egan meatballs, delicious burgers, and the Manchurian bowl.
Free Presentation and Vegan Food Tastings
VegMichigan is presenting two free speakers and food tastings this month; in Dearborn and in Clawson. Our Clawson event is full, but we have a few spots open in Dearborn if you or someone you know is interested in learning more about plant-based eating. All are welcome, please bring your veg-curious friends and family members. To register for this free event on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30pm at the Henry Ford Centennial Library , please visit our Eventbrite page .
Veg Week at University of Michigan A Big Success
VegMichigan helped sponsor this year's Veg Week at the University of Michigan from March 25 - 29. Your donations and membership fees helped cover the cost of a free Vegan 101 presentation to students as well as provided funding to screen the documentary, Peaceable Kingdom, which received a lot of positive feedback . VegMichigan worked closely with the student group, Michigan Animal Respect Society (MARS), to make Veg Week a big success!

If you are a college student and would like to host a presentation and vegan food tasting at your school, contact adrienne@vegmichigan.org .
Truck Carrying Cows to Slaughter Overturns on I-94
Last month, a truck carrying more than three dozen cows overturned on a slippery Interstate 94 near Benton Harbor. The truck overturned in the early morning hours while still dark in frigid temperatures. Four cattle died and one was injured. The others were transported to another truck and hauled to slaughter after the terrifying ordeal. Trucks just like this one, while away from sight for most of us, transport thousands of innocent animals to slaughter every day in sometimes freezing or sweltering conditions. As miserable as life is on a factory farm, the final hours between transport and the slaughterhouse are the most horrific of all. Read More.
Supporters Attend Postcard Writing Potluck with HSUS
Last month, VegMichigan partnered with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to host an afternoon of food, friends, and community. Molly Tamulevich, Michigan State Director of HSUS, discussed how important it is that elected local and state leaders hear from their constituents on matters that are important to them, including animal welfare. The potluck ended with attendees writing postcards to their elected officials. Click here to find your House Representative and here to find your Senator.
Vegan Easter Guide + Vegan News Headlines
Check out this Ultimate Vegan Easter Guide from Your Daily Vegan , complete with recipes for brunch, cruelty-free "egg" dyeing, vegan Easter treats, and more. You don't have to forego traditions when you go vegan! Simply swap out the products and practices that no longer align with your beliefs for the cruelty-free meal ideas and Easter basket treats noted in this article for a compassionate, sustainable, and healthier holiday.
VegMichigan is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization focused on promoting the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a vegan diet. We work to educate the public by offering a wide range of activities for learning and socializing.