VegFest! Save the Date!

Join us on Sunday, June 4 from 10am-4pm at Eastern Market in Detroit. We are expanding the size of the free event which will allow for additional vendors, food trucks, and much shorter lines! We will also be adding cooking demos by Quiana "Que" Broden, Suzy Silvestre, Velonda Anderson, Chef Dunny, and Vicki and Michele. Plus, visit our fun photo booth, Kid Zone, the Sunday Market next to VegFest, and so much more! We look forward to you joining us for this wonderful spring tradition dating back over 20 years!

Help make VegFest a big success and grow the plant-based movement! Please consider volunteering and/or sharing a post to promote the event by sharing a Facebook or Instagram post. To learn about fun volunteer opportunities, please contact [email protected].

VegFest Info

Cooking Your Way to Good Health with Deanna

We introduced Deanna last month in our new regular segment focused on healthy and seasonal recipes. Deanna, a nurse practitioner with a degree in nutrition, wants to help you enjoy delicious and nutritious meals that are easy to prepare. This month, she prepared Yellow Split Pea Soup, which is full of protein, fiber, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, and is also good for your gut microbiome. Click the link below to check out her 5-minute video, and you can also check out all of our great YouTube recipes.

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Monthly Speakers Series

Foraging Fellowship: Eating and Nurturing the Local Landscape

Join us for this month's edition of our speaker series with a virtual presentation by Gabrielle Cerberville, (aka @chaoticforager or "The Internet's Mushroom Auntie"), on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30pm. Gabrielle will discuss the many ways that foraging can improve and enrich communities. By partnering with the land and one another, we can infuse our shared green spaces with added value, provide ourselves and local wildlife with an abundance of nutritious, free food, and experience a deeper connection to nature.

Event Details & Reminder Email

We Need Your Help to Stop Factory Farming in Michigan

VegMichigan has joined Michiganders for a Just Farming System. The goal of this coalition is to bring together a large number of organizations and individuals to oppose factory farming in Michigan. The coalition just launched, so please sign up to show your support. In addition, join us on Monday, April 10, at 7pm for our virtual coalition meeting to learn more. There is a recently proposed factory farm in the Sister Lakes area of Michigan and we need to stand with the local community in opposing its construction.

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Meeting Details

Upcoming Events

Check out the links below for details and visit our event calendar to see the full list.

Dr. Robert Breakey at Caroline Kennedy Library (Dearborn Heights)

Tuesday, April 4, 7pm-8:30pm

Traverse City Monthly Meetup at Edson Farms (Traverse City)

Wednesday, April 5, 11am-1pm

Easter-Themed Cooking Demo (Virtual)

Thursday, April 6, 7pm-8pm

Michiganders for a Just Farming System Meeting (Virtual)

Monday, April 10, 7pm-8pm

Cooking Class: Healthy, Plant-Based Cooking on a Budget (Traverse City)

Sunday, April 16, 1pm-3pm

Foraging Fellowship: Eating and Nurturing the Local Landscape (Virtual)

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Traverse City Meetup at Stone Hound Brewing Company (Williamsburg)

Saturday, April 29, 1pm-2:30pm

"Think Like A Vegan" Book Club (Virtual)

Saturday, May 13, 1pm

We Have the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

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Are you looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift that supports compassion towards people and animals? Consider purchasing vegan chocolates from Confections with Convictions. They are a locally owned organic, fair-trade chocolatier shop in Kalamazoo. You can purchase these vegan chocolates (including truffles, bark, and bites) any time between April 1 – May 15 and receive 10% off using discount code Veg2023 (while supplies last). Your order will include a special Mother’s Day Card featuring a mother cow and her calf. If you want your chocolates for Mother's Day, order them between April 20 and May 5. For more information about how being dairy-free supports compassionate living, check out our blog by clicking on the Go Dairy-Free Blog button.

Thank You, VegFest Sponsors

A very big thank you to our VegFest sponsors, which help to make this a free admission event. Please show them your support by patronizing their businesses, and look for the rest of our VegFest sponsors in the May newsletter.

Detroit's iconic Irish pub, The Old Shillelagh, has a fabulous vegan menu featuring Shepherds Pie, tacos, super nachos, chili dogs, mushroom french dip, and much more. Plus, check out their newest concept, Green Beat, featuring clean ingredients. Green Beat is located at 1219 Brush St. in Detroit. The Old Shillelagh is located at 349 Monroe St. in Detroit. See the Vegan Menu

Good Cakes and Bakes, LLC's mission is to provide quality baked goods that are wholesome and organic; and to provide baked goods in an environment that is positive, creative, educational, and friendly to its employees and the community. Owners April Anderson and Michelle Anderson strive to provide the most natural and freshest ingredients and to use organic and locally-grown produce when available. In 2013, April and Michelle open their first bakery in Detroit in the historical area known as The Avenue of Fashion. Learn More and Order Online

Radical Plants is a vegan specialty foods company started by Melissa Heath 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 flavors: Basil Alfredo, Chipotle Lime, and Better Than Ranch. And don't forget the Carrot Dogs! Radical Plants also opened a new retail space adjacent to their production kitchen in St. Clair Shores with grab-and-go cold salads, snacks, and one hot option each evening. Hours are Mon-Thurs, 11am-7pm. Click Here for Details

This Month's Word Scramble & Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The correct answer was: peas and carrots. Ron Koyl won a gift card to Good Cakes and Bakes, Lena Baizel won a gift card to House of Falafel, Marjory Kopp won a gift card to Rise Authentic Baking, Lori Howell won a gift card to The Good Bowl, and Janet Rost won a gift card to Unburger. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following e-gift cards:

T-shirt from

One To Save Many

Detroit Vegan Soul (Detroit)

Donut Bar (Southfield, Livonia)

Gaia House Cafe (Grand Rapids)

One To Save Many (online store)

Taproot Cider House (Traverse City)

To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and one prize preference to [email protected]. You will be entered into a raffle drawing for the prize of your choice. Winners will be announced in the May newsletter. Good luck!

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