Fall VegFest Presented by Shimmy Shack is September 10
Enjoy a lovely fall day in downtown Farmington. Join us on Sunday, September 10, from 11am to 5pm at Riley Park, for our 7th Annual Fall VegFest! In addition to all the delicious food, live music, sustainable shopping, and fun for the kids, we will be hosting a healthy eating presentation at Farmington Civic Theater at 11am down the street from the festival. Tap Dance Detroit will perform at the festival and a variety of Southeast Michigan area singer/songwriters will take the stage playing original, acoustic-based, songs with a laid-back feel. To kick off the day, Bodhi Yoga, located next to the festival, is offering a free yoga class at 10am. Register for the yoga class here.
Stop Factory Farming In-Person Presentation and Action Alert
Join us for a special in-person presentation with Lynn Henning, Water Rangers Program Director for Socially Responsible Agricultural Project on Wed, August 23, 7pm-8:30pm, at the Livonia Civic Library. Lynn won the Goldman Environmental Prize — the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Plus, learn more about our latest actions to stop factory farming in Michigan and receive a free plant-based item of your choice!
Action Alert: We have a chance to stop a factory farm from opening in Michigan. Please join us in Lansing on August 14 at 10:30am to stand with "Protect Sister Lakes." See the latest news, meeting agenda, and public comment information, and join us in Lansing. If you are interested in carpooling from the metro Detroit/Ann Arbor areas, please contact [email protected].
A Warm Welcome to VegMichigan's New Program Managers
We're so excited to have Katie and Kim on staff and look forward to utilizing their many talents in VegMichigan's expanding outreach programs!
Katie Johnson (she/her/hers) worked in animal welfare for 10 years managing adoption, intake, and volunteer programs for companion animal shelters, including Michigan Humane, Humane Society of Huron Valley, and Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit. She believes in an open and positive approach to animal advocacy, meeting people where they are, and providing resources to effect change. Katie holds a B.A. in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago and an M.S. in Humane Leadership from Humane Society University.
Kim Korona (she/her/hers) joins VegMichigan after volunteering for the organization for seven years by giving presentations, participating in outreach programs, helping at events, and serving on the Antiracism Committee. Before joining VegMichigan, Kim spent almost 15 years at HEART, a humane education organization that teaches young people about the interconnections between social justice, animal protection, and environmental ethics.
Cooking Your Way to Good Health with Deanna
This month, Deanna has another seasonal recipe for you to enjoy. Besides cooking delicious meals, Deanna is a nurse practitioner specializing in cardiovascular disease and has a bachelor's degree in nutrition. She promotes disease prevention through diet and other healthy habits. Enjoy a delicious veggie-filled enchilada recipe full of vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory, and immune system benefits.
Upcoming Events
Click on the links below for details or check out our event calendar for our full list of events.
Friday, August 4, 1pm-3pm

Wednesday, August 16, 5pm-7pm

Wednesday, August 23, 7pm-8:30pm

Sunday, September 10, 11am-5pm

Sunday, September 24, 1pm-2:30pm
VegMichigan TV Show
VegMichigan will be hosting a weekly TV show called "In the Kitchen with VegMichigan." The show will air in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas on Channel 18, starting in September, and will focus on plant-based recipes and all the benefits of the plant-based lifestyle. If you have a great recipe and would like to be considered for a guest spot on the show to prepare it, please contact [email protected].
VegMichigan Signs Contract with the City of Ann Arbor
VegMichigan signed a contract with the city of Ann Arbor to support and promote plant-based eating as part of Ann Arbor's A2Zero Initiative! Over the next three years, VegMichigan will be offering residents our 30-Day Plant-Based Pledge, partnering with businesses to add more plant-based options to their menus, and hosting fun events to showcase the ease and enjoyment of eating plant-based while helping to reduce the city's carbon footprint. The city's A2Zero plan has set the goal to be carbon neutral by 2030. Read MLive Article
Enter This Month's Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The answer was: Fireworks Are No Fun For Pets and Wildlife. Michele Addington won a gift card to Chomp, Anne Warrow won a gift card to Leila, Maryann Cacciaglia won a gift card to New Bohemian Cafe, Kathleen Newman won a gift card to The Original Cottage Inn, and Kimberly Malone won a gift card to Veg Head. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win:
$25 Gift Card to Bridge Community Cafe (Ypsilanti)

$25 Gift Card to Forty Acres Soul Kitchen (Grand Rapids)

$25 Gift Card to Ike's Restaurant (Sterling Heights)

$25 Gift Card to Spacecat V-stro (Ferndale)

$25 Gift Card to Takoi (Detroit)
To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and one prize preference to [email protected]. Those with the correct answer will be entered into a raffle drawing for the prize of their choice. Winners will be announced in the September newsletter. Good luck!
Please Support Our Fall VegFest Sponsors
Shimmy Shack is Michigan’s first and only 100% vegan and gluten-free food truck. Shimmy Shack is all about reducing animal suffering, making a healthier food choice for your insides and outside, and having a positive impact on the environment. Shimmy Shack's menu includes burgers, chili, fries, milkshakes, and sweet treats. Their baked goods are also carried in many metro Detroit stores. Get more info and check out the menu here.
Chive is a scratch kitchen offering a casual dining experience with an amazing bar. They offer catering and event planning with chef-driven menus, seasonal choices, and an eclectic variety to appease a variety of cravings. They run a minimal waste kitchen utilizing as many of their ingredients as possible, pickling, and re-purposing ingredients. Chive specializes in custom weddings, events, and catering. Chive also recently launched Meal Prep Wednesdays, where you can order prepared items to heat and serve at home throughout the week.
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