5th Annual Outdoor Free Festival
Enjoy a beautiful fall day full of food, fun, shopping, and live music! Grilled burgers and sausages, Waldorf chick'n salad, jackfruit tacos, chick'n bacon ranch wraps, tamales, fudge, donuts, baked goods, acai bowls, smoothies, and raw juices are just some of the plant-based delights available. Enjoy a unique shopping experience featuring eco-friendly artisans. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and have a picnic as you enjoy live music and other fun entertainment!
Sunday, September 12th, 11am to 5pm
Riley Park in Downtown Farmington, 33113 Grand River Ave.
Free Parking, Free Admission
VegMichigan is proud to have Jack’s Quality Beans as the title sponsor of this year's Free Festival. Jack's Quality Beans are USDA certified organic, proudly packaged with very low sodium, and packed with protein and fiber. Jack’s high-quality products are packaged in BPA-free cartons made mostly of paper, which results in beans with a clean, bright flavor. Jack's prides itself on its innovative and eco-friendly packaging that is 100% sustainable. Jack’s Quality beans are packed in a Tetra Pak® carton which is made from mainly renewable resources. Up to 70% of Tetra Pak® cartons are made from selectively harvested and regrown trees, significantly reducing their carbon footprint! Shop online or find them at your local Kroger, Meijer, or Walmart, or Amazon. 
Have a Barbecue On Us!
VegMichigan continues to spread the joy of plant-based eating through our food giveaways and plant-based parties. We have given away thousands of Beyond Burgers and other plant-based items to those who are new to plant-based eating. Our follow-up surveys show that most people are pleasantly surprised by how delicious the food is, and they are telling us that they will eat more plant-based meals in the future because of it. If you would like to host a barbecue with friends who are new to plant-based eating, we would be happy to supply the Beyond Burgers and side dishes. To find out more, please email tom@vegmichigan.org. Please support this great program by joining or renewing your membership.
At our most recent event, participants enjoyed Beyond Burgers on the grill and took home bags filled with plant-based milks, veggie stir fry, acai bowls, breakfast sausage, JUST Egg, and other plant-based items.
VegMichigan Opens Office to Expand Outreach Efforts
Through the generosity of a donor, VegMichigan has opened a 700 sq. ft. office that will allow us to expand our outreach efforts! The refrigerators and freezers were delivered this week, which we will use for our plant-based food giveaway, and our office furniture will be delivered soon. We will share more details and volunteer opportunities in next month's newsletter.
Michigan's Fruit and Veg U-Pick Guide
Apples, cherries, and raspberries, oh my! Michigan is ripe with an abundance of beautiful fruits and delicious veggies throughout the summer and fall. In fact, picking mounds of plump, juicy berries is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy! If you have ever wondered where to go and when, then this Michigan u-pick guide has you covered! Read the blog here.
Please Support Our Advertiser
Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Diet Cookbook

Kathy Davis, from VegInspired, is at it again with a new plant-based cookbook! Save money and eat plant-based with the tips, recipes, and meal plans from the book! 

Preorder online or wherever books are sold. Kathy A. Davis is a plant-based lifestyle coach and 3x cookbook author.
Reach your target audience! To learn about advertising opportunities, please email tom@vegmichigan.org.
Plant-Based Cooking Demo This Month
Join us for a virtual Plant-Based Cooking Demo featuring Delicious Summer Dishes on Thursday, August 12 at 7pm! Culinary instructors Vicki Brett-Gach and Michele Gallo will demo a summer-inspired meal including a main dish, a side dish, and a dessert. This is a free Zoom event and no registration is required. Get the link and details here.
Last Month's Winners and New Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's word scramble! (The answer was: Beat the heat with a vegan treat.) Stephanie F. won a gift card to Unburger Grill, Joan M. won a gift card to Inn Season, Maris Barcelon won a gift card to Wolverine Sushi Bar, Janet McBride won a gift card to Maru, and Kimberly Malone won a gift card to Thai Vylai. Congrats! For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of these prizes:
$25 Gift Card to Ima Noodles (Detroit or Madison Heights)

A copy of Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Diet Cookbook by Kathy A. Davis

Gift Pack of Vegan Jerky from Detroit Jerky

$25 Gift Card to Chomp (Rochester)

$25 Gift Card to Chive Kitchen (Farmington)
Please select one prize preference and submit it with your answer. We do our best to pick prizes from a variety of locations so at least one location will be close to you.

To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and gift preference to raffle@vegmichigan.org. 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!
A Vegan GuIde to Detroit’s Eastern Market
While communities all across Michigan host farmers markets, especially in the summertime, Detroit’s Eastern Market features various year-round offerings. The Market, spanning well over 125 years, enjoys a rich legacy of community and culture. Originally home to wood and hay sales, the Eastern Market neighborhood has now blossomed into a Detroit hot spot featuring eateries, breweries, shops, nightlife, festivals, and of course the thrice-weekly market itself; all of which make the Eastern Market experience a draw for visitors and native Detroiters alike.
Get Involved Around Michigan
8:30am-12:30pm, River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center, 1011 North Road, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849. AFA encourages all who can, to attend in-person and speak during public comment as there is no option to participate virtually. If you cannot attend in person, please submit comments here.

VegMichigan's In-Person Meetups Return
Thanks to everyone who came out for an evening of good food and conversation at Cosa Sabrosa! It was a perfect evening for the first in-person VegMichigan Meetup in more than a year. It was great seeing familiar faces and welcoming many first-timers. A big thanks to Jeff at Cosa Sabrosa for hosting us; we highly recommend giving them a try if you're in Ann Arbor. Stay tuned as we hope to get back to hosting our in-person Meetups on a regular basis.
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