VegFest Changes Lives and A Lot More!
One of the easiest and best ways for you to get your friends and family to move toward a plant-based diet is to simply bring them to VegFest. Past surveys show that the majority of attendees take steps toward reducing or eliminating animal foods from their diet after experiencing this life-changing event!

We listened to all of your suggestions and are working hard to make this our biggest and best VegFest ever! Not only are we bringing back popular speakers such as Alicia Silverstone and Dr. Greger, but we have also doubled the hall space, widened the aisles, added more seating, improved the Kids Zone, and expanded the food court with more free samples!

Get your tickets early and save. Purchase Tickets Here for only $12.50 in advance (plus a small Eventbrite processing fee) or $17 at the door. You can also become a VegMichigan Member and get into VegFest for free while enjoying other great benefits! VegFest is set for April 28th (10:30am - 5pm).

In addition, 100% of the money raised at VegFest supports VegMichigan's work year round to grow the plant-based movement in Michigan. Funds raised have given us the ability to hire two new staff members and to support our new library initiative, which you can read more about below.
A Warm Welcome to the Newest Members of Our Team
Thanks to your ongoing support, VegMichigan was able to hire two additional staff members to help grow the plant-based movement in Michigan.

Please join VegMichigan in welcoming our newest staff members, Event Coordinator Melissa McKimmy and Marketing Director Adrienne Gillespie.

Melissa earned a B.S. in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and an M.S. in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies from Michigan State University. Melissa joins our team with experience administering all facets of event planning and management with a focus on promoting the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.

Adrienne earned a a B.A. in Geography and Fine Arts from Hofstra University in New York and has spent the last nine years in sales, marketing, and business development. She completed the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the Center for Nutrition Studies and obtained her certification as a personal and organizational development coach from the Coach Training Alliance.

Welcome, Melissa and Adrienne, we're so glad you are joining the VegMichigan team!
Melissa McKimmy
Adrienne Gillespie
First Free Library Presentations A Big Success
VegMichigan's new free library presentations and vegan food tastings are targeted to individuals who are new to plant-based eating. Our presenter will talk about the general health, ethical, and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, followed up by a free vegan food tasting made up of some healthy plant-based dishes and vegan comfort foods.

Dr. Joel Kahn kicked off our new initiative when he spoke twice to packed rooms at the Northville District Library in January. A delicious plant-based food sampling from Greenspace & Go showed attendees just how delicious eating vegan is! Our exit surveys showed that attendees found the event to be very beneficial.

Click on the links below for more information about future programs and to find out how to register. We have many additional programs in the works that will be announced soon so be sure to check out VegMichigan's calendar for updates. These programs are free to the public but are expensive to run. We appreciate your support!

Wednesday, April 10, 6pm

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30pm

Monday, June 24, 6:30pm
Dinner Clubs and Potlucks This Month
To join us for one of our many monthly dining outings, simply click on the listing below for more information and to RSVP. All are welcome so please bring your non-vegan friends!
Saturday, February 2, 12pm - 2pm

Sunday, February 3, 6pm - 8:30pm

Thursday, February 14, 6pm - 8pm

Friday, February 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, February 20, 6pm

Saturday, February 23, 6pm - 9pm

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
For details specific to dinner clubs in your area, join one of our many region-specific VegMichigan Meetup groups in Ann Arbor , Flint , Greater Lansing , and Metro Detroit .
It's the Year of the Vegan! Join Us for a Big Party to Celebrate!
Come out for a little taste of Bourbon Street, vegan style! Join VegMichigan as we host a Mardi Gras party on Saturday, February 23rd at the iconic Old Shillelagh in downtown Detroit. We reserved the 2nd floor from 6 pm - 9 pm, but you are welcome to stay and party ’til close! We will have a special Mardi Gras themed cocktail menu and you can order from their already famous vegan dinner  menu . VegMichigan will welcome you with a free gift of eco-friendly beads but you will have to earn additional beads playing fun games! We will also give out beads and great prizes for the best Mari Gras costumes (no feathers please). The only cost is the price of your food and drink(s). Please RSVP by contacting  tom@vegmichigan.org , we would love to see you there! 
The Old Shillelagh
349 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
2nd Floor

Vegan Potluck with the Humane Society of Huron Valley
Friday, February 15, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Humane Society of Huron Valley - Education Center
3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor

Join us for our annual vegan potluck hosted in partnership with our good friends at the  Humane Society of Huron Valley ! Spend a fun Friday evening enjoying delicious vegan food, touring HSHV’s state of the art animal shelter and connecting with new friends. To RSVP, click here or email Karen Patterson at karenp@hshv.org .
Breaking News: Shimmy Shack Grand Opening Set
VegMichigan is excited to announce that our friends at Shimmy Shack are officially opening their brick and mortar location in Plymouth this month! To celebrate, VegMichigan has been invited to host a soft opening limited to 30 people. If you'd like to join us, please contact melissa@vegmichigan.org and we'll email you with the details.
New Monthly Feature: Dr. Kahn's Health Corner
We're pleased to announce a new monthly e-newsletter feature from contributor, Dr. Joel Kahn. His Health Corner column will highlight doctor-approved ways to protect your health through plant-based nutrition.

A 1,000-mile journey on your plant-based diet begins with a single step, and, for many, conquering breakfast is that first step. Starting the day with a nutritious and filling meal free of animal products may be enough of a change from something you have been grabbing at the gas station or coffee shop to keep you focused on moving forward to manage lunch, dinner, snacks, and travel. Here are five of my favorite morning meals that are simple to make, delicious, nutritious, and all plant-based.

Free Webinar to Expand Your Vegan Advocacy
 Learn “How to Advance Veganism In Ways You NEVER Imagined… While Having More FUN Than You Ever Thought Possible” in this FREE 60-minute webinar ! Lainey Frydrych is the Founder of Grow Your Advocacy   and is a long-time member of VegMichigan. The webinar will share tips on weaving vegan advocacy into your regular routine. Sign up for this eye-opening webinar here .
2019: Year of the Vegan
Major news outlets across the globe, including The Economist , Forbes , and The Guardian have boldly declared 2019 the "year of the vegan," citing record numbers of participants in the Veganuary pledge, food giants like Unilever, Tyson and McDonald's clamoring for a seat at the vegan food table, and vegan food options going mainstream with the launch of the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger. To start off the new year, NPR featured a show on the "The Vegan Diet in 2019 and Mercy For Animals claims 25% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 identify as either vegan or vegetarian!
Other Vegan News Headlines
Tasty Vegan Super Bowl Recipes
Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta is almost here and whether you're a super fan or just enjoy the food, vegan options for fan favorites abound. Eating vegan means you can still enjoy twists on your favorite foods in a healthier, more sustainable and compassionate way. From BBQ Tofu "Wings" to Beer Battered Onion Rings to Lentil Chili , web resources, including Choose Veg , peta2 , VegNews , and Forks Over Knives have got you covered! Check out one of our favorite recipes below and be sure to check out the hundreds of vegan snack recipes designed to wow your friends by clicking on the links above. And if cooking isn't your thing, check out Field Roast's heat and serve Miniature Corn Dogs and Fruffalo Wings , and Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs or "cheesy" Cashew Fiesta Dip for a quick and easy snack! FYI, t he 40 year old mostly plant-based athlete Tom Brady is in yet another Super Bowl!
Recipe Of The Month: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Vegan Ranch

Click here for full recipe originally published by Veggie Inspired .
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.