Planning is underway for the biggest vegan day of the year in Michigan, make plans to join the celebration!
Detroit Pistons Legend, John Salley
Dr. Michael Greger
Instagram Celeb VeganWithNour
Those of you who joined us for VegFest last year gave us high marks for our great lineup of presenters, awesome food court, wider aisles, and overall wonderful experience! This year is going to be even more amazing as we celebrate in the elegant Grand Riverview Ballroom of the newly renovated TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall). Come join the party as Detroit Pistons legend John Salley will be in town to speak and celebrate his birthday at VegFest. Dr. Greger presents all over the world and in an interview he stated that the Michigan VegFest is his favorite place to speak! We will have all of your favorite vegan restaurants and some new ones, plus lots of free samples, and much more! Check back in next month's newsletter for more major VegFest announcements. Please bring friends and family to this life changing event! Mark your calendar and get your tickets today! Thank you.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:30am - 6pm

TCF Center
Grand Riverview Ballroom
1 Washington Blvd, Detroit

Advanced Discount Tickets On Sale Now
Online Advance Ticket Price: $13.50
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Meet Our Newest Staff Member
Please join us in welcoming our new Community Outreach Coordinator, Olivia Gramprie, to the VegMichigan team! Olivia has worked on outreach campaigns with The Humane League and Attorneys for Animals, and as a volunteer for SASHA Farm. Olivia holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a focus on sustainable food systems. She also studied at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and will bring her extensive knowledge of the benefits of a plant-based diet to VegMichigan. Olivia is currently studying documentary film and motion graphics, which will help VegMichigan educate the public in new and unique ways. We're so excited to have her join the team! As you can see, chickens really like Olivia and so will you. If you are interested in volunteering for VegMichigan, please send her an email at olivia@vegmichigan.org.
We're Building Something Special in Michigan
For 17 years, as a completely volunteer run organization, VegMichigan did it's best to spread the benefits of eating plant-based throughout Michigan. A couple of years ago the board came to the realization that if we wanted to have a bigger impact, we would have to hire staff that can work on spreading the message full-time. We have learned a lot and have come a long way in the last two years and we now have three full-time staff members. As a result, we are greatly increasing the number and quality of our free presentations, vegan food tastings, festivals, and other forms of outreach. Please take a look at our calendar to see everything we are working on. As important as national organizations are, we've found that we can have a big impact right here in Michigan on a grassroots level by sharing the benefits of a plant-based diet in local communities. We know there are a lot of people in Michigan who are interested in making a change and we're supplying them with the information and motivation they need to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets or even to go vegan.

Please consider joining our efforts by becoming a VegMichigan member or a monthly donor. Monthly donors and members will receive great membership benefits, including free entry into VegFest and a subscription to VegNews Magazine. Please visit our secure and newly updated member and donor pages.


Upcoming Events
Friday, February 28, 6:30pm-8pm
Irene's Myomassology Institute - Southfield
VegMichigan to Team Up With HSHV for Annual Potluck
Friday, March 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV)
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, a tour of HSHV's state of the art animal shelter, and a trivia game with a chance to win a $25 gift card to Fresh Forage in Ann Arbo r ! F resh Forage  is a newer, local restaurant that uses locally sourced and foraged ingredients to craft healthy bowls for lunch and dinner, and for brunch on the weekends. They use 100% compostable materials and have great vegan options, too! Click   here   to register or you can register by email or phone by contacting Karen Patterson at   karenp@hshv.org or 734-661-3575. 

Attention Volunteers: If you're interested in helping out at the potluck, we could use a few volunteers to help with setup, cleanup, and staffing the VegMichigan info table. If you're available, please email jeri@vegmichigan.org  
A Plant-Based Super Bowl (Well, Almost)
The Tennessee Titans made an epic Super Bowl playoff run by upsetting the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens before falling a little short in their final matchup before the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Tennessee Titans have 14 players who are plant-based and were featured in the movie, The Game Changers . It would've been great if we could have rooted on the Tennessee Titans, but at least we can still enjoy our vegan Super Bowl snacks. If you need some last minute ideas, check out the links below.



Tennessee Titans Plant-Based Chef, Charity Morgan
Declining Dairy
Two dairy giants have declared bankruptcy in the last few months, Dean Foods and now Borden Dairy. Both attribute the decrease in people drinking milk as a reason for their demise. Check out this Mercy For Animals article for more info. Even Nesquik, the U.S.' largest chocolate milk producer, is now joining in the plant-based movement by launching vegan chocolate milk and Starbucks just announced it's launching Oatly! Oat Milk in 1,300 locations, adding another option to it's three other vegan milk alternatives. Ben & Jerry's just launched its latest nondairy option, 'Netflix and Chilll'd' , and even Forbes is giving credit to the plant-based cheeses on the market now. If you're feeling inspired by the move away from dairy, check out this informative guide to nut-based cheese and learn how to make your own!
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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