VegMichigan's 4th Annual Free Festival
VegMichigan has found the perfect location to host our 4th Annual Free Festival ! We invite you to come and enjoy a lovely afternoon in the heart of beautiful downtown Farmington at Riley Park . Save the date for Sunday, September 15th as summer will be winding down and there will be just a touch of fall in the air. Enjoy a huge selection of delicious food from great vendors, plus local restaurants will be offering vegan specials all within a short walking distance of the festival. Listen to great bands on the spacious concert lawn and feel free to bring your picnic blanket and lawn chairs. There will also be shopping and fun for the kids. Plenty of free parking is available. Bring friends and family so they can try the huge variety of great tasting vegan options available today!
Sunday, September 15, 11am - 5pm
Riley Park in Downtown Farmington (33113 Grand River Ave.)
Free Admission and Free Parking
Our Free Presentations Are Having Positive Results!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our latest presentation and vegan food tasting at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. This was our largest program yet with 177 attendees who enjoyed vegan food from Unburger Grill, La Marsa, and Teriyaki Time as well as vegan ice cream samples from Ice Cream Plant. Individuals learned about the health, ethical, and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet from Dr. Joel Kahn and Marc Ramirez. These presentations are geared toward individulas who are new to plant-based eating, so we also sent attendees home with important information that will help with their transition to eating plant-based.

VegMichigan puts a lot of time and energy into these presentations and our exit surveys show real results: 64% of attendees say they will "move toward a plant-based diet" and 13% will "go vegan" as a result of attending this program!

Help us to continue and expand these free presentations by becoming a VegMichigan member   today. Also, if you know someone who would benefit from one of our presentations, our next two events are on July 24th in Orion Township and August 1st at the Livonia Civic Center Library.

A special thanks to Chickpea and Bean for co-hosting the event with us and to VegFund for supporting our efforts by offsetting the costs of food and advertising for the event.
Events This Month
Check out our online calendar for details on all of our upcoming events or visit the Meetup page for your area ( Metro Detroit , Flint , Greater Lansing , Ann Arbor Area ).

The VegMichigan Ann Arbor Area Meetup has a new website and name! Check it out here .
4th of July Parade in Ann Arbor
Join is in downtown Ann Arbor in honor of Independence Day to march for freedom and justice for all , including farm animals. This will be a really fun way to celebrate the 4th and promote compassion for the animals too! Walk with us to promote veganism, healthy eating, and kindness. We encourage walkers to wear either veg positive/kid-friendly shirts, buttons, and hats and/or red, white and blue. You can also bring small American flags to wave. This is a family friendly event, and we strongly encourage children to attend as well! They can bring bikes or wagons and we will decorate them with signs and streamers. Line up begins at 9:15am and the parade begins at 10am. Contact angie@vegmichigan.org for more information.
Web Design Volunteer Needed
Do you, or someone you know, have web design experience and want to help VegMichigan further its mission to educate people on the benefits of going vegan? If so, we need your help! VegMichigan's website is long overdue for an overhaul and we're looking for someone with web design experience to help us update our platform and add features, including an online store. This would be a one-time volunteer project that requires only a few hours of your time. If you can help, please contact noelle@vegmichigan.org .
"Star Trek's Dr. Spock Changed My Diet"
Check out Zoe Weil's fascinating piece from "Psychology Today" , which refutes the idea that one must eat meat to be healthy and tells her story of going vegan 30 years ago. Zoe Weil is the President and Co-Founder of the Institute for Humane Education, an author of 7 books, and was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2010.
Vegan News Headlines
Get Vegan Soft Serve in Detroit
It's summer and that means its time for a tasty, frozen treat without the cruelty and cholesterol in dairy! Now there's another place to feed your vegan soft serve cravings, Cold Truth, has returned to Eastern Market this summer with a location at 1462 Service St., Detroit and has plans to expand to another location in Midtown. In addition to flavors like vegan chocolate deluxe and vegan blueberry, Cold Truth is also adding vegan dark chocolate shell coatings to its menu. Read the article here . Other options for dairy-free treats include, Dairy Twist Cafe (Walled Lake), Ice Cream Plant (Detroit), Treat Dreams (Ferndale and Detroit), and Ben & Jerry's (Ann Arbor).
Recipe of the Month: 4th of July Potato Salad
4th of July barbecues and get-togethers are the perfect places to introduce family and friends to delicious, healthy plant-based recipes and this Vegan Potato Salad w/White Bean Mustard Mayo is a great one to try. It swaps out the mayo for a healthier twist on the dressing and tastes just as amazing. You can also find some great traditional 4th of July recipes by clicking here .

Happy Independence Day to all !
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.