Spring VegFest at Eastern Market Recap

A huge thank you to all our volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and attendees for making Spring VegFest an amazing success! Please support our generous sponsors: The Old Shillelagh/Green Beat, Good Cakes and Bakes, Irene's Myomassology Institute, The Original Meat, Planthropie, and Radical Plants. If you had a great time at VegFest, please support us by becoming a member. Your support helps keep VegFest free and allows us to host events throughout the year promoting the benefits of plant-based eating! Enjoy the VegFest slideshow with over 100 photos, and please fill out the short survey to let us know what you thought of VegFest.

VegFest Photo Slideshow
VegFest Attendee Survey

Fall VegFest in Downtown Farmington Details

Mark your calendars for our free outdoor Fall VegFest on Sunday, September 10, at Riley Park in downtown Farmington. The event will run from 11am until 5pm. VegFest sponsors Shimmy Shack and Chive will be grilling all day and Chive will have a special VegFest cocktail for sale! Plus, all of your favorite vendors and some great new ones to try! Local musicians will perform original songs, games for the kids, sustainable shopping, and other fun surprises.

Visit Fall VegFest Page

Two-Part Speaker Series on the Farm Bill

We are partnering with For Our Future Michigan and Michiganders for a Just Farming System for a two-part virtual series on the Farm Bill. Registration required to attend.

Part 1: Changing Racial Inequality in Food and Farm Systems on July 12, 6pm - 7:30pm. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Dr. Jasmine Jackson (National Black Food & Justice Alliance), Asha McElroy (Detroit Food Policy Council), and Malik Yakini (Detroit Black Community Food Security Network) will discuss the lack of Black representation, farmer support, community food access, and ways to improve the Farm Bill.

Part 2: Animal Welfare and Environmental Justice on July 19, 6pm - 7:30pm. Bee Friedlander (Attorneys for Animals), Akisha Townsend Eaton (Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity), and Adam Mason (Farm Animal Welfare and Environmental Policy at ASPCA).will discuss the need to strengthen rural communities, protect animals, and preserve ecosystems.

Register Part 1
Register Part 2

Travel to Thailand on a Vegan Tour

Join Veggies Abroad on an amazing vegan adventure to Thailand this November! You’ll explore stunning beaches, lush jungles, ornate temples, and of course, say hi to its national animal, elephants! From bustling cities to serene beaches, this tour promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

Learn More and Reserve Your Spot


Cooking Your Way to Good Health with Deanna

Here is your chance to make your own Mediterranean salad that will be delicious and super healthy. You can pick up most of the ingredients at the farmers market. Deanna, a nurse practitioner with a degree in nutrition, shares the health benefits of each ingredient in this informative and fun to watch five minute video. Enjoy!

Watch 5-Minute Mediterranean Cooking Demo

Events This Month

Check out the links below for details and visit our event calendar to see the full list.

Traverse City Meetup and Sampling (Traverse City)

Friday, July 7, 1pm-3pm

Volunteer Meetup at The Farm at Trinity Health (Ypsilanti)

Saturday, July 8, 9am-12pm

Policy Talk Part 1: Changing Racial Inequality in Food and Farm Systems (Virtual)

Wednesday, July 12, 6pm-7:30pm

Plant-Based Cooking Made Easy and Delicious (Virtual)

Thursday, July 13, 7pm-8pm

Michiganders for a Just Farming System Meeting (Virtual) Tuesday, July 18, 6:30pm-8pm

Policy Talk Part 2: Animal Welfare and Environmental Justice (Virtual)

Wednesday, July 19, 6pm-7:30pm

Tabling at Vegan Fest (Detroit)

Sunday, July 22, 12pm-6pm

Metro Detroit Meetup at Jamex Brewing Co (St. Clair Shores)

Food from Radical Plants

Thursday, July 27, 6pm-8:30pm

If you missed last month's presentation, A Path Towards Food Justice, by the Food Empowerment Project, you can now watch it here.

Volunteer for VegMichigan

VegMichigan has a lot of events in July and August in the greater Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. If you enjoy tabling and giving out free plant-based food, please email Kim Korona to learn more. We will also be scheduling a volunteer orientation at our office in the near future. Volunteering for VegMichigan is a positive and rewarding experience, and our events have shown to have a lasting impact on getting individuals to add more plant-based meals to their diet. Volunteering is also a great way to make new friends. To learn more, email [email protected].

This Month's Word Scramble & Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The correct answer was: See you at VegFest. Bridget Croniger won a gift card to Barrio, Maureen Berryman won a gift card to Ferndale Project, Katrina Faison won a gift card to Mudgie's Deli, Kat Lage won a gift card to One Well Brewing, and Karen Mullins won a Booda Butter gift set. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following prizes:

$25 e-gift card to Chomp (Rochester)

$25 e-gift card to Leila (Detroit)

$25 e-gift card to New Bohemian Cafe (Northport)

$25 gift card to The Original Cottage Inn (Ann Arbor)

$25 e-gift card to Veg Head (Lansing)

To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and one prize preference to [email protected]. You will be entered into a raffle drawing for the prize of your choice. Winners will be announced in the August newsletter. Good luck!


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