VegFest is June 4 at Eastern Market

VegFest is returning to historic Eastern Market for a second year with more space and more things to do! Nearly 100 vendors, including popular plant-based restaurants, specialty food items, and eco-friendly shopping, on Sunday, June 4, from 10am-4pm. Attendees can enjoy cooking demonstrations, speakers, free plant-based food samples, and fun for the kids. This is a free admission, family-friendly event, and will also feature free massages, a photo booth, and a Kids' Zone. The cooking demos and presentations begin at 10:30am with local celebrity chef Quiana “Que” Broden from Cooking With Que and will continue throughout the day wrapping up with the final demo given by Chive Kitchen owner, Suzy Silvestre at 2:30pm. Come to VegFest and then plan to spend the day in Detroit with us!

Schedule & Event Details

Monthly Speakers Series

Food Empowerment Project: A Path Towards Food Justice 

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) Founder and Senior Programs Director, Lauren Ornelas, will speak on the power of our food choices. F.E.P. is a vegan food justice organization, and she will discuss its core work, including promoting ethical veganism, championing the rights of farm workers, highlighting the lack of access to healthy foods in Black and Brown communities, and raising awareness about the worst forms of slavery, including child labor, in the chocolate industry. Virtual Presentation, Thursday, June 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Event Details & Reminder Email

VegMichigan Traverse City Chapter Update

VegMichigan opened our Traverse City chapter in 2022 and it has been a great success! Led by Val Schey and Nicola Philpott, they are hosting fun Meetups, educational tablings, taste samplings, food giveaways, a cooking class, factory farming opposition, and our popular 30-Day Pledge! A special thanks to Val, Nicola, Maryann, and Sharon for introducing so many people to the benefits of plant-based eating! Val has also joined our board of directors and we thank her for her service.

Cooking Your Way to Good Health with Deanna

Enjoy a hearty farmers market salad that can serve as the main dish and will leave you satisfied and feeling good. Ingredients include, bok choy, kohlrabi, pea shoots, asparagus, and crispy tofu in a tasty peanut sauce. Also, enjoy a bonus sweet treat recipe perfect for summer when you don't want to use the oven.

Farmers Market Salad Video (7 min)
Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Video (3 min)

Upcoming Events

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

Traverse City Monthly Meetup & Ice Cream Social (TC)

Friday, June 2, 1pm-3pm

Spring VegFest at Eastern Market (Detroit)

Sunday, June 4, 10am-4pm

Tabling at Ann Arbor YMCA Block Party (Ann Arbor)

Saturday, June 10, 12pm-4pm

Runs on Plants 5K and 8 Mile Races (White Lake)

$5 off w/ code: VegMichigan

Sunday, June 11, 8am

Factory Farming Coalition Meeting (Virtual, story below)

Monday, June 12, 6:30pm-8pm

Food Empowerment Project: A Path Towards Food Justice (Virtual)

Thursday, June 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Volunteer Meetup at The Farm at Trinity Health (Ypsi)

Saturday, July 8, 9am-12pm

Factory Farming Coalition Meeting

VegMichigan cofounded Michiganders for a Just Farming System with the goal of building a large coalition of organizations and individuals to oppose factory farming in Michigan. Factory farming will continue to expand if we don't join the fight to stop it. Mark your calendar for our next virtual coalition meeting on Monday, June 12, at 6:30pm to learn more about the issues.

Meeting Details & Zoom Link

This Month's Word Scramble & Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The correct answer was: Ditch Dairy for Mother's Day. Lori Howell won a gift card to Bubbie's Bagels, Judith Mattis won a gift card to North Star Lounge, Karen Firosz won a gift card to Pizza Cat, Ingrid Kord-Kroeger won a gift card to Public House, and Gloria Pridemore won free registration for Runs on Plants. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following prizes:

$25 e-gift card to Barrio (East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City)

Booda Butter Eco Gift Set (pictured)

$25 e-gift card to Ferndale Project (Ferndale)

$25 e-gift card to Mudgie's Deli (Detroit)

$25 e-gift card to One Well Brewing (Kalamazoo)

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

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A Special Thanks to Our VegFest Sponsors

A very big thank you to our VegFest sponsors, which help to make this a free admission event. Please show them your support by patronizing their businesses! Click on each logo to learn more.

Save The Date: Fall VegFest

Mark your calendars for the return of Fall Vegfest at Riley Park in downtown Farmington on Sunday, September 10, 2023. As always, admission is free. Enjoy all your favorite vendors and a fun day outside. We hope to see you there!

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