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VegFest is June 4

Cooking demos are back!

Food, Friends, & Fun!

Bring the entire family!

By popular demand, VegFest will once again be held at Eastern Market in Detroit and, based on your feedback, we added more space, more vendors, and more things to do! Join us for a fun day on Sunday, June 4 (10am-4pm).

We're bringing back cooking demos and presentations! We will also have a fun photo booth where you can show your plant-based pride. Plus, tons of free food samples, games for the kids, and nearly 100 vendors, including 10 food trucks! Right next to VegFest is Eastern Market's Sunday Market which showcases the work of local artists, cooks, jewelers, musicians, and more.

Plus, new this year, Eastern Market Brewing Co. (EMBC) will be hosting the VegFest After Party from 2pm-6pm! Stop by for $1 off your first beer. Check out this local brewery just a block from VegFest at 2515 Riopelle St.

VegFest Details
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VegFest volunteers needed! To learn more and sign up, email [email protected].

Monthly Speakers Series - Fighting Factory Farming in MI

Factory farms are causing great harm to the environment and natural resources of Michigan. Traverse City-based nonprofit, For Love of Water (FLOW), is actively participating in the fight to protect Michigan waterways from harmful factory farming pollution. Zach Welcker (Legal Director) and Jim Olson (Founder and Senior Legal Advisor) of FLOW will discuss the current legal battle before the Michigan Supreme Court and other actions we can take to protect water and the environment. Get informed and join the fight against factory farming. Virtual presentation, Wednesday, May 10 (7pm)

Presentation Details & Reminder Email

Cooking Your Way to Good Health with Deanna

This month's dish was inspired by a recent trip to Italy. This pasta primavera salad is full of seasonal ingredients such as snow peas, asparagus, arugula, spinach, and green onions. You will most likely find them all at your farmers market in May. As always, Deanna's recipes are delicious and nutritious, full of vitamins A, C, E, calcium, magnesium, protein, and complex carbohydrates. Salute!

Watch Cooking Demo

Help Get Soy Milk Added to the School Lunch Program

Many students do not want to drink cow's milk or are lactose intolerant. Currently, our tax dollars fund the dairy industry's monopoly over school lunches, which forces students to take a carton of cow's milk even though statistics show that 23% are thrown in the garbage unopened. Please take a few minutes and call your representative and ask them to support the ADD SOY Act (H.R. 1619), which will give students the option of choosing soy milk. Learn more about the ADD SOY Act

Contact Your Representative

Upcoming Events

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

Traverse City Meetup at Edson Farms (Traverse City)

Friday, May 5, 1pm-3pm

VegMichigan Plant-Based Teach-In (Ann Arbor)

Sunday, May 7, 1:30pm-5pm

Fighting Factory Farming in Michigan (Virtual)

Wednesday, May 10, 7pm

Michiganders for a Just Farming System Meeting - Right to Farm Reform (Virtual)

Thursday, May 11, 7pm

"Think Like A Vegan" Book Club (Pt. 2) (Virtual)

Saturday, May 13, 1pm-2:30pm

Spring Cooking Demo and Tabling (Dearborn Heights)

Tuesday, May 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Tabling at Walk & Wag and Run (Ypsilanti)

Saturday, May 20, 8am-1pm

Indian Cooking Demo with Vinita from Karma Wellness Kitchen (Virtual)

Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Spring VegFest at Eastern Market (Detroit)

Sunday, June 4, 10am-4pm

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

$5 off w/ code: VegMichigan

Sunday, June 11, 8am

Enter our monthly raffle (details below) for a chance to win a free registration for Runs on Plants 5K and 8 Mile races taking place on Sunday, June 11, at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, at 8am. Or, click here to get $5 off when you register for the run.

Thank You, 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!

Irene's Myomassology Institute is the oldest and largest massage school in the Midwest. Founded by Irene Gauthier in 1987, this nationally accredited school continues to set the highest standards for massage education. Its graduates are prepared to begin their new careers with a multitude of skills to best help their clients. Learn More

The Original Meat aims to encourage and educate people about how to eat the original diet given by God to mankind by producing great tasting and convenient plant-based foods that anyone can enjoy using real ingredients devoid of preservatives, chemicals, artificial flavors, and colors. They specialize in making meat alternatives by hand in small batches using wholesome ingredients that are bold, satisfying, and flavorful. Shop for their products on their website, at local farmer's markets, and through Market Wagon

Planthropie is a plant-based Cheesery & Dessert bar located in Birmingham, Michigan. They are a conscious brand on a mission to create pure food as art and medicine. Planthropie handcrafts artisanal cheese & dessert using the finest, organic & wholesome ingredients. They celebrate the abundance & healing force of the earth with kindness & compassion for health, all living beings & the planet. Learn More and See the Menu

Local and Compassionate Chocolates for Mother's Day

Don't forget to shop Confections with Convictions for vegan chocolates for Mother’s Day and receive 10% off using discount code Veg2023 until May 15. Your order will include a special Mother’s Day Card featuring a mother cow and her calf. Order by May 5 for Mother's Day delivery. Order Here

This Month's Word Scramble & Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The correct answer was: help promote VegFest. Debbie Lesinski won a gift card to Detroit Vegan Soul, Rhonda Kotzen won a gift card to Donut Bar, Phyllis Cable won a gift card to Gaia House Cafe, Cathy Worthington won a gift card to One To Save Many, and Jean Marie Moffa won a gift card to Taproot Cider House. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following prizes:

Free Race Entry for Runs on Plants - 6/11/23 (White Lake)

$25 e-gift card to Bubbie's Bagels (Traverse City)

$25 e-gift card to North Star Lounge (Ann Arbor)

$25 e-gift card to Pizza Cat (Detroit)

$25 e-gift card to Public House (Ferndale)

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 June newsletter. Good luck!


Michigan Wildlife is Under Attack by the DNR, Call Today

The Michigan DNR unveiled a deeply troubling proposed rule which would triple the number of wildlife species considered "nuisances" and allow expanded hunting and trapping (including conibear traps) to kill these animals. Please email the Natural Resources Commission at [email protected] and call Governor Whitmer at 517-335-7858 to tell them to say no to the Kill-at-Will amendment. Learn More Here

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