September Free Festival a Huge Success
Thanks to everyone who attended our 5th Annual Outdoor Free Festival in downtown Farmington! It was inspiring to see so many people enjoying plant-based foods, supporting local businesses, and enjoying each other's company. Thanks to our vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and members for making this free event possible. Not only is this a fun event for the plant-based community, but it is also a showcase of the wide variety of plant-based food for individuals who are new to plant-based eating. Please continue to support our sponsors, Jack's Quality BeansDetroit JerkyChive Kitchen, and Better Health throughout the year. A special thanks to everyone who joined or renewed their memberships; we appreciate your support! 
Spreading the Joy of Plant-Based Eating Throughout Michigan
VegMichigan is hosting tailgates, movie screenings, and other events, plus we are providing free plant-based food for backyard barbecues, wedding rehearsal dinners, and other fun occasions every month in order to introduce more individuals to delicious plant-based foods! We are excited to report that the feedback has been extremely positive!
Students loved the free plant-based food we gave out at our MSU tailgate!
We provided 80 Beyond Burgers and other items at a U of M fraternity BBQ.
Free plant-based food at The Game Changers movie screening at Life Remodeled.
Our popular plant-based giveaway bag program continues to grow.
75 Delta Kappa sorority members lined up to pick up their giveaway bags.
VersiCare office staff were excited to take home popular plant-based items!
Plant-Based Shopping at Costco
Veg friends, let me start by saying simply this: my relationship with Costco is, well, fairly unique. I could go on for days extolling the virtues of my vegan finds, but here I’ve tried to narrow down to my all-time favs across a host of deliciously edible categories! See The Vegan Mary's favorite finds and pantry staples here.
Events & Presentations This Month
Saturday, October 2, 3:30pm (Volunteers Needed)

Presented by Chantal Singer, RDN
Wednesday, October 6, 6:30pm (Virtual)

Thursday, October 21, 7pm (Virtual)
Plant-Based Guide to Lansing
Thanks in part to its proximity to Michigan State University, Lansing is home to an amazing diversity of cuisine and culture. Diners will be delighted to not only find greasy American favorites, but also a variety of cuisines from Turkish to Jamaican along with a focus on farm-to-table. The next time you visit Lansing, make sure you check out these 8 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and things to do. 
Last Month's Winners and New Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's word scramble! (The answer was: See you at the Free Festival). Renee Gawel won a gift card to Street Beet, Gayle Thompson won a gift card to Buddy's Pizza, Robin Chlebowski won a gift card to Detroit Street Filling Station, Renee Dean won a gift card to Anita's Kitchen, and Sheila Smith won a gift pack of Jack's Quality Beans. Congrats! For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of these prizes:

$25 Gift Card to Detroit Vegan Soul (Detroit)

$25 Gift Card to Aratham Gourmet To Go (Troy)

$25 Gift Card to Chive Kitchen (Farmington)

$25 Gift Card to Art's Pub (Lansing)

$25 Gift Card to Vedge Cafe (Ann Arbor)
Please select one prize preference and submit it with your answer. We do our best to pick prizes from a variety of locations so at least one location will be close to you.

To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and gift preference to [email protected]. Those with the correct answer will be entered into a raffle drawing for the prize of their choice. Winners will be announced in the November newsletter. Good luck!
Even More Vegan Options at Eastern Market
Can’t get enough of Detroit’s Eastern Market? Don’t worry, neither can we! We are back at Detroit’s premier market to explore its veritable cornucopia of vegan eats. And let me tell you, we can’t wait to showcase even more vegan eats. Check out these 7 Must Try Vegan Eats at Eastern Market.
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