VegMichigan's 4th Annual Free Festival
Sunday, September 15th, 11am to 5pm
Riley Park in Downtown Farmington
(33113 Grand River Ave.)
The food is always the highlight of VegMichigan's free festival. This year, we will be showcasing some of the best vegan food Michigan has to offer from 30 restaurants, specialty food vendors, and food trucks.
This Free Festival is a wonderful place to invite friends and family to show them how many great plant-based options are available today and they can also learn about why this lifestyle is growing in popularity.
Chive Kitchen, only steps from the festival, will be offering festival inspired mixed drinks and an all-day vegan brunch. In addition, other restaurants surrounding the festival will also be offering vegan menu options.
Riley Park in Historic Downtown Farmington is the Perfect Venue
Riley Park is a popular concert venue. Please bring you picnic blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy live music and other entertainment on the huge lawn.
Riley Park is also home to the Farmington Farmers Market with the massive covered pavilion. We will provide plenty of tables and chairs.
Please Support Our Festival Sponsors
Detroit's iconic Irish pub, The Old Shillelagh , introduced a fabulous vegan menu last year, featuring Shepherds Pie, tacos, super nachos, chili dogs, mushroom french dip, and a mushroom smoked gouda Beyond burger. They've also recently added a vegan brunch on the weekends as well as   Green Beat Happy Hour, featuring a rotating vegan menu every Thursday through the summer. The Old Shillelagh is located at 349 Monroe in Detroit.  See the Vegan Menu
Chive Kitchen, downtown Farmington's all-vegan restaurant, focuses on Portuguese and Western European dishes as well as fusion dishes inspired by those found in California. Chive's dishes are made from scratch, and the menu changes depending on season and availability. Enjoy vegan cocktails and a full dinner menu Wednesday - Saturday as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays . See the Menu
Fresh Thyme market has a huge selection of vegan products. Everything from plant-based meats, milk, cheese, ice cream, and all of your favorite brands. They have a great selection of fruits and vegetables and their eco-friendly bulk section stocks dry beans, nuts, seeds, grains, and many other vegan essentials. They also have a big selection of cruelty-free health and beauty products.   Find a Location Near You
Your Support will Double the Impact of VegMichigan's Important Work
VegMichigan’s success in encouraging so many Michiganders to move toward a plant-based diet or go vegan is gaining the attention of larger funders who value the work we are doing. For the first time in VegMichigan's 20-year history, a generous donor has offered to match all funds raised up to $25,000! This has the potential to allow us to share the benefits of a plant-based diet to a wider audience in Michigan. Now more than ever, your membership or donation to VegMichigan will go much further and will allow us to expand on our already successful programs, festivals, and other forms of outreach. Please consider joining VegMichigan, and your $40 membership fee will become $80, plus you still receive all the great perks of being a VegMichigan member such as free entry into VegFest and other great benefits. You can also make a donation to VegMichigan and your impact will be doubled. Together, we can make a real difference.
VegFest 2020 is Moving to Detroit
The biggest annual vegan event in Michigan is moving to a new location! Just as the Pistons and Lions recently moved to Detroit, VegMichigan wants to take part in Detroit's resurgence and we could not think of a better place than Eastern Market to host VegFest 2020. With their central location, recent building updates, and their commitment to recycling, we are excited to be making the move. VegFest will be held on May 31, 2020 . Dr. Greger has already signed on to speak and he will be signing his new book, How Not To Diet. Stay tuned for more major VegFest announcements!
Six More Cottage Inn Locations to Offer Vegan Cheese
With the success of the Original Cottage Inn’s monthly vegan pizza buffet, the Cottage Inn chain will begin offering vegan pizza at six additional locations starting Sept 1st. If the trial run is successful, the company plans to expand offerings and locations! As a way of saying thank you for the success and to celebrate the launch, they are hosting a VIPizza event on Saturday September 7th at their 546 Packard location from 11am-2pm! Stop by, say "hi," meet the crew, and enjoy a free slice of their new vegan gourmet pizzas! Let Cottage Inn know Michigan loves vegan pizza! Vegan pizza locations:

1141 Broadway, Ann Arbor
2301 W Stadium, Ann Arbor
2900 S State, Ann Arbor
512 E William, Ann Arbor
2407 Washtenaw, Ypsilanti
501 E Michigan, Saline 
546 Packard, Ann Arbor (Free Pizza at this location Sept 7th)
Another Successful VegMichigan Event
With TV cameras rolling, over 100 people came out last month in Livonia to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet and to try a variety of great tasting vegan dishes. In addition, Dr. Kahn's talk will be rebroadcast throughout the month on Livonia's local cable station. Please join VegMichigan to help us expand these free presentations. Thank you!
Call for Volunteers to Help with Presentations/Food Tastings
VegMichigan's FREE Vegan 101 presentations and food tastings at libraries around the state have been hugely popular! If you're looking for an opportunity to help spread the vegan message, please consider volunteering for our free presentation program. Our next events are in Ferndale, Canton, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. We're looking for volunteers to help set up buffet tables, staff our information table, sign up new members, and clean up following the event. If you're interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please email melissa@vegmichigan.org .
Meetups This Month
From potlucks to dinner meetups, VegMichigan hosts many events each month around the state to socialize with like-minded people and enjoy vegan food from old favorites and new restaurants around town. Last month, old and new friends alike came out to enjoy a new menu from Fresh Forage in Ann Arbor, which uses locally sourced and foraged ingredients to craft healthy bowls for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. And the Greater Lansing Area Meetup enjoyed a special and delicious vegan buffet at Ozzy's Kabob Mediterranean Cuisine in Okemos. Check out our online calendar for details on upcoming events or visit the Meetup page for your area ( Metro Detroit , Flint , Greater Lansing , Ann Arbor Area ).

Sunday, September 8 @ 6pm - 8pm

Wednesday, September 25 @ 5pm - 7pm

Saturday, September 28 @ 12:30pm - 2pm
Movie Night! Come Watch The Game Changers With Us
The long-awaited documentary, The Game Changers , will finally be in theaters on Monday, September 16th for one day only and we're meeting up to watch it as a group in Ann Arbor, Metro Detroit, and Lansing. Don't miss out! The film is being shown at many other locations if you can't make it to one of our Meetups.

AMC Livonia 20 @ 7:30pm, 19500 Haggerty Rd., Livonia

Ann Arbor Cinemark 20 @ 7:30pm, 4100 Carpenter, Ypsi

Regal Lansing Mall @ 7:30pm, 5330 W Saginaw Hwy.
KFC Sells Out + Dunkin' and Subway Launch Vegan Items
An Atlanta KFC sold out of Beyond Chicken in five hours, with the line going around the store twice, during the debut of its vegan fried chicken. In addition, two of the world's largest fast food chains, Subway and Dunkin', are launching vegan menu items. Starting this month, Subway will begin testing its new Beyond Meatball sandwich at 685 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The Italian or 9-Grain Wheat bread is vegan. Read the full story here . Similarly, Dunkin' launched plant-based Beyond breakfast sandwiches, to adapt to its millennial customer base, which has a strong demand for plant-based options. Read more here .
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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.