The 5th Annual Outdoor Free Festival
Presented by Jack's Quality Beans
Join us this month for all of your favorite plant-based foods, sustainable shopping, and live entertainment on Sunday, September 12, 11am-5pm, Riley Park, Downtown Farmington! We will have plenty of seating to spread out or bring a blanket for the lawn. Enjoy entertainment for the whole family with performances by Clark the Juggler, who is back with a brand new show, and live music by Sinjon Smith. Try the best plant-based foods in Michigan, including grilled burgers and sausages, vegan grilled cheese, tamales, jackfruit tacos, carrot dogs, and more. In addition, enjoy sweet treats such as vegan fudge, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and cupcakes! Stop by the VegMichigan table to pick up a free activity bag for kids 10 and under.
Receive a Special Gift at the Festival!
We're so grateful for all of our member support over the years as, together, we've grown the plant-based movement in Michigan. If you join or renew your membership in-person at the festival, you'll receive a free reusable insulated bag and be entered into a raffle to win a vegan cheese box from Rebel Cheese! Of course, you'll continue to enjoy our other great member benefits too. Check them out here and stop by the membership table at the festival to join or renew.
Plant-Based Party Time!
Be it a barbeque, house party, tailgate, or giveaway, VegMichigan is introducing thousands of individuals to great tasting plant-based food! We have heard comments such as, "I've wanted to try the Impossible Whopper for a while but I didn't want to spend the money in case I didn't like it", and "I want to eat plant-based but I didn't know how to start". These are just two comments from people who are now eating more plant-based meals because of our program. They enjoyed the food and we gave them the resources they needed to continue their plant-based journey. We want people to feel welcomed into the plant-based community. If you have an idea for an event, let us know about it and we would be happy to provide Beyond Burgers and/or other plant-based items for your guests to try. Outdoor parties are recommended or smaller indoor parties where everyone is vaccinated. Contact [email protected].
Events This Month
In addition to the Free Festival, join us this month for a picnic at County Farm Park in Ann Arbor, two great virtual events; a plant-based nutrition presentation with Chantal Singer, RDN, and a food justice presentation by Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Plus, we're partnering with Life Remodeled and We Run 313 in Detroit to host a screening of The Game Changers. Click on the links below for more information.
Tuesday, September 7, 6pm-8pm

Sunday, September 12, 11am-5pm

Presented by Chantal Singer, RDN
Wednesday, September 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Presented by Malik Yakini
Tuesday, September 28, 7pm-8pm

Wednesday, September 29, 6pm
Veggies Abroad's Michigan Fall Color Guide
Michigan is one of the lucky states where you’re able to enjoy the kaleidoscope of color, bundled up with a warm cup of cider. But, where should you go to see this vibrant display? Just about anywhere in the state you’re bound to find beauty, but this guide from Veggies Abroad will help you find some of the best places for fall colors in Michigan.
Last Month's Winners and New Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's word scramble! (The answer was: Plant-Based Olympians Are Golden). Denise Richards won a gift card to Ima, Yvonne Price won a gift card to Chomp, Maris Barcelon won a gift card to Chive Kitchen, Katelin Romick won a gift pack from Detroit Jerky, and Joshua McAllister won a copy of Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Diet Cookbook. Congrats! For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of these prizes:
$25 Gift Card to Street Beet (Detroit)

$25 Gift Card to Detroit Street Filling Station (Ann Arbor)

$25 Gift Card to Buddy's Pizza (numerous locations)

$25 Gift Card to Anita's Kitchen (Ferndale or Lake Orion)
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 October newsletter. Good luck!
The Vegan Mary's Guide to Shopping at ALDI
Grab a quarter, a few recyclable grocery bags, and your appetite… we are heading to ALDI for vegan eats! Its no-frills approach to retail, with products often displayed in their packing boxes, strikes a stark contrast to many of its US grocery store contemporaries. And with dozens of new stores cropping up across Michigan in the last decade, you may have an ALDI retailer closer than think. Check out The Vegan Mary's guide to vegan shopping at ALDI here.
Please Support Our Festival Sponsors!
Jack’s Quality Beans are USDA certified organic, proudly packaged with very low sodium, and packed with protein and fiber. Jack’s high-quality products are packaged in BPA-free cartons made mostly of paper, which results in beans with a clean, bright flavor. Jack's prides itself on its innovative and eco-friendly packaging that is 100% sustainable. Shop online or find them at your local Kroger, Meijer, or Walmart, or Amazon.
Detroit Jerky dreams of a glorious world where everyone can enjoy delicious meaty snacks without all the crazy animal cruelty and funky potential health risks! They wanted to create a healthier jerky that has less of an environmental footprint, doesn’t hurt anyone or anything, and can be enjoyed by meat eaters and vegans alike! They offer four all-vegan, gluten-free varieties: Michigan Cherry Bomb, Mojito Inferno, Hickory Cracked Pepper, and Buffalo Burn. Shop Online
Chive Kitchendowntown Farmington's all-vegan restaurant, offering vegan hot and ready daily specials, deli items, baked goods, beer, wine, and cocktails. Order online and pick up within the scheduled window or the dining room is open for walk-in orders at the counter. Chive also offers vegan ticketed 5-course dinners and brunches, plus catering. Order Online
Better Health Stores is an independently-owned natural food chain based in Michigan. Many Better Health Stores stock vegan brands, including Follow Your Heart, Upton's Naturals, Tofurky, Gardein, Field Roast, Amy's Kitchen, Daiya, Radical Plants Superdips, Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage, and more. Find a Store Near You
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