Fall VegFest is September 8
Join us for our 8th annual Fall VegFest on Sunday, September 8 in lovely downtown Farmington. Enjoy your favorite plant-based dishes, food trucks, shopping, activities for the kids, and live music! We will have all your favorites, such as Vegano Italiano, Radical Plants, and Unburger, plus some new things to try. As always, admission is free!

Sunday, September 8 (11am - 5pm)
Downtown Farmington, Riley Park
33113 Grand River Ave, Farmington
Plant-Based Health & Wellness Celebration is August 3 
Join VegMichigan and Irene’s Myomassology Institute for a special event celebrating Plant-Based Health & Wellness. Come enjoy a fun Saturday afternoon with free massages, presentations, cooking demos, yoga classes, and delicious plant-based food for purchase from Zella’s. Admission is free, but you must register in advance.
Saturday, August 3
10am - 2pm
Irene's Myomassology Institute
26061 Franklin Rd.
VegMichigan’s Midyear Update
It’s the midway point of the year, and VegMichigan would like to give an update about all we have been doing. It’s been a busy first half as we have hosted and/or participated in a whopping 74 events, including presentations, food tastings, pledge bag giveaways, tablings, and our signature event, Spring VegFest. With our two new program managers, who hold advanced degrees in education and leadership, our presentations have greatly improved. Program attendees continue to provide us with glowing feedback about how much they appreciate our nonjudgemental approach, that they feel inspired to eat more plant-based meals, and that they learned new information about the harm caused by animal agriculture. We often pair our presentations with a food sampling so attendees can taste how delicious plant-based food is, which has been a winning combination! Our program surveys reflect the impact that we are having, showing that over 90% of respondents say they will move towards a plant-based lifestyle. Between January and June, over 400 individuals signed up for our 30-Day Plant-Based Pledge. Do you remember when you were new to plant-based eating and didn’t know where to start? Many people feel this way and our pledge program gives individuals a chance to try popular plant-based items and resources to start them on their journey. We are also reaching populations who are often underserved, including a pilot of providing Meals on Wheels clients with plant-based food. Lastly, our Spring VegFest was a huge success with over 7,000 individuals coming out to celebrate and enjoy delicious food and learn about the plant-based lifestyle! This year’s event stirred up a lot of interest, giving us the opportunity to promote plant-based eating on Fox 2 Detroit, Channel 4 WDIV, WJR, WDET, Detroit Free Press, and others! Stay tuned as we have a lot planned for the second half of the year. We could not offer all these free programs without our members. Thanks for your support! To become a member and help to grow the plant-based movement in Michigan, visit our membership page.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, July 10, 7am-3pm

Wednesday, July 10, 6:45pm-8:45pm

Wednesday, July 17, 2pm-3:30pm

Saturday, July 20, 12pm-6pm

Wednesday, July 24

Saturday, August 3, 10am-2pm
Film Screening: Save The Date
If you missed attending The Smell of Money screenings in Detroit and Traverse City earlier this year, join us for the Ann Arbor debut of this powerful environmental justice film featuring rural residents who take on large-scale animal agriculture to preserve the health and wellbeing of themselves, their community, and the environment. The film screening is on Wednesday, September 4, 6:30pm-9:30pm, at the Michigan Theatre, 603 E. Liberty St. Get Details and Buy Tickets
Volunteer Appreciation Party on August 17
VegMichigan is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday, August 17, from 12pm-2pm to thank our wonderful volunteer team for all their hard work at VegFest and other events, and for their willingness to adapt as we update and improve VegMichigan’s volunteer program. We could not do this important work without you!! Please RSVP for the party on Volgistics by Friday, August 9. Looking forward to seeing all of you in person!

Haven't signed up for Volgistics yet? Please fill out our online volunteer application and choose your orientation date. If you have any questions, contact Katie at katie@vegmichigan.org.
Welcome to Our New Staff Member
A very warm welcome to new Program Coordinator Kerry OHare (she/her/hers)! Kerry joined the VegMichigan team after volunteering for VegMichigan for several years. She has also volunteered at a farm animal sanctuary. Kerry works for BYOC, a zero-waste store and refillery in Ann Arbor. She holds degrees in music and software development and is currently learning the lever harp. Previously a vegetarian for 20+ years, Kerry has been vegan since 2017.
Enter This Month's Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The answer was: VegFest Fun. Milissa Burdette won a gift card to Condado Tacos, Nancy Kline won a gift card to Love's Ice Cream, and Phyllis Unthank won burgers and snack sticks from Nutcase Vegan Meats. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following prizes.
$25 E-Gift Card to Ike's Restaurant (Sterling Heights)

$25 Gift Card to The Kitchen by Cooking with Que (Detroit)

$25 E-Gift Card to Vegano Italiano (Ann Arbor food truck)
To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and one gift card preference to raffle@vegmichigan.org. Those with the correct answer will be entered into a raffle drawing for the e-gift card of their choice. Winners will be announced in the August newsletter. Good luck!
Help Stop Factory Farming in MIchigan
The Farm Bill is a package of legislation renewed every 5 years and has a tremendous impact on the food system in the United States. It is currently being debated in Congress. Join Michiganders for a Just Farming System and our special guest, Adam Mason, to learn more about the Farm Bill and the latest developments. Adam is the senior manager of farm animal welfare and environmental policy for the ASPCA. The Zoom meeting is on Monday, July 8, at 6pm. Register for the Meeting Here.
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