Spring VegFest 2024
Presented by Unburger
Sunday, June 2, 10am - 4pm, Eastern Market, Detroit
We're getting excited for Spring VegFest 2024, which is just around the corner on Sunday, June 2, at Eastern Market! We added more cooking demos and presentations, including "Cooking with Que" and Dan from Barn Sanctuary! Plus, nearly 100 vendors, including 15 food trucks that will showcase an amazing array of vegan food, from healthy options to comfort foods and desserts. Bring the kids to enjoy games and veggie-themed coloring, enjoy live music from local singer-songwriters, shop sustainable vendors, and get a free massage from Irene's Myomassology Institute students. Right next to VegFest is Eastern Market's Sunday Market, which showcases the work of local artists, jewelers, musicians, and more. See details and the cooking demo and presenter schedule on our website.
64 Volunteers Still Needed for VegFest: Sign Up Today!
VegFest is a life-changing event for many attendees, and our volunteers are key to its success! Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to make the 23rd annual VegFest our best yet! To get started, fill out our volunteer application and sign up for an orientation date. We have the following orientation dates scheduled: Saturday, May 4 (in person) and Thursday, May 30 (Zoom). Thank you!
Celebrating Earth Day Recap: 6 Events in 4 Days
We celebrated Earth Day this year by working with several organizations that hosted programs throughout the week, including Sustainability Madonna University, Westminster Presbyterian Church, The Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club, U-M’s Sierra Club Chapter, the Leslie Science and Nature Center, and Traverse Area District Library. We participated in six events in four days, reaching over 700 people via our outreach efforts, providing 222 people with plant-based food from Vegano Italiano, signing up 125 people to our 30-Day Plant-Based Pledge, and offering free plant-based items to attendees. Our Earth Day programming continued the last weekend in April with a second screening of The Smell of Money, this time in Traverse City, which we co-hosted with Michiganders for a Just Farming System, Old Town Playhouse, For Love of Water, Attorneys for Animals, Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action, and the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section. It was wonderful to collaborate with these organizations and talk to so many people about the benefits of eating plant-based for the planet. A huge thank you to the volunteers involved in making these events possible! These programs really do make a difference. Emily, an attendee of one of our recent programs said, "I was in Sedona and a few restaurants had vegan menu options that I likely would not have tried had I not gone to the [VegMichigan] presentation." 
Please help to support all the great outreach programs VegMichigan is doing by becoming a member or making a donation and selecting the monthly donor option to help sustain our work. Thanks for your support, which helps grow the plant-based movement in Michigan!
Events This Month
Click on the links below for details and check out our event calendar to see the full list.
Thursday, May 9

Thursday, May 16

Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm-8pm

Saturday, May 18, 8am-1pm

Saturday, May 18, 3pm-4:30pm

Tuesday, May 21, 6pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, May 22, 7am-3pm

Wednesday, May 29, 6pm-7:30pm
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!
Unburger is on a mission to revolutionize the burger experience by offering delicious, plant-based alternatives that are both better for you and the planet. Their commitment to sustainability is at the core of everything they do, from sourcing quality ingredients to minimizing their environmental footprint. With a focus on flavor, innovation, and compassion, they're proud to serve up mouthwatering meals that make a positive impact. Join them on a journey towards a healthier, more sustainable future, one bite at a time. Learn More
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 six all-vegan, gluten-free varieties: Michigan Cherry Bomb, Hickory Cracked Pepper, Ginger Teriyaki, Sweet Mesquite, Buffalo Burn, and Mojito Inferno. Learn More
Detroit's iconic Irish pub, The Old Shillelagh, has a fabulous plant-based menu featuring Shepherd's Pie, tacos, super nachos, chili dogs, mushroom french dip, and much more. Plus, check out their newest concept, Green Beat, featuring clean ingredients. Green Beat is located at 1219 Brush St. in Detroit. The Old Shillelagh is located at 349 Monroe St. in Detroit. See the Plant-Based Menu
Enter This Month's Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The answer was: Plant A Garden. Tammy Urban won a gift card to Bake It Up Vegan Style, Jackie Taylor won a gift card to La Marsa, and Stacey Breitlow won a gift card to Playa Bowls. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following prizes.
$25 Gift Card to Botanical Bakeshop (Milan)

$25 Gift Card to Detroit Shipping Company (Detroit)

from Nutcase Vegan Meats
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 June newsletter. Good luck!
Update from Michiganders for a Just Farming System
Michiganders for a Just Farming System (MJFS) will not be hosting our May meeting due to planning for Sierra Club's Lobby Day. Our next virtual meeting will be on Monday, June 10 at 6pm. Kudos to the Michigan Sierra Club for spotlighting critical issues around factory farms and manure biogas at their May 15 Lobby Day! A CAFO-knowledgeable team, including several MJFS and coalition members, is set to challenge Senate Bill 275 and House Bill 5083. SB 275 will reward the commercial production of manure methane gas for fuel, primarily benefiting oil and gas corporations, utilities, and industrial-scale livestock facilities. Monetizing manure risks spurring the growth of factory farms in Michigan, adversely impacting air and water quality and rural communities. A weak provision in HB 5083 won’t prevent CAFOs from expanding to cash in on manure. While the lobby team is full, you can still join efforts to lobby for crucial water affordability and polluter accountability legislation. We wlsh the lobby team success on May 15 and we will share an update at our June meeting.
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