If it’s spring, it must be time for the annual vegan food, info and networking extravaganza known as VegFest. Presented by VegMichigan, VegFest is the state’s premier celebration of a plant-based lifestyle and takes place Sunday, April 24 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
Showcasing a vast array of vegan food, exhibitors and activities, VegFest also features notable local and national speakers, including actress Simone Reyes, star of the reality TV show “Running Russell Simmons”; former Piston and NBA champ John Salley, back by popular demand; Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of California’s innovative True North Health Center; and Nathan Runkle, founder of the international animal advocacy group Mercy for Animals.
“VegFest aims to show how delicious and easy plant-based eating can be, as well as the many ways that choosing to forgo animal products can benefit our lives,” says Paul Krause, president of VegMichigan. “It’s a compassionate choice, of course — one that naturally appeals to children, but also has far-reaching positive consequences for our health and the planet.”
Visitors can sample plant-based cuisine from dozens of local restaurants, bakeries, caterers and national brands; and they can explore the tasty, eco-friendly, cruelty-free and/or healthy products and services of more than 100 exhibitors. Cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, cookbooks, literature and more provide plenty of ways to learn about the hows and whys of a plant-based lifestyle.
The presentation schedule kicks off at 11:15 a.m. with an introduction to VegMichigan, followed by Dr. Alan Goldhamer on “Escaping the Dietary Trap” at 11:30 a.m., actress Simone Reyes on “Activate to Liberate: The Vegan Revolution” at 12:30 p.m., NBA champ John Salley on “The BETTA Life” at 1:30 p.m. and Mercy for Animals president Nathan Runkle on “The Power of Our Plates: Saving Animals at Every Meal” at 2:30 p.m.
The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. Admission is $12 prepaid or $15 at the door; free for children under 6 and free for VegMichigan members.
VegFest is sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Better Health Stores, with support from Meijer, 93.9 The River, A Well-Fed World and others.
For memberships, discounts and information on sponsorship, exhibiting, volunteering or the day’s schedule, call 877-778-3464 or visit www.vegmichigan.org.