Our second annual VegFest is organized by a team of dynamic volunteers from the nonprofit organization Michiana VegFest, Inc. This will be a large event open to the public, free of charge. Our first festival was held at the University of Notre Dame and attracted nearly 3,000 participants. In 2019, we will offer a much larger venue.
Vegfests are increasingly popular around the country and around the world to promote plant-based eating and living for health, sustainability and animal welfare. Our vegfest will include well-known speakers and chefs, several of whom are from our area. We will also have many vendors offering food and other products, and a fun-filled kids’ activities area.
Our mission is to bring together our northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan communities to explore an array of exciting flavors and options in the vastly expanding plant-based eating world. By sharing new vegan products and services and providing speakers, we promote plant-based diets for health, compassion and environmental conservation. We encourage everyone to make healthy food choices for their own lives and to support our local vegan-friendly businesses and organizations.
Michiana is increasingly vegan friendly with supportive restaurants and businesses in South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Michigan City, Fort Wayne, Niles, Berrien Springs, Three Oaks, Stevensville, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and Kalamazoo, to name only a few in Indiana and Michigan.
Michiana enjoys two active Meetup groups, VegMichiana Meetup in the South Bend area and Kalamazoo Meetup; two thriving Facebook groups, VegMichiana and Vegans of Michiana, and the new website Vegan Michiana. Michiana offers great resources for vegans, vegetarians and those curious about making the transition as well as an active, vibrant and supportive plant-based community. Our VegFest will bring them all together.
How to Register
The event is free and open to all. But we will offer a VIP option for those who want to register ahead of time and benefit from a special pre-event opportunity, to be announced on our website in the coming months.