VegFest 2016! A Big Success!

Big crowds came out to enjoy great food, informative presentations, and cruelty-free shopping!  

Attendees browse the many unique vendors

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

John Salley talks about living a better life.

John Salley talks about living a better life.

Let them eat cake!

Free cake samples! Yum!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

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VegMichigan Member Appreciation Give-away

TalThis month, members are eligible to win the beautifully illustrated cookbook, The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen. Chef Tal became known nationwide as the chef who prepared vegan meals for Oprah Winfrey in 2008. He shows readers that avoiding the health risks and ethical dilemmas of eating meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste or satisfaction. His recipes for starters, soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts offer a culinary adventure in vegan food.
 
Enter to win The Conscious Cook cookbook by sending in your favorite recipe using spring vegetables to info@vegmichigan.org. You must be a VegMichigan member to enter. Winning recipe will be randomly selected and featured in an upcoming e-newsletter.
 

SCALLOPED POTATOES WITH CASHEW CHEEZEY SAUCE

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SCALLOPED POTATOES WITH CASHEW CHEEZEY SAUCE

· 4 medium baking potatoes
· 1/4 cup vegan butter spread
 
Cashew Cheezey Sauce:
· 1/4 cup cashews
· 2 cups water
· 1 4-ounce jar diced pimientos, undrained
· 2 1/2 tsps. kosher salt
· 1 tsp. onion powder
· 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
· 3 Tabs. cornstarch
· 1/2 tsp. black pepper
 
Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Place potato slices in an oiled casserole dish. Dot with the vegan butter.
 
Place all ingredients for the Cashew Cheesey Sauce into a blender and process until smooth. Pour over the potato slices. Cover and bake 1 hour at 400 degrees.

VegMichigan Billboard Campaign

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We have received confirmation that our previous donor has once again come forward and offered to match dollar for dollar amounts with anyone who contributes to the VegMichigan Billboard Campaign.
 
Please consider giving a donation, in any amount, for this worthy outreach. VegMichigan is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible. No matter how small or large, your amount will be doubled. Giving to this cause allows our six billboards to continue to be visible throughout the community promoting a plant-based lifestyle.
 
It’s easy – just click here to donate electronically or simply send a check to VegMichigan, P.O. Box 2161, Royal Oak, Mi. 48068. No fees will be taken from your donation because we are a totally not-for-profit, all volunteer organization.
 
To view some of the billboard designs scattered throughout the Metro Detroit area, click here.

STRAWBERRY SPINACH SUNFLOWER SALAD

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STRAWBERRY SPINACH SUNFLOWER SALAD

· 6 cups baby spinach
· 1 cup sliced organic strawberries
· 1 cup diced fresh nectarine
· 3 Tab. toasted sunflower seeds
 
Dressing:
· 3 Tab. canola oil
· 1 Tab. balsamic vinegar
· 1 Tab. fresh lemon juice
· 1 tsp. sugar
· 1 tsp. dry mustard
 
In a large bowl, combine spinach, strawberries, nectarine and sunflower seeds.
 
Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Just before serving, toss to coat salad evenly.

VegFest 2014 Photos

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Eating Vegetarian at “VegFest”

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My TV 20’s Jorge Avellan spoke to vegan chef John Health from Jazzy Veggie and organizers of VegFest about eating less meat.

 

Vegan Easter Baskets

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IMG_6024_largeGourmet Vegan Easter Baskets

Presenting …Gourmet Vegan Easter Baskets!
Thanks to some wonderful animal-friendly companies, SASHA Farm was able to assemble these baskets of gourmet vegan treats for you to enjoy.  Learn More

 

VEGAN VANILLA CAKE

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· 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
· 1/2 cup vegan butter spread
· 1 Tab. baking powder
· 3/4 tsp. salt
· 2 cups vanilla almond milk
· 1 Tab. vanilla extract
· 1 tsp. almond extract
· 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
 
Place the sugar and vegan butter into a mixing bowl; cream together using a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy.
 
Add the baking powder, salt, almond milk, vanilla and almond extracts.  Beat again until all ingredients are mixed well.
 
Stir in the flour by hand until just combined.  Pour into an oiled 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  If making cupcakes – bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly touched.

VegFest is Sunday, April 13

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Mark your calendars for VegMichigan’s VegFest. This year, doors will open earlier at 10:30 a.m. Many new and exciting exhibitors, restaurants, cooking demonstrations and speakers will be participating.

Actress Daryl Hannah will be our featured celebrity speaker along with presentations by John Salley (former Detroit Piston), Dr. Joel Kahn (Cardiologist) and Jill Fritz (Michigan Director for Humane Society of United States).

Vegan, cooking demonstrations will be provided by Chef Erica Boyd of Detroit Vegan Soul, Chef Robert Hindley of Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield and Chef John Heath of Jazzie Veggie in Ann Arbor.

Please check the VegFest website for further details.

To inquire about being an exhibitor, participating in the food court or becoming a sponsor, please complete the application form by clicking here.

How to Attend VegFest for Free

Don’t forget that single VegMichigan memberships ($25) get into VegFest for free and family memberships ($35) get two free entrances. A single VegMichigan membership is a $46.00 value which includes a bi-monthly subscription to VegNews magazine. It’s easy to become a member, simply click here.

PEPPERS AND CORN SALAD

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PEPPERS AND CORN SALAD 

· 1 tsp. olive oil
· 1 ½ cups diced red onion
· 1 ½ cups diced red bell pepper
· 1 ½ cups diced green bell pepper
· 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen organic corn (or 2 cups fresh)
· ½ cup chopped green olives
· ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
 
Dressing:
· 3/4 cup Vegenaise
· 1 ½ tsp. curry powder
· 1 tsp. dried oregano
· ½ tsp. turmeric
· ½ tsp. salt
· ½ tsp. black pepper
 
Prepare dressing by placing ingredients into a small bowl and stirring vigorously until smooth.
 
Heat the olive oil in a skillet.  Sauté the onion and peppers until they are tender crisp.
 
Pour into a mixing bowl along with the rest of ingredients and dressing.  Stir together until all is well coated and combined well.
 
Best if chilled and served the following day.

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Upcoming Events

May
11
Wed
10:45 am Aperam Company @ Sterling Heights
Aperam Company @ Sterling Heights
May 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
VegMichigan will be presenting information about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. This is a company event and will not ... Read More >
May
21
Sat
8:00 am Walk & Wag Tabling @ Rolling Hills Park
Walk & Wag Tabling @ Rolling Hills Park
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Humane Society of Huron Valley’s 37th Annual Walk & Wag and Run: a dog walk, run, and all-around-fun day! ... Read More >
5:00 pm Vegan Pizza Party @ Buddy's Pizza (Livonia)
Vegan Pizza Party @ Buddy's Pizza (Livonia)
May 21 @ 5:00 pm
Vegan Pizza Party @ Buddy's Pizza (Livonia) | Livonia | Michigan | United States
Join us for VegMichigan’s monthly Dinner Club at Buddy’s in Livonia. Come and enjoy yummy vegan pizza and good conversation! The dinner ... Read More >
Jun
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127. Contact: ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s June Plymouth Dist... @ Plymouth District Library
VegMichigan’s June Plymouth Dist... @ Plymouth District Library
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Plymouth District Library, 223 S Main St., Plymouth, Mi. 48170. Contact: ... Read More >