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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!

Report: U.S. Dairy Alternatives Market Worth $2.09 Billion and Growing

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Take one look at the “dairy” aisle in your local Walmart, and it’s clear that consumers are steering away from cow’s milk. It begs the question: with the myriad of milk alternatives, does anyone even drink the real thing anymore?

According to the data — less people consume the bovine liquid than ever before. A new report “Dairy Alternatives Market by Type, Formulation, Application, & by Region – Global Forecast to 2020” (by MarketsandMarkets) catalogs the massive growth in the non-dairy market, and how it’s attributable to people’s changing tastes and dietary needs.

“The dairy alternative market in U.S. is expected to mark a growth of 13.2% between 2015 and 2018 based on the strength of diversification in market,” says Shivani Mishra, research analyst in the food & beverage domain for MarketsandMarkets. “In 2015, the U.S. market size of dairy alternatives is estimated to be worth $2.09 billion and is one of the largest markets in the North American food & beverage industry.” As far as the global market, it’s projected to reach about $19.5 Billion by 2020, growing about 15.5% from 2015 to 2020.

“Increase in health awareness, growing preference towards vegan diet, and change in the lifestyles have stimulated growth in the dairy alternatives market,” Mishra adds.

400 Million Fewer Animals Were Killed for Food Last Year vs. 2007 Because People are Eating Less Meat

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From comments by Governor Brown to reports from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, there’s widespread agreement that everyone needs to eat more plants.

Where there’s less consensus, however, is how to effect change. While many vegans believe Meatless Mondays and other cutting-back-consumption campaigns don’t push enough of a paradigm-shift, others argue that these are crucial first steps towards a more compassionate world.

Given that around 93 percent of people still eat meat, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone will cease doing so anytime soon. A world that eats far less meat, however, is already on the way. Meat consumption has been steadily declining in the U.S.—by 10% per capita since 2007, in fact.

In that year, for example, the U.S. raised and killed 9.5 billion land animals for food. As of 2014, that number plummeted by a whopping 400 million (to 9.1 billion — click here to view the statistics), says Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection for The Humane Society of the United States.

“What that means is that compared to 2007, last year almost half a billion fewer animals were subjected to the torment of factory farming and industrial slaughter plants–and that’s despite the increase in the U.S. population,” Shapiro explains.

“That’s more animals than are experimented on, hunted, used in circuses, puppy mills, and end up in animal shelters each year in the U.S.—all combined.

 

 

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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View photos from VegFest 2014

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, Mi. 48330. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s October Milford Pu... @ Milford Public Library
VegMichigan’s October Milford Pu... @ Milford Public Library
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Milford Public Library, 330 Family Drive, Milford, Michigan 48381. Contact Karin ... Read More >
Oct
4
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Oct
6
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101: Beginning Vegan Cooking... @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Veg 101: Beginning Vegan Cooking... @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Would you like to prepare more delicious and healthy plant-based meals for yourself or loved ones? Join us for this ... Read More >
Oct
14
Fri
6:00 pm October Dinner Club (Oktoberfest... @ North Center Brewing Company
October Dinner Club (Oktoberfest... @ North Center Brewing Company
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm
October Dinner Club (Oktoberfest Party!) @ North Center Brewing Company | Northville | Michigan | United States
Please join us at the North Center Brewery for a vegan Oktoberfest celebration! Shimmy Shack will be serving up their ... Read More >

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