Ann Arbor Veg Week Media Alert
Ann Arbor Veg Week April 22 – 28
First ever Ann Arbor Veg Week to learn about benefits of a plant-based diet
Ann Arbor’s first ever Veg Week is planned for April 22-28, 2013, an initiative of VegMichigan, the state’s largest, nonprofit vegetarian organization. This nationwide event, when thousands of people come together to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet is coming to Ann Arbor. Individuals pledge to eat only vegan or vegetarian foods for one week to improve their health, reduce their impact on the environment, and save the lives of animals.
There are many exciting events planned in Ann Arbor, including a Kickoff Event with Mayor John Heiftje and NBA Star and former Detroit Piston John Salley. Other events include a film screening, expert talks, grocery store tours, a vegan potluck and more.
Celebrities Include: Mayor John Heiftje and NBA Star and former Detroit Piston John Salley, cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn, author and co-founder of VINE Sanctuary Pattrice Jones
7:00 PM – Kickoff Event featuring John Salley, former Detroit Piston and Ann Arbor Mayor John Heiftje; at Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St. Refreshments provided by Trader Joe’s, Arbor Brewing Company, Big City Small World Bakery, Hut-K, and Jazzy Veggie.
6:00 PM – Grocery Store Tour; at Whole Foods Cranbrook, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Tour to find the best plant-based foods in the grocery aisles.
6:30 PM – Film Vegucated, with special guest Joel Kahn, M.D. (cardiologist); Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown, Multi-purpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Avenue. Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Following the film, Dr. Kahn will speak about the cardiac benefits of vegan nutrition and mind-body practices.
2:00 PM – Grocery Store Tour; Whole Foods Cranbrook, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Tour to find the best plant-based foods in the grocery aisles.
7:00 PM – Jim Corcoran “My Journey to Weight Loss and Improved Health”; at Ann Arbor District Library, Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway. Join Jim Corcoran as he shares his surprisingly easy journey to improved health and lifelong weight loss.
7:00 PM – Jeff Hampton “Saving the Earth, One Bite at a Time”; Workantile, 118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Come and see this entertaining, lively, and engaging presentation about how you can change your life and save the planet, one bite at a time!
6:30 PM – Vegan* Community Potluck with special guest Pattrice Jones, author and co-founder of VINE Sanctuary, at Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor. Join us for a vegan* potluck and hear Pattrice Jones tell stories about her experience founding and running VINE Sanctuary, which provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy, and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfighting. *Vegan means plant-based foods only–no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients. Saturday 4/27: 3:00 PM – Pattrice Jones, “Building Alliances Among Animal, Environmental, and Social Justice Activists”; Author talk and book-signing at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. (Westgate Shopping Center, Ann Arbor. Thinking about factory farming, climate change, and all of the many ways people are recklessly cruel to each other and other animals, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But there are so many things that anybody can do to make a difference!
11:30 to 1 p.m. – Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here™ Cooking Demo and Sampling join Jan Kemp, Healthy Eating Specialist, for this fun event and watch as she prepares several plant-based dishes for you to sample. Learn how our Health Starts Here™ program at Whole Foods Market can support you in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Whole Foods Market, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Cooking and Lifestyle Classroom, 2nd Level, Mezzanine, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 975-450. This event is FREE, but advanced registration is required. Please call (734) 975-4500 to register for this class. Space is limited to the first 25 people who register.
3:00 PM – Smoothie Demo and Talk: “Nutritional Perspective from the Field of Molecular Imaging of Cancer”. Join Swaroop Bhojavani, PhD, as he demonstrates how to make a “Power of Seven” nutrilicious smoothie, made of greens, fruits, and nuts, while talking about his research on connections between diet and cancer. Hut-K Chaats, 3022 Packard St Ann Arbor, MI 48104. This event is FREE, but space is limited. To reserve your space, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Ann Arbor Veg Week visit the website at http://vegmichigan.org or www.annarborvegweek.org. To schedule a meeting with any of the speakers, please contact VegMichigan’s PR Manager, at email@example.com.
VegFest 2013: Vegan Tastefest and Expo in Novi: April 21, 2013
Popular vegan tastefest & expo features comedian Carol Leifer, NBA champ John Salley, Dr. Neal Barnard, chefs, authors, health experts, artists, food and more!
ROYAL OAK, Mich., February 25, 2013 –
VegFest, metro Detroit’s premier vegan tastefest, health and environmental expo, returns to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi for its annual event on April 21.
Nationally known presenters will be featured at VegFest again this year including comedian Carol Leifer. In addition to Carol Leifer, featured speakers include NBA champ John Salley; President of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and PBS program host Neal Barnard M.D.; world-renowned ultramarathon champion Scott Jurek; author and sustainability activist Ruby Roth, on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet.
In response to a record – breaking crowd of over 4000 last year, VegFest 2013 brings an even greater variety of experts, innovative products and activities.
In addition to numerous prominent speakers and cooking demonstrators, there will be a huge food court featuring delicious options from local restaurants, bakeries, caterers and food companies.
In the exhibit hall there will also be national brand samples, eco-friendly products, cruelty-free fashion, children’s activities, door prizes, literature, cookbooks and more. All vegan, of course! “We are thrilled to be putting together another event,” says
Paul Krause, president, VegMichigan. “VegFest is a diverse event that features exhibitors, restaurants and food companies, cooking demonstrations and celebrity speakers to promote the awareness of the health, environmental and ethical consequences of our food choices. The event will clearly illustrate the advantages of a vegan life style in a fun and festive manner.”
Major event sponsors include BetterHealth Stores, The Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy of Southfield, Whole Foods Market, Ann Arbor Family and Ann Arbor Current Magazines and 93.9 The River.
For memberships, advance discounted tickets and information on sponsorship, exhibiting, volunteering or the day’s schedule, contact VegMichigan toll free at 877-778-3464 or visit www.vegmichigan.org.