Welcome to Michiana VegFest!
Stay tuned for VEGFEST 2020!
What is Michiana VegFest?
VegFests are community festivals that celebrate plant-based, healthy, ethical and sustainable living. Our VegFest welcomes everyone, from visitors to local businesses, and promotes plant-based resources that can be found right here in Michiana. Click here to read more about Michiana VegFest.
We enjoyed delicious food from local restaurants and businesses. This year we screened three films on the three Sundays before VegFest. We heard dynamic speakers on health, ethical and environmental topics. We were inspired to cook plant-based foods by attending chef cooking demonstrations. Visitors brought their children to enjoy activities at the Kids' Corner. We also witnessed a poetry slam with energetic young people. Finally, at 4 pm we enjoyed fabulous music with a special free performance by The Bergamot Duo!
Reasons to Enjoy Our Veg Fest:
Free food samples
Dozens of vendors
Presentations from well-known authors
Special activities for kids
Curious about veg-eating and healthy living
Foodies who want to taste innovative preparations
Shoppers interested in discovering businesses and products
Michiana locals looking for a fun thing to do on Sunday
Dedicated to helping animals and caring for the environment
2019 VegFest Address
Century Center, 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 46601
Michiana VegFest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Speakers & The Bergamot Duo, at the Bendix Theatre
12 pm: Joshua LaJaunie, athlete, "Sick To Fit"
1 pm: Sherri Isaak, registered dietitian nutritionist, "The Ultimate Diabetes Prevention Diet"
2 pm: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, physician and author, "Vanquishing Heart Disease"
3 pm: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, scholar and activist, "Liberation for Every Body"
4 pm: The Bergamot Duo, special performance
Fun for Kids, at The Point
Hosted by Beacon Community Impact
11 am - noon: "Kitchen a la Carte" Cooking Demo with Jessica Wunder
11 am - 2:45 pm: Photo Booth with Nicole Waldron (outside The Point)
11 am - 2:45 pm: Obstacle Course (1:45 pm - 2:45 pm, with Drue Tranquill)
2 pm - 4 pm: Plant-Based Milk Sampling with Sherri Isaak (outside The Point)
3 pm - 4 pm: Kids Yoga with Josie Lelito
Free VegFest Film Fest! Debartolo Center for the Performing Arts, Notre Dame
Three impactful documentary films on three interrelated themes: the environment, health, and animals.
Three Sundays before VegFest, at the Browning Cinema, 100 Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
Click here for a map and directions.
- Sunday, March 24th, 3:00 pm: Jane. Dir. Brett Morgen, 2017. This American biographical documentary film looks at the life and work of celebrated primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist Jane Goodall. Free but ticketed. Click here to register. Krista Bailey, Director of IUSB's Sustainability Studies Program, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.
- Sunday, March 31st, 3:00 pm: PlantPure Nation. Dir. Nelson Campbell, 2015. Three people start a pilot program to document the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Free but ticketed. Click here to register. Karen Sommers, Chair of Michiana VegFest, Inc, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.
- Sunday, April 7th, 3:00 pm: Eating Animals. Dir. Christopher Quinn, 2018. Loosely based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by Natalie Portman, this film examines the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Free but ticketed. Click here to register. Professor Megan Zwart from Saint Mary's College will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.
A Free Special Performance by The Bergamot Duo
"Hottest Emerging Music Talent" - People Magazine
The Bergamot is an American Indie-Folk-Rock duo originally from South Bend, IN and currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. The founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband-wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece. Since they started touring in 2010, The Bergamot's high energy performances and uplifting original songs have taken them overseas and to perform in all 50 states. This summer you can catch them on the road touring on their newest album, Mayflies (set to drop in August) and you can get to know them better by watching their first full-length documentary, State of the Unity, set to release fall 2019.