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South Bend, Indiana / April 14, 2019 / 11am - 4pm

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Welcome to Michiana VegFest!

The 2019 event will be held in the vast and beautiful Century Center, in the heart of South Bend, overlooking the river.

Click here for pictures of our 2018 event, at the University of Notre Dame, which attracted 3,000 visitors!

VegFest is FREE to all!

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.

Come, and enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and businesses. Hear dynamic speakers on health, ethical and environmental topics. Get inspired to cook plant-based foods by attending our chef cooking demonstrations. Bring your children to enjoy activities at the Kids' Corner. Watch three films on three Sundays before VegFest. And enjoy fabulous music with a special performance by The Bergamot Duo!

Reasons to Enjoy Our Veg Fest:

  • Free food samples

  • Dozens of vendors

  • Cooking Demonstrations

  • Presentations from well-known authors

  • Special activities for kids

Attendees Are...

  • Curious about veg-eating and healthy living

  • Foodies who want to taste innovative preperations

  • 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

Click here for detailed directions on our "Location" page.

Michiana VegFest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible!

Event Schedule

Speakers and The Bergamot:
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12 pm: Ellen Jones, health and fitness author, "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day"
1 pm: Sherine Brown-Fraser and Sherri Isaak, registered dietitian nutritionists, "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

Chef Cooking Demos:
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11:30 am: Gabriel Miller, aka Plant-Based Gabriel, "Losing 100 Pounds with Burgers & Ice Cream"
12:30 pm: Josh Musinski, Water & Wheat Café, Coloma, MI, "BBQ Big Rib with Sugar Cane 'Bones'"
1:30 pm: Jen Plaggemars, from Holland, MI, "A Vegan Dinner Party"

Fun for Kids - and the Kid in You

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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.
  • 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.

A Free Special Performance by The Bergamot Duo

The Bergamot

"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.

Exhibits and Food Throughout the Day

Veg Information

See this list of VegFests all over the world, with dates and websites.

Be inspired by delicious vegan ideas for your own cooking.

Are you looking for a veg-friendly local restaurant? Consult this list, updated in October 2018 (pdf).

Volunteer with Michiana VegFest!

Michiana VegFest is organized by an enthusiastic and energetic team of people. We invite you to become part of the team. Just fill out an application today.

Volunteer Application

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