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The inaugural Michiana VegFest took place at Corbett Family Hall at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday, March 25, 2018.


Welcome to the Michiana VegFest Website!

The event was held in the Downes Ballroom of the beautiful new building, Corbett Family Hall, on Notre Dame campus.

VegFest 2018 was FREE to all!

Although our event is now over, do continue to visit our website as we place updates, such as the slideshow of Dr. Collins' fabulous presentation (below and on the chefs' page).

The first 250 people who registered upon entering received free goodie bags, and there were three valuable prize drawings during the event.

We were grateful for the "thank you offerings" we received at the event.  A form is also available for donors to help us prepare for VegFest 2019!

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.

Michiana VegFest began its journey several years ago. A community event organized in March 2016 by the Beacon Health System and titled "Taste of Health" attracted 130 participants. Sponsors of the event included Beacon’s Dr. Ornish’s Program to Reverse Heart Disease; ShareCare; University of Notre Dame Public Affairs and Campus Dining; IVY Tech Community College; YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program; Blue Zones; and the American Culinary Federation. In addition, the group Michiana Vegan Living, with the support of local organizations, has coordinated events since July 2016, drawing hundreds of participants; and another group, VegMichiana, has also organized popular events for many years. Michiana VegFest is the culmination of a long journey to meet our community's interests and to bring further education on the benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

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 cooking demonstrations.

2018 VegFest Address

Downes Ballroom, Corbett Family Hall, Moose Krause Circle, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

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

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 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

2018 Event Schedule



11:30 am - Marla Rose, "Five Simple but Powerful Strategies for Thriving as a Vegan"

12:30 pm - Robert Grillo, "Farm to Fable: How Popular Culture Is Shaping Our Food Choices"

1:30 pm - Dr. Joel Kahn, "The Miracle of Heart Disease Prevention"

2:30 pm - Dr. Sherine Brown Fraser, "Adventist Health Studies: Omnivore vs. Vegetarian vs. Vegan Diets, Lifestyle and Health Outcomes"
- followed by VegFest Speakers panel discussion

3:30 pm - Dr. M. Alfredo Mejia, "A New Eating Paradigm: In the Pursuit of Personal and Planetary Health"

Click on the page dedicated to our 2018 speakers for speaker bios and more information.

Celebrity sports speaker Cam F Awesome will introduce several speakers! 

Cooking Demos


11:15 am - Tony Nafrady, Chef at Tapastrie restaurant, "Vegan Paella"

12:00 pm - Dr. Richard Collins, The Cooking Cardiologist, "Techniques for Vegan Cooking" (click here for a pdf version of Dr. Collins' slideshow!)

1:00 pm - Del Sroufe, Chef/Owner at Wellness Forum Foods, "Lose the Fat, Keep the Flavor"

2:00 pm - Josh Catrambone, Vegan Chef at Water & Wheat Cafe, "Vegan Seafood"

3:00 pm - Paul Vugteveen, Vegan Chef at Turntable Vegan and Meatless Michigan, "Expansive Variety of Dairy Substitutes"

 Click on the page dedicated to our 2018 chef demos for chef bios and more information.

Celebrity sports speaker Cam F Awesome will introduce several chefs! 

Fun for Kids - and the Kid in You


11:00 am-12:30 pm - Placemat-Making
12:00 pm-2:00 pm - Face Painting
12:30 pm-until finished - Mac 'n Cheeze Cooking Demo and Tasting with Teen Aspiring Vegan Chef Justin Clark
1:15 pm-2:30 pm - Button Activity
2:30 pm-4:00 pm - Planting Seeds and More Button-Making
And throughout the event - Building Blocks

Exhibits and Food Throughout the Day

Documentary Film at IUSB

The Center for a Sustainable Future at Indiana University South Bend presents:

Food Choices: How Our Diet Impacts the World

Thursday, March 22, 6:00pm 
Wiekamp Hall, rm 1001, IUSB
1700 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend, IN 46615
Click here for a map

Free popcorn at the movie!

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.

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 

Stay Informed

Join the Michiana VegFest mailing list to stay informed about future meetups, restaurant gatherings, and more exciting events in our area! Sign up today!

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