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South Bend, Indiana / April 14, 2019

Welcome to Michiana VegFest!

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

Click here for a gallery of gorgeous pictures taken by Monica Brazier!

And click here for pictures of our 2018 event, at the University of Notre Dame.

Stay tuned for VEGFEST 2020!

September 12th, 2019, Michiana VegFest presents:
"Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food," with Will Tuttle, Ph.D. 

Throughout the year, Michiana VegFest organizes smaller events, such as this free presentation on Thursday, September 12th, 6:30 pm, at First Unitarian Church, 801 East Washington St, South Bend, IN 46617. Click here for a map.

Author of the best-seller The World Peace Diet, Dr. Will Tuttle gives an inspiring talk about our culture’s food system. Join us as we explore new connections and discover how we can build radiant health on all 5 levels, awaken awareness, and bring healing to our world, with Will’s piano improvisations and his wife Madeleine's evocative art deepening the experience.

Enjoy free refreshments after the presentation!

Please register on Eventbrite so we can plan for refreshments.

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

  • 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

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 & The Bergamot Duo, at the Bendix Theatre

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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

Chef Cooking Demos, on the main stage

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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, at The Point

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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

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.

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