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Century Center, South Bend, IN / April 14, 2019, 11am-4pm

2019 Archive of Michiana VegFest

Our second annual VegFest took place 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 at the 2019 event by Monica Brazier!
And click here for pictures of our 2018 event, at the University of Notre Dame


September 12th, 2019, Michiana VegFest presented:
“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, at First Unitarian Church, South Bend. Click here for a video!

Author of the best-seller The World Peace Diet, Dr. Will Tuttle gave an inspiring talk about our culture’s food system. We explored new connections and discovered how to 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.

We also enjoyed free refreshments after the presentation.

After their visit to South Bend, Will and Madeleine Tuttle traveled to South Asia and Taiwan. Watch highlights of this tour on video.


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. In 2019 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


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


Chef Cooking Demos, on the main stage




Fun for Kids, at The Point


kids activities

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.

  • 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. Krista Bailey, Director of IUSB’s Sustainability Studies Program, introduced the film and led 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. Karen Sommers, Chair of Michiana VegFest, Inc, introduced the film and led 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. Professor Megan Zwart from Saint Mary’s College introduced the film and led 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 early 2020.


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).


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