VegFest at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi

Michigan’s biggest vegan event, VegFest, will feature food and family activities on April 29, 2018.

A family-friendly vegan food expo and tasting opportunity organized by VegMichigan is returning for the annual VegFest from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29, 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The vegan diet – which involves avoiding all foods that come from animals and the use of animal-derived products – has been called one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements in the world. According to research commissioned by The Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine in 2016, there are about three and a half times as many vegans as there were in 2006.

With more health food shops and vegan restaurants gaining traction in the United States, it might just be time to check out what veganism is all about.

There will be no shortage of fresh and socially conscious eats at the event, with more than 150 restaurants and vendors on site offering free samples of their latest dishes and products. Cooking demonstrations will also be available for vegan foodies looking to try out some new ideas and experiment with their plates.

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Little vegans can head over to the Kids Zone, which will feature games, coloring, face painting, and a 360 virtual reality experience that will allow them to see what it might be like to live life as a farm animal.

Additionally, for any attendee excited to learn more about veganism, a collection of speakers will be talking to audiences about their experiences being vegan, plus the health, environmental and ethical benefits of the diet.

Included in the line-up are Theo Riddick, the Detroit Lions’ starting Running Back, Abby Bechek Hoot, the co-director at House of Yoga, Brece Clark, a human educator and animal caretaker at SASHA Farm, Quiana Broden from Cooking with Que and many others. The full schedule of presentations can be found on the VegMichigan website.

Visitors can also shop from the nearly 100 exhibitors selling healthy, natural and fair trade products. While browsing, there’s also the opportunity to learn about education organizations, nonprofits and animal defense groups.

Admission costs $14 if you buy tickets in advance or $17 at the door. Kids ages 5 and younger get in free.

For basic details on VegFest, and other upcoming family events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, visit the Metro Parent calendar

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