If a person simply looked at images of what being plant-based is, more often than not those images are of thin, white and young people. However, eight percent of Black Americans have a plant-based diet, be it vegetarian or vegan—and we are the fastest-growing population of plant-based eaters. Black Detroiters are a definite part of that movement, as evidenced by the increased number of plant-based food businesses in the city.
Black plant-based enthusiasts and those who are curious about the eating habit will gather at the Spring VegFest this Sunday, June 4, at Eastern Market for the treats and the community.
The multiracial event will feature Black-owned eateries such as Cruz Burgers, Cooking with Que, Good Cakes and Bakes, Dunny Meals LLC, Paradise Natural Foods, Zella’s Bakery, Estella’s Vegan Cuisine & Deserts, Sweet Potato Delights, and Toi’s Caribbean Baking Co.
Spring VegFest, which is organized by VegMichigan, will also information booths, cooking demonstrations, free samples, food shopping and non- food vendors selling plant-based products.
The free event will be held at Sheds 5 and 6 and will run from 10AM to 4PM. For more information, go to vegmichigan.org.