Whether you call yourself a vegan, you like plant-based dishes, or you just like food, you might want to check out V313, Detroit’s Premier Vegan Celebration. The event, on March 8, is the first of its kind within Detroit city limits.
Eastern Market is set to host V313 in Shed 5 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 8. The event is for sampling and eating, but it’s also for learning more about vegan and plant-based lifestyles. Milton Mills of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Black Vegans Rock, and Mic the Vegan, the prolific science writer and Youtube star, will be two of the main presenters at V313. In addition to the presentations, panel discussions are also on the agenda- Vegans of Color, Plant-Powered Women, VegMichigan, and Local Vegan Resources, a plant-based nutrition support group.
“We’re excited to bring this first major vegan event to the city of Detroit, whose vegan community is among the most dynamic in the country,” said John Batdorf, event manager and general manager of MI Green Team (MGT), the presenting organization.
Batdorf was inspired to create V313 by the heightened vegan activity in Detroit, he said. The annual Vegfest in Novi has been very successful, but there wasn’t a vegan festival within Detroit’s borders.
Anywhere from 500 to 1,500 people are expected to be in attendance, and V313 will offer show specials, free samples, giveaways, door prizes and more. Interactive games and demonstrations, like Crazy Vegan Jeopardy and Cooking With Que, are on the agenda to engage and excite guests. Live music by Rosie and the Fellas and Once United are also on the day’s slate. Also, Irene’s Myomassology Institute will give out free massages at V313.
Ever heard of vegan speed dating? V313 will give you the chance to try, at an additional charge, and match with like-minded singles. The event will also feature emcee Cam F. Awesome, the national champion heavyweight boxer, and he’ll offer his plant-strong comedy and inspiration.
“The issues are serious, in terms of adopting a healthier, more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle, but the event will be seriously fun,” Batdorf said.
Some of Detroit’s most well known vegan friendly restaurants and food trucks will be featured at V313, including Detroit Vegan Soul, The Nosh Pit Detroit, Crepe Day Twah, The Clean Plate, Shimmy Shack, and other vegan friendly exhibitors.
“Most of all, I look forward to seeing a large crowd celebrating Detroit’s vegan community,” Batdorf said.
You can get tickets at the event or online for $15 and the ticket includes parking on-site. Buying tickets in advance includes $5 in concession vouchers and an entry in the door prize drawing. Both V313 tickets and the special Veg Speed Date tickets can be purchased by visiting www.v313.info.
For more information on V313 and events like it, visit www.facebook.com/MIGreenTeam.
~Erica N Rakowicz