Seed Food and Wine Festival — The Seed That Started Big Gets Bigger
Originally posted for Huffington Post on 10/24/2016
Unlike most seeds, Seed Food and Wine Festival never started small. It was a great big vegan celebration when co-founders Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber launched it two years ago. The third edition of Seed Food and Wine is bigger than ever, with more vegan influencers, artisans, presenters and products.
From November 3 through 6, this citywide extravaganza offers events to feed your belly, body, brain and brand. It all starts with a dozen vegan butchers and chefs competing in a vegan burger battle. Miami’s own Atlas Meat-Free Deli goes burger-to-burger with national brands like Follow Your Heart. There’ll be brewskies galore but no beef.
Feeding your brain, the two-day Seed Summit features workshops and panels focusing on vegan messaging, product launch and brand-building from pros like power couple Julie Piatt and Rich Roll as well as larger discussions about the future of our food, like how to build on this year’s biggest dining trend — vegan.
Roll joins other plant-powered fitness gurus John Salley, Bad Ass Vegan and Sexy Fit Vegan to kick off Saturday, festival day with a Seed 5K run, yoga and meditation. Meet Engine 2’s Rip Esselstyn and many more of my favorite vegan superstars at the tasting village, where 120 vegan vendors tempting you with plant-based treats to sample and wares to buy.
Chefs including Miami’s own Bradley Kilgore, Alter chef and James Beard Award nominee. plate up the plant-power with dinners across town all weekend long. Sunday, Sprouts Day, offers yoga, growing and cooking workshops and cupcake decorating for the younger set — awesome messy fun. It all adds up to four don’t-miss days and nights of conscious, compassionate living and eating with a hedonistic flavor. Tickets at www.seedfoodandwine.com.
Even when it’s over, though, it isn’t over. Seed Food and Wine Festival has been a unifying force for Miami’s vegan community, supporting all the plant-based initiatives that make Miami delicious throughout the year.