The Vegetarian Society of Michigan

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Here is a listing of major vegetarian-themed festivals and events around the world. This list is not complete (it's nearly impossible to keep up with all the events these days), so be sure to do a search for vegetarian events in your city!

International Vegetarian Food Festival

Michigan is all set to witness its First ever annual International Vegetarian Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct 29th, inviting all to join together to promote Vegetarianism, Compassion and environmental friendliness at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.This Food Festival brings the very exuberance of the food culture as an occasion for fun-filled indulgence for thousands of people from all over the region. The vivacity of the gathering is enhanced with live music, yoga and healthy living seminars.

This is not an ordinary Food Festival. It satisfies the hunger of Body (Vegetarian Food), Mind (Seminars) and Soul (Live music)

Highlights include:

  • Entry Free
  • Food: 10 plus Vegetarian Restaurants offering 200- plus vegetarian dishes
  • Music: Live local bands with powerful Mantra meditation to sooth your soul.
  • Activities for Kids: Sand art, Face painting etc
  • Exhibits: ethnic selling/showcasing jewelry, arts and crafts and personalized items.
  • Seminars: Guest speakers from different institutes on healthy living, Ayurveda and Yoga.

International Vegetarian Food Festival

Guest Speakers

Ruth A. Small


Dr. Small, our Institute Director, is a former faculty member of Western Michigan University and has extensive experience in academia.
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Ellen Livingston


Ellen Livingston, MA, RYT, loves to share her passion for authentic, heart-centered, healthy vegetarian living through mentoring, retreats,
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Meena Puri


Meena Puri, ERYT-500, R.A.P. (Register Ayurvedic Practitioner) and a certified Meditation teacher has been teaching Yoga over 22 years and practicing Ayurvedic
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Pratibha Balan


Prathibha Balan received her B.A.M.&S. degree in 2010 from Calicut University, Kerala, India. In addition she completed a diploma in Clinical Weight Loss
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Chef John


Chef John is a diabetes education instructor in Brasil, Jamaica and North America. He trained in Chicago, Michigan and CHI Institute chef training.
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Nisha Chellam


Dr. Nisha Chellam is a Board Certified Internist who is also Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She is now practicing under the principles
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Deva Madhava das


Deva Madhava das is a Political Scientist out of North Carolina State University and traveled the country for 5 years as an education consultant for families with school age
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Speaker Schedule

  Hatha Yoga (10:30AM)
Deva Madhava Das Inspired Vegetarian (11:30AM)
Ellen Livingston What are we hungry for? (12PM to 1PM)
  Fruit Is Our Superfood (6PM to 7PM)
Meena Puri 5 Keys to breaking old habit patterns (1PM to 2PM)
Ruth Small Why Vegetarianism (2PM to 3PM)
Pratibha balan Ayurveda (3PM to 4PM)
Chef John Defeat Diabetes (4PM to 5PM)
Nisha Chellam Unresolved Symptoms (5PM to 6PM)