To all my vegan, vegetarian or just plant-lovin’ friends out there: tonight from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. is the 2018 VegBash Summer Solstice Celebration at the Royal Oak Farmers Market!
The event, which is both indoor and outdoor, is meant to celebrate all the delicious local vegan and vegetarian cuisine in Metro Detroit. There will also be alcoholic beverages, live music, Michigan-made food, health, and wellness products, and a bounce house for the kiddos while you chow down.
In order to be in this fruit and veg heaven, you must purchase tickets ahead of the event. Additionally, there will be two time slots for arrival, which will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but you can stay for the entirety of the bash regardless.
The 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. time slot will be a $12 fee for adults and the 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. time slot will be a $10 fee for adults. Both time slots are free for children 12 and under.
Admission additionally includes a $5 food voucher that goes toward any of the vendors and a reusable tote bag from Whole Foods.
We love free cash and being environmentally friendly!
If you’re unable to make the event like myself (SAD), you’re not completely out of luck. Below, I’ve compiled my fav Metro Detroit vegan and vegetarian healthy eateries that also taste amazing too. Trust me, they all have my heart in some way.
This teeny-tiny green building is a powerhouse. Serving up both vegan and vegetarian options, Inn Season is the must-go when you’re looking for a cozy place to get some dinner. It was also the first veg restaurant in Metro Detroit that I ate at (thanks, Dad), so it holds a special place in my heart.
Must Order: Szechuan Stir Fry, Root Beer Kombucha and Opera Cake (is it really a trip to Inn Season if you don’t get dessert?)
Detroit Vegan Soul—Detroit, MI
DVS isn’t playing around when they say that they’ve got soul. With starters like Hush Puppies and sides featuring the likes of Mashed Potatoes and Collard Greens, your belly will feel like your mom made you a home-cooked meal (except this one is vegan).
Must Order: Soul Platter and Bacon Ranch Tofu Wrap
GreenSpace Café— Ferndale, MI
Right in the heart of downtown Ferndale, GreenSpace is an open and warm café with food that fits its vibe. With extensive bar space and ample seating, this is the place you want to go to when you want to have a (healthier) happy hour with your best pals. I mean, they do have THE best shareable dishes.
Must Order: Calzone and Wild Mushroom Toast
The Lunch Room— Ann Arbor, MI
Easily the most casual on the list, The Lunch Room is an industrial-chic space located in central Kerrytown. While vegan and veggie foods can sometimes be a bit pricy, this favorite of mine has grub as cheap as $4. If I’m being honest though, the best thing they serve up is dessert. They even have their own bakery!
Must Order: Pad Thai, Queso Burrito Bowl and if they have it, the Cookie Dough Brownie. Literally the best brownie I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of brownies in my 20 years.
Do you have another vegetarian and/or vegan hotspot that you love? Comment below and let me know!
Stay eatin' your greens,