INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A vegan food festival debuts in Indianapolis this weekend. Black Vegan Fest Indy is a celebration meant to fill your stomach while raising awareness and educating about veganism.
“We’re not just here eating grass,” said festival founder Quiana Quarles.
Participants will also be able to experience live entertainment, family activities, information on holistic wellness and more. The event is from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at 3137 East 10th Street.
Quarles says the festival’s original goal was to improve the health of black communities by dismantling the stigma behind veganism and letting people know where they can find healthy food in the city.
“It started with a blog about black vegan chefs,” Quarles said. “I was driving around different states and highlighting black owned vegan restaurants and I was like ‘how can I do this at home’.”
After missing its original debut in 2020, the festival has maintained a buzz on social media and will enter its first year with 37 expected vendors. Quarles hopes the celebration opens people’s minds to vegan lifestyle options around Indianapolis, especially in areas where people don’t have as many healthy food choices.
“This is my rebellion against food deserts,” she said. “If you demand it, they have no choice but to do it.”
Randall Newsome from All Indiana also had the chance to catch up with three of the vendors who will be at the festival: Kei2Health, Bakery and Pamper me well.
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