A gathering of plant-based people and products, in sunny south Florida, what more can you ask for? The Seed Food & Wine Festival took place in Miami from November 3-6. There were over 300 exhibitors, 9,000 attendees, 40 plant-based chefs and several vegan experts, authors, athletes and celebrities.
The festival began on November 3rd with the Seed Summit presented by VegNews; a two-day blogger and content creator’s blowout featuring 20 workshops and celebrated plant-based speakers and moderators. Followed by an epic burger battle with some of the country’s best chefs fighting it out for the “Best Plant-Based Burger.” Some of the contestants included Arlo’s of Austin, Sun Café, Hollywood’s Atlas Deli, Green Bar & Kitchen, Miami Beach’s Nobu Hotel, Coral Gables’ Green Gables Café, The Sporks Sisters & several others. On November 4th, the day begin with an all-day conference, Food Forward, to enlighten and educate food and sustainable industry entrepreneurs, farmers, chefs and others who are passionate about the future of “our” food. In the evening, there were two special dinners featuring food from the best plant-based chefs on the East Coast and West Coast. It would be hard to pick which dinner to attend, both started with cocktails & vegan hors d’oeurvres, followed by a four-course wine paired dinner with celebrity chefs. To burn off some of the vegan food & drinks being consumed over the weekend, attendees could exercise by running a 5k with celebrity athletes, followed by restorative yoga before the big festival day on Saturday, November 5th. With over 300 booths set up of vegan food, drinks, apparel, beauty and more products, there was an endless amount to see and do at the Seed Festival Day Tasting Village, presented by Whole Foods Market.
Gunas was right there in the middle of the Seed Festival, showing off our beautiful, vegan handbags to the people of Miami. It was great to meet so many attendees who were familiar with our brand. We were also able to introduce Gunas to interested women who were not familiar with us. We told the story of how we came to be and what our brand is all about. Being surrounded by people who not only care about saving animals by the food they consume, but also by what they choose to wear, is what motivates us to do what we do. We love being able to meet new people and share our story. It’s great to know how many people appreciate the beauty and quality of our handbags. We also had an exciting guest stop by our booth, Demetrius Bagley, the producer of Vegucated! His documentary has inspired and educated so many people, us included, about veganism and how anyone can make the change.
We personally talked and met with other sustainable, vegan-friendly brands at the festival. A new company, called Gold Lotus Brand, are making great vegan apparel for men and women. Conscious Coconut makes all natural coconut oil, which has endless possibilities for everyday use. If you want to elevate yourself naturally, Shamanic Tonic life elixirs are powerful, superfood drinks. Sometimes we want a little more understanding of a plant-based diet and how to live the lifestyle, The New Vegan, can introduce you to cooking and some tasty, amazing vegan dishes. Not only what you eat should be organic, but what you put on your body and face should also be all natural. Lilly Be is an amazing all organic skin care & aromatherapy brand that we recommend to try. Can’t forget about tasty treats from Bunnie Cakes, Follow Your Heart, Malibu Farm and so many more amazing vegan food vendors!
If you were still hungry after the Tasting Village; Paradise Farms, SunFresh Farms, Local Roots Farms, Swank Specialty Produce and Harpke Family Farms, hosted a Made in Miami Farm to Table Dinner. The dinner featured some of Miami’s best chefs making plant-based dishes with ingredients from these amazing local, organic farms. The final morning of the Seed Festival was a celebration of mindful living featuring mantra yoga by WaterThruSkin, meditation session with Jennifer Grace and a delicious, organic, vegan brunch made by top culinary all-stars. This four-day event was a dream come true for all plant-based people alike to share their beliefs, insights and products, and engage in amazing vegan activities.
Make sure to book your tickets for Miami Seed Food & Wine Festival next year, you won’t regret it!