SEED Food and Wine Festival 2015
The 2015 Seed Food and Wine Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, celebrated the nation’s only plant-based food and wine experience this past week in South Florida. The celeb-studded five-day festival kicked off on November 18 and ran through November 22, featuring chef dinners, a grand tasting, film screenings, fitness, yoga, and fun activities for children, all dedicated to a message of conscious consumption—and delicious cuisine!
Thousands of plant-based enthusiasts and curious folk a like attended Saturday’s culminating event, the Tasting Village, held at MANA in Wynwood. The conscious, plant-based all-star line-up included restaurateur Matthew Kenney, former NBA star and vegan wine owner John Salley, chefs Chad and Derek Sarno of Wicked Healthy Food; Julie Piatt, co-author of The Plantpower Way; Charles Chen of RawYouth.org; Jay Astafa of 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe, and Jeremy Ford of Matador Room; Bad Ass Vegan – John Lewis; entrepreneur – Maranda Pleasant; yoga instructors Dawn B and Corbin Stacy; life coach, sand author Jennifer Grace; ultra-marathoner Brendan Brazier; Sexy Fit Vegan Ella Magers; YouTube sensation Megan Elizabeth; among others.
Some notable vendors included 22 Days Nutrition, Barney Butter, Basil Park, Beanfeilds, Bee Haven, BEETxBEET, Bunnie Cakes, Chef Christy Gourmet Food & Dessert, CNP Wine/Svelte, Conscious Coconut, Deliver Lean, on Juice, DIRT, Driscolls, Endless Organic, Field Roast, Green Bar and Kitchen, Guru Shots, Herbivore Clothing, Jax Coco, Jugo Fresh, Larabar, Love Beets, Lundberg Family Farms, Navitas Naturals, Panela Organic, Paradise Farm, Parlour Bakery, Plant Fusion, Planted In Miami, Reeds, Schnebly, Shanti Bars, Shawnee’s Green Thumb, Smart Bites, So Delicious, SUJA, Tio Gazpacho, Urawk, Vegan Fusion, Vegan Smart, VELU, and Vitamix. As Miami continues to grow culturally, the SEED Food and Wine Festival is breaking the stigmas associated with plant-based living, broadening the scope of taste and possibility—responsibly.