We search the web for the best vegan things to do around Kalamazoo so you don't have to. Here's this week’s list.
Your Weekly Vegan-Friendly Events
Monday, April 30
Do you identify as queer and/or part of the LGBT+ community and have an interest in veganism, plant-based diets, and/or animal rights? Join host, Kellie, for a monthly discussion of plant-based eating, vegan living, and more.
Tuesday, May 1
Learn from Chef Paul Vugteveen the secrets of stocking a vegan pantry which can be used to create flavorful, satisfying vegan dishes for any crowd.
Wednesday, May 2
Plant Powered for Health Plant Based Nutrition Support Group will be hosting one of their monthly potlucks. Bring a whole food plant-based dish to pass and plan to mingle with like-minded friends.
Join The Great Farms Great Lakes committee and Sierra Club SouthWest Michigan Group for their Less = More series. The group will be screening Against the Grain: Farming Sustainably in an Industrial System. The documentary will be followed by a discussion on industrial agriculture and sustainable farms in Michigan.
Thursday, May 3
Join the vegan-friendly Stella’s Lounge for a fun celebration of 8 years of service in Grand Rapids. They will be offering burger specials, including the Hippie Stuffed and other vegan-friendly burgers. If you’ve never been to Stella’s, now is the perfect opportunity to try it out!
All Species Kinship will be offering a mediterranean-inspired vegan buffet. Dishes include Spinach Pie, Fattoush Salad, various pita sandwiches, and more. Join your Vegan Battle Creek friends for a delicious night of vegan eating.
Traditional German restaurant, Chau Haus, offers Vegan Pierogi, Stuffed Cabbage, and Kapusta, among other vegan items at their weekly Polish Night. The celebrations are held both Thursday and Friday evenings each week.
Friday, May 4
May the 4th be with you! The Kalamazoo food truck rally will be Star Wars themed in celebration of today’s date. You can expect several vegan-friendly food trucks to be present, like Gorilla Gourmet and Pachamama Street Food.
The fun continues on Friday as well. Pop in for Polish Night and try some tasty vegan fare.
Saturday, May 5
The wait is finally over! You can expect over 100 vendors, from farmers and food producers to vegan-friendly food trucks and live performers to lead you through the summer. Head on down and see what the market has to offer!
Thinking about adopting a furry friend? Today is the day! Bissell’s Empty the Shelter event will wave the adoption fee on selected cats and dogs. Several of West Michigan’s pet shelter locations will be participating.
Pho on the Block will be celebrating their first anniversary this Saturday. They will be offering signature cocktails, champagne, a live DJ, and tasty menu items. Vegan options include Vegetarian Pho and Sous Vide Coconut Lime Crispy Tofu.
Sunday, May 6
Join Vegan Michiana for a lunch meetup at The Mason Jar Cafe. Vegan options include: Vegan Huevos Rancheros, Organic Broccoli Tofu Scramble, and Roasted Veggie Sandwich (sans cheese) to name a few. Stop by and check it out!
Arcadia is opening their doors at 7am and inviting all marathon supporters in for beverage as they cheer on the racers. Arcadia offers BBQ Jackfruit and Vegan Coleslaw in addition to several vegan-approved brews.
Can’t make the Kalamazoo Farmers Market on Saturday? Head over to the Portage Market on Sunday to pick up some local produce and tasty eats.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day late in GR! Craft Beer Cellar will be offering handmade Mexican food including vegan-friendly options made with Nutcase Vegan Meats Chorizo.
The Kzoo Cat Café is hosting a beginner yoga class surrounded by adoptable rescue kitties. Spend and hour flowing with the felines followed by another hour playing with them. The café plans to continue hosting this event each Sunday through at least the end of the month.
Did we forget something? Let us know in the comments! And make sure to check out our events page on our website and Facebook for a complete calendar of vegan events in Kalamazoo and surrounding cities.
Feature photo credit (from left to right): Indian Masala, Suburban Collection Showplace, Kzoo Cat Cafe
By: ANJA GROMMONS
Editor for VegOut Kalamazoo, Anja is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. Growing up in her parents' restaurant in Northern Michigan instilled in her a lifelong passion for nutrition and cooking. Anja has completed the T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition certification and keeps a personal blog at vegcentricdietitian.com full of plant-based recipes and nutrition information.