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.
New and Noteworthy
Kalamazoo’s Let’s Swirl offers vegan coconut milk soft serve, and has recently added a Chocolate Fudge flavor. While Wednesday is generally Flat Rate Day, this Wednesday, March 14, Let’s Swirl will be celebrating Pi Day with a $3.14 special. Vegan toppings include fruit, oreo bits, nuts, and more.
You can find the Impossible Burger at several locations in and around Kalamazoo. To name a few, the plant-based burger can be found at Anna’s House locations, LaRue’s Family Restaurant, Sandhill Cafe at Gun Lake Casino, and The Hangar. Always be sure to check if the bun is vegan before ordering the burger. If the answer is no, explore options like using a tortilla, another bread variety, or asking for it atop a salad.
Earlier this month, Starbucks rolled out this vegan espresso beverage. Speaking from experience, this drink is a winner! Be sure to give it a try.
Grand Rapids Ice Cream shop, Frosty Boy, is open for business. The establishment offers several vegan options like chocolate, vanilla, and twist soft serve. West Michigan’s ice cream season is in full swing.
Your Weekly Vegan-Friendly Events
Monday, March 12
Learn to turn a plastic bottle into a DIY cat planter while you’re surrounded by your feline friends. Kzoo Cat cafe will be offering a craft project the second Monday of each month, so if you can’t make this one, there are more vegan-friendly crafts to come.
Make your Monday a little less Monday-ish with 25% off vegetarian rolls and hibachis at Maru. Most of Maru’s vegetarian rolls are vegan, the rest are easily veganized, just ask. Try the Rio Grande Roll; it’s one of our favorites!
Pop in and check out the Meatless Monday features this local brewery and restaurant has to offer. With past dishes like Vegetable Risotto and Smoked Tofu Fillets, you definitely wanna add Texas Corners Brewing to your vegan bucket list.
Tuesday, March 13
Join local Battle Creek vegans for a BBQ buffet full of Smoked Tempeh, Spicy Greens, Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese, and more. To ensure enough food, be sure to call and reserve your spot today.
Calling all cat-loving college students, this is not a drill! The Kzoo Cat Café has the PURR-fect environment for studying, so join your feline friends for a study sesh each Tuesday night through the end of the semester.
Wednesday, March 14
Want to take your positive environmental impact one step further? Join Green Michigan as they host this sustainability workshop on composting.
Thursday, March 15
Join your Grand Rapids neighbors for this community potluck. Bring a vegan dish to pass and enjoy socializing with like-minded individuals. The event will be located at Bit Baking Co. near Woodland Mall.
Pop into Coexist Cafe for a night of music, poetry, stories, and more. The usual vegan-friendly cafe drinks and snacks will be available during the open mic benefit.
Fuze will be hosting Zane Forintos Thursday evening. Start your weekend a day early. Enjoy a yummy vegan dinner, like the Rice Noodle Bowl, followed by a night of live music.
Traditional German restaurant, Chau Haus, now 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, March 16
The fun continues on Friday as well. Pop in for Polish Night and try some tasty vegan fare.
Saturday, March 17
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
If you plan on celebrating with a pint or two, be sure to check out barnivore.com to double check that your drink of choice is indeed cruelty-free.
Texas Charter Township
Bring a vegan dish to pass and enjoy conversation with friends at Vegan Kalamazoo’s spring potluck. If you’re anything like us, you’re ready for spring AND tasty vegan snacks. Be sure to RSVP to obtain the address.
You don’t have to wait until spring to get your hands on local goodies. The Bank Street Winter Market carries on through April. During this time you can find greenhouse produce, herbs, handcrafted goods, and some of our favorite vegan vendors like Kahoona’s Kitchen and Wow Vegan Cupcake.
Join Vegan Kalamazoo for a discussion on all things vegan. March’s discussion group will be talking about tasty and nutritious ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Note: the group is open to vegans, veg-curious, and omnivores interested in learning more about veganism.
Interested in getting involved in a local farm share? Meet and greet with local farmers this Saturday at the fourth annual Growers Fare. The meeting will be held at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market where you can find several vegan foods from Tacos El Cunado, Love’s Ice Cream, and more.
Sunday, March 18
Join local vegan chef Paul Vugteveen for a delicious vegan brunch. Items will include custom omelettes (yes, vegan omelettes), tasty baked goods, and more. If you’ve never had Chef Paul’s cooking, now is a great opportunity to try it out.
Grand Rapids Veg Fest will be hosting a vegan brunch meetup at Field and Fire Cafe. What’s better than vegan Sunday brunch? Not much!
This vegan-friendly establishment will be hosting weekly trivia. Per usual, the event is free, however you’ll want to bring cash for the many vegan brews and snacks. From Nachos and Pizza to Jackfruit Sandwiches and daily plant-based features, One Well is certainly one of Kalamazoo’s vegan gems.
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.
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.