Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest
Jul24

Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest

A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN, July 24, 2018 – Many people are aware of the health benefits that can result from eating a plant-based diet including the reduction of numerous health conditions including diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. It also eliminates the suffering of animals in our food system and creates a healthier environment. And, across the globe, everyone from celebrities to health professionals, and chefs are adopting a plant-based lifestyle to take advantage of these benefits. Here in Fort Wayne we’ve seen an explosion in the vegan movement as well with a number of grocery stores and restaurants now offering plant-based options including Loving Cafe, 800 Degrees Three Fires, D-lightfuls, Mitchell’s Sports Bar, Young Urban Homesteaders, Pembroke Bakery & Cafe, West Central Microcreamery, Hop River Brewing Company, and many more including two new restaurants opening soon – Bird & Clever and Taste of Lakeside. Now, a new festival, the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest, will give attendees the opportunity to explore a plant-based lifestyle and its many benefits. The Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest is a free festival open to all ages and will be held October 6, 2018 at Headwaters Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This one-day event will feature local and regional restaurants offering vegan fares, vendors, rescue groups, a plant-based cooking demonstration, and speakers on zero-waste living. Mitchell’s Sports Bar will also be on hand serving alcohol and local breweries will be serving up their suds to the beat of some of Fort Wayne’s finest musicians. Kids are also welcome, as we’ll have fun activities for them as well, even yoga classes for fitness-minded friends. “We’re very excited to bring the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest to our community and there’s no better time than right now,” says Heather Dahman, chairman of Fort Wayne’s newest festival and founder of the Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians Group. In recent years, Fort Wayne has experienced a rise in interest in health, animal welfare, and the environment. We’ve also seen a growing movement both locally and nationwide to reduce the use of plastic straws. While ditching plastic straws helps our planet, adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices we can make to aid the Earth as animal agriculture is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to invite the public to learn how a plant-based lifestyle can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve their health and reduce animal suffering.” Festival-goers will have the opportunity to:...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Young Urban Homesteaders
May26

YLNI Farmers Market – Young Urban Homesteaders

Fermenting foods is an ancient tradition, heavily practiced in Asian cultures. Phillipe Carroll and Samantha Marie first learned of this practice when working on various farms in California. The minute they first tried KimChi, they were hooked. This led them to create Young Urban Homesteaders in 2012, a business with an emphasis on bringing homegrown, ethically sourced, quality food to the community. Today, their wide selection includes: KimChi, Sauerkraut, Salsa, Liquid Peppers (Hot Sauce), Garlic, Pickles, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Refresh Produce Bags. The core mission of Young Urban Homesteaders is to strengthen the local food economy. Working with local farmers, their path to achieving that mission delivers clean (pesticide-free) food stocked with probiotics. “Every time money changes hands within the community the benefit is compounded” according to Phillipe and Samantha. A point of interest about fermentation is that fermented foods are “The Original” probiotic. Stop by their tent and they can give you the science behind how that works. After coming home from farming in California, they sought to grow their own produce and produce fermented foods to sell in the local community. They quickly realized that their KimChi sales outpaced their raw produce sales and focused on what the community wanted most. In partnering with trusted farms in the area, they buy as much produce as they can to deliver the amazing foods today. In 2016, they purchased over 1,000 pounds of produce from farmers that you can find at the farmers markets in the area. This steadfast focus has produced the relationships that make their business possible. Outside of YUH, Samantha studies to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is a flow artist (aerial silks, lyra, hula hoop) and Phillipe does woodworking, makes music, and freelances interior design work (so if you need a fresh coat of paint, give them a call). Samantha and Phillipe know that success is not the result of one person, or even two. They attribute a great deal of their success to the community that buys their products and funding a food forest in the city. Both their vendor and community relationships are key, and it takes patience. Patience to grow those relationships and to grow your business. Their original business plan was, “Everyone eats, and we will be fine”. Finding victory in baby steps and a focus on doing what they love the most has brought them the success they have today. They have accomplished what they have set out to do thus far but know that there is so much left on the horizon they can contribute. Find Phillipe and Samantha at the YLNI Farmers Market on Barr Street! Also, be sure to like...

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