INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A vegan food festival makes its debut in Indianapolis this weekend. Black Vegan Feast Indy is a celebration designed to fill your stomach while raising awareness and education about veganism.
“We don’t just eat grass here,” said the festival’s founder, Quiana Quarles.
Attendees can also experience live entertainment, family activities, holistic wellness information, and more. The event will take place on Saturday from 12pm to 6pm at 3137 East 10th Street.
Quarles says the festival’s original purpose was to improve the health of black communities by breaking down the stigma behind veganism and letting people know where to find healthy food in town.
“It started with a blog about black vegan chefs,” said Quarles. “I drove around different states highlighting black-owned vegan restaurants and thinking to myself, how can I do this at home.”
After missing its original debut in 2020, the festival received a buzz on social media and is kicking off its first year with an estimated 37 vendors in attendance. Quarles hopes the celebration will open the people of Indianapolis to vegan lifestyles, especially areas where people don’t have as many healthy foods to choose from.
“This is my rebellion against food deserts,” she said. “If you ask, you have no choice but to do it.”
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