Friday, November 10, 2017

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I Went To The Seed Food And Wine Festival

I went to the Seed Food And Wine Festival in Miami and I'm sharing what it was like as a non-vegan living in a plant based world for a few days. The event took place in various parts of the city. Check out the "cluelessness" below. 

Food Forward- A one of a kind conference to discuss and celebrate the conscious and  sustainable changes happening in the food industry. Topics that were discussed: Creating A Sustainable Business Culture, The Rise Of The Plant Based Menu, Funding Food Innovation, Building Green Communities, and Keynote Address by Mariana Cortes from Bunnie Cakes.

My Highlights-The panel discussion on Building Green Communities. Asha Loring, who is the founder of Health In The Hood was on the panel and talked about the work being done in low income areas. Yesssss! Go 'head girl.

There was a roof top lunch that was provided by Chef Fabio Vaccarella and Celebrity Chef Events. The skyline was oh so beautiful.

Kick Off Party- This took place at Casa Florida. Cocktails, beats, and bites by some of the best mixologists in the country welcoming foodies, influencers, and content creators to start the week off to the festival.

My Highlights- Talk about exclusive. I drove by this place like 3 times wondering where is it? So I parked my car, took out my phone, looked up, and I was right in front of it. There were no signs. This place is super dope and is right near the Miami River (Little Havana area). The historic homes truly gave it an old Florida vibe.

Seed Summit- A two day conference full of workshops, panels, networking, and more.

My Highlights- Hearing Desiree and Nzingah speak on the Breaking The Vegan Mold panel. On the real, there's a myth that you have to be white to be a vegan and/or plant-based. That's so not true. Both shared their experience on embracing their culture while on their journey.

I also had a one on one chat with Nzingah. We're both of Haitian descent and we talked about some of the challenges in the culture because it is very rare to be Haitian and not eat meat. Even though I'm not vegan or 100% plant-based, I've been the butt of jokes for my healthy eating habits. *sighs*

Plant Based Burger Battle- Plant based burgers made by some of the top chefs in the country where celebrity judges choose their favorites but the crowd cast their vote for the best veggie burger in America.

My Highlights- Lil' ol' me was a culinary assistant for Chickpea and Olive. This was fun! It was like being on the Food Network. Their calexico burger made with homemade beet patty, avocado, pickled red onions, pickled jalapeños, v-cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, lettuce, and tomato was very good in my opinion. I'm not just saying this because I was assisting. Just about anything with avocado has my heart.

Catwalk- A Night Of Conscious Fashion- This was the first annual fashion show for the festival. Celebrities, models, and influencers strut the runway with the latest cruelty-free fashion.

My Highlights- The Sacred Space Miami. Another dope spot for all things health and wellness. I'll be back.

Seed Festival Day Tasting Village- An all day plant-based tasting experience with speakers, demos, shopping, and more.

My Highlights- The food. Duh! The lines were long at some places. I didn't get the chance to try them all. Why are people so greedy? 😆 But the ones I did try, didn't disappoint. My favorite I have to say is Plant Miami. Their Truffle And Baby Kale Noodle was seriously delish. 😋 I have got to go back and do a full review of the restaurant.

The few days I spent at the festival was an experience to remember. I met some dope ass people and ate some really delicious and nutritious plant based foods. I grew up in Miami and a lot sure has changed. I don't ever remember seeing this many plant-based restaurants and there's more to come. This event has put Miami on the map as one of the top vegan/plant-based cities in America. 

I'm so glad I opened up my mind to try new things. I may not have liked everything but I enjoyed a lot. People from all walks of life were at the festival. Everyone from staunch vegans to those who are simply curious. All was welcome. So if you're looking for a plant based event to go to, check them out. 


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