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Delicious vegan eats!
Delicious vegan eats!
Courtesy of the Hungry Black Man

Hungry Black Man to Host a Vegan Soul Food Festival in Miami Beach

The countdown is on to Soul Vegan Festival, Miami Beach's edible event dedicated to plant-based African-American, Caribbean, and Hispanic-inspired foods.

The fest, which kicks off on Saturday, March 23, is a collaboration with the Hungry Black Man, a concept created by Starex Smith.

"Veganism is one of the culinary industry’s most tasty cuisine styles, particularly because flavoring is the very essence of what makes food taste delicious," Smith says.

"By highlighting ethnic cooking traditions that are not typically considered vegan friendly, the Hungry Black Man’s food platform aims to demonstrate that any culture can remain authentic to their traditional cuisine and be vegan friendly without sacrificing flavor," he adds.

Daphne Saba, who's with the city’s parks and recreation department, says Miami Beach shares a goal with the Hungry Black Man: "We're enriching the lives of youth and their families. By exposing residents and visitors to dishes rooted in ethnic cooking traditions that are underrepresented in veganism, we can introduce or expand upon healthy food options."

"The festival will feature vegan versions of classics such as mac and cheese, hoppin' John, Southern fried chicken, jerk chicken, tamales, Rasta Pasta, cookies, cakes, rice and peas, ice cream, and more," Smith says. Prices range from $7 to $20. Drinks will include fresh and cold-pressed juices as well as Hungry Black Man’s Miami Beach punch created just for the festival.

No alcohol though, as it's family friendly.

If you do have little ones, bring them. The fest will include a kid's play zone with giant versions of games like Connect Four, cornhole, and an imagination playground, plus an adult game zone with dominoes tables and beach tennis.

If you're wondering what to wear, the event is casual. Dress in comfy clothes (think sneakers or sandals) and check the weather.

Soul Vegan Festival. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Sand Bowl behind the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; northbeachbandshell.com. Admission is free.

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