Now that Miami is known as one of the nation's top vegan cities, Seed Food & Wine Week is coming back bigger than ever. This year's lineup for the plant-based festival, now in its fourth year, includes everything from a burger battle to celebrity-chef dinners.
The week kicks off Wednesday, November 1, and runs through Sunday, November 5, with a packed schedule every day. The fest boasts more than 200 exhibitors, 40-plus plant-based chefs, and dozens of vegan athletes, authors, and other experts. Prices range from $20 for a kid's ticket to festival day to $559 for a Seed Summit Ultimate Pass.
"I think I'm most inspired by the growth of the movement," cofounder Alison Burgos says of this year's edition. "We have so many chefs and restaurants and brands — including new brands and new restaurants and restaurants that are not necessarily plant-based but are making plant-based options really prevalent on their menus — participating. It's a thrill to see how Seed gets to grow along with the community."
Celebrities scheduled to attend include ultradistance athlete and podcaster Rich Roll, 22 Days Nutrition founder Marco Borges, celebrity vegan chef Mary Mattern, Instagrammer Vegan Fat Kid, T. Colin Campbell's son and Forks Over Knives leader Dr. Tom Campbell, and four-time NBA champ John Salley.
The schedule will begin Wednesday, November 1, with the Food Forward conference ($50), a B2B event for food-industry folks looking to work toward a more sustainable system.
Next, Seed Summit ($200) will run Thursday, November 2, through Friday, November 3, and offer two days of workshops and sessions for bloggers, content creators, and influencers specializing in conscious, sustainable, and vegan living.
The annual Plant-Based Burger Battle ($55) will kick off Thursday, November 2, and include competitors such as American Harvest, Arlos, Chickpea & Olive, Crate, Dosha Café, Field Roast, Follow Your Heart, Greenbar & Kitchen, Holi Vegan, Love Life Café/Love Life Wellness Center, Oumph!, Plant Bee, Sanctum Cafe, and Sunshine Burger — all waging war to win the title of the best veggie burger in America. Attendees can sample each of the burgers while drinking Concrete Beach Brewery beer and all kinds of kombucha.
Friday, November 3, the Best of the Best Dinner ($135) will offer food from chefs such as Jason Sellers of Asheville, North Carolina's Plant; Christopher Slawson of Palm Beach Gardens' Christopher's Kitchen; Mary Mattern of Nom Yourself; and Horacio Rivadero of Plant Miami. The same day, the festival's inaugural Catwalk, a Night of Conscious Fashion ($30), will present ready-to-wear and couture apparel that's cruelty-free. There will be 20 designers on hand, and the show will benefit Somos, Jennifer Lopez's hurricane relief efforts.
Saturday, November 4, will begin with the Live Ultimate 5K Run, Meditation & Yoga ($25 to $40), led by celebrity athletes including Miami Heat legend Ray Allen, Rich Roll, Bad Ass Vegan, Sexy Fit Vegan, and Dominick Thompson. Proceeds will benefit Debris Free Oceans.
Saturday continues with the week's biggest event, festival day ($60). Attendees can eat, drink, and sample from hundreds of vendors and listen to celeb speakers and chefs. "We're thrilled that Master Chef Latino is coming in to host the main culinary stage," Burgos says of festival day. "There'll be a Master Chef Latino challenge where competitors will be creating plant-based dishes."
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Later than night, there will be a free afterparty at the Wynwood Yard, as well as a dinner, Made in Miami: The Legends Edition ($145), with dishes by Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House and Glass & Vine and Nicole Votano of Charcoal.
Sunday, November 5, will wrap things up with Namaseed ($60), offering yoga, meditation, and brunch.
"I think we have a really stellar lineup of experts, authors, chefs, and athletes," cofounder Michelle Gaber says. "We're so lucky to have the community really engage from every aspect."
Seed Food & Wine Week. Wednesday November 1, through Sunday, November 5, at various locations. Tickets cost $20 to $559 via seedfoodandwine.com.