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Benefit Dinner for Uplands PEAK

Sat, May 25, 2019 5:00 PM - Sat, May 25, 2019 7:00 PM @ Twin Lakes Recreation Center

Hey Bloomington-area veg-community! Would you like to help make a difference in the lives of rescued farm animals? This Memorial Day weekend, let US do all the cooking! We are a group of committed activists that have come together to host a dinner to benefit Indiana’s very own Uplands PEAK Farm Animal Sanctuary!

Uplands PEAK is driven by their mission to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farmed animals, educate the public to the benefits of a healthy vegan lifestyle, and promote sustainability. This dinner will make it possible for PEAK to install two solar fans plus a panel to power the fans for the cows’ shelter. Their barn is not close to electricity hookups and fans in the heat of Summer are a must!

A purchased ticket gets you an all vegan buffet-style Indian dinner as well as a chance to win a gift basket in a raffle-drawing (additional raffle tickets can be purchased during the dinner)… so what are you waiting for?! Let’s come together for the animals!

Event Info:

What: All Vegan Benefit Dinner in support of Uplands PEAK Farm Animal Sanctuary

When: Saturday, May 25th from 5pm to 7pm

Where: City of Bloomington Twin Lakes Recreation Center at 1700 W Bloomfield Road, Bloomington, Indiana

Price per ticket: $15

To purchase your ticket, click on this link :

To learn more about the great work they are doing at Uplands PEAK, click here:

Tags: Uplands PEAK Sanctuary (People, Earth, and Animals in Kinship), vegan buffet-style Indian dinner,Fundraiser

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2019 Indy VegFest Presented by Eskenazi Health

Sat, Mar 30, 2019 1:00 PM - Sat, Mar 30, 2019 6:00 PM @ Biltwell Event Center

The 2019 Indy VegFest Presented by Eskenazi Health will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 1 pm to 6 pm [early access hour 11 am – 1 pm] at the beautiful and spacious Biltwell Event Center in Downtown Indianapolis. Indy VegFest is FREE and open to ALL.
Presenting Sponsor: Eskenazi Health
Platinum Sponsors: Bethany Schultz Fountain Square Real Estate Specialist and Monarch Beverage
Gold Sponsor: Boxed Water Is Better
Silver Sponsors: A Well-Fed World, Coze Health, LLC, Stylist317, and VegFund
Bronze Sponsor: Midwest Juicery Indy

Join us for delicious food from local and regional food vendors – and learn how to make your own during the cooking demonstrations; support small businesses who offer vegan and cruelty-free products and services; listen to experts in the fields of health and wellness, animal advocacy, and environmental sustainability; connect with local nonprofits.
Stay tuned for more information on speakers and the full schedule!

Claim your ticket on Eventbrite to ensure eligibility for goody bags filled with free samples and coupons.

Early Access ticketholders will be admitted two hours early, at 11 am. Early Access tickets include a goodie bag with giveaways and one free drink ticket. Want to avoid the lines and have first dibs on the food, drinks, and products offered by vendors? This ticket option is for you! (Eventbrite ticket link coming soon)

General admission is FREE and our event is open to ALL. Donations to help cover the costs of the event are welcomed through PayPal or at the door. Our organization is entirely run by volunteers, and our expenses are considerable – a contribution of any amount helps, and donations are tax-deductible. (Tax ID #36-4846853)


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All ages are welcomed! We will be serving alcoholic beverages at the bar, so the only age-restricted section will be the area immediately surrounding the bar.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is ample FREE parking at the Biltwell! There is a parking lot behind the Biltwell, and there is additional free parking at Riley Park and the Edison School for the Arts across the street.
***In addition, park and ride shuttle options are in the works!***
Carpooling and ride-sharing is strongly encouraged!
The closest IndyGo bus stop is at the corner of White River Parkway and Washington St, about a 15 minute walk from The Biltwell.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Yes, The Biltwell Event Center is wheelchair accessible and has elevators.

What should I bring into the event?
We recommend bringing a reusable tote for shopping, and a reusable water bottle that can be filled at the bar for free. Water and other beverages will be available for purchase.

What should I leave at home?
Please leave all weapons at home. Indy VegFest is an indoor event, and cannot accommodate companion animals, but service animals are welcomed. No outside food or drinks are permitted, with the exception of reusable water bottles.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email us at [email protected]

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
We suggest pulling a digital copy up on your phone.
You do not need a FREE ticket to attend our event from 1 pm to 6pm. The event is open to the public. You do need a FREE ticket to be eligible to win goodie bag (while supplies last).

We are also offering Early Access tickets for 11 am – 1 pm access, where you will get a free goodie bag, one free drink, and first dibs on food, drinks, and products offered by vendors. Ticket option will be posted soon.

Will there be a place to breastfeed and change diapers?
Yes, there will be access to a small family/lactation room at the Biltwell.

What is the policy on smoking and vaping at Indy VegFest?
In accordance with Indianapolis law, smoking and vaping is not permitted inside The Biltwell, or within 8 feet of any entrances. Indy VegFest strives to promote and uphold a culture of health and wellness at our events, therefore, smoking and vaping are not permitted at all on the grounds of The Biltwell, including the parking lot and rooftop deck, during the event hours. Thank you for respecting this policy!

Tags: 2019 Indy VegFest Presented by Eskenazi Health, vegan, vegetarian, animal rights, find the others



Lifestyle Medicine Symposium presented by Indy VegFest and Eskenazi Health

Fri, Mar 29, 2019 12:30 PM - Fri, Mar 29, 2019 6:30 PM @ Biltwell Event Center

Indy VegFest and Eskenazi Health present the first annual Lifestyle Medicine Symposium on Friday, March 29th, from 1-6:30 pm at the Biltwell Event Center. This will be Indianapolis’ first healthcare education event focused on Lifestyle Medicine. Speakers include Kelly Freeman, NP-C, Palmer MacKie, MD, Timothy O’Donnell, MD, welcoming remarks from Lisa Harris, MD, CEO of Eskenazi Health, and keynote address from Jane Esselstyn, RN. Like many in the Esselstyn family, Jane presents her work, research, and high energy food demos across the country and world. Her presentations, food demonstrations, samples and food parties bring clarity, hilarity, and a can-do attitude to the power of plant-based eating. In addition to a keynote address, Jane will be leading a food demonstration which will transition into a light dinner and networking hour for all attendees.


12:30 pm: Registration Opens

1 pm: Lisa Harris, MD – Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:15 – 2 pm: Jane Esselstyn, RN – Benefits of Plant-Based Eating: Educating and Empowering Patients

2 – 2:30 pm: Physical Activity Break

2:30-3:15 pm: Timothy O’Donnell, MD – An Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine

3:15 pm – 4 pm: Kelly Freeman, MSN, NP-C, CWOCN – Healthy Aging

4 – 4:15 pm: Networking Break

4:15 – 5 pm: Palmer MacKie, MD – Pain Management through Lifestyle

5 – 6:30 pm: Food Demonstration with Jane Esselstyn, RN; light dinner/networking

Tags: Lifestyle Medicine Symposium, health, wellness, vegan, vegetarian, Eskenazi Health, speakers,



Recipes for Everyday Detox

Sun, Mar 24, 2019 6:30 PM - Sun, Mar 24, 2019 10:30 PM @ The Good Earth

In this class I will discuss foods and supplements that help our body detox. We will discuss what to include and what to avoid.
You will enjoy a Rainbow Detox Salad, a Curried Chickpea and Broccoli Dish and a Vegan Artichoke Dip.

To sign up call 317-253-3709, on line [email protected] or stop by the store!

The cost is $20 per person and you get 10% off purchases that evening.

Tags: body detox, vegan, cooking classes, The Good Earth



March 13th – Seasonal cleansing – Dishes for ultimate wellbeing

Wed, Mar 13, 2019 6:30 PM - Wed, Mar 13, 2019 8:00 PM @ Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe

Join Chef Audrey as we begin to emerge from our winter hibernation. Spring is on it’s way and we’re addressing what it means to cleanse and why gentle seasonal cleansing is so great for our health and longterm wellbeing. We’ll be focusing on delicious dishes to help you gently cleanse your system – that are effective and enjoyable. Audrey will be demonstrating 4 dishes ~ tastings are included. You will also go home with recipes for each dish. Join us! All classes are 6:30 – 8:30 at Ezra’s Cafe. We start seating at 6:15. $35/person RSVP Online here or at the cafe by calling 317-255-3972. Tickets are non-refundable but you are welcome to send someone in your place or come pick up your recipes at your convenience after the class if you cannot come.

Tags: UnCooking Classes with Chef Audrey, Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe, raw food diet, vegan, organic, local, gmo free



Vegan TACO Potluck

Sat, Feb 23, 2019 2:00 PM - Sat, Feb 23, 2019 5:00 PM @ Goods for Cooks

Join us for the best afternoon of 2019 so far…. Vegan taco potluck! We’re repeating this crowd favorite, don’t miss it!

BloomingVeg will supply tortillas and chips. You should bring a vegan filling, topping, or side dish to share. Questions? Email [email protected]

Bus Schedule:

Car Parking:
2-minute walk: Morton Street Garage – 220 N Morton St – Entrance on Morton Street between 6th Street and 7th Street
3-minute walk: Walnut Street Garage – 302 N. Walnut Street – Entrance on Walnut Street between 7th Street and 8th Street
* 1 hour free parking Monday through Saturday, all garages.

Photo by Jessica To’oto’o on Unsplash

Tags: BloomingVeg, vegan, Bloomington, Vegan taco potluck



New Year’s Eve For Introverts

Mon, Dec 31, 2018 9:00 PM - Tue, Jan 01, 2019 1:00 AM @ Three Carrots Fountain Square

If you’re like me, you might like the idea of going out on New Year’s Eve, but you definitely don’t want to go to a bar jammed packed with loud people and music. I don’t care about partying nor do I care about ball droppings or Ryan Seacrest, but I do like moments that give us an opportunity to both reflect and plan for the future, and NYE is great for that. So, we’re giving all of us introverts and homebodies an outlet to get to go out on NYE, without all of the chaos and cacophony that accompanies most NYE celebrations.

We’re going to be supplying board games and cards (feel free to bring your own); free canapes, finger foods, and non-alcoholic drinks; a cookie chill-off (a non-competion that involves eating cookies and chilling) and some ambient chill jazz performed by some of our staff. We’ll also have a special menu that you can order off of and our standard supply of alcoholic beverages and cocktails to help make the evening a rather low-key night to remember.

We’ll be closing for normal service at 8:00, and then we will reopen at 9 and then the party will start. Come join us and start your New Year off on the right foot!

Tags: New Year’s Eve For Introverts, Three Carrots Fountain Square, vegan, non-alcoholic



Dinner at Apna Kitchen with Indianapolis Vegetarian and Vegan Meetup

Thu, Dec 27, 2018 6:00 PM - Thu, Dec 27, 2018 8:00 PM @ Apna Kitchen Indian Restaurant

Apna Kitchen, formerly Spice Nation, is offering us a totally vegan buffet including vegan tea, dosas, fruit, dessert and much more. The owner is excited to offer this buffet geared to our community. The food was a little spicy in the beginning, but I spoke with the chef and it will now be toned down for us. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns I can pass along because the owner and chef are really trying to please us. The owner said that we can order off the menu anything that you feel is missing and they will bring that dish to the table. You can also let me know prior to the Meetup what dishes you would like on the buffet and I will pass the info onto him so he will include them. Price is now $10.99.

Tags: Indy Veggie Meetup Group, Vegan, Indian, Apna, Spice Nation, Indian Buffet



Indy VegFest Holiday Market

Sun, Dec 09, 2018 12:00 PM - Sun, Dec 09, 2018 4:00 PM @ Biltwell Event Center

The Indy VegFest Holiday Market is Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, from noon to 4pm. This year’s Holiday Market will be held at the beautiful and spacious Biltwell Event Center! The event is FREE and open to ALL.

Shop, dine, and visit with:
Aahaa Chai
ALL Creatures Matter Rescue, Inc
Almost Tuesday
Anchor Health Chiropractic
Arts With A Purpose
Brittany Erwin Photography
CIBO Catering & Events
Circle City Kombucha
Envision Positive
Eskenazi Health
Essential Wellbeings Llc.
FLO (@NaptownFLO on IG)
G&W Raw Foods (Kind Kombucha)
Harm Less Threads
Heal Your Disease
Indiana Animal Rights Alliance
Indy VegFest
Kanda Farm Sanctuary
Love is Vegan
Mama P’s Bakery and Cafe’
Maria’s Candles and More
Materia Medica Herbal Blending Bar
Mrs.Murry’s Naturals
My Pretty Babi (MyPrettyBabi_shop on IG)
Newfangled Confections
Pouring With Love (@Teauh on IG)
Revival Food Co.
Sammy Saves the Earth
Sea Salt and Cinnamon
Sherry’s Custom Crochet
Soak Your Soul
Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana
Splendid Lips
Strung Handmade Decor
Teter Organic Farm
The Cultured Vegan (Rain Truth)
The Healthy Food Cafe
The Vegan Cheese Lady
True Kimchi
Voodoo Public House
What Does The Body Require?
Whelpdale Chocolates

Enjoy live music courtesy of Cathy Morris and Arts With A Purpose, check out the photo booth hosted by Brittany Erwin Photography, meet our guest of honor, Gus the pig from Kanda Farm Sanctuary, and stop by the upstairs bar to try some vegan-friendly seasonal beverages, including holiday nog, hot chocolate, chai, kombucha, and more.

We will be collecting socks, gloves, knit hats, scarves, and toiletry items to support The Food Architect/Corey McDaniel’s homeless outreach. More details here:

Bring your plastic caps to be recycled! We will be helping Fox Hill Elementary School in Indianapolis collect caps of all types to recycle into a buddy bench! This student initiative will bring new purpose to all those lids and caps that are actually NOT traditionally recyclable. For a complete list of acceptable caps, visit:

Merchants will sell vegan and cruelty-free products such as apparel, body care, home decor, household items, and prepackaged vegan food — perfect for gifting! Food vendors will be serving up some of the best vegan eats in the Midwest!

All merchants and vendors will accept credit cards and cash. Several free onsite parking spaces will be available to event attendees. Free parking is also available at Edison School and the field across the street from the Biltwell Event Center. There will be handicapped parking spots reserved onsite.

While this is a free event, donations are appreciated. All donations will benefit the 2019 Indy VegFest premiere event on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

For more information on Indy VegFest or to learn how to get involved, visit

Tags: Indy VegFest Holiday Market, vegan, shop local, vegetarian, animal rights, Biltwell Event Center



Dinner at Apna Kitchen | The Indianapolis Veggie Meetup Group Must RSVP at Meetup

Thu, Dec 06, 2018 6:00 PM - Thu, Dec 06, 2018 9:00 PM @ Apna Kitchen Indian Restaurant

Apna Kitchen, formerly Spice Nation, is offering us a totally vegan buffet including vegan tea, dosas, fruit, dessert and much more. The owner is excited to offer this buffet geared to our community. The food was a little spicy in the beginning, but I spoke with the chef and it will now be toned down for us. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns I can pass along because the owner and chef are really trying to please us. The owner said that we can order off the menu anything that you feel is missing and they will bring that dish to the table. You can also let me know prior to the Meetup what dishes you would like on the buffet and I will pass the info onto him so he will include them. Price is now $10.99.

Tags: Spice Nation, Apna Kitchen, vegan, Indian, Meetup, The Indianapolis Veggie Meetup Group



Veg-Giving (a vegan Thanksgiving potluck)

Sat, Nov 17, 2018 5:30 PM - Sat, Nov 17, 2018 8:00 PM @ First Friends Church

Join us for Indy Veg-Giving 2018!!! This is always one of our most popular meetups and the food is out of this world!

Bring your favorite vegan thanksgiving dish to share!
Please also bring a copy of the recipe or ingredient list, to include allergen information.

We will provide plates/bowls/silverware/etc but feel free to bring your own place setting if you would like to help reduce trash.

Drinks will be provided.

If you are unsure about what to bring, post questions or ideas here or on our facebook page at and we will be happy to help.

The event is family friendly, as well as a great way for your non-veg friends and relatives to experience the wonderful variety and unlimited possibilities of cruelty free Thanksgiving dishes.

Tags: cruelty free Thanksgiving, vegan, Indy Veggie Meetup Group



Veg Around The World

Sun, Sep 23, 2018 5:30 PM - Sun, Sep 23, 2018 7:30 PM @ Cowork

Join us for our annual “Veg Around the World” potluck to celebrate Lotus Education & Arts Foundation!

Bring a dish to share that is inspired by worldly cuisine. Please only bring vegan items – but non-vegans are welcome and encouraged to attend, as always 🙂

Ideas: Chana masala, posole, dumplings, pad thai, mexican rice, salsa, irish soda bread… desserts welcome too!

This is taking place at 213 S Rogers Street. To get to the parking lot, approach going west-bound on 3rd street and turn right before you hit Rogers.

Tags: Veg Around The World, Bloomington Vegfest, Vegan, Vegetarian, Animal Rights, Music, Benefit, Food, Feast, Dessert



Zoobilation Protest – A Formal Attire Protest

Fri, Jun 08, 2018 6:00 PM - Fri, Jun 08, 2018 8:00 PM @ Indianapolis Zoo

Every year hundreds of donors gather at the Zoo for a black tie formal event to raise money for a some animals while eating cows, pigs, chickens and fishes. Cognitive dissonance at it’s finest.

We will wear formal attire just like the partygoers inside and hold a demonstration at the entrance of the zoo.

The goal is two-fold. It is a rare opportunity to speak up for farmed animals at a Zoo event. We will be highlighting why it is wrong to care about one animal and kill and eat another, in addition to our general message that if you love animals we should not capture and confine them for entertainment.

*Note, formal attire not required, I’m sure it will be a mix.

There will be an after party at Metazoa Brewing Company at 140 S College Ave. Try the Happy Snail Ale, a special brew on the menu for the month of June where $1 of each drink is donated to IARA.

Tags: Animal Rights, Vegan, Indianapolis Zoo, Protest, Activism



Dinner at Apna Kitchen with Indianapolis Vegetarian and Vegan Meetup

Thu, Jun 07, 2018 6:00 PM - Thu, Jun 07, 2018 8:30 PM @ Apna Kitchen Indian Restaurant

Join me for a delicious all-vegan Indian buffet. We’ll have great conversation and fellowship along with the food. We are now able to order any dish off the menu in addition to the buffet offerings. I’ll make sure to remind the staff that milder dishes are a plus.

Tags: Indy Veggie Meetup Group, Vegan, Indian, Apna

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