The original plant-based food and wine festival, SEED FOOD & WINE WEEK presented by Whole Foods Market (SEED), is returning to Miami for its fifth year Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11, 2018. Ranked 3rd in the “Top 10 Best Wine Festivals” by USA Today SEED is a one-of-a-kind regional event that celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wine, craft beer and spirits, lifestyle products and companies. The exceptional line-up of talent includes celebrities, chefs, athletes, authors, and influencers whose focus is plant-based food, holistic wellness, and raising awareness about conscious and sustainable living. More than ten events throughout Miami-Dade County will include upscale dinners, fitness events, seminars and the return of the nation’s first plant-based ″Burger Battle″.
Signature events include the SEED Festival Day Tasting Village – a large-scale festival and grand tasting featuring food, wine, juice, music, gifts, organic body care, clothing and yoga – and SEED Summit, a two-day gathering of chefs, bloggers and media for clean living workshops, seminars and networking. A full listing of events, locations, chefs, and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets and additional information are available at www.seedfoodandwine.com.
“Connecting to where food comes from can be transformative,” expresses SEED Co-Founder Alison Burgos. “Plant-based is the future of business and sustainability. This unique festival is not just an event, it’s a celebration and a fun way to learn about the impact of a plant-based lifestyle from people who incorporate it in their daily lives.”
SEED FOOD & WINE WEEK presented by Whole Foods Market will run from Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11, 2018. 2018’s stellar schedule of events includes: a VIP Kick-off Party with cocktails and bites on November 7; a two-day educational SEED Summit Presented by VegNews on November 8 and 9; the Plant Based Burger Battle on November 8; exclusive ″Best of the Best″ and ″Made in Miami″ Dinners on November 9 and 10, respectively; CATWALK – a cruelty-free fashion show on November 9; NAMASEED Yoga & Meditation Tasting, Village and After Party on November 10; and CRITICAL MASS – Yoga and Meditation followed by Brunch to end the festivities on a Zen note on November 11.
About Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber, SEED Co-Founders:
Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber, the co-founders of Seed Food & Wine Festival, are partners in life and business. Alison has produced destination weekends and events in Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Puerto Rico since 1998, attracting over 30,000 people annually. Michelle is a longtime entrepreneur and philanthropist. A year after Alison and Michelle met, Alison was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. She was confined to a wheelchair from 2011 to 2012, then underwent knee replacement surgery, followed by six months of physical rehabilitation—all in order to be able to walk again. Michelle already lived a plant-based lifestyle, but the experience made both women delve further into a more conscious, healthy way of life Alison began consuming more fruits and vegetables, until adopting the plant-based diet she eats today. The changes she made allowed Alison to wean herself from medication, lose more weight than she ever had, feel more energetic and bring her inflammation levels down to remission level. Realizing the drastic and positive results of Alison’s lifestyle changes, Gaber and Burgos saw the opportunity to teach others how to eat their way to better health. Highly aware of the burgeoning food scene in Miami and inspired to create an inclusive event aimed at everyone, and not just vegans, Gaber and Burgos felt the moment was right to organize the first-of-it-kind plant-based food and wine festival to enlighten, educate and celebrate.
Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations