SEED Food & Wine Festival, the Nation’s Premiere Plant-based Food Event, Announces Third Annual Festival in Greater Miami and Miami Beach, November 2-6, 2016

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SEED Food & Wine Festival, the nation’s first and only vegan food event of its kind, is thrilled to announce an exciting lineup of chefs and events for its third annual celebration of conscious living, including the nation's first plant-based burger battle.

Chef Matthew Kenney and model Karolina Kurkova at SEED Food and Wine Fest

Whether someone is excited about a Food & Wine Best New Chef like Brad Kilgore cooking at one of our dinners or whether someone is curious about juicing because their friend does it and feels 100 times better, SEED creates ways to engage everybody.

SEED Food & Wine Festival, the nation’s first and only plant-based food event of its kind, is thrilled to announce an exciting lineup of chefs and events for its third annual celebration of conscious living, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 2nd-6th, 2016 in a number of dazzling venues across Greater Miami and The Beaches. Tickets are now on sale at seedfoodandwine.com.

Presented by Whole Foods, SEED celebrates vegan foods, fine wine, craft beer and spirits, lifestyle products and companies, all while raising health awareness, having fun and keeping a sense of humor in glorious sun-soaked Miami Beach and Wynwood. Events include upscale dinners, film screenings, garden parties and the nation’s first plant-based Burger Battle. Key chefs and personalities at this year’s events include

  •     Mary Mattern, LA/NYC-based chef and author of cookbook Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking
  •     Rich Roll, plant-based ultra-distance athlete, wellness advocate and host of the hugely popular The Rich Roll Podcast
  •     Julie Piatt, chef and cookbook co-author of The Plantpower Way (with Rich Roll)
  •     Brad Kilgore, executive chef at Alter in Miami and a winner of Food & Wine Best New Chef 2016
  •     John Lewis, athlete also known as BadassVegan
  •     Ella Magers, plant-based athlete, food and fitness coach, as well as winner of Shape 50 Hottest Trainers.

More chefs and speakers will be announced soon.

Key SEED festival events include:

Plant-Based Burger Battle ™, presented by Whole Foods and Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort – Walk the green carpet to the only veggie burger battle in the country on Nov. 5th. Top chefs vie for guests’ votes for Best Veggie Burger in America with mouthwatering creations, such as the beet-barley-and-black-bean burger glazed with sweet soy and garlic and topped with pickles, scallion, lotus root chips, and spicy mayo by Todd Erickson (HaVen and Huahua’s Taqueria, Miami Beach), the 2015 champion.

SEED Festival Day Tasting Village, presented by Whole Foods– Tickets for the ultimate day of plant-based wellness and sustainable living include complimentary tastings from over 200 restaurants, bakeries, treat-makers, wines, spirits and juices. Lounge in the beer garden, get tips at the organic, cruelty-free beauty bar, stretch at the yoga lounge, savor enlightening chef demonstrations and cheer on favorite chefs during a timed cooking challenge. VIP tickets to the Nov. 5th event also available.

SEED Summit, presented by VegNews – Two days (Nov. 3rd-4th) of workshops, panels and networking events designed for media, bloggers, influencers and entrepreneurs.

Other events include the Food Forward Conference, 5K Run, Yoga + Brunch, Made in Miami Farm-to-Table Dinner, Sprout Kids Day and East and West chef dinner parties celebrating the best of plant-based food on both coasts.

The festival is the brainchild of Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber. A year after the Miami-based couple met, Alison was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, and was soon living in a wheelchair.

After adopting a more plant-based diet, Alison was able to stop taking most of her medications. Her inflammation levels went down to remission levels, she lost a considerable amount of weight and she felt better than she’d ever had. Channeling Alison’s vast experience as a multi-city event producer, along with Michelle’s entrepreneurial talent, the couple launched SEED as a way to bring the message of plant-based, sustainable living to everyone, not just diehard foodies, vegans or athletes.

Says Alison, “We really see SEED Food and Wine Festival as a movement. To engage everybody and really make change, you can’t just preach to the choir. So, whether someone is excited about a Food & Wine Best New Chef like Brad Kilgore cooking at one of our dinners or whether someone is curious about juicing because their friend does it and feels 100 times better, SEED creates ways to engage everybody about conscious and sustainable plant-based living.”

Tickets for SEED Food and Wine Festival go on sale on July 1st. Tickets and more information available at seedfoodandwine.com.

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