Farmington council approves Sept. 15 vegan festival

Farmington city officials on Monday opened the door to a September 15 vegan festival that could bring a few thousand people to downtown Farmington.

Tom Progar, president of VegMichigan and a Farmington Hills resident, said his organization holds similar events around Michigan and “really fell in love with RIley Park.”

”It’s a great way to introduce the community to the huge variety of plant-based foods,” he said.

VegMichigan festival
The event application for VegMichigan’s September festival included this proposed site layout. (farmgov.com) 

Several downtown Farmington businesses, including Chive Kitchen (a vegan restaurant), Neu Kombucha, and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, have been vendors at previous vegan festivals, Progar said. In addition to vendors, attendees can expect “a lot of food, enjoyable entertainment, just a nice, wonderful afternoon.”

Mayor Pro Tem Sara Bowman asked about typical attendance at VegMichigan events, which Progar said has been as high as 5,000 and as low as a few hundred, depending on how the event is advertised. For Farmington, he added, the expectation is about 2,000 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Bowman also asked about parking and encouraged Progar to add information in his advertising about available lots and spaces within walking distance of the site.