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Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

Veg Week comes to Ann Arbor April 22-28

By Jessica Webster

At Monday night's epic city council meeting, mayor John Hieftje read a proclamation declaring April 22 - 28 "Ann Arbor Veg Week."

The proclamation read, in part: "I, John Hieftje, Mayor of Ann Arbor, do hereby proclaim April 22-28, 2013, as Ann Arbor Veg Week, and encourage residents to participate in choosing plant-based foods as a way to protect their health, the planet and animals."

This is the first year that Ann Arbor has formally participated in Veg Week, a national celebration of vegetarian and vegan eating, organized by nonprofit Compassion Over Killing. Veg Week begins on Earth Day.

Participants in Veg Week are encouraged to pledge to eat only vegetarian or vegan foods for one week, and can elect to receive a daily email with recipes, tips and meal ideas.

Local organizers have scheduled events each day of Veg Week across the city, beginning with a joint appearance by Mayor Hieftje and former Detroit Pistons star John Salley at Downtown Home and Garden (210 S. Ashley St.) on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Other events include a film screening, grocery store tours, cooking demonstrations, and a vegan potluck. A full listing can be found on the Ann Arbor Veg Week website.

Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for Reach her at You also can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Vicki Brett-Gach

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 2:19 p.m.

Very nice article, Jessica! Thanks for covering this important event!


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

*Like*.....although having a week dedicated to the locavore would be good too.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 6:11 a.m.

I am a level 6 - I won't eat anything that contains carbon

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 10 p.m.

I'm a level 5 vegan -- I won't eat anything that casts a shadow.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 7:20 p.m.

Brace yourself for the inevitable volley of insults hurled toward vegetarians and vegans by angry carnivores who somehow feel threatened by others' nutritional choices ... as if what other people eat has any significance whatsoever to their lives.


Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 11:07 p.m.


Jack Gladney

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 4:43 a.m.

I don't know any carnivores who use the internet. Most humans are omnivores, which is great given how our teeth have evolved.


Tue, Apr 16, 2013 : 10:44 p.m.

I's bad enough my family gives me grief about my vegetarianism...Restaurant owners really need to step up and not have one veggie option. Once I leave the Ann Arbor area, veggie options are very hard to find in Michigan.