The third annual Seed, Wine, and Food Festival Miami was more than just an indulgence into vegan cuisine. It was an in depth look at a lifestyle and community that advocates changing the world for the better. While there were many palatable highlights, one of the highpoints (in my opinion) was the Veggie Burger Cookoff.
The true essence of the festival; however, was the energy of the vendors and the visible passion poured into their product—the people—and the valuable knowledge gained from the speakers during the 45-minute long breakout sessions that made up the heart of the festival.
Of all the speakers, my personal favorite was Jason Wrobel. The world-renowned leader in vegan cuisine and plant-based nutrition captivated his audience from start to finish. While he gained notoriety from his Cooking Channel Show, How to Live to 100, it was the passion with which he spoke on the power of using video that resonated with me most.
“Before I get on stage or a camera I think to myself, who is it that I want to connect with. Who is the person on the other side of that lens? What I will do is I will visualize that person and just talk to that person directly. We’re all terrified of doing something in life. That’s the anchor point. [but in the end] I know I’m having a shared human experience with someone on the other side of that camera.”
While many of the attendees were indigenous to Miami, there remained quite a few presenters and attendees that traveled from quite some distance to attend. Bharat Bhatia, first-time attendee and fitness enthusiast, eagerly bounced from person to person while gaining new perspectives and insights into the different layers of veganism. On a larger scale, former NBA Champion John Sally, captivated swarms of attendees as he spoke on how altering his diet has not only benefited his health, but has also helped to reduce the joint pain brought on from the stress that years of competing in athletics puts on your body.
On a personal level, having adopted a mostly vegetarian diet this year, the festival was very inspirational for me. Through an Instagram stories poll, I asked my supporters: “Should I go full vegan?” While the question returned a 66% to 33% vote in favor of No, with each passing day; rather, I’m leaning more and more toward embracing Yes with open arms!
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