I spoke at the SEED Food and Wine Festival last year and wanted to share Alison’s (the festival’s co-founder) story in honor of the upcoming event. Kind lifers in the Miami area, check this out if you can – it’s 5 day event with good food, inspiring speakers , and fun looking activities!
I am living proof of the power of plants. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2008, I lost the use of my knee and eventually underwent replacement surgery. Soon after, I took the advice of wise friends (and my extraordinary wife, Michelle Gaber), and began to explore a plant-based lifestyle combined with holistic care. I decided to dive right into a 90-day-vegan cleanse, I lost weight, went into remission and was weaned off of my medications.
Based on this remarkable experience, Michelle and I decided to use my event planning talents and made it our mission to spread the word about a healthy, vegan lifestyle. Together, we created SEED Food & Wine Festival, a Miami Beach-based ode to plant-based living that kicks off its second year on November 18th. The festival has become a National destination for vegans.
Alicia headlined the festivities last year, and more than 4,500 people were introduced to gourmet cuisine, celebrity attendees, plant-based products and more. This year, the lineup includes the nation’s first plant-based burger battle, a farm-to-table dinner, a 5K art run, a grand tasting and more, plus celebrities like John Salley, Rich Roll, Brenden Brazier, Chad Sarno, Charles Chen, Matthew Kenney, Jay Astafa and many others.
As I say about SEED: “It’s a combination of things that create this incredible experience in the paradise that is Miami Beach – it’s really special and something that you really can’t find anywhere else.”
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