SEED Food and Wine Festival 2016

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More than 60 of the premiere plant-based chefs, athletes and authors to gather at Seed Food & Wine Festival, in Greater Miami and Miami Beach, November 2-6, 2016


(MIAMI, FL. AUG. 30, 2016) – Seed Food & Wine Festival, the nation’s premiere plant-based food event of its kind, gathers an unparalleled group of more than 60 plant-based chefs, athletes, authors and celebrities for the festival’s third year.

Events on Nov. 2nd-6th, 2016, include upscale dinners, fitness events and the nation’s first Plant-Based Burger BattleTM.
Participating personalities include:

  • Marco Borges, best-selling author of The 22-Day Revolution and The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook and the trainer for Beyoncé and Jay-Z
  • Rip Esseltyn of The Engine 2 Diet, food activist and former firefighter who is featured in the film Forks Over Knives
  • Rich Roll, plant-based ultra-distance athlete, wellness advocate, cookbook co-author and host of the hugely popular The Rich Roll Podcast
  • Scott Winegard for Matthew Kenney Culinary, a plant-based empire of restaurants, lodging, culinary academies and cookbooks, including Plant Food + Wine in Miami and the PlantLab modernist food laboratory, Arata restaurant and PlantLoft lodgings in Belfast, Maine.
  • John Salley, four-time NBA champion, wellness advocate and owner of Vegan Vine Wines
  • Mary Mattern, LA/NYC-based chef and author of cookbook Nom Yourself: Simple Vegan Cooking
  • The Sporks Sisters, authors of the forthcoming Vegan 101 and chef ambassadors for Follow Your Heart products including Veganaise and the new VeganEgg
  • Brad Kilgore, executive chef at Alter, which is widely recognized as one of the best restaurants in Miami and a winner of Food & Wine Best New Chef 2016
  • Derek Sarno of Wicked Healthy, plant pushing chef, vegan restaurateur, cookbook author, brandbuilder and co-founder of Wicked Healthy and Beyond Brands.
  • Other participants in the fest include Blissology Yoga founder Eoin Finn; and Allen Campbell

SEED celebrates conscious, sustainable living and plant-based 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. Over 9,000 culinary and conscious living enthusiasts will take part in the five days of the festival.

As part of its mission to raise awareness of conscious living in a heady, fun-filled environment, SEED hosts the nation’s first Plant-Based Burger BattleTM presented by Whole Foods and Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort on Nov. 5th.

Chefs from restaurants around the country, including Sun Café (Los Angeles), Next Level Burger (Bend, OR), Arlo’s (Austin), jugofresh (Miami) della test kitchen (Miami) and Malibu Farms at Eden Roc (Miami Beach) will compete. Judges of the battle will include Lee Schrager, founder and executive director of South Beach Wine & Food Festival, four-time NBA champion John Salley and Sef Gonzalez, the Miami-based “Burger Beast” blogger.

The capstone events are Seed Festival Day Tasting Village presented by Whole Foods, a large-scale grand tasting featuring food, wine, juice, music, gifts, organic body care, clothing and yoga – all centered around conscious, plant-based living; Seed Summit presented by Veg News, a two-day gathering of chefs, bloggers and media for workshops, seminars and networking on topics like copyright law, food styling and funding at the dazzling new Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc.

Food Forward, an-all day conference, brings thought leaders, food and sustainability entrepreneurs and innovators to the stage to discuss the future of our food systems, including food waste, GMOs and organics, and what makes an “authentic” brand or company.

Other events include the 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 Confidante Miami Beach is the host hotel and central playground for the festival. Guests can relax, swim and eat at this glamourous, oceanfront hotel centrally located among all of the venues and happenings on the SEED schedule. Restaurants at the hotel include TALDE and the beachside Backyard.

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About SEED Food and Wine Festival

Seed Food & Wine, presented by Whole Foods Market, is the premiere plant-based food and wine festival in the country. SEED celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wine, craft beer and spirits, lifestyle products and companies, all while raising awareness about conscious and sustainable living. Events in Miami Beach and Greater Miami include upscale dinners, fitness events, and the nation’s first plant-based Burger Battle. The capstone events are SEED Festival Day Tasting Village, a large-scale festival and grand tasting featuring food, wine, juice, music, gifts, organic body care, clothing and yoga – all centered around conscious, plant-based living; and SEED Summit, a two-day gathering of chefs, bloggers and media for clean living workshops, seminars and networking. The Festival will gather some of the most talented speakers, chefs, celebrities, athletes and authors to savor a fun, sexy, and most of all—delicious–week of food, cocktails, film, parties, seminars and events.

About Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber, Co-Founders

Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber, the co-founders of Seed Food & Wine Festival, are partners in life and business. Alison has produced destination weekends and events in Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Puerto Rico since 1998, attracting over 30,000 people annually. Michelle is a longtime entrepreneur and philanthropist.

A year after Alison and Michelle met, Alison was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. She was confined to a wheelchair from 2011 to 2012, then underwent knee replacement surgery, followed by six months of physical rehabilitation—all in order to be able to walk again. Michelle already lived a plant-based lifestyle, but the experience made both women delve further into a more conscious, healthy way of life Alison began consuming more fruits and vegetables, until adopting the plant-based diet she eats today. The changes she made allowed Alison to wean herself from medication, lose more weight than she ever had, feel more energetic and bring her inflammation levels down to remission level.

Realizing the drastic and positive results of Alison’s lifestyle changes, Gaber and Burgos saw the opportunity to teach others how to eat their way to better health. Highly aware of the burgeoning food scene in Miami and inspired to create an inclusive event aimed at everyone, and not just vegans, Gaber and Burgos felt the moment was right to organize the first-of-it-kind plant-based food and wine festival to enlighten, educate and celebrate.

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