Vibe Fest spotlights Louisiana plant-based businesses and healthy lifestyles

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A local vegan restaurant is using its business as a platform to educate and promote other plant-based businesses in the area. They’re going all out this Sunday with a free event called Vibe Fest.

Nikki Thompson, owner of Veganish Vibes, a local Baton Rouge restaurant that sells plant-based meals, emphasizes that Baton Rouge’s vegan community is lacking something.

“The vegan community is in a hole. We don’t get enough recognition,” Thompson said.

That’s why she’s using her platform to host Vibe Fest, hoping to highlight other small plant-based businesses in the state.

“It’s a vegan pop-up shop. Every supplier here will be 100% plant-based. They range from fresh juices to sea moss gels. We will have fresh vegetables and microgreens,” Thompson said.

Kimberly Spruill is one of those suppliers. She hopes the event will not only showcase her company, Juicer’s Delight, which sells fresh cold-pressed juices, but also educate others about healthy eating.

“I’m all about encouraging people to just live healthy, healed, whole lives and helping them understand that what we put into our bodies is so important,” Spruill said.

Thompson says you don’t have to be vegan to attend, just someone who wants to have fun and is ready to eat.

“People think that eating vegan food or being vegan is like, oh, I just eat grass, otherwise they’re tree huggers. No, we eat, you know, our taste is not affected. So come out and get a sense of what we go through on a daily basis,” Thompson said.

The Vibe Fest will be held at 4698 Bennington Ave. on Sunday, June 16 from noon to 4 p.m. in Baton Rouge. There will be music, food and giveaways with vendors and local retailers.

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