Milwaukee Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

VegOut Health Fest Celebrates Healthy Lifestyles

When several vegetarians and vegans on the staff at radio station FM 102.1 wanted to connect with others of similar leanings in their community, their efforts flourished into what has become the VegOut Health Fest, to be held this year on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Miller High Life Theater, in Milwaukee.

Now in its second year, the FM 102.1 VegOut Health Fest will feature more than 50 merchants and vendors offering wellness information, products and services; healthful food; educational lectures presented by health experts; and beer, wine and cocktails. FM 102.1 will broadcast live during the event and offer prizes and giveaways.

VegOut Health Fest showcases the diversity that exists in the healthy lifestyle marketplace. From food and fitness, to consumer products and medicine, people can explore different viewpoints and approaches to health at the event. “VegOut Health Fest is meant to be inviting, inclusive and perhaps most of all—fun,” enthuses Todd Hall, promotions and event director for Milwaukee Radio Alliance, which owns and operates FM 102.1. “So, regardless of dietary choices, medical beliefs or lifestyle, we want all attendees to feel welcomed and respected.”

Hall believes the event has grown in success primarily because organizers strive to keep the “fun” aspect at the forefront of planning, and try to include many different vendors. “There are plenty of options for everybody,” Hall adds. The vendors include restaurants and caterers; holistic and traditional health practitioners; and home improvement contractors, as well as those offering personal care items and pet products.

Hall says they will have about a dozen local restaurateurs and artisan food businesses supplying vegan and vegetarian dishes. Those participating include Angelic Bakehouse, known for their sprouted grain bread, rolls, wraps and pizza crust; Brunch; Pizza Shuttle; Ally’s Bistro; Hot Tamale 414; and Smart Cookie Vegan. Tapuat Kombucha, of Door County, will be on hand with their creative kombucha flavors. Levy Restaurants, the in-house caterer for the Miller High Life Theater, will feature craft beer, wine and cocktails at the bar.

Alternative wellness practitioners confirmed to appear include Advantage Chiropractic and The Curious Apothecary. Pet lovers can learn about healthy food, treats, toys and grooming supplies for their fur babies through vendors such as Pet Supplies Plus.

FM 102.1 radio will broadcast live, with multiple prize giveaways and raffles throughout the day. “There will be educational lectures on various topics, food sampling, fitness groups, and lots of different things to experience and try while you’re there,” Hall says, “and, of course, in Wisconsin, it’s always important to have a full bar.”

Last year’s inaugural VegOut Health Fest drew 2,000 people, Hall says, so organizers moved the event to the Miller High Life Theater, which fit their needs. The rotunda can accommodate up to 4,000 people, with enough room to comfortably arrange multiple vendor areas, and the space has a separate section to host the lectures. The venue is centrally located near a freeway, and there’s parking available.

Cost: $5 for adults; kids ages 12 and under free. Location: 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. For more information, visit FM1021Milwaukee.com.

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer the regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Wellness Body, Mind & Spirit Expo Brings all Modalities Under One Roof

The North Shore Wellness Body, Mind & Spirit Expo unites people from all over the region, making new connections with alternative health practitioners easy, stress-free and fun.

Dr. John Whitcomb

John Whitcomb, M.D., director and founder of Brookfield Longevity and Healthy Living Clinic, has always fostered a passionate curiosity for discovering the “why” behind illness.

Ananda Healing Collective Embodies Collaboration, Community

After searching deeper and discovering how acupuncture enabled her body to heal from emotional childhood traumas, Aubrey Poglajen made the mind-body healing connection and embarked on a quest to heal others.

Understanding Reiki

During a reiki treatment, the energy is said to clear and balance our physical, etheric, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies by transmitting high frequency healing energies of unconditional, universal love through the practitioner to the client.

The Elephant in the Room

Suicide is the most feared emergency of them all. It’s a hard topic to discuss, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. It is the elephant in the room, and society needs to have a conversation about it.

Outpost Natural Foods

Now over 22,000 owners strong, Outpost is a testament to society’s shift toward healthy food awareness.

Reiki Energy Healer Promotes Peace and Tranquility

Reiki energy healing is natural, non-invasive and does not conflict with medications or therapy, and often helps alleviate symptoms of anxiety and panic.

Decompress and Feel 
at Home at MyOm

Traci Schwartz’s gentle and restorative yoga classes are available through private, one-on-one sessions or small classes of up to eight people.

Lotus Be Well 
Promotes Vitality 
through 
Energy Medicine

Lotus Be Well brims with positive energy, and is energized by the ambiance of the Hartford community.

Byers Finds Her Niche in Functional Medicine

Nurse Practitioner Amy Byers works to find the root causes to her patients problems, incorporating functional medicine in her practice.

Yoga Instructor Empowers People to Live Healthier Lives

Founder of Pure Energy Yoga, Shelley Carpenter, has found that yoga not only relieves pain, but can help bring the mind, body and spirit into harmony.

Gayatri Center for Healing

A fervent desire to facilitate healing is the central force behind Gayatri Center for Healing, motivating its founder Lynne Austin and her business partner, Jacque Stock.