Later this month a Black-owned market celebrating vegan-friendly options for classic soul food as well as sustainable living makers will take place near downtown.

Naomi Hendrix Oyegoke is launching Vegan Family Reunion, an  inaugural event taking place March 21 at Cherrity Bar. Oyegoke is the owner and head chef of Rooted Vegan Cuisine. The market is aimed at highlighting local, Black-owned businesses while educating the community on alternatives to foodie favorites. Oyegoke said she wants to show San Antonio that healthy, plant-based foods aren’t “intimidating or unsatisfying.”

Southern Roots Bakery, which became a viral success during a summer push to support Black business, is one of the more than 20 vendors planning to set up at the market. Weathered Souls Brewing, Rooted Love, Mello’s Vegan Gumbo and Açaí Eternity Co. will also be at Vegan Family Reunion. Get a taste of more participating businesses here.


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“I wanted to bring together so many of the businesses that I love that are also out here shattering the stereotypes about what vegans eat and also look like,” Oyegoke said.

The event is free to attend, but donations are welcomed. Oyegoke said there is a give-back component, which will raise funds through digital and in-person raffle prizes and art auctions. Money raised will benefit the San Antonio Food Bank, Black Freedom Factory and Black Outside Inc.

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Vegan Family Reunion is designed to support Black businesses, creatives and the city while sharing soul food that’s good for the soul.

“For the Black community especially, incorporating more plant based meals in our diet is vitally important since we suffer from higher rates of diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure, strokes and the highest mortality rate of all cancers combined,” Oyegoke added. “By setting up the Vegan Family Reunion as a Black-owned market, I am able to showcase to everyone, but especially the Black community, how we have transformed classic soul food, gumbo, and more in a healthy way that is familiar and even exciting.”

Vegan Family Reunion will pop up at Cherrity Bar, located at 302 Montana St., from noon to 3 p.m. COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Donation-based tickets are available here.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | [email protected] | @maddyskye

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