The One-Of-A-Kind Event Returns November 7-11, 2018


The 5th Annual SEED Food & Wine Week Presented by Whole Foods Market (SEED) returns Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 and will include over 10 events featuring local, regional and national chefs, restaurants, exhibitors, and personalities over the course of five action-packed days. Ranked 3rd in the “Top 10 Best Wine Festivals” by USA Today the premiere plant-based festival offers something for everyone while raising awareness for sustainable living.


Unique to this year’s festival, SEED will have a ZERO carbon footprint. The environmental impact for these types of events typically can be significant, but the SEED festival will counteract this with the use of solar energy, composting, food recovery, bike share programs, Smart Cars and carpools to transport talent. Additionally, there will be no plastic straws, and they have established a TerraPass account (which provides carbon offsetting products to individuals, business, and events).


The festivities begin the evening of November 7th with a VIP Kick-Off Party at Planta South Beach. Guests will enjoy cocktails, beats and bites with fellow conscious lifestyle enthusiasts, celebrities, content creators, influencers, and foodies from across the country.


The two-day SEED SUMMIT presented by VegNews returns for the third year on, November 8th and 9th, featuring workshops, speaker panels and networking designed for media-types, content creators, influencers and entrepreneurs in conscious, sustainable and plant-based living. For those early-stage and emerging startups that are looking to elevate their presence, the BRAND BOOTCAMP on November 9th is an intensive day-long event presented by Start Up FIU FOOD and the South Florida Food and Beverage Association. It will feature programs with a variety of resources and strategies from securing investors to getting on the shelves.


Special foodie events throughout the week include intimate dinners, tastings, and brunch and will highlight spectacular chefs and brands from around the country. The FOURTH ANNUAL PLANT BASED BURGER BATTLE™ on November 8th will feature an array of delectable vegan burger creations. Celebrity judges and attendees will vote on who will be crowned the “Best Veggie Burger in America” from a dozen participating chefs and national brands including Chris Baker of Arlos (Austin); Benjamin Goldman of Planta (Miami Beach and Toronto); Max and Fred Guerrero of Burgerlords (LA); Kinsler Josaime of Soul Tavern (Miami Beach); Josie Smith-Malave from Bubbles & Pearls (Fort Lauderdale); Tommy McDonald from Field Roast (Seattle); and Michael Reeves and Mathew Coates of Meta Burger (Denver). Signature celebrity chef events, BEST OF THE BEST DINNER and MADE IN MIAMI THE LEGENDS EDITION on November 9th and 10th, respectively, will include James Beard Finalist and restaurateur Rich Landau along with Chefs Kate Jacoby, Allen Susser, Brian Nasajon, and Josh Gripper to name a few. The SEED FESTIVAL DAY TASTING VILLAGE is the best bet for the entire family to enjoy a day-long celebration of over 180 exhibitors with incredible food, drink, speakers, demos, shopping, music, and much more. Attendees aged 21 and over can partake of libations from wines and spirits from around the country as well as in the Brown Distributing Craft Beer Garden. Guests can learn from national experts at the Baptist Health Culinary Stage on plant-based nutrition, athletics and wellness at the 22-Day Nutrition Speaker Stage, check out crafts, cruelty-free fashion, and delicious plant-based treats.


At ELEVEN/ELEVEN CRITICAL MASS YOGA + MEDITATION + BRUNCH on November 11th, yogis and brunch lovers unite for a morning celebration of mindful living featuring a yoga practice followed by a guided meditation session with Jennifer Grace. Then, dig into a delicious, organic, plant-powered brunch made by an impressive lineup of culinary all-stars including Giorgio Rapicavoli, Soraya Kilgore, and Max Santiago among others.


Fashionistas will love CATWALK: A NIGHT OF CONSCIOUS FASHION on November 9th, an evening of style, food and fun at SEED’s 2nd annual fashion show benefitting Debris Free Oceans. Celebrities and models will strut the runway poolside wearing the hottest cruelty-free fashions. The show will feature casual garb, from hipster tees to bohemian pants and plant-strong statement wear to big names in cruelty-free high fashion.


The best price is always free, and those looking for a bargain can attend NAMASEED YOGA & MEDITATION on November 10th with a morning of invigorating and centering yoga with Miami’s favorite yogis, followed by a guided meditation. That evening, party-goers can attend THE AFTER PARTY at Wynwood Yard for a fun night of live music, plant-based bites by a variety of resident food trucks, cocktails, craft beers, vegan wines and much more.


Ticket selections, with prices ranging from $25-$559 (plus service fee), feature a variety of a la carte options and VIP all-inclusive packages.

Tickets and additional information are available at Follow SEED on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Media interested in covering and attending any of the SEED events should contact:


Gita Shonek/Larry Carrino
Brustman Carrino Public Relations
(305) 573-0658


About SEED Food and Wine Week:

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, SEED 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.