From February 9-18, visit local eateries in Baltimore and Baltimore County who have been challenged to produce new and creative vegan-friendly dishes.

January 30, 2018 – Baltimore, MD –

From February 9 – 18, Maryland Vegan Eats invites restaurant goers to visit local eateries in Baltimore and Baltimore County who have been challenged to produce new and creative vegan-friendly dishes – not just another freaking salad!

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“The vegans are out here, and people need to understand that the market demand is increasing, and if you’re in the restaurant business, you need to have more than salad to offer,” says Naijha Wright-Brown, co-owner, The Land of Kush.

Maryland Vegan Eats is the brainchild of Baltimore restaurants, The Land of Kush and Golden West Cafe, with the mission to increase the awareness, benefits and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative and community-based experience across multiple neighborhoods. Baltimore is an exciting and vibrant city full of unique neighborhoods and incredible diversity. Nothing brings people together quite like good food. Through their joint venture, the inaugural Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week: Bridging the Gap took place in the summer of August all across Baltimore City with over 40 participating restaurants to huge success. For the winter edition, Vegan Restaurant Week: Veganism is for Lovers, Maryland Vegan Eats has brought together close to 25 local restaurants to participate.

Samantha Classenn expressed, “This event is about sharing the beauty and simplicity of vegan food. We started an annual vegan week in our restaurant four years ago because there was a lack of options and understanding of what vegan food was or could be. We wanted to have a week where we focused on an underserved community of people and gave them a place to share a meal. I always hoped other establishments would join in and am happy to have finally partnered with The Land of Kush after years of hoping.”

As a booming food town, Maryland Vegan Eats wants to entice people from Baltimore and beyond to dine all over Baltimore city by curating a full week of vegan offerings from food service establishments big and small. Unlike a traditional restaurant week that suggests a pre-fixe menu, MD Vegan Eats has simply encouraged participating establishments to create a selection of vegan, plant-based items to be offered throughout the week – because inclusivity also means affordability. Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week: Where Everyone Is Welcome at the Table.

The winter Vegan Restaurant Week will celebrate Thrive Baltimore’s World Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Championship, happening on Saturday, February 10 from 12-5 pm at the Radisson Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore. This annual fundraising event helps fund the free health-focused programming being offered at the Thrive Baltimore community center. This year’s competition will feature not only local chefs but competitors from vegan mac ‘n cheese competitions from around the country.

“This event is an opportunity to show people that plant-based foods can not only be healthier, but delicious as well!” event organizer Brenda Sanders said.

This year’s winner will walk away with a $2500 grand prize and the title of Best Vegan Mac. More information about the World Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Championship as well as registration for the event can be found at http://www.worldveganmac.com.

For more information about the Vegan Restaurant Week in Baltimore visit http://www.mdveganeats.com. Restaurants can register online to participate up until February 9. Listings are being updated daily. Registration is not required for restaurant goers. Just patronize a participating restaurant.

Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week’s premier sponsor: A Well-Fed World http://www.awfw.org.

Other sponsors and partners: VegFund, Golden West Cafe, The Land of Kush, Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland, Yelp Baltimore, Balance Photography, Baltimore Vegan Drinks, Meatless Monday, Restaurant Association of Maryland, Botanicusine, and Thrive Baltimore.