Wake Up Weekend in Grand Rapids

Since moving from Eastown in Grand Rapids just over a year ago, there a some things I don’t miss a bit, like vandalism of my home or car, keeping the cops programmed into my cell phone and driving 30 minutes in order to hike with my dogs. But, this thriving city also holds many attractions, events and festivals that offer a good excuse for a road trip.

On January 22 and 23, Grand Rapids will host Wake Up Weekend 2010, an “annual two-day celebration of animal-friendly food, art, education and advocacy.” The two days of mostly free events will feature lectures, a film and vegan culinary treats.

Calvin College, my alma mater, will be the site of a workshop, “The Many Faces of Food Activism,” a vegan potluck dinner and a lecture on Friday the 22nd.

The full day of activities scheduled for Saturday the 23rd begins with a session with Bryant Terry and a $10 vegan buffet at 11 a.m., and ends with a screening of “Fowl Play – The Untold Story Behind Your Breakfast” at 9:30 p.m. A lecture, meeting, reception, an art exhibit and a vegan chili cook-off fill the hours in between.

This sounds like an incredible weekend that I wouldn’t want to miss.