Eat Drink Disrupt vegan summit ties food apartheid and chronic disease

It’s been three years since the last Eat Drink and Disrupt conference in Greenville, but founder Dawn Hilton-Williams has by no means been silent. On the contrary, the creator of the Eat, Drink Disrupt Summit and owner of Herban-Eats has grown louder in her plea and urgency for plant-based eating and for using it as a tool to combat food apartheid.

This month, Hilton-Williams brings her conference back and in so doing, brings her message to a more public forum. The Eat Drink and Disrupt conference will take place April 30 at ONE City Plaza. The event weaves food, health education, farming and a discussion about effectively dismantling food and health disparities in the U.S.

The summit features a BIPOC-owned and vegan marketplace, along with discussions on how to prevent and reverse Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, and a panel discussion on the socioeconomics of food apartheid.  

“I’m really trying to tie the ribbon,” said Hilton-Williams, who has worked in the food justice space for nearly a decade.

It’s a lot to fit into one day, which is why Hilton-Williams calls it a piece of the work. Through Herban-Eats and her non-profit, Power of Giving, Hilton-Williams holds free cooking demos and plant-based how-to seminars year-round, focusing on reaching into BIPOC communities, those that are most impacted by chronic disease.