May 18, 2022


Foodies welcome

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 on April 30 at ONE Center. 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.