Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck
Sat, Nov 22, 2014
Join us for our 12th Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on Saturday, November 22 at Matthews Park Recreation Center in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. This event is open to all of our supporters, donors, volunteers, families, and friends.
Our Thanksgiving potluck is an opportunity to celebrate thankfulness and to enjoy an abundant array of delicious vegan food. Please do not bring any food items with animal ingredients (no meat, milk, eggs, butter, cheese, or honey). We are aiming for a combination of appetizers, fruit and veggie salads, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. In consideration for those with allergies and sensitivities, please bring an ingredient list to place next to your dish on the serving table.
To reduce waste, we request that you bring your own plates and utensils. We're trying to make this a green event and will be composting.
Please invite your friends on Facebook.
We need lots of volunteers. Please consider helping out!
We look forward to seeing you at our annual celebration of gratitude!
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Twin Cities Veg Fest 2014: Fun, Food, and Compassion
Sunday's third annual Twin Cities Veg Fest was a lot of fun and a lot of work. As usual, I was nervous about the event. This is Compassionate Action for Animals' largest event. Those of us who planned the event invested months of effort into it, and we want this event to go well for ourselves, but more importantly, for the animals on whose behalf we do this work!
Well, my fears were (as usual) for naught. The event was a smashing success, with around 2,300 people coming to try delicious vegan food, learn more about animal issues, and celebrate compassion. We had a long line of people even before we opened, which was good because Minneapolis city council member Cam Gordon came by to read his Meatless Monday proclamation for Minneapolis. We're so grateful to Cam for his support on this crucial campaign.
Once we opened the doors, the flood started. Based on the number of bags we gave out, more than 500 people entered in the first hour alone. Needless to say, it was crowded, and there were lines for all the delicious samples and food to buy. I was particularly excited to try a new donut from Glam Doll Donuts. They had a maple bacon donut with vegan bacon from The Herbivorous Butcher. It was delicious.
Most of us would like to think that the meat, milk, and eggs we buy come from animals who have lived happy, healthy lives. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Like cats and dogs, the animals we eat have complex emotions including the ability to suffer. Yet on modern farms, they are treated with such disregard that similar treatment to a cat or dog would be grounds for felony cruelty charges in Minnesota.