Compassionate Times, December 2015


Twin Cities Veg Fest: Past, Present, and Future

Compassionate Action for Animals recently hosted the fourth annual Twin Cities Veg Fest, and we've already begun planning for the next one. The festival continues to grow from year to year, and the momentum just keeps building.

Twin Cities Veg Fest is by far the biggest event that we produce, not only in terms of the thousands who attend, but also in terms of how much of our resources are devoted to making it a success. Here's why we think it deserves all of that and more: In one day, Twin Cities Veg Fest reaches thousands of people with a message of compassion for farmed animals. Those who attend get to enjoy lots of eye-opening activities, including delicious vegan food, inspiring speaker presentations, and informative cooking demos.

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7th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Chili_FB_Cover_06It’s that time of year when we’re not quite sure if there will be snow or sunshine. How do we deal with the cold unknown?

Join other hungry Minnesotans and sample local, homemade vegan chili recipes at our 7th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off. We promise that you will leave feeling fuller and warmer than when you arrived. Oh, and did we mention that it's FREE to attend?

Yes, it's free. Bring friends and spend the afternoon sampling tasty, homemade vegan chili. Everyone is welcome, whether they're omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan. Please RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

This year, the event will be held on Sunday, February 28 at the Great Hall in Coffman Memorial Union. Check out this map for directions.

Think you have what it takes to compete in the cook-off? Bring a batch of your vegan chili and get ready for some competition! Cool prizes are to be won. Check out our registration page for more contestant details and to sign up. We have now filled all the contestant spots!

New this year for contestants: We'll have two categories: traditional (bean-based with no vegan meats) and nontraditional (Let's get creative!). This new format allow more people to enjoy more chili. Take your pick!

Thanks to the donations from Beanfields Chips, Bryant Lake Bowl, Eden Foods, Peace Coffee, Pizza Luce, and Vegan Essentials. Please support our sponsors!

For more information or to sign up to volunteer for the event, contact Unny Nambudiripad at or 612-276-2242.

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Most of us think that the meat, milk, and eggs that we buy come from animals who have lived happy, healthy lives. However, undercover investigations have revealed a different picture over and over again. Animals on modern farms are routinely treated in ways that would be grounds for felony cruelty charges if applied to a cat or dog. Yet, like cats and dogs, farmed animals have complex emotions including the capacity to suffer.

Compassionate Action for Animals exists to build a truly animal-friendly community in the Twin Cities region. Through outreach, education, and community building, we educate the public about farmed animal suffering and help people move towards a vegan diet. We are a nonprofit organization with a staff of two and more than 150 volunteers.

If you feel moved to advocate for animals, please consider supporting our work by volunteering, donating, or joining us at one of our events. If you’re interested in transitioning to plant-based diet, visit our Veg Resources page where you’ll find recipes and a variety of tips that can help you on your journey towards a more compassionate lifestyle.

Together, we can make a difference for the animals!