If I were a turkey on a farm sanctuary, I’d be giving thanks to all of the vegetarians in the world for keeping me off of the menu at Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t you? Or at least, I’d just be thankful to be alive, enjoying life and all of those awesome turkey things I like to do.
Holidays are a time for community, friendship, and family. While many of us enjoy spending time with our families around the dinner table during the holiday season, some of us may also feel a sense of disconnect. Why is that? Since Thanksgiving is the ultimate food-centric holiday with the traditional meal centered around eating turkey flesh, it can be a challenging time for many vegetarians and vegans who want to take part in the festivities.
If you have a family like mine, you’ve probably shown up at Thanksgiving dinner with Tofurky and vegan gravy in tow. Maybe you’ve also whipped up some mashed potatoes, “veganized” with a little vegan buttery spread and nondairy milk. You’re excited to share you cruelty-free cuisine but are met with scoffs and derision. If this has been your experience, please know that you are not alone and that Compassionate Action for Animals is here to offer you a cruelty-free Thanksgiving that you can share with like-minded folks.
Your vision for a truly uplifting holiday celebration will come to life at our 12th annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on Saturday, November 22 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Matthews Park Recreation Center in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. We welcome all of our supporters, donors, volunteers, families, and friends in the animal advocacy community. Delicious Thanksgiving goodies will abound, and all of the food will be vegan. No scoffing here!
Join us for a chance to make new friends, connect with old friends, and eat…and eat…and eat…and then eat some more! Bring your favorite vegan dish to share with a list of ingredients to place beside it. You may also bring copies of your recipe to share. Feel free to share the Facebook event. This turkey-free Thanksgiving is an opportunity for all of us to come together with gratitude for our growing compassionate community.