Happy World Go Vegan Week!

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Holy tofu, guys, it’s World Go Vegan Week already!  It seems like just yesterday that I was spazzing out about all the awesome upcoming veg stuff in October (which, sadly, did not turn out to include Vegan MoFo since it got moved back to November this year), and now here it is, the big one.

I first found out about World Go Vegan Week last year.  No big surprise, since last year was the first year I was 100% vegan!  I wanted to do something to celebrate but never got the time to plan anything.  This year, I started planning enough in advance that I’ve managed to cobble together what I hope will be a fun and informative event.

After nearly dropping my teeth after finding out how much it would cost to get licensing for a screening of Food, Inc., I talked to the head librarian at my local library about putting on a presentation of my own instead.  Awesome woman that she is, she was totally on board with it and has been helping out a lot with promo.  The last time I stopped by, she had set up a table with a flier and some vegetarian/vegan cookbooks, and has been including the event as part of what the library submits to the local paper every week.

Basically what I’m planning to do is give a presentation and hold a short Q&A session in the hopes of spreading the word about both the health and environmental benefits of veganism.  Though there is a little bit of a subculture around here, it’s not nearly as big as those in even the closest cities.  I don’t think very many local people understand or even know about veganism, and I want to give them an opportunity to learn and to try some tasty vegan food.  I’m putting together some of the refreshments myself and getting the rest from X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery.

Are any of you doing anything special to celebrate or commemorate World Go Vegan Week this year?  I’d love to hear about it if you are!  I think it’s exciting to be able to spread the word about something that can have such an impact on human health, animal welfare, and the environment.  Too many people think that small choices make no difference, but I’m hoping to do my part to prove them wrong.


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Rosanne  October 25, 2010

    Bravo… I’m coming out to support you and the promotion of vegan lifestyles. I’m about 90% vegan, but will periodically have fish or cheese if I’m eating out. I guess that makes me a flexitarian! I saw your post on the NaNoWriMo site, and am happy to know another vegan in the area. When I’m around other vegs it helps me to remember why I do it, and why it is important… I share my vegan recipes on my blog as well…

    • Sam  October 26, 2010

      Yey! I thought I was the only vegan Wrimo around. 🙂 Don’t worry about being flex for now…veganism is a journey that takes time. The only reason I gave up dairy as quickly as I did was because I had to, lol. Even then, it was hard to let go of cream cheese at first!