Autumn is right around the corner again. Fall leaves, sweater-weather, hot apple cider and the INVeg Tofurkey Drive! Each year we provide 40-60 individuals in-need with a 100% vegan Thanksgiving meal at no cost to them. Without this event, many of these people would be doing without on a holiday known for feasting and family. To make this possible, we ask for sponsorship to help finance these vegan gifts of compassion and community. If you would like to help with the INVeg Tofurkey Drive, please email TofurkeyDrive@Inveg.org If you or someone you know is in need of a free vegan Thanksgiving feast, we will be having sign-ups in October. Learn more about the event here: Tofurkey Drive
4th Annual Thanksgiving For Compassion
Another Fall tradition is Thanksgiving for Compassion at River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary. On October 8th from noon-3pm, you can come and feed the animals a variety of healthy treats that will be provided at the sanctuary. It is an excellent opportunity to exercise compassion and get to know the furry and feathered friends at River’s Wish. Learn more about the event here: Thanksgiving of Compassion: A Harvest For the Animals
INVeg Community Meetups
We are wanting to become a lot more active and help build a stronger vegan community. We would like to have more monthly events than just the potlucks. We are considering a monthly meetup at a local restaurant such as Boots or Allie’s Vegan Pizza. We also will be starting up the Spokane Veggie Running Group again when the weather gets a bit warmer. If you would like to be notified of our INVeg events please subscribe to our events on our Facebook or Meetup page.
Please join us for our monthly potlucks, held at the Spokane Woman’s Club, from 5-7 pm on the third Sunday of each month. Most months we bring a speaker or chef to present on a plant-powered topic.
Spokane Veggie Running group usually meets every Wednesday but is taking a break because of how busy we are with Spokane VegFest and one of the coordinators broke his foot and is in a cast. After vegfest, we will be starting the group up again. If you are interested in joining us then please join the group on facebook. We meet at 6pm usually in front of Boots Bakery,but the location does change from time to time so double check facebook before you go. There are Walkers, Runners and even Rollerbladers in the group. If you would like to coordinate another type of outdoor activity like a bike ride or rock climbing day please let us know.
We have a new volunteer who is going to help create a parenting community for our region. You can connect with other parents in the facebook page. If you would like to help with this, please email us.
Spokane Vegfest 2016 Recap
Spokane VegFest 2016 was a huge success. Thank you to all those who volunteered at the event or provided sponsorship, you helped make this possible. The energy was high and everyone had a wonderful time. We had the biggest turnout to date, with more than 3,000 by closing. Vegan, vegetarian and veg-curious individuals came through the doors to connect and learn more about a compassionate life. Our keynote Speakers Gene Baur and Rich Roll packed the auditorium, with only a small amount of standing room left available. Guests were introduced to a variety of vegan foods, goods, personal products, people, information, and activists.
This year we introduced a few new features to Spokane VegFest. The first was a room solely dedicated to cooking demos. The topics included: cooking and baking with kids, truffle making, raw food creation, whole food plant based meals and even vegan dog food! The room was packed from the morning to night. Next year we will see how we can make this even more effective. The 2nd new feature we added was Kid’s VegFest. Kids VegFest was a hit! We had 5 booths and a gigantic bouncy castle outside where kids could be kids. We also had a clown, face painting, and coloring activities. The 3rd new feature was a room completely dedicated to free yoga sessions. The yoga room was a crowd favorite and we hope to expand it next year with other forms of dance.
Thank you for all those who attended, we hope to make Spokane VegFest bigger and better each year. See you in ’17 on July 22nd! If you are interested in volunteering or vending next year, let us know!
Please visit our Vendor/Sponsor page if you are interested in being a part of Spokane VegFest 2016. If you have any questions, are interested in volunteering or sponsoring us, please e-mail email@example.com.
About INVEG: Inland Northwest Vegans
Our mission is to provide support for the vegan communities in the Inland Northwest and to educate and provide resources about the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of a plant-based diet to the veg-curious. Based out of Spokane, Washington, INVeg is the founder of Spokane Vegfest: Healthy Living Expo and the monthly Spokane potluck which features a different presenter or cooking demonstration each month. We teach Vegan 101 classes throughout Spokane, offer a membership program, table and leaflet at various events, provide vegan-friendly resources on this website for various cities in the Inland Northwest, provide vegan Thanksgiving meals to families in need, and more. We focus on a gentle approach to education – through compassion, patience, and of course – food!
If you are interested in membership, volunteering, or would like more information, please e-mail us. We are needing volunteers who can assist with: tabling, writing, designing, researching, and more. Membership is only $20 per person per year or $35 per family. Your money helps us a non-profit organization pay for vegan education and events, including Spokane Vegfest, rent for our monthly potluck space, speakers, and materials, leafleting materials, and much more. In return, you will receive a discount card for various vegan-supportive businesses in Spokane and the peace of mind that your money is supporting compassionate education.