Past Events

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The Columbus Veg Community (CVC) engages in grassroots efforts throughout the year. 

Below are some of the events the CVC activists have participated in!

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Cookbook Club/Potluck (Year Round)

Veg-curious, vegetarian, and vegan folks come together at these awesome potlucks to share new recipes, delicious food, and to make new friendships :-)
If you are interested in participating in future potlucks but need help picking a recipe, or aren't sure how to cook vegan foods, don’t hesitate to contact us for ideas and help :-) 
Stay tuned to the Upcoming Events page to learn about future Cookbook Club/Potlucks!


Book Club (Year Round)

Whether you have read one chapter, the whole book, or you just want to hang out and eat good food while listening to a great conversation, this book club is for you! :-)

Columbus Veg Community (CVC) Education Director Evan Thomas prepares discussion materials so that everyone can participate regardless of how much of the book they have read (even if you haven’t read a single page!). Evan Thomas is a PhD candidate in the philosophy department at Ohio State University who works in the philosophy of animals. Past book club selections include: "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism", and "Eating Animals". Stay tuned to the Upcoming Events page to learn about future book club meetings!


Sunrise Sanctuary Clean Up Days

The Columbus Veg Community is proud to support the efforts of Sunrise Sanctuary in Marysville! Twice a year, we are humbled to be able to help them with a farm clean-up effort. Please visit Sunrise Sanctuary's website to learn when they have Open Barn Days during which you can meet, and hang with, their sweet animal residents. 


Community Vegan Dinners (Year Round)

The Columbus Veg Community (CVC) collaborates with Tofu Louie throughout the year to provide free vegan dinners to new friends in the community who are working to overcome struggles including, but not limited to, mental health obstacles, addiction, and homelessness. The CVC is so thankful to share conversation, laughter and fun with new friends over delicious vegan meals provided by Tofu Louie. Don't forget to #LookForLouie and follow him here.


University Paid-Per-Views (Year Round)

The Columbus Veg Community is thankful to be able to team-up with the student group Reaching Out for Animal Rights (ROAR) to host Paid-Per-View (PPV) events throughout the year on the campus of the Ohio State University! The purpose of these activist events is to educate the public about the truth behind animal agriculture. We are inundated daily with cleverly presented images in mainstream media depicting animals as well cared for, and even "happy", but that is simply not the case. At PPV events, we will pay participants $1 to watch the 4-min version of Mercy For Animals' “What Cody Saw”. "What Cody Saw" shows graphic footage of industry standard practice. Nothing in the video is considered animal cruelty, and is what you and I would be taught to do if we were hired on 99% of modern day animal agriculture facilities (according to a 2012 USDA study). After the video is over we provide follow-up education and resources for people who are interested in learning more about how to help the animals pictured in the video.


10/15/2017: Karaoke & Vegan Pierogis at Cafe Bourbon Street (Again!)

Thanks to all you awesome people who came out for Karaoke & Vegan Pierogis! Excesss Karaoke rocked the tunes all night, yet again!! But whoa, Pierogi Mountain STEPPED IT UP!!!!!!! 😍 Still can't get over that massive tofu-infused seitan cutlet that was breaded, deep-fried to golden brown perfection, and stuffed into a toasted Auddino's hoagie roll layered with sauerkraut and topped with brown mustard and pickles! Yum's the word! We're absolutely going to be doing this again, so stay tuned!


10/8/2017: Tabling at the Gift of Love Expo

It was a wild and wonderful two days that did not disappoint at the The Gift of Light Expo - Fall Show! :-) Columbus Veg Community (CVC) activists rocked it by showing so much love to the expo attendees as they provided them with education about the benefits of plant-based living and the impact animal agriculture has on human health, the environment, animals, and vulnerable communities. We're truly thankful to everyone who came out to dedicate their time and play their part in helping the planet gradually move away from animal agriculture and make it a healthier, cleaner, and more compassionate place <3 We're humbled by the compassion that is alive, well, and growing steadily in the world! 


9/30/2017: Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

A huge thank you to everyone who came out for the Blaze fundraiser today! :-D We're always very happy to be meeting new and awesome veg-friendly people, and growing the community! We are also grateful also to Blaze Pizza for donating 20% of all purchases back to the Columbus Veg Community (CVC) which will be used to purchase more literature that we take to outreach events, and spread the message of compassion and environmental preservation! 


9/28/2017: Vegan Burgers at Burger & Beer Week

(Easton Whole Foods)

Thanks for everyone who came out to show their celebrate Columbus Burger and Beer Week the veg-friendly way! Beyond wolfing down on those legendary $6 Vegan Nacho Burgers, the CVC is also proud to show our support for Cause for Canines, with $1 donated for every Burger & Beer Week photo tagged #EAT614 on Instagram! Hope to see you at the next event!


9/25/2017: Karaoke & Vegan Pierogis at Cafe Bourbon Street

Thanks to all those who came out to the first ever Karaoke & Vegan Pierogi night! Big thanks to Pierogi Mountain for the delicious vegan food, to Excesss Karaoke for the rockin' tunes, and to all the veg-friendly folks and their dance moves to make it a blast! This event was so much fun we are going to do it once a month! :-D


9/17/2017: "Strides For Hope" 5K & Festival
(Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio)

Thanks to all those who came out to support our friends at the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio at their annual “Strides For Hope” 5K and festival! Plenty of good karma to go around bringing awareness and education to the public regarding ovarian cancer, as well as supporting survivors and loved ones of those lost to ovarian cancer. We're proud to have donated 50% of all money raised at the CVC tent this day to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio! :-D.


7/15/2017: Columbus Vegan Mac Down

At this first annual epic mac 'n cheeze competition, 15 chefs faced off to see who had the best vegan macaroni and cheeze! This first year, the winners were decided by an expert panel of judges who decided the winners were the talented and lovely Woodhouse Sisters!!! Everyone was truly a winner though because each attendee got to sample a heaping plate full of the best mac 'n cheezes in the city along with a live performance from the Causeways! Stay tuned to the Upcoming Events Page for Vegan Mac Down 2018 for more great food, fierce competition, and the addition of a popular vote! Special thanks to photographer Cindy Beatriz Santiago-Rodríguez for capturing the fun at this event!


6/24-6/25/2017: ComFest Paid-Per-View

The Columbus Veg Community was thrilled to return to ComFest where we hosted a "What Cody Saw" Paid-Per-View! At this event, we PAID participants $1 to watch a 4 minute video which highlighted industry standard practices in animal agriculture (basically, what you and I would be taught to do if we were hired on a factory farm today). We were so thankful to show the video to 526 viewers, and have great conversations about ways to reduce our support of an unjust industry with even more festival goers! So thankful to the 27 activists who volunteered their time and especially to the hundreds of participants who shared this weekend with us with open hearts and minds. Can't wait till next year!


6/17/2017: Leafleting at Columbus Pride

Animal lovers planted seeds of compassion for all creatures today at Columbus Pride by passing out a whopping 4,700 pro-veg leaflets! This is definitely one of the most joyful leafleting events of the year! Missed this event but want to get involved in animal protection? Check out our upcoming events here and subscribe to our Facebook and Meetup pages! Hope to see you at an event soon! Contact us with any questions, concerns, or ideas!  


6/4/2017: What The Health Screening 

The Columbus Veg Community & It's All Natural were delighted to team up to bring a free screening of the most highly recommended plant-based documentary What the Health! There was a free raffle, free swag table, and tons of vegan food including Tofu Louie's own spinach pies and famous cucumber ranch sauce!


4/9/2017: Vegan Spring Extravaganza

It's All Natural Vegan Pop-Up Markets always free events that feature vegan food, sweets,  cruelty-free handmade gifts, natural products, a raffle with awesome prizes and more. 

This one also included a vegan egg hunt, relay race, bunny adoptions, and lots of crafts for the kiddos!

Stay tuned for more amazing events like this by checking out the Upcoming Events page!


3/24 - 3/26/2017:                                 

Peaceful Circus Demonstration

Circuses are cruel places for wild animals, and while many of us support the great work Shriner’s does to protect vulnerable children, the Columbus Veg Community animal protection activists took a clear stand against the use of animal exploitation to fundraise. There are many excellent alternatives to both fundraising strategies, and entertainment, that do not involve animals and the CVC encourages business and individuals to enjoy animal-free entertainment.


3/4/2017- 3/5/2017:                          

Leafletting at The Arnold Sports Festival

The Columbus Veg Community was pumped to collaborate with Vegan Outreach to spread a message of compassion for animals at the Arnold Sports Festival!

At this event we passed out a whopping 5000 “Compassionate Athlete” leaflets which specifically discuss veganism as it relates to being a rock star athlete. We had some great conversations with Arnold attendees about the health benefits of being a plant-based athlete killing workouts not animals! 

Major thanks to Vegan Outreach for providing these thought provoking leaflets!


1/14/2017: World's Toughest Rodeo Peaceful Demonstration

Rodeos are cruel places for peaceful horses, bulls, and cows and the Columbus Veg Community animal protection activists took the opportunity to make a difference for them by coming together as a peaceful, professional display of educational information. The purpose of the demonstration was simply to give rodeo attendees a new way to view rodeo activities. The people who showed up to the rodeo saw our signs, learned facts like “Peaceful horses and bulls appear wild due to bucking straps, metal spurs, and electric shocks”, and then our hope is that when they went inside to the rodeo they began to view what was happening as animal exploitation rather than entertainment.


12/11/2016: Vegan Holiday Pop Up Market

The CVC was humbled to be the beneficiary of It's All Natural's Holiday Pop-Up Market in 2016!

It's All Natural Vegan Pop-Up Markets always free events that feature vegan food, sweets,  cruelty-free handmade gifts, natural products, a raffle with awesome prizes and more. This one also included photos with Santa and free avocado icecream samples!

Stay tuned for more amazing events like this by checking out the Upcoming Events page!


11/19/2016: ThanksLiving Vegan Dinner

The CVC hosted it's largest annual fundraiser of the year: ThanksLiving! 

This was a full course vegan Thanksgiving dinner and party at the Whetstone Park of Roses Shelter House!

Additionally, five percent of all ticket sales went to helping our friends at               Sunrise Sanctuary.

Tofu Louie was our amazing caterer and provided the Gardein roast, roasted carrots & onions in an apple glaze, mashed potatoes & mushroom gravy, green bean casserole, and stuffing.

Check Tofu Louie out on social media and #LookForLouie!



Like all CVC events, this one was again super family-friendly! It featured popular music, a children's activity area (with corn hole, face painting, disguise a turkey crafts, coloring pages), a photo booth, and educational vegan literature table.

Extra special thanks to the local businesses who provided delicious contributions to this fundraiser! 

Mac ‘n Cheeze (Pierogi Mountain)
Italian Cauliflower Salad (Acre: Farm-To-Table)
Cornbread (Loving Hut)
Pies (Pattycake Bakery)


November 2016: World Vegan Month Appreciation

The Columbus Veg Community gave thanks for two amazing vegan businesses in the city of Columbus during November: World Vegan Month! 

We can't get enough of the amazing vegan offering at It's All Natural and Loving Hut. Please support these amazing businesses in November and year round! 


11/1/2016: 

World Vegan Day Food Choices Screening

The Columbus Veg Community teamed up with Reaching Out for Animal Rights (ROAR) on World Vegan Day to host a free screening of the new documentary 'Food Choices'. This ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. It also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet, offering a unique new perspective on these issues. Food Choices featuring interviews with 28 world-renowned experts. Attendees at this screening enjoyed free vegan pierogis and sauerkraut balls from Pierogi Mountain and a raffle for restaurant gift cards. What an amazing way to celebrate World Vegan Day!  


10/23/2016: Trunk Or Treat

The Columbus Veg Community (CVC) was excited to participate in It's All Natural's Trunk-or-Treat event!

This event featured product samplings, decorate-your-own cupcake bar (sponsored by Pattycake Bakery), and a vegan Trunk Or Treat. The CVC's Bunnicula trunk featured giveaways including Bunnicula books, vegan candy, and even fresh carrots!  

The CVC also had a Blanket Drive for Sunrise Sanctuary. Each blanket donated entered participants into a raffle to win a vegan cook book! 


10/4/2016: Carol Adams Free Public Lecture

The Columbus Veg Community was thrilled to collaborate with Reaching Out For Animal Rights, and the OSU Gender Studies Department, to host Carol J. Adams at The Ohio State University for a free public lecture, followed by an excellent Q & A and a book signing! This event included all vegan refreshments including pizza, cookies, and plant-milk!

The Sexual Politics of Meat was a dynamic and challenging presentation that uses images of women and animals in contemporary popular culture to discuss oppressive attitudes. The presentation provided an ecofeminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture draws on dominant Western philosophical viewpoints regarding race, gender, and species. 

It identified how meat has been a valued masculine-identified protein source and the ways that assumptions about meat eating reinforce a gender binary. It proposed that many meat advertisements are conduits for hate-speech against women and also that they offer ways to encode "whiteness" without being explicit.


Want to get involved in upcoming events with the Columbus Veg Community? 

Check out the Upcoming Events page!

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