Past Events

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

with the largest event being the community-wide Ohio VegFest. 

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

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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.

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.

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!

ThanksLiving Vegan Dinner 11/19/2016

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)

World Vegan Month Appreciation November 2016:

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! 


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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