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How to Meet Vegans

I saw that some people feel like the want to meet vegan friends, but find it difficult. I decided to try and find some ideas on how to make a network of friends to spend time with, to go to restaurants with, and just to talk with and feel normal with.

1- Write your own blog. Send it to friends. Then ask your friends to send it to whoever they think will be interested. You may be surprised by the response.

2- Use Twitter and Facebook, or any other social network you can find. There are even networks especially for vegans and there may be a few in those networks that live near you. Do a search of vegan or vegetarian and your city.

3- Join Meetup.com. They have a tendency of having groups of all sorts. I admit that their groups are not always serious, but quite a few are fine and you should be able to find some people to talk to.

4- Speak to the employees and owners of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Maybe they want to meet new people, too! They will also know about others that want to meet new people. Also, you can give them the idea of catering their own meetup of vegans, or hosting an evening for music and dance, for example.

5- Advertise your own vegan pot-lucks. Use anything out there: newspaper classifieds, Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, vegan websites, your neighbours, the workplace.... anything! Try to get as many people as you can to come to your meeting. If you don't want to do it at home, find a place where you can have it - such as a church basement (rent is often very affordable) or meet at a restaurant and order each your own thing.

6- Join activist groups. Animal rights activism is a good place to start, but where else are there a lot of vegetarians and vegans? Almost any other form of activism includes a much higher percentage of vegetarians and vegans than in the mainstream population, especially environment campaigners (the more serious and rebellious ones, not the small environmental charities). Your chances of meeting like-minded people there are greater than in any other form of activity.

7- Join Happy Cow. Jon vegan forums. Even if you speak mostly with people outside of your city, it will be good for you, but remember that you may come across some people that live near you and / or you will move - or these people will move - closer.

8- Sign up for Veggiedate.com. OK, this is for dates, so if you're single, you may find dates... and friends. If it doesn't work out as a date, he/she may still want to be your friend.

9- Join Worldpeacemastery.com. Apparently, it's fantastic for meeting others like us that want to change the world.

10- Accept as friends that are not vegan or vegetarian yet, but are interested and ask a lot of questions. You may just be the one to help them make that last big step needed to reach their goal.

11- Find yogis. Very often, yoga-attendees are vegetarians and vegans. Or, seek out tribal belly dance. This is the fringe form of belly dance where there are more veggies than meat-eaters as well. It's a little on the goth/neo-hippie side, too.

12- Vegetarian festivals and vegan societies are always good. Check them out.

13- Volunteer at the local animal shelter. There are often other vegans volunteering there, too.

14- Go leafletting or ask people to sign petitions that are related to veganism and ARs. This may work well for you.

15- Offer free samples of vegan food. If you have the time and money, gather a few friends and do a small offering to strangers in the park, for example. Make sure you advertise the veganism, and explain why you chose vegan food.

16-  Look for vegetarian and vegan cooking classes near you.  Restaurants often offer them.  Or, alternately, if you can't find them, offer them yourself.  Welcome anyone, though, as you may be able to convince some people to go vegan if omnivores are impressed with your skills.

 

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. These are great tips, thanks a lot! I am certainly going to look at those websites you mention.
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  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #3! Great suggestions!
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  3. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Some great ideas here. It i always good to meet like-minded people. You get tips and encouragement. voted!
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  4. Roopam
    Thats a great post with lots of ideas...voted!
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  5. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Great ideas! Voted. Check out my soft taco post and vote if you like!
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  6. Katapoet
    Katapoet
    These are some great ideas, and I will try some of them. While I've tried multiple times, the Meet-ups, and I am a member of more animal rights groups than I can list here, I'll try the some of your other ideas. I live in a grilling heavy, meat centric area. Thanks! Voted.
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    1. Anita Vegana
      I looked up the information on-line and hope some of my ideas can help you. Good luck!
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  7. SnakeWitch
    Speaking with restaurant owners is a good idea. If you go during down-time, somewhere from 3PM to 5PM, they are usually available to chat. Or the other employees can talk, too. I've been chatting with the owners at Vegetus and Vegarden in Medellin and Loto Azul in Bogota, and it just feels good to talk with others like me here. The owner of Los Girasoles in Cartagena is not vegan, and she's always busy because the place is also a store, so it's not quite the same. I kinda miss the boys of Vegarden, to tell you the truth. They are also living in the countryside and want to grow the food for their restaurant someday.
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  8. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Anita, I voted on your post a few days ago and commented at that time. I came back to add another comment as I see that you are at 12 votes. I am hoping that this extra comment will revive your article and help push it on over to Top Posts. Will see what happens this afternoon. Good luck!
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    1. Anita Vegana
      Someone voted, because I'm at 13! And I believe your comment may have helped! THanks!
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  9. VeganGeorgiaBelle
    VeganGeorgiaBelle
    This is full of great ideas. Voted! I'm 14! I'm going to try some of these. Especially since I live in a town that has a restaurant that has a sign that says: "Vegetarians served here. Medium Rare. With a side of mashed potatoes.". I've also seen the shirts that say "Vegetarian is Indian word meaning Bad Hunter". Needless to say, I've had a hard time meeting other vegans. I met my first vegetarian this weekend because I wore a shirt that said "vegan". It was very exciting! Thanks for posting it. (Sorry to right a novel)
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Is there really a restaurant with that sign in its window?! That's just obnoxious!! I don't think they would get away with that here in Britain, because there would be too many protests: they would probably be told by the authorities to take it down, as it was offensive to minorities, and causing civil unrest! I hope that would be the case anyway. It sometimes gets me down, all the harassment and persecution we have to deal with, for trying to do the right thing, lead a compassionate life. Then I remember how much worse it is for the animals, and that helps to keep me on track!
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      1. Anita Vegana
        The joke about serving vegetarians with a side of mashed potatoes would be funny if it wasn't for all the discrimination we go through in several locations. GeorgiaBelle, I hope this will help you. A shirt is good, or if you can buy a pin somewhere, use that too. Pins are great conversation starters, especially on the bus. I had one that said 'vegans taste better', but not to mean that we would be good with a side of mashed potatoes but meaning that vegans are better lovers (I bought the pin during a vegetarian conference weekend). Oh, and I love novels. They're fun to read! Please keep writing!
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          That's what I mean Anita - that sign is not just meant as a joke, if it were, it would be amusing. It is actually saying "Vegetarians are not welcome in here", which is discrimination, which is completely wrong. You can just imagine the reaction you would get if you go in there and ask for a vegetarian meal, can' t you? They would probably be rude to you and chuck you out! Actually I would like to go in there, and ask for the vegetarian with mashed potatoes, just to take them at their word! And when they say that they don't actually serve that dish, I would ask why not, since humans are made of meat, like animals??! I can just imagine the furore I would cause! I don't think I am brave enough to do that really, but I just don't see why we have to put up with all this discrimination because of our dietary and lifestyle choices.
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          1. Anita Vegana
            The owner would surely just tell you to go to a vegetarian restaurant. Imagine that I had a talk with an owner once (I had a craving for Mexican food and I have yet to find a fully vegetarian mexican restaurant) and he agreed to make me a plate for a good price, just for me. He then had to step out for a couple of minutes, but I saw that had his cell phone with him since he received a call exactly while walking out the door. Then, when I asked his employees to prepare me the dish I had asked for - to go - they put chicken in it. Luckily, I was nearby when I noticed and walked right back in there. Would you believe that as a response to my request to make me a new plate - which I had just agree to with the OWNER only ten minutes before - they told me to go to the restaurant next door?? When I told them to call the owner, they refused at first, but when they saw how insistent I was, they finally agreed to give me what I had asked for. The owner came back right then and had the nerve to scold me for my 'behaviour'., saying that he was doing me a favour and that the employees merely just suggested I eat where they can accomodate me I think he just wanted to know how I would react or whether I would actually eat the chicken, or just wanted to see me get angry. When I told him that his employees were the ones who were out of line, and that this was terrible customer service on their part for refusing to make me what I wanted, he looked down sheepishly and said 'all right'... The nerve!
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            1. Veganara
              Veganara
              That is shocking, but it doesn't surprise me. I have heard a few stories like that, including an admission from a chef that if anyone ever came into his restaurant and asked for a vegan meal, he would deliberately put animal products in it! The thing is, we are not being "difficult" in asking for a veggie/vegan meal in a restaurant, because it can be made from products they already use anyway, i.e. vegetables, grains, etc. So clearly what they object to about our diet is because they see it as an implicit criticism of them, that they should not eat meat. So deep down, they must feel guilty about it! I am glad you stood up to those people in the restaurant, that is what we should do, make a point of standing up for our principles, but not in an unpleasant or militant way, just let them know that we won't be trampled over. We vegans are not going to go away, in fact it is a trend that is on the rise, worldwide! That is what gives me hope.
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              1. Katapoet
                Katapoet
                Not to mention how much cheaper it is to provide a meal for us, as opposed to carnivores. A restaurant that receives bad reviews from various sources regrets their rudeness immensely. So bad. My goodness. I went to a Mexican restaurant many years ago in Washington State on the coast, and when I asked for *vegetarian (at the time) he was so helpful. It is business, after all, but it was the best food I'd had in a long time. It does not pay, in this day and age, to alienate your potential customers. It is the potential customers who can be the deciding factor in whether or not word of mouth does not put them into a bad review. I'm just sayin'...
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                1. SnakeWitch
                  ANd I agree wholeheartedly! NOT in their best interest to be rude at all, at that goes for anyone: stores, hotels, restaurants, tourist hot spots, etc.
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  10. Brittneyxx
    Brittneyxx
    I've never met someone in person that's a vegan also (crazy i know) im honestly looking for like-minded people, soul searching people. Honestly anyone that doesn't have enough vegan people in their lives or if you even just want more. I use social media, especially Instagram, to find people with similar interest but I haven't found anything genuine. I'm like the lonelyest person ever just because I have nobody to spiritually connect with, or travel with, or even talk to over social media without even meeting that have the same beliefs as I do. So I'm posting this for anyone who's lonely or depressed or even happy!, that wants to find vegan friends. My Instagram is @brittneyxferguson Facebook.com/brittneyferguson Brittneyferguson.tumblr.com Any way to get new vegan friends I'm all for. (Definitely never be afraid to message me, even if it's totally random)
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