Annual Vegetarian / Vegan Group Summer Pot Luck & Picnic

Mark your calendars now for our great big annual summer event -- the Vegetarian & Vegan Group Summer Pot Luck Picnic! On Sunday, August 11th, at 12:00pm, both the Vegetarian and Vegan Groups will be getting together (Yay!) for this annual summer tradition! This year our summer picnic will be held in the Northern Shelter at beautiful Highbanks Park! Complete details are provided below:

Date: Sunday, August 11th

Time: 12:00pm. Please arrive by 12:15 and we'll plan to start eating around 12:30pm.

Location:Northern Shelter in Highbanks Park (see directions at the bottom of this announcement). The park area is beautiful with a covered shelter, tons of picnic tables inside and outside, a large open field, adjacent playground, restroom facilities, and nearby parking.

Bring: Please bring the following items with you:
◦Dish to Share: Vegetarian (vegan preferred) main dish, side dish, or dessert to share. To help those with allergies or other dietary concerns, please bring a recipe card/ ingredients list with your dish. Note: If you want to bring a vegan dish and are not sure what's vegan and what's not, here is a good resource: http://www.vegfamily.com/lists/animal-ingredients.htm.

◦Place Setting: Place setting for yourself and each guest (plate, fork, cup, napkin, etc.). We've found this to be a great way to cut down on disposables!
◦Drinks: Beverage(s) for yourself and guest(s).
◦Donation: $1 per individual / $2 per family to cover the cost of the shelter.
◦Optional: Lawn chair, horse shoes, Frisbees, outdoor games, etc.

Additional Notes:
◦If you know what you’re going to bring, be sure to let us know when you RSVP.
◦Since we have a huge shelter reserved, this will be “rain or shine” event.

This should be a GREAT way to enjoy some summer FUN, a DELICIOUS veggie-friendly summer picnic, and the company of some TERRIFIC folks! Look forward to seeing you there!


Eriyah/Laura/Andy


P.S. Other Info & Links:

Directions: From I-270, take U.S. 23 north about 3 miles. Entrance is on the left, just before Powell Road. Once you enter the park, the shelter areas will be on your right. Once in the shelter area, we’ll be in the NORTHERN SHELTER. We’ll have our own parking area. http://www.metroparks.net/MapHighbanks.aspx

Highbanks Park:Highbanks is named for its massive 100-foot high shale bluffs that tower over the Olentangy State Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines extending into the eastern part of the park. Ohio and Olentangy shales, often containing outstanding examples of large concretions, are exposed on the bluff face and sides of the ravines. This area has been designated a National Natural Landmark. Visitors will see outstanding examples of oak-hickory, beech-maple and flood plain hardwood forests as they hike the park's 11 miles of trails. Highbanks is also rich in Native American history. The park contains two Adena Indian burial mounds and a prehistoric earthwork. Feel free to stick around after the picnic chat, play, eat some more, to hike and explore this wonderful park!

Northern Shelter:Capacity is 120 and parking is available for 86 cars. Shelter has two large grills, electricity, stone fireplace and wood burning stove, sink with running water, small counter, playground equipment, large playfield, horseshoe pit, volleyball posts (if you have net/equipment, be sure to bring them) and a brick patio. Restroom facilities and a nice playground area are both located nearby.

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  • Barbara

    Thanks for organizing this. It was nice to be surrounded by like-minded people and have some great food!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Sheila M.

    Thanks to everyone for bringing such delicious food! Had a good time. Enjoyed a hike while I was there, very scenic.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Megan M

    This was awesome as always! It was relaxed and I had a chance to meet new people and engage in great conversations.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Such a great time!!!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Linda O.

    Wonderful event!!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Stephanie W.

    I forgot to leave my donation!!! Can I mail it in? So sorry!! I started talking to people and eating and forgot! I would love to have activities that helped people to interact more and get to know one another. Maybe we need an activity committee?

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree 100%. Lets do some activities meetup for the group. I was playing Phase 10 (card game) with 4 others. I brought the cards to have some interaction and it was very successful. I lost, Joanna won with a comeback of the year. :-). So yes lets do some non eating stuff. Blessings.

      2 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Mandy

    Great to see people come together to enjoy what turned out to be a mostly vegan potluck :) I wish the best to those veg friendly peeps who are thinking about or are ready to make that transition to a vegan diet. It's easily the best thing anyone can do for her/himself, the animals, and the planet!! GO VEGAN!!!!!

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Sue

    Wonderful! Such a nice group of people and bounty of delicious food.

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Sabrina B.

    very good

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Nora M.

    Great food, great people, great location. Really nice event.

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • helen c.

    Sorry had to miss out car problems and not feeling well

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Nicole

    bringing a spicy (for some!) 3-bean salad : )

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Sabrina B.

    organizers: thanks for offering the opportunity for us to meet and learn.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Jeremy

    I'm bringing a large amount of roasted Brussels sprouts and potatoes. I also got some plates and utensils to bring. Looking forward to it. = )

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • MeetUpz

    I'll bring something vegan that I don't have to cook.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • tootie

    Im thinking buffalo tempeh from ppk.com (vegan)..& bringing my baby (dog) Z.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Nitzan L.

    Hello, I have recently started growing and selling Wheatgrass and I wanted to know if it would be alright for me to bring Wheatgrass shots in array of flavors to this event?

    2 · July 31, 2013

    • Laura S.

      Sure, sounds good!

      2 · July 31, 2013

    • Suzanne G.

      I LOVE THAT IDEA! Haven't had wheatgrass in a long time and know how amazingly healthy it is and of course it is vegan so all can indulge. :)

      1 · August 9, 2013

  • Katharine M.

    I am trying to become a vegan and would like to be with more compassionate like minded people.

    3 · August 9, 2013

  • Arianna A.

    I will be bringing a raw kale salad. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Steve M.

    So happy that you folks do this............:-)

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Steve M.

      See you then !

      1 · June 26, 2013

    • Laura S.

      Its gonna be a great day in the park with scruptious food!

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • Julie F.

    I just moved here last month from not-so-veg-friendly place. I'm so excited to meet like minded vegans!

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same here! But I moved to Ohio in April from a not veg friendly place!

      2 · July 28, 2013

    • Laura S.

      This will be a great event for you 2

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's everyone planning on bringing, if you already know? Just trying to decide what to plan to make to bring.

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are dogs allowed?

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Julie F.

      Awesome. I will bring my dog too. : )

      1 · July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay! :)

      1 · July 28, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Help !.....Food preparation and/or cooking by me is,... well....something you would not want to experience.
    I am open to suggestions for what I might do to contribute to this event !.....I would be glad to:

    1. Purchase something from Whole Foods to bring if someone wants to suggest something...or.....
    2. Pay someone else to bring a dish for me.....or.....
    3. Contribute in some other way..........

    help !............:-)

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Julie F.

      Cut up some veggies or fruit :) Thats easy and tasty.

      2 · July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Definitely

      1 · July 28, 2013

  • Julie F.

    Cut up some veggies or fruit. : )

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thinking about maybe baking banana bread! Not sure what else, yet.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not yet sure what I will bring but will try to bring at least 1 dessert and 1 side dish. This will be my first meet up. Would it be okay to bring my two dogs?

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Amy

    Sounds like a great time! I'd definitely be there if I was in town ^^ Have fun!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Suzanne G.

    Looking forward to it. Last year we had a great time! :)

    July 7, 2013

  • Lisa D.

    Bringing a vegan quinoa salad

    July 4, 2013

  • Stephanie W.

    Yay! Not sure yet what I will bring but will let you know and it will be vegan!

    July 1, 2013

  • Nora M.

    Planning to bring broccoli & cauliflower salad and maybe peach cobbler

    1 · June 19, 2013

    • Eriyah

      PEACH COBBLER!! YAY! :-)

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    These combined group events are ALWAYS the best. A wide variety of different foods to try out, and nice people to meet. Last year I stayed from start to finish.

    3 · June 26, 2013

  • Cassie P.

    My partner, Mark, and I are really excited about meeting you all! Mark's sister-in-law is expecting to deliver her baby in early August, but if the timing is right we'll be at the potluck with something scrumptious!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Ross S.

    I'm really looking forward to a violence- and cruelty-free feast among fellow vegans et al.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Linda O.

    Looking forward to it!! Linda O.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Shelley M.

    We look forward to this every year!

    1 · June 18, 2013

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