Compassionate Thanksgiving Potluck & Variety Show

This is an annual fundraiser for the Vancouver Co-operative radio show Animal Voices. Last year's event was jam packed because 140 people, way over the anticipated number, showed up. So, this year, they have rented a larger venue to make it more comfortable and we are taking part. Should be lots of fun.

Celebrate a 2nd annual compassionate, vegan Thanksgiving this year with the Animal Voices radio crew and supporters by partaking in this feast of thanks and bounty. Build community and share delicious nourishment with like-minded people. All are welcome to attend!

 

This is an animal-friendly event, so please bring a vegan dish to share (free of any animal products, including dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, whey and casein), serving 8, plus a plate, cup, and cutlery for yourself, and a serving utensil for your dish. If you're not a cook or are pressed for time, no worries! Store-bought food is perfectly acceptable, as is bringing along a non-alcoholic beverage to share (ie. juice, non-dairy milk, coconut water). Please bring an ingredients list for your dish! It is a family-friendly event, so please bring your loved ones!

We are pleased to announce that Turtle Island Foods is co-sponsoring this event, which means that there will be Tofurky roasts served for all!

This year we are also hosting a variety show during the dinner, showcasing the entertaining talents of our guests! So if you sing, play an instrument, tell jokes, or perform magic tricks, and would like to perform at the show, please pre-register your act by emailing [masked]

There will also be a raffle fundraiser with many great prizes to be won (see below).

Tickets are $5 at the door for this fundraising event. Profits will go towards supporting Animal Voices, part of Vancouver Co-operative Radio, a not-for-profit organization. Animal Voices Vancouver is a weekly radio show airing every Friday at noon on 100.5fm CFRO, Vancouver Co-operative Radio, reporting on and delving into animal rights issues and the vegan lifestyle.

Please note that the venue is wheelchair accessible (just notify one of the event volunteers, when you arrive, that you will need access to the chair lift).

Here is a list of the raffle prizes we will draw for:

Grand Prize: A $395 value gift certificate for a Feed Life Starve Cancer plant-based cooking workshop
Secondary grand prize: a gift package of Vega health supplement products, valued at $200
Tertiary grand prize: A KatKabin – a beautiful pink cat house for your feline friend, valued at $99


Fro Bo cold dog water dish
Brandenburg “White Wolf” framed 32” X 24” photograph
Gift basket of assorted vegan food
Gift basket of a variety of vegan health & beauty products
8-piece Lavendar Bath & Body Collection set
Healing Spa bath products set
Eggplant quilted tote bag made of recycled materials
Vegan belt, by Held Vegan Belts
Blue Guess wallet
100% Organic Cotton t-shirts by Adorned Precision Body Art X2
$25 gift certificate for Eternal Abundance restaurant
$10 gift certificate for Gorilla Food restaurant
Gift certificate for vegan cupcakes at Fairy Cakes
Hand-painted ceramic bracelet
Red Jasper Pendant and Earrings
RCA Digital Clock Radio with mp3 player input
Set of kids’ walkie talkies
“Electric Green”, a vegan music CD by the band “Green Beings”
“A Fall From Freedom” dvd
“Forks Over Knives” dvd
“Chloe's Kitchen” book by Chloe Coscarelli
“Vegan Pie in the Sky” book by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
“Eat Vegan on $4 A Day” book by Ellen Jaffe Jones
“Let Them Eat Vegan” book by Dreena Burton
“Veganist” book by Kathy Freston
“Change of Heart” book by Nick Cooney
“Vegan Is Love” book by Ruby Roth

Thank you to our prize sponsors:
Adorned Precision Body Art
Book Publishing Company
Da Capo Lifelong Books
Edward & Sons
Eternal Abundance
Fairy Cakes
Feed Life
Free Press
Gorilla Food
Green Beings
Held Vegan Belts
The Impetus Agency
Lantern Books
Nice Shoes
North Atlantic Books
Sequel Naturals

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  • Beth

    So were there photos taken? Haven't yet seen any - just curious?

    October 21, 2012

    • Dora

      yes pics would be great to see!

      October 22, 2012

  • Amy

    I agree more time to chat and mingle would be preferred...not be told to be quiet.

    1 · October 8, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perhaps people could go to the back of the room to socialize. It's difficult to set a specific time for people to socialize.

      October 12, 2012

    • Dora

      I thought it was just perfect, not everyone had pple that they knew although i've had lots of friends there but we all enjoyed watching the performers all the way!

      October 22, 2012

  • Benny

    Hoped the comments would be keeping on coming! Wish that people in the silent hiking group I belong to would give such spirited inputs. Thanks everyone for keeping on trying to improve this little intentional community. Cheers.

    October 21, 2012

  • Benny

    Very lively.

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So... I just want to know if Oreos that were on the table and mysteriously vanished some time later. Are they vegan? LOL

    October 12, 2012

    • Nancy

      It's my understanding that all oreos are vegan now.

      2 · October 12, 2012

  • Shannah Tyne Margaret R.

    Well I quite enjoyed the night myself! Yes it was crowed, yes non vegan food was mixed in with the vegan food, yes there wasn't much time to socialize, yes it was really hot, but all in all, the positives, by far, out weighted the negatives! I went on my own so really didn't mind having to be quiet because I didn't really have anyone to talk to! Great performances and I didn't mind seeing the photos! My first vegan event in Van as I just moved to town in Sept! Can't wait to attend more events and maybe meet some people who share my compassion for the animals and planet! Would also love to volunteer for some events how do I get involved in that? Thanks to everyone who made this event possible, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

    2 · October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm glad you're positive about the evening and experience. Sure I could have my criticisms as well however, I think it's better to focus on the positive outcomes and experiences that occurred and learn from the negative ones.

      1 · October 12, 2012

  • Michelle

    I apologize in advance for everyone getting notification of this posting but I was generally unimpressed last night. Between the ridiculously cramped tables, unlabeled and non-vegan food mixed in, and the rushing... I felt this was very poorly organized.
    Also, my husband ended up helping a woman who was having a medical emergency on his way to get food. She had gone unnoticed by the volunteers or organizers. After he made it known she needed assistance and an announcement was made STILL no volunteers or anyone came to see if help was needed or anything. Unimpressed.
    To add to that, when he finished helping her some people were on their 3rd plate of food while others were still getting their first.
    Not even to mention the photos being shown and stories being told about those poor chickens while everyone was eating. Isn't that why were all there?To celebrate our commitment and values.
    I appreciate everyone who came and enjoyed themselves but it was poorly executed.

    October 9, 2012

    • peach

      re the lady with the medical emergency, I was sitting close by and saw many people, including volunteers offering to seat her and talk to her. However, she was really quiet and it was hard to figure out what she needed. It didn't help that space was tight there, with high traffic so to have more than 2 persons stand around to try to help is difficult. Many sitting nearby tried to welcome her but she looked like she was confused? unhappy? I was glad to see that your husband finally managed to communicate with her. Many other kind people did try to make her feel comfortable/welcomed.

      October 10, 2012

  • Nancy

    I'm going to suggest that as of tonight, people click on the Animal Voices' Event Hosts' (Alison and Alissa) and click "send email" if they want to continue discussing the event. Otherwise, all comments will go to all 92 people who attended and we'll be getting complaints about that.

    1 · October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      We would prefer that feedback be sent direct to [masked]. As Nancy said, the event itself was not at all organized by Meatless Meetup.

      1 · October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to those who thought people were talking too much during your musical performances. But the sad fact is, people came to the event to support a good cause, create community, and eat delicious food while talking to each other. They didn't come ONLY to watch live music, they came to do it all. We are human, we aren't perfect and we can't all switch back to watching only music at the same time, during a social dinner event.

    Why do you think 50% of the people left during the music? Some preferred the community, the food and the good cause to the music. That's not to say the music wasn't amazing and wonderful, because it was. But, no one can expect one-hundred people to be quiet while they sit across from someone they want to talk to so badly because they haven't seen them in a year. Let's not forget that our community isn't as tight knit as it could be, and most of these people will not see each other until the next Vegan Thanksgiving event. So communication is a must.

    1 · October 9, 2012

  • Nancy

    Great selection of food and wonderful performers. Well organized volunteer team.
    Future Meatless Meetup co-sponsored events will be less packed, for safety reasons.

    October 9, 2012

  • Nancy

    Thanks for all the helpful feedback, everyone. I know the Animal Voices organizers are taking everything into consideration for future events. As for future Meatless Meetup events, we will ensure safety is foremost in planning.

    October 9, 2012

  • Marie G.

    Great organized get together! Was very rude to tell individual people trying to socialize, to be quiet "out of respect for the performers". Would that be considered respectful?

    October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perhaps we could host a separate event specifically focused on performance.. and another event focussed on feasting and socializing (with background music). Hm.

      1 · October 9, 2012

    • Marie G.

      Alison, I understand what you are saying, however, people will talk during performances and do not like someone to personally come up to them and tell them to be quiet, would you? Announcements from the stage is less personal and more acceptable. Also, showing pictures of tortured animals is a form of violence which only promotes further violence, only peace can create peace! I know some people think that works to create peace in others, but it doesn't. Sorry to go on, but this is important to me.

      October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did anyone happen to pick up my large rectangular glass baking dish (purple hued)? It's my absolute favourite and I miss it dearly. Thanks for making sure it wasn't left behind.

    October 9, 2012

  • Beth

    Excellent!

    October 9, 2012

  • Heather

    Thanks for the event. I agree with most that has been said to make some minor adjustments for next year. Balance the time for mingling and performance they are a little long. Great turn out so might need a bigger venue or less people. Great food. Thanks everyone. Great cause. Thanks Allison.

    October 9, 2012

  • Kevin

    the dinner and music performances was great! however, some of the video and pics of animal cruelty were uncomfortable to watch for a dinner event.

    1 · October 9, 2012

    • Alison

      Thanks, Kevin. Most of the photos were of "happy" animals though, with positive stories to go along with them, so I hope that more than balanced out the few sad photos that were shown.

      October 9, 2012

    • Kevin

      that's true, there were definitely some positive stories as well. i guess the shock of the animal cruelty stuff stuck with me.

      October 9, 2012

  • Amy

    Alison I don't think the above comments from people are trying to offend the event or the great people that organized it but to consider their views to ensure these awesome events continue and we get to mingle with like minded people and enjoy delicious food :)

    1 · October 9, 2012

    • Alison

      I totally agree. The event was for our attendees, and it was the first time that we put on the "show" part of the evening, so we'll definitely need to improve things for next year to *try* to make everyone happy!

      October 9, 2012

  • Judy W.

    So much Awesome food ,and so many people , such great support for Animals Voices, so many people in fact that it was so hard to move around, very little room between tables and so hard to move your chairs around letting people in and out, if fact it brought up some thoughts to me about safety, if we needed to leave in a hurry.

    1 · October 9, 2012

    • Alison

      I think we will have to rent an even LARGER venue for next year to meet the demand! This venue was much larger than last years, but (despite the rsvps) it's hard to predict how many will attend!

      1 · October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the best nights ever! I hope next year is maybe an hour earlier so people can get to know each other... or something is worked around so people can become friends or share contacts.

    1 · October 8, 2012

    • Alison

      Thanks for the feedback, Brian. Unfortunately, we could not make the event start earlier as we weren't allowed to book the building for earlier! I would have liked to have started earlier as well.

      October 9, 2012

  • Alison

    It was great to see everyone come out to participate in a compassionate feast. I hope to see you all again next year!

    October 9, 2012

  • Amy

    I fully agree Kevin. We were all there for the same reason to enjoy a cruelty free dinner with like minded people.

    2 · October 9, 2012

  • John B.

    A lovely time! Thank you.

    October 9, 2012

  • Michael

    Got into the clean up and noticed that my metal serving bowl and white spoon were zipped away somewhere safe I hope. Could the speedy cleaner get in touch with me? This is what they look like: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/60438618/missing-bowl-and-spoon.jpg

    October 9, 2012

  • Sunnyday

    great food, good organization, we just needed more time to socialize...

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event for Thanks giving Day.
    So thanks a lot for giving good food and time.
    It was a real thanks giving day because of this meetup.

    October 8, 2012

  • Amy

    What a great turnout. Was awesome to share good food with great like minded people. Looking forward to next years

    1 · October 8, 2012

  • Brenda

    excellent

    October 8, 2012

  • Michelle

    Hi everyone

    Just a quick question, is the main level where the potluck being held wheelchair accessible? As I remember the location for the Christmas time potluck last year wasn't...
    Thanks! :)

    October 7, 2012

    • Alison

      The venue is wheelchair accessible. Just tell one of the front desk attendants you need to get a wheel chair in and they will help you with that.

      October 7, 2012

    • Michelle

      Great :) thanks!

      1 · October 7, 2012

  • Denise S.

    Yes, there's an elevator from street level.

    1 · October 7, 2012

  • Alison

    And more prizes! (...cont'd)

    100% Organic Cotton t-shirts by Adorned Precision Body Art X2
    $25 gift certificate for Eternal Abundance restaurant
    $10 gift certificate for Gorilla Food restaurant
    Gift certificate for vegan cupcakes at Fairy Cakes
    Hand-painted ceramic bracelet
    Red Jasper Pendant and Earrings
    RCA Digital Clock Radio with mp3 player input
    Set of kids’ walkie talkies
    “Electric Green”, a vegan music CD by the band “Green Beings”
    “A Fall From Freedom” dvd
    “Forks Over Knives” dvd
    “Chloe's Kitchen” book by Chloe Coscarelli
    “Vegan Pie in the Sky” book by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
    “Eat Vegan on $4 A Day” book by Ellen Jaffe Jones
    “Let Them Eat Vegan” book by Dreena Burton
    “Veganist” book by Kathy Freston
    “Change of Heart” book by Nick Cooney
    “Vegan Is Love” book by Ruby Roth

    October 6, 2012

  • Alison

    We'll be having a raffle fundraiser at this event, with lots of prizes to be won! So please bring your loonies and twoonies to win some beautiful gifts and to support Animal Voices. Here are the prizes:

    Raffle Prizes for Compassionate Thanksgiving Potluck – October 8, 2012

    Grand Prize: A $395 value gift certificate for a Feed Life Starve Cancer plant-based cooking workshop
    Secondary grand prize: a gift package of Vega health supplement products, valued at $200
    Tertiary grand prize: A KatKabin – a beautiful pink cat house for your feline friend, valued at $99
    Fro Bo cold dog water dish
    Brandenburg “White Wolf” framed 32” X 24” photograph
    Gift basket of assorted vegan food
    Gift basket of a variety of vegan health & beauty products
    8-piece Lavendar Bath & Body Collection set
    Healing Spa bath products set
    Eggplant quilted tote bag made of recycled materials
    Vegan belt, by Held Vegan Belts
    Blue Guess wallet
    +....

    October 6, 2012

  • Alison

    We are currently booking acts for our variety show at this event! If you juggle, sing, tell jokes, play an instrument, or dance, we would love to have you take part! Please send me an email at [masked] to indicate your interest and arrange the details. Thanks.

    September 27, 2012

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