Annual Independence From Meat Picnic

The Annual Healthy Planet of Brevard

Independence From Meat Potluck Picnic

Break out the Red, White, and Blue!  Vegans are patriotic too!  

Join us for Vegan burgers, dogs, apple pie and more :)

HPoB provides the vegan burgers, dogs and fixin's - compliments of Sunseed Food Co-op in Cape Canaveral - and the rest is potluck vegan so bring your favorite vegan summer-time dish to share.

Please no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, Jell-O, marshmallows or honey. We encourage you to bring your own dishes and utensils. We kindly ask that you label your food with a copy of the recipe. This helps people with allergies to know if they can sample your dish.

Please note that We have changed the location for our Picnic.  The Indian River Lagoon is struggling, and Kelly park is being affected so we are moving inland.  

This picnic is a family friendly event. Merritt Island Rotary Park is a lovely wood park located at 1899 S. Courtenay Pkwy. The wooded drive into this 37.77-acre community park leads visitors to a full-featured playground. Nearby, an interpretive nature boardwalk invites walks through the trees, and a Nature Center offers exhibits, tours and classes.  The event pavilion is adjacent to restrooms with a paved walkway leading to the playground and benches.  The grass volleyball court, and multi-use field offer lots of room to roam and play, so bring the kids and grand-kids.  All are welcome! Bring all your friends and neighbors.  This is a great time to introduce your mainstream friends and family to the delicious world of plant-based living.

This is another FREE Healthy Planet educational event.

HPoB and Sunseed Food Co-op provide the vegan burgers and dogs and the rest is potluck, so bring a vegan dish to share or make a love donation ($5.00) for your meal, and join us for an afternoon of great food, great company, great music and TONS of FUN.

Do you have a favorite lawn game or activity? Do you play and instrument?  Bring it along, share your talents, and make some new friends.

See you there, :)


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  • Trish B.

    Thank you Kim & Rich for organizing a great event. And thanks to all for the healthy delicious food. We had a great time!

    June 23, 2014

  • Annette

    I had a wonderful time, great meeting new people and trying different food

    June 22, 2014

  • Carol

    Delicious, innovative food and great conversation

    June 22, 2014

  • georgiana s.

    Nice crowd, new faces, fantastic food, a really wonderful event!

    June 22, 2014

  • Eric F.

    Can the person that made the potato salad with the fresh dill please post the recipe? It seemed to be low fat and I really liked it. Thanks.

    June 22, 2014

  • Eric F.

    We really had a good time.

    June 22, 2014

  • Franci

    Thank you everybody for bringing such good food. It was nice to meet some new friends. Thanks to Kim & Rich for organizing such a great outing!

    June 22, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Perfect day with cool breezes, shade, nice people and tasty food.

    June 22, 2014

  • John Y.

    Great food and great people.

    June 22, 2014

  • Joan L. R.

    perfect day, perfect place, wonderful food and great friends, who could ask for more

    June 22, 2014

  • John Y.

    I'm slightly confused. Exactly where will the event be held?

    June 21, 2014

    • Annette

      GM, if u go past TJ Max, toward Melbourne on Tropical trail and past the high school, it will be on be on your right. Hope this helps. Good day.

      June 21, 2014

    • Kimberle S.

      Merritt Island Rotary Park. You can get to it from Courtenay Parkway or from Tropical Trail. See you there :)

      June 22, 2014

  • Kimberle S.

    oopps, That was supposed to say "Is anyone planning to "bring" beverages? I'm sure we're all planning to drink them, LOL I'd like to know what will be there so I can supplement if necessary. Thanks, Kim

    June 21, 2014

  • Kimberle S.

    Is anyone planning to drink beverages?

    June 21, 2014

  • Sharon H.

    Am I the only one who's grossed out when my veggie dog is cooked on a carnivorous grill that's probably NEVER seen soap or water since its installation?

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • Kimberle S.

      Hello Sharon, We always clean the grill before we use it, and you can always make the choice to skip the grilled options, there is tons of food that never touches the grill. What will you be bringing?

      June 21, 2014

  • Carol

    I have a brand-new screen which goes over the grill, and I can bring it.

    June 20, 2014

    • Kimberle S.

      ThanksCarol, you are the best! Always smiling and offering a solution. We so appreciate you.

      June 20, 2014

  • Kimberle S.

    Thanks Franci. I look forward to meeting you:)

    1 · June 12, 2014

  • Franci

    I'll bring potato salad. Looking forward to seeing everybody.

    June 9, 2014

  • Kimberle S.

    Some of you are asking what to bring. I say bring your favorite Vegan dish. Should we start a list? If you'd like to let us know what you're bringing, you can just post it here. Thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there. Carol is bringing here autoharp, and Rich is bringing a drum. Please bring whatever musical instrument you like and we'll make beautiful music as well as food. See you there. Kim

    June 9, 2014

  • Carol

    I'll be bringing my autoharp if anyone wants to play some music with me

    May 5, 2014

    • Kimberle S.

      Fantastic! That sounds great Carol :) Maybe Rich will bring his drum and Steve plays guitar...anyone else musically inclined???

      May 7, 2014

  • Kimberle S.

    Sorry, guys. Independence From Meat is our annual summer picnic. We hold it in Kelly Park East and it's a lot of fun. Hope you can make it. Kim

    April 10, 2014

  • Keenun

    I'd also like to know what IFM is....I'm clueless! :)

    March 30, 2014

  • Franci

    What is IFM?

    1 · March 29, 2014

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