Welcome to Ft. Vegan (Fort Vegan is Northern Colorado's Vegan Social Network)!
We have potlucks, dinner outings at local restaurants, and other fun events! People of all ages are welcome, including families with kids.
If you are vegan, vegetarian or are sincerely Veg-curious, we encourage you to join us and participate in as many events as you can.
Your interest in animal rights, a plant-strong diet, the health of our environment or a sincere interest in this type of dietary lifestyle is sufficient.
*Please note that in order to accommodate all diets, all food served will be vegan. We used to have planned events catered for our group with only vegan items but event planners get burned out very quickly dealing with restaurants. I will not get involved in this type of event planning. We do ask that you order/eat only vegan food during meetups that involve food (restaurant outings, potlucks, etc.).*
Note : Although you don't have to be vegan to be a part of this network, you MUST be respectful of this choice/lifestyle for those who are, since one aim of this group is to provide a relaxed environment for VEGANs to have fun. Eating meat (yes that includes chicken & fish), dairy, eggs, and/or honey or boasting about animal foods at events is not acceptable behavior here, even if it's from a guest you may bring. This disruption may result in your being excused from Ft. Vegan. Best places in Fort Collins
Rustic Donut makes 100% plant-based baked donuts, available in various flavors in coffee shops. Please visit their site for locations of availability as that changes a lot too. http://rusticdonut.com/ Their kitchen is located in Loveland, CO for special order pick-up. https://www.facebook.com/rusticdonut/
An annual 2-day event during the summer with guest speakers, cooking demos, and many vendors and food trucks. Amazing event! It has become so popular, that this year it is being held at a larger venue. Please check their website for dates, location, vendors, speakers, cooking demos, etc.
FORT COLLINS VEGAN GUIDE
(created in 2012, being updated periodically, input appreciated)
Please know that vegan means ‘to do as little harm as possible’. By leaving out animal products from your everyday life, you can make an amazing difference.
BUT vegan doesn’t necessarily mean eating healthy. It means not eating anything that comes from an animal. This can include vegan junk food. Please be aware of that. A ‘whole food plant-based’ diet is basically a super healthy vegan way of eating (see Forks over Knives, http://www.forksoverknives.com ).
By joining Facebook or Meetup groups, you will be able to network with other members and especially with the organizers to get more specific information you may require (ingredients, basic cooking, advanced cooking, cooking lessons, additional FB sites or resources, environmental information, and animal rights information).
Via these groups, you’ll get a chance to attend meetings and/or potlucks and experience various recipes and get to meet like-minded people in your area and based on your interest.
This list will change constantly. Please check on the status of a restaurant or what they serve before you go there to eat.
Should you have additional info from around town or surrounding areas, please mention it so this list can be updated when possible.
THANK YOU! :-)
These are the Fort Collin groups you may want to join to stay up to date on things
“As a PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) Food for Life instructor, I want to reach people and do my best to help them learn the benefits of adopting a completely vegan lifestyle because I’ve seen its lifesaving effects in my own family. Just like my mother taught me, my hope is for everyone to eat healthy and work consciously to change their lifestyle, and to fit in 30 to 60 minutes of cooking fresh and delicious meals at home.”
Sapna teaches at various venues around town. Sometimes she’ll put her events on our Fort Vegan Meetup schedule but they are not actual Meetup events. Registration typically occurs via a provided link.
Please be sure to read all instructions for all meetups thoroughly.
I can’t stress this point enough. I try to be as thorough as possible to explain everything for any particular meetup since no two are alike. A lot of confusion occurs when participants don’t read all the instructions or don’t read them early enough. :-)
Bangkok Asian Market (970) 797-2896 - 1107 W. Drake Rd., E-2 (shopping center on Drake and Shields, south-east corner of intersection) http://www.bamfc.com/
Sprout’s Market (970) 416-3350 - Front Range Village, 4345 Corbett Dr
Trader Joe’s (970) 223-3560 - 3500 S College Ave #110
Whole Foods (970) 267-9200 - 2201 S College
Downtown Restaurants (vegan-friendly, listed in order of locations)
BeauJo's (970) 498-8898 - 205 N College - Fancy pizza and salad choices. Daiya cheese. Crust has honey
Sushi Mountain (970) 214-2040 - 146 N College - Need to follow up for info
The Rio (970) 224-5428 - 143 W Mountain - Veg items can all be made vegan. Dishes large enough to share. Order beans and guacamole without cheese.
Trailhead Tavern (970) 221-5757 - 148 W Mountain - Order vegan soft tacos, fries or chips and salsa. ????
Old Town Distillery Co., Barrel Room (970) 482-3786 - 253 Linden St – vegan pizza, hummus Co-owned by Fort Vegan member Shonna.
Café Ardour (970) 493-9683 - 255 Linden - Cupcakes, salads, cookies and muffins.
Cozzola's Pizza (970) 482-3557 - 241 Linden - Awesome whole wheat pizza crust and vegan cheese. Many toppings available.
Red Table Café (970) 490-2233 - 224 Linden - Dressings, pizza, sandwich breads all vegan.
La Luz Mexican Grill (970) 493-1129 – 200 Walnut – Garden burrito is vegan choice. Not ‘substitution friendly.’
Bean Cycle (970) 221-2964 -144 N College - Vegan baked donuts by Rustic Donut. Fresh veggie/fruit juices and smoothies, organic.
Coopersmith's Bar (970) 498-0483 - 5 Old Town Square - Few items including chips/salsa, hummus. Ask waiter.
Coopersmith's Restaurant (across from bar) (970) 498-0483 - 5 Old Town Square - More vegan foods than the bar.
Ingredient (970) 672-8475 - 101 S College - Upscale menu with vegan options.
Subway (970) 482-9450 - 126 S College (multiple locations) - Veggie subs, sides and drinks.
JeJu Sushi (970) 416-7733 - 238 S College - Many rolls, tofu, veggie, soup and more.
HuHot Mongolian Grill (970) 416-0555 - 249 S College (multiple locations?) - Tons of vegan options. Make sure to tell the person cooking your food that you are vegan and they’ll clean the cooking surface extra well and cover your food as it cooks as it cooks next to other orders.
Mugs (970) 472-6847 - 261 S College (multiple locations) - Whole vegan side menu. Vegan cookies.
Big City Burrito (970) 482-3303 - 510 S College - Your basic taco/nacho/burrito bar. Guac contains sour cream.
Taj Mahal (970) 493-1105 - 148 W Oak St - Ask for their one vegan menu item. Naan is not vegan.
Tasty Harmony (970) 689-3234 - 160 W Oak St - Creative vegetarian/vegan menu using local and organic ingredients (corner of Mason and Oak)
Caribbean Food Shack (970) 999-4840 - 140 W Oak St - Some vegan items on the menu; check for opening hours/day
Alleycat Coffee House (970) 495-0123 - 120 W Laurel - Smoothies, sandwiches and homemade vegan chai.
Rainbow (970) 221-2664 - 212 W Laurel - Many vegan options. Even serves breakfast. Beautiful outside patio during the summer months.
Salad Spot (970) 221-1179 - 118 W Laurel - Salad menu or create your own.
Avogadro's Number = Avo’s (970) 493-5555 - 605 S Mason - Tuesday 2-for-1 tempeh specials (buy one tempeh burger, get the second free. Sub mayo and cheese for avocado. Tempeh is made in-house and you can also purchase it). Many other options. Great music and event venue and they have a beautiful patio for the warmer days.
Star of India (970) 225-1740 - 2900 Harvard - Ask for vegan/wheat naan. They now have a separate vegan menu
Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine (970) 223-6734 - 2900 Harvard - Authentic Ethiopian. All veg options are vegan.
Ba-NON-a-NOM (970) 682-4666 - http://facebook.com/banomanom - 100% fruit soft serve w/ optional vegan toppings! Since 2015 mostly in Denver but in Fort Collins for food truck rallies during the warmer months.
Boulder Restaurants with all vegan lunch or dinner:
Tsing Tao in Boulder has a vegan dinner buffet every Thursday evening.
Jill's Restaurant inside the St. Julian Hotel in Boulder has a vegan lunch buffet for roughly $15 every Friday but it's always best to check with them first and also to make a reservation. Great selection of food! They now have two seatings for these all-vegan lunch buffets. One at 11:30 am and the other at 1:00 pm. Please be sure to make a reservation. They have become very popular.
• https://www.facebook.com/groups/45559698221/ This is the Fort Collins CSU animal rights group - ROAR = Rams Organizing for Animal Rights, you do not have to be a student to participate in their meetings and activities.
Rescued Friends Animal Sanctuary, 1409 Grey Rock Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
If you buy things on Amazon, you can go to smile.amazon.com (http://smile.amazon.com/) and pick a charity you would like to support at no extra cost to you when you make purchases. I just always forget to log into smile.amazon.com (http://smile.amazon.com/) and I usually just go to amazon.com (http://amazon.com/). But a percentage of your purchases go to the sanctuary if you log into smile.amazon.com (http://smile.amazon.com/). Rescued Friends Animal Sanctuary is on the list of charitable organizations.
Rustic Donuts are baked donuts, available in various flavors in coffee shops. Please visit their site for locations of availability as that changes a lot too. http://rusticdonut.com/ Their kitchen is located in Loveland, CO.
There is Nooch Vegan Market in Denver (Nooch stands for Nutritional Yeast).
Voodoo Doughnuts in Denver has vegan options and even a vegan dozen option.
Sweet Action Ice Cream (around the corner from Nooch) typically has a couple of vegan ice cream flavors. (some flavors are available in pint containers at the Fort Collins Whole Foods).
City O' City in Denver (veggie/vegan)
Watercourse in Denver (all vegan)
Govinda's in Denver
Native Foods is in Boulder
The Boulder folks surely can help with expanding that list.
Miyoko's Kitchen in San Francisco is making amazing cheeses that are nut based. Natural Grocers and the Fort Collins Food Co-Op carry several flavors and palm-oil free butter right now. More flavors are available online. Trader Joe's carries the butter as well.
Happycow.net is good for finding restaurants while you are on the road and you can give them updates or new finds but they are very slow to update their site.
Vanilla Bean is a new app to locate vegan restaurants or restaurants with vegan options.
Another idea is to join a group in the area of your destination and ask the locals before you go or while you are there.
Please feel free to message me via Meetup.
At times things are happening a bit on the slow side. Please hang in there with me and the rest of the group. You are also more than welcome to suggest meetups and see if other members are interested in the same activity.
A website with links is also in the works, trying to address all issues and giving people a helpful tool to find what they need. Please stay tuned for that. :-)