Supporting Portland's Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-curious Community

Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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OTP Sanctuary Open House RESCHEDULED

August 1 (5:00 - 8:00 PM) - Volunteers Needed

Come join the fun! Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary's annual open house will feature a free vegan bbq, sack races, vegan cupcake walk, watermelon eating contest, free door prizes, and a chance to meet all the animals! Out to Pasture is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit located at 33190 SE Regan Hill Road in Estacada OR 97023. For more information visit their Facebook page and website. All ages are welcome at this event!

Northwest VEG is helping to organize volunteers for this great event. Please email Chelsea Davis at for more info.

Volunteer Training

August 16 (3:30 PM)

Nervous about volunteering for the first time or want a refresher on how to be more effective when it comes to veg outreach? Then join us before our westside Portland potluck for a fun, informal tabling training Sunday, August 16 @ 3:30pm at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland). We will discuss how to setup the Northwest VEG table and effectively communicate with people who come up to the booth, plus give you some helpful tips for leafleting. Reply to this message or email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at with any questions or to let us know that we will see you there!

Julie's Gluten-Free Easy Berry Cobbler

July 3, 2015

By Julie Hasson, cookbook author and speaker at our upcoming Gresham potluck on Sunday, July 12.

This recipe has quickly become my very favorite! It’s so easy to make, makes a large dessert to feed a crowd, and can be customized to whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand.

1 bag of Julie's Original Gluten-Free White Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1/3 cup olive oil, canola or melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure almond extract or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 rounded cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberry, blackberries or blueberries (or sliced peaches or nectarines or a combo) About 1- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Mix everything (except for the berries and sugar) together in a large bowl until smooth. Spread into a greased 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Evenly sprinkle berries and fruit on top of batter, lightly pressing it in, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the top of the cake is firm to the touch and baked through. Depending on your oven, it might take an extra 15 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Variation: You can substitute 1 peach (or more), which has been peeled seeded and sliced, for 1 cup of the berries.
Tip: Strawberries are the only berry that doesn’t work as well for this recipe.

NW VEG Westside Portland Potluck and Raw Cleansing Talk

August 16 (5:00 PM)

Join Kathy Peterman, RN, as she shares her journey in fasting, detoxifying, juicing and trying out various ways to lose weight. It's a journey that got her to now do three times a year raw cleansing as a way to enhance her health and focus on caring for her body, mind and spirit. Kathy became interested in vegetarianism and nutrition back in the mid 70's when she read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. She learned from a variety of raw foodists including Penni Shelton, Dara Dubinet, Dan McDonald, Frank Ferrante, David Wolfe, and Natalia KW. She has applied these learnings to her three times a year raw cleansing. Her cleanses are not about limitation, but rather, they are about super charging your nutrition with abundant live raw foods. Come learn more about her journey and how it might be helpful to you.

Join us for a delicious potluck at 5pm followed by a raw cleansing talk by Kathy Peterman at 6:30, or both! The potluck will be held at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here! If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6 generously; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. For more information email A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

Peter Singer - Free Lecture at Pacific University

September 10 (7:00 - 8:30 PM)

Peter Singer, one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers and an influential public figure, will be presenting, "The Most Good You Can Do: Effectively Aiding Humans and Other Animals." on the Forest Grove campus of Pacific University. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. His book, Animal Liberation, is credited with starting the modern animal rights movement. His writings on ethics, medicine, health care, charitable giving, effective altruism, public policy, and animal issues have influenced not just countless philosophy students, but also well-known public figures.

The lecture will be at the Stoller Center on Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (see map) and is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
A reception and book signing hosted by Northwest VEG will follow.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Fest

September 26 (1:00 - 7:00 PM)

The Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival will be taking place at Zidell Yards and feature local & regional craft beer. Hosting 50 of Portlands favorite vegan restaurants, carts, trucks, and vendors. We will also be bringing some of our favorites from this year's LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival.

Save $10 by buying your tickets now!

Upon entry you will receive your very own Vegan Beer & Food Festival glass and enjoy unlimited pours from 50 breweries featuring 100+ different beers. We do sell a non-drinking ticket as well. Also, we always have a few GF beers, and we will have handful of vendors that are GF as well. Food is not included in the ticket.