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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Tofurky Trot 2015

November 26 (9:00 AM)

The Tofurky Company and Northwest VEG invite you to join in Tofurky Trot, this Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015 for a family friendly 5k fun run, trot, or walk through scenic Oaks Bottom Park. 9:00 am start time. $5 discount for pre-registration.

Tofurky Trots are designed to support both the health and vitality of local communities and raise money for local groups supporting plant-based diets. This year, proceeds benefit Northwest VEG, Out to Pasture Sanctuary, Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, Sanctuary One, Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, and Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary. It’s a great day to enjoy the company of fellow plant eaters and celebrate a life of compassion.
Volunteers are still needed! Contact Bonnie at for more info.

Click here for more race info.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and Holiday Recipes Swap

December 3 (6:30 - 8:45 PM)

Potluck attendees have been asking to share recipes, so let's do it during the holiday season! Normally we ask for ingredient lists, but this time if you can, please print out complete recipes (with source), and maybe bring a couple of extra copies for those of us who don't have cameras to snap photos? Bring whatever holiday fare you would like to share. If you're not a cook we want you to come too, so bring something vegan from a deli or non-alcoholic beverage. After dinner we can talk about the recipes, holidays, traditions, and strategies for enjoying the season.

Come to the potluck at 6:30, the discussion at 7:30, or both! Location: the Oak Room at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map]. This is just over the I-5 Bridge - very quick to reach from Portland.

For the potluck, 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; 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 is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

Gluten Free Plant-Based Holiday Treats Class

December 5 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join Jeanne Schultz and Jill Russell, Vegan Chefs, for a delightful two-hour demonstration including samples and recipes of vegan, gluten free, baked and raw holiday treats. These recipes use easy to find plant-based ingredients that are full of flavor and satisfying. General information on ingredient nutrition will also be provided along with some gluten free cooking tips and tricks. The class menu will include recipe templates for:
Thumbprint Cookies, Chia Seed Donuts, Raw Banana Date Cookies, Raw Cacao Truffles, and Specially Packaged Chia Seed Pudding. We are going to show you a unique way to package and deliver a zero waste gift of custom chia seed pudding in 4 ounce canning jars that can be given as gifts for friends, family members or taken to an office party. In addition, you will receive an extra holiday treat recipe to take home from Jeanne Schultz's Upcycled Plant-Based and Vegan Recipes for Real People- a recipe compilation, for a plant-based Pumpkin Bliss Cheesecake. For more information about Jill Russell, check out her website and blog at

This class will take place at People's Coop Community Room located at 3029 SE 21st Avenue, Portland, OR. The cost of $12 for People's Coop members and $15 for non-members. Click here for more info and to register.
Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of raw food and plant-based foods ingredients preparation, we require a 48 hour cancellation for a full refund of the class price. If you have some unforeseen event disrupt your schedule and you can't make it, you may send someone by People's Coop on the day of the class to pick up your samples and recipes as well as any other handouts available.

Northwest VEG at Green Festival Expo

December 11 - 13

Green Festival Expo is coming to Portland Dec 11th – 13th at the Oregon Convention Center for the first time in Green Festival’s 14 year history. Green Festival Expo is the largest and longest-running sustainability event in the United States with a mission to bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative speakers, national and local innovative businesses, conscious consumers and pioneering thinkers like yourself, in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living. During the 3-day expo there will be free yoga classes, B2B mentoring sessions for green business owners, an interactive family fun area for kids to learn all about reducing their carbon footprint and over 50 inspirational speakers. Green Festival Expo is now featuring a Portland Local Market Place on the floor where attendees will be able to shop locally, taste vegan and vegetarian food and enjoy organic products close to home.

Bike to the expo, park at the Green Festival Bike Valet and receive FREE admission! Youth 16 and under are granted free admission as well. Booth space is available for local and national businesses. Book today by calling (828) 333-9403 x300 or e-mail Visit for more information. Hours open to the public are: Friday 12pm – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm & Sunday 10am – 5pm. SHOP. TASTE. ENJOY.

NW VEG Holiday Cookie Exchange

December 20 (1:00 - 4:00 PM)

It's that time of the year! Dust off those vegan cookbooks or take this opportunity to veganize ole Granny's favorite and join us at South Waterfront in the John Ross Condominiums (Amenities Room 2nd floor) located at 3601 SW River Parkway in Portland to create an inviting and decadent Vegan Holiday Cookie Platter for your upcoming holiday celebrations. Bring about 2 dozen of your favorite vegan holiday cookies (or other goodies) along with half a dozen or so to sample out and go home with approximately 2 dozen of assorted delicious, homemade treats. Please bring a card listing the ingredients and if you feel like sharing, the recipe too!

Our wonderful volunteer Sharon will be hosting this great event in the John Ross amenity room which has a full kitchen with oven and microwave, huge flat panel TV, great open space to sit or mingle and a beautiful outdoor garden area. We will have some fun playing, noshing on cookies and Sharon will have some of her favorite sugar cookie cutouts and all the decorations for you to let your inner Santa out and create your very own decorated sugar cookies to take home with you. This is a kid friendly, family event! There will be lots Pumpkin Chai, hot tea and coffee. Feel free to bring a snack and your favorite bubbles, juice or coffee liqueur.

The John Ross Condominiums is in the elliptical building (3601 SW River Parkway) at the corner of Gaines and River Parkway. It is short walk away from the OHSU tram (which the NS streetcar goes to) and there is street metered parking nearby.
Please contact Sharon with any questions at 503.703.7002 or