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

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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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Please note that all events are open to everyone! Special accommodations needed? Click here. Submit listings relevant to the mission of Northwest VEG to info@nwveg.org.

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 volunteer@nwveg.org with any questions or to let us know that we will see you there!

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 info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck Picnic

August 27 (6:30 PM)

Join Northwest VEG for our traditional end of summer potluck picnic. This year we'll be at the beautiful Marine Park for a relaxing informal picnic followed by optional lawn games. Look for the large Northwest VEG banner when you arrive! Marine Park sits on 26-acres and is part of the Waterfront River Renaissance Trail offering walking trails, play equipment, and views of Columbia River. Click here for a map.

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 and open to everyone. For more information, email us at info@nwveg.org.

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. Click here to visit the event FaceBook page.

A reception and book signing hosted by Northwest VEG and Pacific University will follow.

2-Day Vegan Fusion Workshop - NW VEG discount!

September 19 - 20 (1:00 - 8:00 PM)

Whether you are an experienced cook, looking to get a job in the vegan restaurant industry, or simply interested in deepening your knowledge of vegan, vegetarian and raw foods, you can learn from a pro on how to prepare healthy world-class vegan cuisine at Deb Kay's 2-Day Workshop at Mt Tabor Space in Portland.
In this part hands-on and part demonstration style workshop, you will learn how to prepare a Vegan Feast that will impress even the most omnivorous of your friends and family. The cost is just $225 per person and includes recipe hand-outs and daily gourmet meals. Northwest VEG members get 10% off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member.

To register, send an email to info@veganfusion.com or kaydebbie25@yahoo.com and mention Portland, Oregon Vegan Fusion Certified Teacher Class in the subject line. A welcome letter with additional information will be sent once registration and payment are confirmed. For more information on Vegan Fusion classes click here.

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.

Vegan Fusion Cuisine Cooking Immersions

September 28 - May 16

This is a life transforming experience and special opportunity to study intensely with Mark Reinfeld, the founding chef of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, winner of the 2006 Ilima Award for "Best Restaurant on Kauai". Mark Reinfeld will be teaching the following classes in Portland this year:

  • 3-Day teacher training beginning on September 28, 2015
  • 10-Day cooking immersion beginning on May 2, 2016
  • 3-Day teacher training beginning on May 14, 2016

  • Northwest VEG members get 10% off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member. For more information on Vegan Fusion classes and registration details click here.