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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NW VEG 11th Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck

November 23 (6:30 - 9:00 PM)

Join Northwest VEG, other vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious people as we celebrate community and healthy plant-based food. This 11th annual vegan Thanksgiving potluck will stimulate your palate and give you the opportunity to meet new people.

Click here for details and to register!

Tofurky Trot 2014

November 27 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

The Tofurky Company invites you to join in Tofurky Trot 2014, this Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014 at Mt. Tabor Park in Portland. Tofurky Trots are designed to support both the health and vitality of local communities and raise money for local groups supporting plant-based diets. Proceeds will go to NW VEG and Wildwood Farm Sanctuary!. This 5k (3.1 miles) run, trot, or walk open to all levels of physical fitness. It's a great day to enjoy the company of fellow plant eaters and highlight the benefits of plant-based diets on this largely carnivorous holiday. Costume contest! Prizes! Giveaways! Well behaved dogs on fixed leashes are welcome, too! Check out the doggie valet for treats and dog costume contest with a fabulous prize!

Click here for more details and to register.

Portland Fur Free Friday March

November 28 (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

Join us the day after Thanksgiving for In Defense of Animals Portland Fur Free Friday March at the South Park Blocks near SW Salmon St. and SW Park Ave.

Fur Free Friday is the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement and the largest animal related free speech event in Portland. Don't miss this opportunity to join with thousands of other activists worldwide for this international day of action.The City of Portland requires us to have at least 200 participants to march in the street, so mark your calendars, and please share this event and help spread the word.

Signs and literature will be provided, but folks are encouraged to make and bring their own, too. Dress for the weather and come rain or shine to speak up for the animals. For questions of more information visit their Facebook event page or contact Eric Phelps at or 503-249-9996.

Longview, WA Community Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck And Talk

November 29 (6:00 PM)

Join your fellow vegheads at the next Longview Community Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck at the Youth & Family Link Gym located at 907 Douglas St in Longview, WA., for the potluck at 6pm or the talk by Elena Wilkins, health and fitness blogger, about the science of the heart and how a plant based diet can prevent and reverse heart disease at 7pm or both!

Elena Wilkins has a blog Vegalicious: Healthy & Lean Done Right and is a certified fitness trainer and a lifestyle coach. By transitioning to a whole foods, plant based diet she was able to change her life and reverse severe medical conditions, including hypothyroidism and infertility. Now she teaches people how to reclaim their health by transitioning to a whole food plant-based lifestyle in just 30 days.

Please bring a vegan (plant-based with no animal products, including honey) or vegetarian (plant-based with dairy or egg) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients, copies of your recipe to share, if you'd like, and plates and utensils for your use. For those who bring a dish, 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. This is an alcohol-free event. A donation of $2 per person is suggested to help cover room rental expenses. Please RSVP to

Holidaze Bake Sale & Social to benefit Green Acres and Wildwood

November 29 (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

PAWA (Portland Animal Welfare Advocates) is hosting this event at Pier Park N. Lombard Street in Portland (under shelter D), rain or shine, to help raise money for Green Acres Farm Sanctuary & Wildwood Farm Sanctuary. There will be delicious baked goods, hot cocoa, music and activities for the whole family!
If you are interested in donating vegan baked goods, please contact Shanna at to arrange drop-off. AND if you can help out the day of, they especially need assistance with the kid's coloring/craft area. Emait to sign up.
See you there!

NW VEG Holiday Cookie Exchange

December 7 (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
Please RSVP on our meetup page so we know how many people to except.

Tree and Wreath Sale to fund Green Acres Farm Sanctuary

December 7 (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Head over to Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, located at 5272 Brush Creek Drive NE Silverton, OR, for their annual Tree and Wreath Sale. Get a fresh cut Christmas tree and handmade wreath, tour Green Acres Farm Sanctuary all the while enjoying a warm refreshment.

Part of the sanctuary property is on a former Christmas trees farm so with each tree cut and wreath made we create more pasture space for the animals. The trees are naturally shaped and free from herbicides. And remember, all your purchases will support the sanctuary's care of abused, abandoned and unwanted farm animals!
Click here to visit their Facebook event page.

World Peace Diet Study Group

January 24 (2:00 - 4:00 PM)

Join the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry group for a discussion of The World Peace Diet, which will be led by Beth Redwood, a certified World Peace Diet facilitator. Bi-weekly meetings on Saturdays from 2-4 pm — Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, and March 21— at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1034 SW 13th Avenue, Room A301. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Beth Redwood Light vegan snacks will be served. Cost: $25, plus purchase of The World Peace Diet book. Participants are asked to read the first two chapters of The World Peace Diet prior to the first class.

Visionary author Will Tuttle’s #1 Amazon bestseller, The World Peace Diet, is a transformational guide to living in alignment with our inner wisdom, and the loving kindness and compassion that are our true nature. We’ve been born into a culture that indoctrinates us from birth to disconnect from our spiritual values and our innate sense of justice, and to deny our inner knowing that all animals are sentient—they have feelings, intelligence, sensitivity, and consciousness, plus a physiology that feels pain. Just like us, they seek to be happy and avoid suffering. Yet when we participate in the routine mistreatment of animals required by daily meals of animal flesh and secretions, we deprive them of their happiness. The World Peace Diet is a comprehensive roadmap that awakens us to the devastating ramifications of our food choices—to animals, other people, the environment, as well as our own health, spiritual sensitivity and consciousness. It empowers us to bring our actions into alignment with our spiritual, ethical values by making conscious vegan choices based on compassion, justice, kindness, nonviolence, and mercy to animals.