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.

Portland Premiere of PlantPure Nation with Dr Campbell

June 3 (7:00 PM)

Join us for the Portland Premiere of Plant Pure Nation on Wednesday, June 3 at The Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St., Portland).

From the producer and writer of Forks Over Knives, PlantPure Nation is a documentary that tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. A Q&A will follow with Dr T. Colin Campbell, Co-Writer of The China Study and Nelson Campbell, Director of PlantPure Nation. For more info on this exciting new film click here.

This screening will sell out fast so click here to order tickets today!

NW VEG Westside Potluck and Annual Meeting

June 21 (5:00 - 8:00 PM)

See old friends and meet new ones at the June Northwest VEG Potluck. After the potluck we will have the Northwest VEG Annual Meeting - your chance to hear updates from the board and provide feedback. Included in the updates will be a presentation on our new exciting project, the Vegan movie.

The potluck will be held at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. Come to the potluck at 5:00pm, the presentation at 6:30pm, or both! 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.

5th Annual VegQuest!

June 27 (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

Join your fellow veg-head adventurers in taking on vegan Portland. In this race organized by Try Vegan PDX, teams of 2-4 people will work to get a few lines or a blackout on a BINGO card - going to destinations, and completing challenges, based on what the BINGO squares say. Besides having a great time, you are sure to discover some great new spots in Portland. This year's race will be in the St. Johns area of Portland. Mark your calendars! Winning teams get prizes!

The race will begin and end at Cathedral Park located at North Edison and Pittsburgh Ave in Portland. Costumes are encouraged but not required. $10 per person in advance, $15 the day of. Register at starting June 1 at tryveganpdx.com.

NW VEG 4th of July Vegan Potluck Picnic

July 4 (3:00 - 6:00 PM)

Come join in the fun at Northwest VEG's annual 4th of July potluck picnic and celebrate the spirit of independence with delicious plant-based food. We'll meet at Raleigh Park, 3500 SW 78th Ave., between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Canyon Road. Look for the Northwest VEG banner on the hill.

Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert (we'll supply the drinks); a card listing its ingredients; and plates, utensils and cups for your use; figure the amount to serve 6 generously. Bring your croquet, badminton, bocce balls, or any other lawn or table games! We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Don't forget your tennis racquet if you play. A swimming pool at the park is available for a few dollars per person. If it looks like rain, we'll meet at West Hills UU Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Road. Check our website for updates, or call (503) 746-8344. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the picnic area rental.

NW VEG Gresham Area Potluck with Chef and Author, Julie Hasson

July 12 (5:00 PM)

Join us for a delicious potluck followed by a tasty vegan baking demo by Chef and Author Julie Hasson! Julie is the author of Vegan Pizza, as well as 9 other cookbooks (with another one coming out this year). She has over 20 years of experience in the food industry, including serving as a private chef for celebrities and high-profile clients, is the founder and former owner of the legendary Portland food cart Native Bowl and has recently come out with a new line of amazing cake mixes, Julie's Originals. Julie will be demonstrating her newly developed gluten free cake mixes with fresh fruits of the season. Free samples will be provided!

The potluck will be held at the Healing Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church, 15150 NE Glisan Street, Portland. Come to the potluck at 5:00pm, the demo at 6:30pm, or both! 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. Please email Jeanne at upcyclingcreations@gmail.com for more information.

Plant-Based Foods for Optimum Health Cooking Class

July 11 - 18 (1:00 - 4:00 PM)

Join Vegan Chefs Jeanne Schultz, MEd., and Jill Russell, MS., for a two part plant-based cooking class designed for beginning to intermediate level cooks who want to learn more about incorporating nutrient dense, gluten free, anti-inflammatory, and gut friendly foods into their diets. Group led demonstrations as well as hands-on activities will be provided along with reference guides, recipes and samples. Discover how to make the basics like nut and seed milks, improve your knife skills, replace eggs in cooking and baking, and learn how to veganize any recipe. This class is being held through Mt. Hood Community College from 1:00-4:00 pm on July 11 and July 18. For more information and to register click here. Mention that you found out about the class through Northwest VEG to the instructors and get a free kitchen gadget!

NW VEG Eastside Portland Potluck and Seitan Cooking Demo

July 19 (5:00 PM)

After our usual community potluck, please help us in welcoming, Rosalind and Clayton McCallard, the founders of Portland's only vegan metal sandwich company, Snackrilege and their head seitan maker, Rebecca Smith. The Snackrilege team will be presenting, "The Science of Seitan," and share with us their trade secrets on creating the perfect seitan! SAMPLES will be provided!
Snackrilege prides themselves and creating perfectly tasty, affordable, plant-based foods that people can grab-and-go for anytime delicious satisfaction. To learn more about Snackrilege, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This event will be at the Friends Meeting Hall, 4312 SE Stark St., Portland, OR. Come to the potluck at 5:00, the presentation at 6:30, or both!

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, and we start eating at about 5:15. 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.

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp for Teens!

July 25 - August 1

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a unique and inspiring leadership summer camp for youth 12-17 who care about community service, activism, and social justice. At a week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp setting, YEA campers choose an issue of importance to them (for example, some have chosen climate change, racism, homophobia, homelessness, or animal rights) and they build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take action on that issue once they get home. Campers also build lifelong friendships between youth with similar interests in bettering their community and society. Youth who have participated in our programs report that the camp was one of the most fun, memorable and life-changing experiences they have had, and, with YEA's support, many have gone on to start school clubs, plan fundraisers for nonprofits, organize a call-in to Congress, and attend hearings to comment about important community issues. See a short video on this amazing camp on You Tube. YEA Camp serves all-vegan food. Yum!

"This camp has truly changed my life. You have inspired me to do so much with my life and to make the world a truly better place. You have inspired me to believe in myself and to not just say, 'I'm just a kid, what can I do?' Because of you, I have been able to actually make a difference." -Bianca, 15

This year YEA camp will be offered in Molalla, OR July 25-August 1. YEA Camp is exclusively offering Northwest VEG members $100 off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member. For more information on YEA Camp and to register visit their website at yeacamp.org.

Vegan Fusion Cuisine Cooking Immersions

May 4 - August 29

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:

  • 10-Day cooking immersion beginning on August 17
  • 3-Day teacher training beginning on August 29

  • 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.

    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.