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» Portland VegFest: September 22 and 23!
» September Vegan Potlucks & Presentations
» September NW VEG Events
» Community Bites
» VegFest: A Whole Lot of Fun for the Whole Family
» VegFest/Health Conference Speaker Spotlights: Dr Esselstyn, Dr Mills, and George Wuerthner
» Ask the RD: Alison Ozgur
» Thanks to our 2012 Portland VegFest Sponsors!
» Recipe of the Month: Coconut, Almond, and Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Portland VegFest: September 22 and 23!

Join in the fun at the 8th Annual Portland VegFest from 10am-6pm at the Oregon Convention Center. This year's festival will include hundreds of free food samples, engaging speakers and chef demos, veg-savvy exhibitors, restaurants, family and teen activities, and film screenings with special guests. Check out some of the event's exciting features:
  • Learn to make healthier food choices with our slate of speakers sharing their expertise. Find out how to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease from Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., discover the truth on Health Impacts of Soy Foods with Dr Mark Messina, and hear from vegan triathlete champion Ruth Heidrich on The Race for Life: From Cancer to the Ironman.
  • Tantalize your tummy with free food samples of 100+ delicious main dishes, decadent desserts, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses and milks and ice creams, fruit smoothies, hummus and other spreads and dips, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, nut and seed butters, energy bars, and on-the-go and raw snacks, and so much more!
  • Savor the tasty dishes you'll learn to make from our entertaining chef demonstrators, including national superstars like Laura Theodore The Jazzy Vegetarian and local sensation Aaron Adams of Portobello Vegan Trattoria.
  • Catch a showing of the highly acclaimed documentaries Vegucated and Forks Over Knives!
  • Visit more than 100+ veg samplers, vendors, non-profit groups and restaurants.
  • Add to your knowledge about nutrition, health, fitness, veg travel and gardening at the Ask the Experts table in the main exhibit hall.
Admission is only $6 per day. Children ages 10 and under are free. Download a dollar-off coupon and check out the full weekend's schedule of speakers, cooking demos, classes, and experts at Make your visit even eco-friendlier: ride TriMet.

Volunteer for VegFest and receive FREE ADMISSION!
More than 300 volunteers are needed to help make Northwest VEG's 8th Annual VegFest a success. Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift earns you free admission to BOTH days of VegFest?! We still need help with setup, cleanup, passing out food samples, working at recycling stations, in the children's or teen area (face painters and makeup artists needed), leafleting outside OCC and dressing up in a veggie costume. You can also help beforehand by signing up to distribute posters and postcards around town to promote VegFest. We need your help to make this year's VegFest the best yet!
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, for more information at

September Vegan Potlucks & Presentations

Portland Vegan Potluck (Eastside)
When: Sunday, September 16th @ 5:00pm (potluck) and 6:30pm (presentation)
Where: Friends Meeting Hall (4312 SE Stark, Portland, OR.)
Details: Northwest VEG is pleased to welcome Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan ( to the Northwest. Following the potluck, join us for their inspirational talk: Let the Doughnut Do the Talking: Food as Activism, focusing on the multitude of ways we can each change the world for animals through food activism. Whether it’s baking compassionate cupcakes for your office party, hosting a tofu-dog feed-in on the Fourth of July, or writing a letter to the editor regarding the blatant oversight of veganism in a “green foods” article, there is a way in for each of us when it comes to using food as a political statement and a tool for change. Jasmin Singer is the director and co-founder of Our Hen House (, a multimedia hive to change the world for animals. Come to the potluck at 5:00pm, the presentation at 6:30pm, or both!

Vancouver Vegan Potluck (New Venue)
When: Thursday September 27 @ 6:30pm (potluck) and 7:30pm (presentation)
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver (4505 East 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661)
Details: Northwest VEG is pleased to welcome Nick Cooney as he presents "Psychology and Social Change: Creating a Better World For Animals." Following our usual potluck, Nick will discuss how creating a better world for animals means understanding how people think, and what will motivate them to change their hearts and their diets. Learn how psychology can make us more effective spokespersons for animals and veg eating. Nick Cooney is the Compassionate Communities Campaign manager for Farm Sanctuary and is the author of Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change, which VegNews named as one of its top ten books of 2011.

Note for the potlucks: 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. A donation of $2–5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental. For more information email

September NW VEG Events

Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition” Professional Health Conference
When: Friday September 21st
Where: Ambridge Event Center (1333 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland)
Details: Northwest VEG, with Adventist Medical Center, present our third annual professional conference, Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition. This conference is geared for doctors, nurses, dietitians, naturopaths, and all other health professionals who want the latest information about plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, chronic disease prevention and control, and designing an optimum plant-based diet. Once again, we have a stellar list of speakers with exciting talks lined up for this year's health conference including:
  • Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., MD. Plant-Based Diets for the Prevention and Reversal of Heart Disease. The work of Dr. Esselstyn has been featured in the documentaries Forks Over Knives and PLANEAT, and Bill Clinton has cited Dr. Esselstyn's work as one of the main reasons he moved to a plant-based diet.
  • Milton Mills, MD. What Every Physician Should Know About the Role of Nutrition in the Practice of Clinical Medicine.
  • Virginia Messina, MPH, RD. Planning Optimal Diets for Vegans.
  • Karen Jaceldo-Siegl, DrPH. Latest Findings from the Adventist Health Study 2.
  • Andrew Rife, ND. Managing Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Mark Messina, PhD. Soyfoods & Health: Research Updates & Implications for Clinical Practice.
Let your healthcare provider know about this great opportunity for continuing education. Although this conference is aimed at health care professionals, others with a strong interest in health and nutrition may also want to attend. Registration and other information about the conference can be found here.

September Dineout with Author/Activist Nick Cooney
When: Wednesday, September 26 @ 6:30pm
Where: Veggie Grill (508 SW Taylor St., Portland)
Details: We're trying something new - a special dineout with a great speaker included. Nick Cooney is the Compassionate Communities Campaign manager for Farm Sanctuary and is the author of Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change, which VegNews named as one of its top ten books of 2011.
Munch on some delicious vegan fare as Nick Cooney presents, "Effective Animal Advocacy 101." Nick will help you take your compassion for animals to the next level through a "bottom line" approach to helping animals. Learn how you can help more animals, in less time and with less money, and how you can get active in the greater Portland area to effectively promote veg eating. For more information on this event click here. Please join our Meetup group to RSVP.
The next day, 9/27, join Nick at the launch of Farm Sanctuary’s Portland Compassionate Communities Campaign and leaflet around town: PSU, Smith Memorial Hall (1825 SW Broadway) from 10:00am-2:00pm AND later at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 4:00-6:00pm.

September Happy Hour
When: Friday September 28 @ 4:45pm
Where: North Bar (5008 SE Division St., Portland)
Details: This month's happy hour will be at North Bar. Although they don't have many options for vegans on their menu, they do allow people to get food at all of the nearby food carts (Off the Griddle, Los Gorditos, etc.) and bring it over. This will be a great opportunity to try a bunch of vegan-friendly places at once, grab a drink and hang with friends, new and old. (Remember to bring cash so closing out at the end is easier.) Please RSVP for this event through our Meetup group.

Community Bites

Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals
When: Saturday, September 15 @ 10:00am-2:00pm
Where: Director Park in downtown Portland
Details: The Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work and brings together thousands of people to change hearts and minds. After the walk you will be invited to enjoy some yummy food, good music, and awesome raffle prizes.
Anyone interested in attending should register today. You can even form your own team! And be sure to like the Portland Walk for Farm Animals on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Hope to see you there!

Table for Northwest VEG at this event!
Shifts: 9:30am-12:00pm and 11:45-2:15pm
Volunteers are needed to talk to interested attendees about plant-based diets and Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations, and more); handing out literature, directing attendees to additional resources and recipes as necessary; and generally putting a positive face to plant-based diets. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers!
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, for more information at

VegFest: A Whole Lot of Fun for the Whole Family

Get the family ready, because this year's VegFest will have exciting activities happening all weekend for children AND teens!

Be sure to check out the Teen Area at VegFest this year! There will be a “Flesh is for Zombies” photo booth this year! Get made up like zombies by our makeup artists (more needed!) and then improvise with your friends and our gory props to create some memorable VegFest keepsakes.

Representatives and material from peta2 and Vegan Outreach will also be there to share how you can get more involved as a young activist. PLUS there will be a raffle bag filled with cool goodies from PETA, a copy of the new vegan vampire thriller Out of Breath, posters, and more!

In addition to all this, we're hoping to have a bike blender for some "wheely good" smoothies, so

VegFest/Health Conference Speaker Spotlights: Dr Esselstyn, Dr Mills, and George Wuerthner

By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

Between Portland VegFest on September 22 & 23 and our Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition health conference on September 21, Northwest VEG is giving you an opportunity to meet, listen and be inspired by more than 20+ speakers and chefs. Get a head start by meeting three of our fascinating speakers below. Click here to see the full VegFest speaker schedule.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., will be presenting his talk: “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” distilled from his life’s research and 2008 book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. What’s interesting about Dr. Esselstyn is not just his Yale degree, his Olympic gold medal, or his Bronze Star for service as a surgeon in the Army. What’s interesting is the battle he’s fought since the 1970s, trying to convince the medical world and his patients that eating a fat-free, vegan diet is not radical, too severe, or impossible.

Dr. Esselstyn asked, in an interview with Mark Sutton at Howard Lyman’s website, which is more radical, open-heart surgery or a plant-based diet:

Ask the RD: Alison Ozgur

Alison is a Registered Dietitian specializing in health and fitness nutrition. She has nearly twelve years of experience helping clients reach their nutrition and weight loss goals and is the co-author of Go Beyond Good: The Trail to a Lifetime of Health and Vitality. Do you have a question for Alison? Email us at

Q. Is there a link between cancer and soy intake?
A. Much of the current evidence strongly suggests that soy does not promote cancer, but that it reduces cancer risk. In his book Healthy at 100, author John Robbins notes:

“The elders of Okinawa have repeatedly been shown to be healthiest and longest-lived people in the world. This was demonstrated conclusively in the renowned Okinawa Centenarian Study, a 25-year study sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Health. The researchers conducting the study analyzed the diet and health profiles of Okinawan elders, and compared them to other elder populations throughout the world. They concluded that high soy consumption

Thanks to our 2012 Portland VegFest Sponsors!

We want to say a tremendous thank you to the sponsors of our upcoming Portland VegFest on September 22 and 23. We couldn't do it without your support! We're pleased to have our long-time sponsor KBOO community radio, returning as our top level sponsor. Be sure to tune into this Portland's listener-supported community radio station.

A huge thanks to our Platinum Print Sponsor, The Oregonian powering and our Gold Sponsor Dave's Killer Bread, creator of oh-so-delicious organic breads. And our wonderful Silver Sponsors: Mary's Gone Crackers, the wonderful whole-grain company; Pacific Natural Foods, maker of delightful non-dairy milks, soups and broths; Field Roast Grain Meat Company, the original makers of vegan grain meat products; Book Publishing Company, supplying veg books galore; The ReDirect Guide, your go-to guide for green living; Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro, cookin' up creative Asian fare; Toby's Family Foods, purveyor of delicious tofu pate and Genesis Juices; gardein™, makers of healthier versions of the foods people love; The Professional Platinum Cooking System, the healthiest environmentally friendly way to cook; Tasty Bite, with their delightful flavors of Indian cuisine; Taza Chocolate, creators of the highest quality Fair Trade cacao; and Daiya, the deliciously dairy free vegan cheese company.

We're grateful for our sponsors' generosity and their commitment to nurturing compassion, sound environmental practices and healthy living in our community and beyond.

Recipe of the Month: Coconut, Almond, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Robin Asbell

There is something about the texture of coconut in a cookie; the way it stays moist and chewy is irresistible. The addition of chocolate and almonds makes for a triple temptation that will call to you from the cookie jar. Be sure the see Robin Absell at this year’s VegFest as she presents, "Big Vegan Does Sweet and Savory!" For more information on Robin, check out her website and new Vegetarian blog.

  • 2 tbsp nondairy milk, plus more as needed
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • ½ cup/60 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup/65 g whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup/120 ml canola oil
  • ½ cup/100 g granular palm sugar, palm sugar paste, or Sucanat
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup/90 g unsweetened shredded dried coconut
  • ½ cup/55 g sliced almonds
  • ½ cup/85 g vegan chocolate chip

Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C/gas 5.
1. In a cup or small bowl, whisk the 2 tbsp nondairy milk and the flaxseeds

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