Vegan and plant-based event planning is a fast-spreading trend. Living vegan means considering the welfare of animals, your personal health, and Mother Earth with every choice you make. Vegan and plant-based event planning is more common than ever. Are you planning an event but feeling hesitant to make it fully vegan? Do you think your non-vegan guests will be uncomfortable or not have fun?
Veganism is a buzzword and trend that has taken over the newsfeeds and timelines of millennials across the globe. Being vegan is slowly becoming more normalized. Though, there are still many folks who hold strong negative feelings against the lifestyle.
If you’re planning an event and you’re thinking you might want to make it a vegan one, here is what you can expect it to entail.
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Choosing the Most Delicious Food Often Means an Outside Caterer
Veganism has come a long way from what it once was. Nowadays, you can veganize practically anything. You can even offer your guests a vegan steak look-alike, sliders, wings, fillets, shrimp, and everything in between.
When people go to an event, the food is one of the most important aspects. As a vegan you obviously know how versatile vegan food can be. It doesn’t matter the cuisine or cultural influences. Vegan food is SO delicious. Wouldn’t this be an amazing chance to show the people you love how easy (and tasty) it is to be vegan?
Unfortunately, the majority of catering halls don’t have the ability or knowledge to create gourmet vegan food. It just isn’t mainstream (yet).
We did put together the top fully vegan catering halls across the United States. Stay tuned for the upcoming blog!
Your best bet will be to hire an outside vendor who is an exclusively vegan caterer.
If your event is casual, you may be able to rent out a 100% vegan restaurant that is upscale, classy, and offers a catering package.
Explore Vegan Alcohol Options
Unfortunately, not all alcohols are vegan. You can read more on that here. We dug into the nitty-gritty of sneaky ingredients you didn’t know weren’t vegan like shellac, albumin, charcoal, and more.
No big affair is complete without some sort of alcohol, even if it’s a cash bar. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking your alcohol and accidentally serving products that go against your morals. There are plenty of vegan alternatives out there for every type of drinker.
Our favorite website for finding vegan alcohol is Barnivore.com. It’s a website where you can browse any type of alcohol or even search by name. This is a gold mine for folks who love their booze and the animals, too.
Sometimes, you will see a vegan certified symbol on some alcohol via Beveg. It’s the largest vegan wine certification company run by a long-time vegan. They certify other products, too! With Beveg and Barnovore.com, there is no doubt you can find any alcohol you want from beer to hard liquor, and everything in between.
Soothe Your Guests’ Sweet Tooth
In 2022, vegan cakes, pastries, and desserts have been taken to a new level. There is no dessert on planet earth you cannot make vegan.
There are so many vegan bakeries across the US that will make you the custom cake of your dreams.
For larger budgets, you may opt for a Venetian Hour, an Italian wedding tradition. It’s a dessert hour that includes all the bells and whistles. It’s so massive that it’s a meal in itself.
Types of vegan desserts to include:
- Chocolate Fountain
- Sundae Station
- So much more.
There are endless vegan dessert options.
Omit Live Animals in Your Vegan Event Planning
Some think a horse-drawn carriage is elegant. Others find a dove throw romantic. Butterfly releases are usually used for aesthetic effects. Using animals for entertainment purposes is not vegan nor cruelty-free.
Some awesome vegan-friendly forms of entertainment:
- Live band
- Live painter
There are lots of ways to entertain your guests and stay true to your values. Show them how incredible a fully vegan event can really be!
Don’t Give up Anything for Your Event. Just Make it Vegan!
More people are becoming aware of the harsh realities of the animal agriculture industry. Scientific studies promoting a plant-centric diet are coming to the forefront as renowned doctors and health professionals continue to promote veganism. It’s no wonder that people are learning how to live healthier.
When you present a plant-based diet to those you love in a simple and meaningful way, you might just change their life for the better. You might just be the catalyst to help people open their eyes to the beautiful lifestyle of veganism. And what a major win that would be!
Don’t know where to start with vegan recipes to include at your next affair?
Check out these crispy quinoa sweet potato fritters that are sure to be a cocktail crowd pleaser.
Plus, take a slice of this delicious and ultra-simple vegan birthday cake, perfect for kids!