National Vegetarian Week 2023
16th May 2023
16th May 2023
National Vegetarian Week (NVW) is an annual event held in the United Kingdom and Ireland to promote the benefits of a vegetarian diet. This year it takes place from 15th to 21st May. The week is coordinated by The Vegetarian Society, a registered charity that has been campaigning for vegetarianism for over 125 years.
The Vegetarian Society is a British charity, established in 1847. It was formed by members of the Bible Christian Church, supporters of the Concordium and readers of the Truth-Tester journal, with a unified goal of teaching everyone how easy it is to enjoy a veggie lifestyle. The organisation flourished as the nation entered the 20th century; even the great Mahatma Gandhi became a committee member!
The current celebration of meat-free meals began life in 1992 as a single day, but quickly grew to incorporate the full week. Held almost every year, the event is always a massive success; as a result of it, vegetarianism frequently makes national and local headlines. This has had a knock-on effect of attracting hundreds of thousands of people to vegetarianism and joining the organisation which so vigorously promotes it.
During National Vegetarian Week, a variety of events and activities are held to raise awareness of vegetarianism and its benefits. These events include:
NVW is a great opportunity to learn more about vegetarianism and try out some delicious vegetarian recipes. It is also a chance to meet other vegetarians and vegans and discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet.
There are many reasons to go vegetarian. For some people, it is a personal choice based on their beliefs about animal welfare. Others choose to go vegetarian for health reasons, as a vegetarian diet can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Still others choose to go vegetarian for environmental reasons, as a vegetarian diet has a much lower carbon footprint than a meat-based diet.
Whatever your reasons for going vegetarian, NVW is a great time to give it a try. There are so many delicious vegetarian recipes available, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to make the switch.
Here are some of the benefits of going vegetarian:
Don’t know where to start with your vegetarian journey? Here are some top tips:
Whether it’s a vegetarian brunch at Framptons, a veggie lunch at The Pantiles Café, or a traditional meat-free Indian meal at Kirthon – there are a plethora of plant-based and veggie options to enjoy at The Pantiles’ restaurants, cafes and bars.
If you’re wanting to try your own meat-free recipes at home, head over to Oliver Greens and grab some locally produced fruit and veg. Whether you fill a trolley or basket, or just carry as much as you can – stock up and use #NationalVegetarianWeek to show off your shop!
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