How To Make Sure Your Event Is Vegan Friendly

As more documentaries expose the corruption within the food industry, more people are choosing to consume a diet that’s primarily vegan. A few years ago, it would be really difficult to find any major establishment that catered to the vegan lifestyle. Over the years, things have changed completely. Thankfully, more restaurants and food companies are creating dishes and packaged food items that cater to the vegan community. As more people adopt a vegan lifestyle, it’s a good idea to make sure that your events cater to both vegans and non-vegans. Truthfully, it’s not as difficult as it might seem. Consider the following ways you can make sure your event is vegan-friendly. 

1. Consider the drinks.


If you’re hosting an event, the drinks tend to be one of the easier options because most drinks work for everyone. If it’s an event during the summer, juices, infused water and lemonade work perfectly. If the event is during the cooler months and you’re providing options like hot chocolate, just make sure to prepare a version that includes soy milk or almond milk. If you have the option for hot tea, provide creamers that are soy-based and almond milk-based. 

2. Prepare a variety of appetizers.


Appetizers can actually a lot of fun to prepare. Just consider what the non-vegan option will be. Once you’re clear on the non-vegan option, prepare a vegan version. If you’re going to serve buffalo wings, you can prepare a vegan version with cauliflower. If you’re serving meat-filled patties, you can find vegetarian meat, crumble it up and season it well. Then, wrap the dough around the vegetarian meat for a similar option. 
Keep in mind that you can always cut up vegetables like carrots and celery sticks. Purchase a vegan version of Ranch dressing for a great dip. Just make sure that the carrots and celery sticks are all the vegans get if the meat-eaters are getting gourmet chicken wings and more. Make it balanced. 

3. Include different labels.


When you prepare vegan food correctly, looks can be extremely deceiving. If this an event where there will be a lot of people, you don’t have time to entertain a ton of questions from every single person regarding the food and what it contains. In this case, it’s best to include cute signs that indicate whether the food is vegan or not. You’ll also want to include whether the food contains soy, peanuts or similar ingredients that many people tend to be allergic to. 

4. Include lots of fruits and vegetables.


Overall, it’s important for everyone to include more fiber in their diet. This is why it’s a good idea to include lots of fruits and vegetables throughout the menu. Include a large stand that contains tons of fruits and vegetables on kabob sticks. On each kabob, include strawberries, grapes and cucumbers. Add pineapples, peaches and any other delicious produce that seasonal. Consider a delectable side dish like sauteed kale topped with praline pecans or steamed broccolini that’s topped with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper. There are many people who might not be interested in pound cake or ice cream for dessert. This is why it’s always nice to have an option like fresh fruit or homemade fruit sorbet with natural sweeteners like agave nectar or maple syrup. 

5. Include an indicator on the invitation.


When you’re preparing for the major event, always be mindful of how many vegans will actually be at the event. It would be terrible to plan for 20 vegans and 40 vegans actually come. If you’re sending out an e-vite, ask people to indicate whether they’re vegan or not. This will help you to have an accurate understanding of how many people to prepare for. Plus, you’ll want to make extra just in case some meat-eaters decide they’d like to eat a little cleaner for the day. 

When you follow these tips, you’ll be able to move forward in an event with a clear head. There really are so many options to choose from when you’re preparing for a vegan crowd. When you broaden your perspective by researching a variety of recipes, you’ll realize how easy it can actually be. Eventually, you’ll become known as the one who hosts amazing parties for every dietary need. 

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