Annual Thanksgiving Vegan Celebration Builds Community in Ohio

Hundreds of compassionate Ohioans descended into Columbus for a vegan Thanksgiving potluck hosted by Mercy For Animals, Sunrise Sanctuary and the Columbus Vegan Meetup Group. The event drew guests from diverse backgrounds, including families with children, seniors, college students, urban dwellers and suburbanites. This event embodied the power of food to bring a community together.

TGivePotluck1.jpgHungry guests traveled from Akron, Dayton and Cincinnati to take part in this free community event. A line quickly formed after the doors opened, with guests carrying arms full of piping hot casseroles, mashed-potato-filled crock-pots, fresh baked rolls, kale and quinoa salads, and other vegan twists on favorite homemade holiday recipes. The centerpiece of the meal was Field Roast Celebration roasts. Organizers had to continue to put tables together to accommodate all of the potluck dishes. In all, there were seven tables of savory and sweet treats!

From a tower of cupcakes to two tables full of apple pies and chocolate mousse, everybody was able to satisfy their sweet tooth - over and over again!

A fun raffle provided for entertainment, as guests were given a chance to win free vegan cookbooks, and gift cards donated by various vegan businesses. The event was such a success that activists are already making plans for a larger gathering (and venue) next year.

Satisfied guests left with the knowledge that you don't need animal products to capture the spirit and appetizing flavors of Thanksgiving at your celebration. To make your holiday celebration a blast, click here for recipes.

To learn about other community events in Ohio, visit Ohio Mercy For Animals on Facebook.