Vegetarians of Washington

Vegetarians of Washington is a large non-profit vegetarian society based in Seattle, WA. We encourage people to discover the advantages and experience the pleasures of vegetarian food. We welcome everyone, whether you're an experienced vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. You don't have to be a vegetarian to join our organization, or to follow our blog! We run the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, Seattle's Vegfest, held in the Seattle Center in March each year. We also host monthly dining events and give free nutrition and cooking classes. We've written four nationally published books, including our latest book "Say No to Meat" which gives the information and real-world advice that new vegetarians need the most, in an easy question-and-answer style. Our other books are the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook", and our guidebook to vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in Washington and Oregon, "Vegetarian Pacific Northwest". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or Amazon.com.
Vegetarians of Washington has written 137 posts for Vegetarian News and Views

Going Veg is a Climate Must!

The latest global warming research makes clearer than ever that there’s no fixing, or even mitigating, a climate change catastrophe without a worldwide switch to a vegetarian diet. Don’t look for alternatives to save us, such as grass-fed beef which is actually worse.  Nothing else can be substituted for going veg, and even the most optimistic … Continue reading

Fast Veg in Texas!

Many vegetarians long for a veg fast food restaurant, complete with drive through convenience. Now, a chef’s idea for a completely plant-based, organic fast-food restaurant is becoming a reality in San Antonio. Mike Behrend, co-owner of the Green Vegetarian Cuisine restaurant, has started the soon-to-open Earth Burger, which will offer a healthier take on quick … Continue reading

Kellie Pickler Goes Veg!

American country music artist, Kellie Pickler, cooked up a vegetarian storm on ABC-TV’s “The Chew,” before her recent performance in Las Vegas. The winner of many music awards, Pickler said that she chose to live a vegetarian lifestyle after being exposed to the inhumane ways animals are exploited. Also, she said that since becoming “a … Continue reading

Veal Heartbreak – from farm to slaughterhouse

Perhaps the most heartbreaking farm animal practice is the raising of veal. Despite substantial public opposition, hundreds of thousands of calves raised for veal are intensively confined in individual crates too narrow for them even to turn around. Tethered by their necks to further restrict their movement, they’re virtually immobilized for their entire 16 week-long … Continue reading

Veg Diet = Lower Blood Pressure

Yet another study has reconfirmed what we already knew: that a plant-based diet promotes a lower blood pressure than a meat-centered one. The connection between a veg diet and blood pressure is a very strong one. The doctors conducting the study, just published in Internal Medicine, conclude that “controlled trials suggest a robust relationship between … Continue reading

What’s New at Vegfest?

In addition to many of our old favorites, we’re very excited about all the new features at this year’s Vegfest, including new products, new chefs, speakers, health screenings and children’s activities. So we thought we’d give you just a taste of what’s new at this year’s Vegfest. First let’s talk about some of the new … Continue reading

Spring Clean your Heart

Friday is Valentine’s Day, and so, naturally, many people will be concerned with affairs of the heart. But did you know that February is also Heart Health month? And, while it’s not quite spring yet, many people will be starting their spring cleaning early by cleaning out the clogged arteries that lead to heart attacks, … Continue reading

Veg Olympians

We’re all excited about the winter Olympics in Sochi! Plant-fueled athletes won their share of medals in the summer Olympics in London.  As of this writing the winter games are just beginning, but we’ve already scored our first veg Olympian medal. Canadian vegan Meagan Duhamel just won a silver medal in team figure skating at … Continue reading

Serve a Sample and Save the World

It seems like a little thing – just serving a few samples of food at Seattle’s Vegfest – doesn’t it? Yet sometimes simple things can be very powerful. At this year’s Vegfest, thousands of people will be coming through the door to give veg foods a try, to learn more about veg diets, and take … Continue reading

What a Year for the Veg World!

What year 2013 was for the veg world! In fact, it’s hard to come up with a more significant year for the vegetarian movement in the last 100 years or more. We saw Al Gore become the first ever Vice President to go vegan. As one of the leaders of the environmental movement, the significance … Continue reading

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