Vegetarian Living

First Ever All-Veg Oktoberfest

OktoberfestIt all seems to have started last year in the home of Oktoberfest, the Bavarian city of Munich. Last year, in recognition of the growing vegetarian community in Germany, now numbering over 7 million, vegan meat analogues were introduced to their traditional Oktoberfest event.

For instance, in the Herzkasperl tent the Bachmaier family featured a repertoire of soy “pork” medallions with sautéed chanterelle mushrooms and the traditional cheesy egg noodle bake known as Käsespätzle – except without the egg or the cheese. Other tent owners, including the Ammers family, who are famous for their roast chicken,  have jumped on the culinary bandwagon by serving up a chicken fricassee, but replacing the meat with soy cutlets.

Of course, most of the event was still meat-based. However a precedent was set. Vegan food had established a beach head in the Oktoberfest event. But for that good beginning to flower into an entirely vegan Oktoberfest, we need to take you to the New World.

This year in Santa Monica, California, the first ever all-vegan Oktoberfest will be held. All the usual sausages, pretzels, potato pancakes, chicken, sauerkraut and ice cream will be on offer – but without any animal ingredients. California-based vendors range from Sage Organic Vegan Bistro to Southern Fried Vegan to Kind Kreme. We can add the Santa Monica Oktoberfest to the growing list of veg-firsts happening far and wide.

With the world becoming ever more veg-friendly, we are hopeful that someday even the Munich Oktoberfest will be an all-veg event. How much difference would that make? Actually quite a lot, considering that every Oktoberfest they serve 500,000 chickens, 116 whole oxen and 115,000 pork sausages at the festival in just 3 weeks!

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About 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 several nationally published books, including our latest book "In Pursuit of Great Food: A Plant-based shopping guide", which provides valuable information on what to buy and how to choose great food. Our other books include "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, the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", and a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or Amazon.com.

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