Who we are: A Facebook group of like-minded, fun-loving vegans (or curious non-vegans) located in the Ballarat area, who enjoy the combination of food and socialising!
What we do: We host monthly catch ups where we all get together for a meal at a vegan-friendly local restaurant or cafe. We also hope to raise a bit of money to donate to local animal charities.
How to get involved: You can find us on Facebook under "Vegan Catch Ups - Ballarat". Everyone is welcome - we only ask that you bring along your sense of fun and a willingness to enjoy some tasty vegan food!
What to expect: A friendly, welcoming, and diverse group of individuals, and amazing, local vegan eats! Below are just some of the delicious meals we enjoyed at our last catch up, which was a breakfast held at The Unicorn Cafe on Sturt Street.
The "Coalition Against Duck Shooting" has erected this billboard just down the road from the Ballarat electorate office of Jaala Pulford. The billboard is opposite Sovereign Hill, on Main Road.
With the slaughter of our native waterbirds about to commence with the opening of "duck season" on March 19th, it is a stark reminder that cruel "sports" continue, and that although an activity may be legal, and endorsed by our political leaders, the activity causes immense suffering and devastation to another species, and is both morally and ethically wrong.
The inaugural Vegan Festival recently held in Ballarat was a great success, with a variety of events held over the week of 17 - 24 January 2016.
The week began with "Today I am Voiceless", a global vegan activism campaign to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence.
In Ballarat, this was comprised of a 24 hour vow of silence, incorporating a walk around Lake Wendouree.
The vegan cooking demo and lunch, and the vegan high tea, by Cindy of "Bright Life Catering" were two amazing, informative and delicious events held during the festival.
Cindy's food was cruelty free, simple, and sometimes decadent. It showed that you really dont need animal products to make great food.
The "wrap party", closing the festival, gave us some fantastic music from talented local musicians. The guest speaker, Andy Meddick, from the Animal Justice Party, gave an inspiring, intelligent and articulate talk.