This Week in NJ

It's a low key week in the Vegan Universe, but there's lots of action this weekend! Follow along, so you know what's going on!

On Tuesday, please keep Animals First on the Second in mind. This is not an event to attend; rather a monthly day of reflection and remembrance. Each day, millions of farm animals are starved on their way to slaughter. On the Second day of every month, fasting is encouraged in protest of the treatment of these sentient beings. Join us as we amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world.

A Spring Luncheon hosted by American Vegan Society will be taking place at the Academy of Culinary Arts of Atlantic Cape Community College. This Wednesday, culinary students will prepare and present a meal of exceptional quality under the guidance of their Chef-Educator. Tickets are $33 for adults and $23 for students and includes gratuity. For more information or to check seating availability, please call 856. 694.2887.

On Wednesday night, there will be a protest of the UniverSoul Circus in Newark. Join local PETA supporters in protesting UniverSoul's live animal acts on their opening night in Newark, NJ. Animals are being dragged from city to city forced to perform cruel and confusing tricks often under the threat of physical punishment. Please meet at the entrance of Weequahic Park on the corner of Meeker Ave. and Empire St. starting at 5:45pm. More information can be found here.

Saturday's Vegan Curry Cook-Off will take place in York, PA from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Leg Up Farmer's Market. Hosted by DEEPER by Andrew Abaria , this competition will be in the style of the popular tv show "Chopped". Each team will have 20 minutes to shop for up to $30 worth of ingredients and one hour to make their best vegan curry dish, followed by blind judging. There is no fee to enter but space is limited. Deadline to enter is April 1 at noon. To register, email Andrew at There will be prizes to the winners.

Our own Vegan Shawarma Dinner Party will be taking place Saturday as well! Vegan in NJ is teaming up with The Vegan Shawarma to bring you a buffet filled with some delicious vegan food! Tickets are limited, so make sure to buy ASAP! BYOB. All ages. Gratuity included. As with all of our events, this is a social event, so don't worry if you are coming alone! Once you're there, we're all friends!

There will be two Cube of Truth sessions this weekend as well. There will be on at Rittenhouse Square in PA and the other will be at Rutgers University. The Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. Links for downloading materials can be found on each location's Facebook Event page.

NJVegfest will be hosting another Vegan Pop-Up at Convention Hall in Asbury Park on Sunday, the 7th. With some of my favorite spots (Fanciful Fox, Vegan Treats, The Baklava Lady, and more!) in attendance, I am hopi