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This Week in NJ

Well, we seem to be defrosting nicely over here, aren't we? Finally a time for sweaters and leggings!

This week kicks off with a lecture. "Should We All Be Vegan?" will be hosted by the Cornell Students for Animal Rights and the Cornell Vegan Society. This will take place at Kennedy Hall in Ithaca, NY and features Earthling Ed. Ed Winters is a vegan educator, public speaker and content creator based in London, England. Winters is the co-founder and co-director of Surge, an animal rights organisation determined to create a world where compassion towards all non-human animals is the norm. In 2016 Surge founded The Official Animal Rights March which succeeded in a growth from 2,500 participants in London in 2016 to 28,000 participants across the world in 2018. In 2017 Winters produced the documentary Land of Hope and Glory and launched the on-going moving activism project The Big Vegan Activism Van. He has spoken at over 1/3 of UK universities and has given speeches across the world. Admission for the lecture is $5 and free for students.

On Thursday, join Newark Animal Save at 6:30am to bear witness to innocent beings arriving for slaughter. In their final hour, they will be offered water, comfort, and our love. Attendees will also be holding a memorial with writings and music for the cow who passed during transport last week. The address is 270 Raymond Blvd in Newark.

Another Plants on Plates dinner will be taking place on Thursday night. The venue is Juniper Hill Restaurant & Bar in Annandale. These dinners are a fun way to bring the community together, meet new people and learn more about a whole foods diet. The event starts at 5:00pm and registration information can be found on the event's Facebook Page.

The Vegan Chub will be hosting A Night of Vegan Indulgence Dinner Buffet. Taking place on Friday night at Kitchen 19 in Hammonton, the buffet features French Onion Soup, Chikun Pot Pie, Sausage Lasagna, Italian Roasted Veggies, Teriyaki Chikun, Porq Fried Rice, Beaf Stroganoff, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo, Sesame Green Beans, Desserts, Iced Tea, Coffee, & More. BYOB. Family style seating. Tickets are available here.

Join Clean Ocean Action for another year of Beach Sweep and Clean-Up Saturday the 13th, from 9am-12:30pm at the 3rd Avenue Beach in the Ortley Beach section of Toms River. Come out to support your local community, hang out with Hamlette the Minipig, and meet some like-minded individuals! Refreshments (light snacks and beverages) will be provided!

NJVeg will be hosting a lunch meet up at Seed Burger in New Brunswick on Saturday from 1p-3p. After lunch, stay for an outdoor walk or an indoor activity, depending on the weather.

CALLING ALL CAT LOVERS – Catsbury Park Cat Convention is excited and honored to be back for its second year! Featuring an all-star lineup from the Cat World: Celebrity Cats, adoptable felines, DJs, games, activities, art, vendors, presentations, seminars, comedians, contests, tattoos, tasty vegetarian food, and most important of all – CAT LOVERS – to celebrate our purrrrty feline friends! This is a two day event taking place at Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Tickets are available here.

Grassroots Artists MovEment (GAME) will be hosting a Black VegFest at Co-op City (2049 Bartow Ave, Bronx) on Saturday from 12p-5p. This family friendly event is free to all to attend and is accessible by public transport.

As part of V Marks the Shop's "Sumthin' Saturday" in-store event series, another Micro Pop-Up will be taking place Saturday, the 13th. Unlike Philly Vegan's other events at Tattooed Mom, Friends Center, etc., the micro pops are curated markets with 3-5 vendors from from food to arts & crafts! It's a great way for neighbors & local business owners to mix & mingle in a more intimate community setting!

The 2019 Veggie Pride Parade will be taking place Sunday, April 14th at Union Square Park. The Veggie Pride Parade is a FREE annual event that brings the vegan and veg-curious community together to celebrate animal-friendly, environmentally sustainable and healthy lifestyles. Come dressed like your favorite fruit, veggie, animal, or other themed costume, as there will be a costume contest in the afternoon with great prizes! The parade lines up at 11 a.m. at 40 Gansevoort Street in the old meatpacking district of Manhattan and ends at 1 p.m. in Union Square Park where there are two stages set up with speakers, exhibitors, performers, and new this year, cooking demonstrations! The official dinner and afterparty (tickets sold separately) is at Vspot Organic at 12 Saint Marks Place and features house music by DJ Rufus Gibson.

Mundo Vegan will be hosting at Traditional Puerto Rican Pasteles Making Class on Sunday. Join the restaurant for a one time only, VERY special guest instructor, Michelle Carrera of Chilis On Wheels. To be discussed will be ingredients, product information, technique, and then tasting! BYOB. Spots are $40 per person, call 973-744-5503 to reserve.

The producers of Philly's 'Veggie Cabaret' and 'Veggie Cabaret II,' Public Eye: Artists for Animals, are joining forces with Vance "V for Veg" Lehmkuhl, organizer of the Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contest for The Vegan Cheesesteak and Party Cabaret. Attendees will be able to participate in judging and also get to see a floor show of vegan-themed music and comedy. Taking place Sunday from 4p-6:30p at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, all proceeds from the event will benefit Lancaster Farm Sanctuary. Tickets are available here.

Finally, the Jersey Shore chapter of Food Not Bombs will be feeding those in need at the Asbury Park Train Station between 3:00 and 4:00. If you want to donate something, contact them via their Facebook page or by emailing them at The Jersey City chapter meets at the Journal Square plaza at noon every Sunday. For donations, contact them via their Facebook page or at

Vegan in NJ events scheduled (*must be a member of the Facebook group to view private events):

12/14 Vegan Market (coming soon)

Vegan in NJ is raising money through Crowdrise for Skylands Animal Sanctuary. We also have some new team members that can be found on our Crowdrise. If you are interested in signing up for the 5k and donating/joining our team to fundraise, please send me an email for your discount code for the race and proof of donation/team sign up! Proceeds from our apparel, which are available with our official design (thanks Lisette!) are available on Teespring!

If you are hosting an event or know of an event happening that you do not see on our events page, please send an email to and I'll add it to the page ASAP and include it in my weekly breakdown.

We have started a Patreon page and we would love it if you could donate any amount you could. We will be working on setting up tiers as time goes on, but for right now, you will just get access to our feed, where we will be working through ideas and events we plan to host in the future. This will be a great place for you to have your voice heard about how we can make NJ the most vegan friendly place it can be. Proceeds from our Patreon will be going to maintain the website, brand, and afford us to be able to hire on more awesome vegans to help us on our journey to make NJ a vegan wonderland!

Thank you to those who came here via the Try Vegan email blast! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can learn more about the Try Vegan empire via their meal delivery (use that link for a free meal!), their food truck, or their clothing line. They also now have an app in the App Store or on Google Play!

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