For more than three decades, vegetarians around the world have celebrated October 1 as World Vegetarian Day. The purpose of the day, according to care2, is to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism and bring awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. October 1 also signifies the kickoff to World Vegetarian Month, which concludes with World Vegan Day on November 1.
While the first of the month has passed, there are still plenty of ways you can celebrate being meat-free this October. We share a few ideas to get your friends and family involved in your vegetarian lifestyle below.
Tour Your Favorite Vegetarian Restaurants
Oberlin, Ohio has a number of restaurants that cater to the vegetarian and vegan crowd. You can help your loved ones celebrate World Vegetarian Month by compiling a list of local vegetarian restaurants or by taking them to one of your favorites to taste just how delicious plant-based dishes really are. Alternatively, you can encourage your friends and family to try a dish from the vegetarian menu at their favorite restaurants.
Host a Vegetarian Dinner Party
Do you prefer preparing meals to dining out? Invite your friends and family over for a vegetarian dinner party! If you've been a vegetarian or vegan for some time, you've no doubt acquired quite a knack for animal-free cooking. Share the delicious sights, smells and taste of your favorite dishes, and offer the recipes to anyone interested. Loved ones with limited culinary skills will appreciate menu ideas.
Go on a Vegetarian Shopping Trip
Whether your loved ones reside in Oberlin or the greater Cleveland area, there are plenty of grocery stores and markets that sell local produce and emphasize vegetarian and organic eating you can visit together. Check out the West Side Market or The Oberlin Market on the west side or take a day trip to the Mustard Seed Market on the east. If your loved ones aren't particularly fond of the grocery store, follow these tips to speed up your shopping trip.
Exchange Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
If you grow your own produce, you know the difference fresh ingredients can make to the flavor of a dish, but your friends and family may not. How better to get them interested in vegetarian eating than sharing your crop fresh from the soil? In celebration of World Vegetarian Month, create a bountiful gift of fresh fruits and vegetables for loved ones when harvesting this fall. Consider creating recipe cards specific to each basket to make meal planning a cinch!
Don't know where to take your loved ones out to dinner? The free guide Oberlin, Ohio: A Great Place to Call Home offers a few local restaurant suggestions for you to try!
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