Are you looking for something to do this weekend? If so, here’s the perfect idea! Denver based non-profit organization, Vegetarian Society of Colorado is sponsoring a local Meatout event that will take place at the Aurora Public Library between 10am and 2pm this Saturday, March 19th. To better understand what Meatout is all about, I caught up with event organizer Brett Bradley.
Jill Harrigan - What is Meatout?
Brett Bradley - Meatout is an international observance helping individuals evolve to a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The purpose is to expose the public to the joys and benefits of a plant-based diet, while promoting the availability and selection of alternatives to meat and dairy in mainstream grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations.
JH - How often do Meatout events occur in and around Denver?
BB - Meatout events occur annually on or around the first day of Spring.
JH – Who founded Meatout?
BB - Meatout was founded by F.A.R.M. (Farm Animal Rights Movement), a national nonprofit organization promoting a vegan lifestyle through public education and grassroots activism to end the use of animals for food.
JH - When did you come up with the idea to start this event in the Denver area?
BB - We registered the event back in January, originally with the intent of having just an info table and book display. Since then we've reserved the small community room at the central branch of the Aurora Public Library for the event. Ann at the Vegetarian Society of Colorado put us in touch with some excellent speakers for the event, Mark Reinhardt and Dr. Connie Sanchez, ND. We've also received food donations from several plant-based food manufacturers, and a $200 grant from VegFund.org for literature and plant-based food samples to distribute at the event.
JH - Why did you decide to start this event?
BB – I’ve been vegan for 16 years and I've experienced so many benefits from a plant-based diet. I would really love to be able to share them with anyone who's interested. I originally went vegetarian for ethical reasons, and that's still reason enough for me, but along the way I've also realized some significant health and quality-of-life benefits. It occurred to me that the library, on a Saturday when the average door count is around 2,500 people, would be an excellent outreach opportunity to a largely non-vegetarian audience. We estimate that approximately 1,500 people will be exposed to the Meatout message this weekend.
JH - Can non-vegetarian people attend Meatout?
BB - Absolutely!
JH - What will attendees get out of going to Meatout?
BB - They'll get literature, speakers, Q&A sessions, free food samples, giveaways, coupons, and an expanded awareness about the ready availability of alternatives to animal products.
JH - If you could say one thing to convince people to come to the Meatout this weekend, what would it be?
BB - There will be entertaining and educational speakers, great food samples and giveaways, and best of all, it's free!
Well, there you have it. If you’re free on Saturday between 10am and 2pm, come join the fun! For details concerning this local Meatout event, please see below.
Date: March 19, 2011
Time: 10am to 2pm
Location: Aurora Public Library
14949 E Alameda Pkwy
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: (303) 750-5693
Admission is free.
Speakers at this event will include:
10:30am - A presentation by Mark Warren Reinhardt: Mark Warren Reinhardt has been a writer, lecturer and media consultant on vegetarian and animal issues for many years. He is best known for his humor column, On or Off the Mark, and for his book, The Perfectly Contented Meat-Eater’s Guide to Vegetarianism. He also authored a chapter on vegetarianism in the new millennium for Thomas F. Potter’s book Y2K: You Can Burn this Book!, and was a contributor to the critically-acclaimed book, Writing, Etc. Mark is a director of Divine Feline, Inc., a group helping feral cats in Colorado, and is a former director of Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, the Vegetarian Society of Colorado, and the Colorado Authors’ League.
11:30am - Dr. Connie Sanchez, N.D will present "Preventing and Reversing Chronic Disease with a Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet." Dr. Connie Sanchez is a Naturopathic Doctor and graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR. with expertise in lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition. She is a member of the National Health Association/American Natural Hygiene Society, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and is certified as a Nutrition Education Trainer (NET) by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and in Plant-Based Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study. Additionally, Dr. Sanchez is an affiliate professor at Metro State College of Denver and the local chapter leader for EarthSave, International. She maintains a family practice in Lakewood, CO at the Live Well Health Center. You can check out her website by clicking here.