Halifax VegFest 2014

September 20 marked the first Halifax VegFest, organized by the owners of local vegan business Fruition and enVie.  I have known the owners of Fruition since they started their business three years ago and was very pleased when their plans for the first vegan festival for Halifax were announced.

The venue featured a variety of guest speakers, whose topics ranged from raising vegan children, vegan cooking, and adding green foods to your animal companions’ diet.  The keynote speaker was Gene Baur, from Farm Sanctuary.  The venue was packed with local vendors; although not all of them are vegan, they all produced vegan-friendly products for the event. It was such a treat to not have to scrutinize the ingredient list of all the food products and samples.

The event was a huge success.  The venue was packed all day. I was pleased to see so many vegans and vegan-curious people attend the event.  Naturally, I went home with lots of goods, including seitan bacon, chocolate-dipped oatcakes, basil pesto sauce, coconut bacon, mineral make-up, and a commemorative t-shirt. I think that Halifax VegFest 2015 is a sure thing; in fact, it will likely need a bigger location.


Animal welfare

Happy one year anniversary to Atticus and Calpurnia

September 20th marks the one-year anniversary of my adoption of Atticus, who was twelve weeks old at the time, and his mother Calpurnia.  A+C were rescued by the Halifax Cat Rescue Society, who named Calpurnia and her litter after characters in To kill a mockingbird. Calpurnia was two years old at the time, and I consider September to be her birthday.  Atticus turned one on June 25th.  They are both sweet, affectionate creatures, whose inner beauty matches their outer beauty. I am very lucky to share my life with them. In the first picture, Atticus is on the left; in the second, he has his nose in the watercress.



Animal welfare, Veganism

Who stole your compassion?

This article discusses the disconnect that so many people experience between their love of animals, and their consumption of animals. The post contains also a link to the film Earthlings. The author writes: Imagine if the day you were born someone had already planned the day of your execution.  We have found so many ways to use and abuse animals that they are no longer even considered living beings.  This is what has happened, this is the change you have gone through since you were little, when you had compassion.  The diet of someone that eats meat consists of blood, flesh, veins, muscles and tendons.  Please, consider this for a moment.  The blinders are tightly installed and they need to be removed so you see the truth.



10 cringe-worthy tech moments in movies

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool technophile, and I’m often that annoying person in the room who questions the logical probabilities of any number of events that are portrayed in film.  Yes, I understand that a certain amount of suspension of disbelief is expected in some films, but sometimes, incredulity can be pushed only so far. This post provides an amusing discussion of some notable technology gaffes in films.


Vegan travel guides

As a vegan, I find that travelling can be challenging, as it’s not always easy to find plant-based foods, especially in airports and hotels.  Included below is a list of guides to help vegans maintain their plant-based diets while travelling:

Vegan travel guide: This page is part of the Circle our Earth website, which compiles various travel-based resources for vegans. The guide provides a comprehensive list of country-based vegan travel tips, as well as links to vegan travel products.

Matt Frazier, a vegan athlete, provides this list of 25 tips for eating vegan while travelling.  The tips are contributed by other vegan athletes.

Happy Cow, of course, is an essential travel guide for vegans.  I always consult Happy Cow before I travel, to find local vegan or vegan-friendly stores and restaurants in the cities I will be visiting.  This particular page provides a number of useful tips, such as how to handle airplane foods, the most veg-friendly cities in the world, and so forth.

Invest in the Vegan Passport, published by the Vegan Society (UK). This passport is a multilingual vegan phrasebook that describes what foods vegans do and do not eat in the languages of over 95% of the world’s population.