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Celebrating Vegetarianism in Connecticut

By Danielle Gillette

I may go to school in Boston, but I live in Connecticut. I’ll be going home soon, so I started to check out what vegan/vegetarian things are going on in my home state. As it turns out, Connecticut is having its first annual Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival or “VegFest” this weekend, April 28-29, at the Convention Center in Hartford.


Photo: Russ Glasson/ Flickr CC

The festival was founded by Ani Tirpan, owner of Wholesome Creations (a company that makes vegan, gluten-free, all-natural salad dressings) in North Haven, Connecticut. According to articles on the festival, Tirpan wants the event to focus not only on just the vegetarian/vegan diet, but the lifestyle in general.

There are speakers, cooking workshops, yoga classes, and film screenings scheduled over the two days, all intended to educate the general public on all things veggie.

So if you’re in the Hartford area this weekend and want to learn more about vegan/vegetarianism, the festival is free (with your donation of a vegetarian or vegan food item for local food banks) and runs from 10 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday. More details can be found here.

I wish I was going to be home so I could go check this out, but the semester’s not quite over. If, like me, you’re in Boston but you still want to see what a “VegFest” is all about, the Boston Vegetarian Society will be having their 17th annual Vegetarian Food Festival this October (the 27th and 28th, to be exact).

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Saying Goodbye to the Cheeseburger

by Danielle Gillette

During the semester I’ll be experimenting with part-time vegetarianism and posting about recipes that I try as well as vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants in Boston.

A 2008 study done by The Vegetarian Times revealed that 7.3 million adults in the United States follow a vegetarian diet, and of that number, 1 million are vegans (source). As a member of the carnivorous majority in the U.S., I had a few questions.

If all vegans are vegetarians, but not all vegetarians are vegans, what makes the difference? And is there a secret rivalry going on, or do they team up against meat-eating evildoers?

A T-shirt design from Farm Sanctuary, an organization devoted to preventing animal cruelty and promoting a vegan lifestyle

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As it turns out, the difference is important, but simple to describe:

Vegetarian is a blanket term used to describe a person who does not consume meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. Vegan is the strictest sub-category of vegetarians. Vegans do not consume any animal products or by-products.

“The Difference Between Vegetarian and Vegan”

There are other subcategories of vegetarianism which the article explains, but for simplicity’s sake my focus will be on this general definition.

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