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Veg out on National Vegetarian Week

National Vegetarian Week falls between 20th and 26th May. With recent meat scandals and the benefits of a vegetarian diet being widely reported, the demand for vegetarian food is on the rise.

Why not get a slice of the action, and go all out Veggie with a full vegetarian menu or add a few select vegetarian specials?

Vegetarian food is on the rise with nut roasts, stuffed peppers and other bland dishes being a thing of the past. Meat eaters like to try vegetarian food and the number of people calling themselves ‘vegetarian’ is constantly rising. Vegetarian food is exciting, flavoursome and offers a real change.

The rise of Vegetarian restaurants is testament to the popularity of vegetarian food. Damien Davenport turned his food business around by going all-out veggie. His Manchester deli was failing so he capitalised on the demand for meat-free dining and opened his vegetarian restaurant 1847 on the same site and soon started turning a profit. Covers grew from 15 a day to 50 and Damien now plans to open a chain of the restaurants. Says Damien, “ I can’t believe how quickly it has turned around. This time last year money was so tight I was on the verge of losing everything.”

The Vegetarian Society offers help to all businesses wanting to improve their provision for vegetarians. The Society is helping businesses promote National Vegetarian Week by supplying free promotional packs that include poster and flyers. Go to www.nationalvegetarianweek.org for further details and to register for a pack. For further help and advice on catering for Vegetarians, visit their website www.vegsoc.org.

Did you know?                   

  • Mcdonalds opened their first full vegetarian restaurant in India last year. – Over 70% of the world’s vegetarians are Indian
  • Veggie dates – the website for vegetarians wanting to meet other vegetarians was closed down in 2011 after it was found to have been infiltrated by hundreds of meat eaters.
  • British research shows that a child’s IQ predicts his likelihood of becoming a vegetarian as a young adult. You guessed it: the smarter the child, the more likely he’ll eventually shun meat.
  • There are varying degrees of vegetarianism. The strictest of vegetarians not only steer clear of all forms of meat, they also avoid all animal products, including honey (bees are often killed in the production of honey), and foods which might contain traces of animal products, such as bread baked in buttered tins and sugar to which bone charcoal has been added (to make it white).
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