Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Update

Vegan Shortbread by mollyjade

So far, there are four Texas groups signed up for 2011 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales. Someone left a comment in the last bake sale post saying they were setting up a bake sale. Is yours listed below?

In El Paso, the Vegetarian Society of El Paso is hosting a sale at Sun Harvest on April 30. The sale will benefit the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. For more information about baking, volunteering, or attending the sale, see this Facebook page or contact Alison at alison99999 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Also on April 30, in Houston the Vegan Society of Peace hosts a bake sale at Radical Eats Cafe. The money raised will benefit Food for Life Global (Japan disaster relief), Kinship Circle (animal disaster aid), and the Vegan Society of Peace’s upcoming VegFest Houston (more on that soon!). Details about the sale and volunteering can be found here.
The Dallas vegan bake sale at Beauty Bar will benefit Direct Relief International. This sale will also take place on April 30. Besides baked goods, there will be raffle prizes, which organizers promise will be “fabulous.” Volunteer bakers can email dallasveganbakesale@gmail.com. More information about the bake sale can be found at Dallas Vegan.
And finally, on May 1 from 8 AM to 9PM, a San Antonio bake sale will take place at Green Vegetarian, San Antonio’s first vegetarian restaurant. Procedes benefit SARA, the Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption, in Seguin. Volunteer bakes can email unlovedgrrl (at) aol (dot) com.
Recently, Austin vegans teamed up with the greater Austin food community to raise over $11,500 for AmeriCares Japan disaster relief. There were vegan baked goods at all five bake sale locations, and they were universally a hit.
Information about setting up a vegan bake sale in your area can be found at Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale headquarters.

SXSW Is for Vegans

This is a great year to be vegan at Austin’s South by Southwest. For those of you who know as little about music as I do, South by Southwest is a huge music festival. Huge. Hundreds of bands from all across the world will be in Austin from March 15 through March 20. And thousands of industry people and fans. Over the years, the festival has grown to include films, media presentations, and panels. For the week of the festival, Austin is dominated by all things music, film, and technology.

One of this year’s panels will feature Lone Star Plate’s own Lazy Smurf talking about vegan activism through blogging. She’ll be joined by Laura Beck from Vegansaurus. They’ll discuss how to spread the vegan message and create community through blogging. Monday, March 14, 3:30 PM, Austin Convention Center, Room 5ABC, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
The South by Southwest fun spills over into numerous outside events, including a Compassion Over Killing table with Vegetarian Starter Guides and Easy Vegan Recipe booklets at a to be announced music venue. What goes with vegan pamphlets better than vegan baked goods? The table will also feature a vegan bake sale. COK is still looking for volunteer bakers and people to table. Information about signing up can be found on COK’s website here. Saturday, March 19, noon to 6 PM. Venue TBA.
And finally, Lazy Smurf has the scoop on all the best places to get vegan eats near South by Southwest in her updated vegan guide to SXSW. Breakfast tacos (an Austin institution), food carts, Tex-Mex, late night dining, and the best grab-and-go options.

2011 World Wide Vegan Bake Sale

Image from Sugar Skull
At the end of April and beginning of May, vegans around the world will be hosting bake sales to raise money for their favorite causes and to introduce people to the tastiness of vegan baked goods. This is the third year of the Worldwide Vegan Bakesale. Baketivism is a growing and successful movement, because really, who can resist the charm of a vegan cupcake? Last year, vegan bake sales for Haiti alone raised about $40,000.
Now is the time to find a location for your bake sale, recruit bakers, and choose a charity to support. In 2010, there were Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales in Austin, Houston, Gruene, Richardson, and San Antonio. Let’s double the number of Texas cities with bake sales this year!
Information about hosting a vegan bake sale in your city can be found at WVBS headquarters. Let us know in the comments if you’re planning a bake sale in Texas.

International Vegan Bake Sales for Haitian Earthquake Relief


In light of the terrible earthquake that struck our neighbor to the south, the vegan community is coming together to plan bake sales across the US to raise money for relief in Haiti. Come out to satisfy your sweet tooth and lend support to a most important cause.

Vegan bake sales will be held this Saturday, January 16 and continue through February, and possibly beyond. Each location will be sending money to the charity of their choice, including Doctors Without Borders, Mercy Corps, and more.



Here in Texas, here will be a sale held in Austin, January 24, 2010, from 10 AM to 4 PM, location to be announced. For more information about baking for the Austin sale, visit this thread on the Vegans Rock Austin boards.

There will also be a crafts and vegan baked goods sale in Denton, January 27, 2010, beginning at 10 PM, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios (411 East Sycamore, Denton, TX 76204) as part of the BS Art Fusion Show. The sale will benefit Oxfam America. Contact haikutofu AT gmail.com for more information about participating in the Denton sale.

The rebuilding effort will take many years, so it isn’t too late to start organizing your own vegan bake sale to raise money and awareness! The Post Punk Kitchen blog has a post up for people to come together and organize in their communities at http://www.theppk.com/blog/. If you know of another vegan bake sale in Texas, please tell us in the comments below.

UPDATE: There will be a vegan bake sale for Haiti in Houston, on Sunday, January 24, from noon to 4 PM at Mango’s Vegetarian Cafe on Westheimer at Taft. To volunteer to donate baked good, contact Stacey AT vegansocietyofpeace.org.

Vegan Sweets

Crossposted from Vegan Vanguard

Austin has a great vegan community and we’re really lucky to have such a wide selection of choices and so many great companies that are not only receptive to us, but work hard to accommodate us. This is a particularly good week for vegan sweets in Austin for two reasons. First, this week marks the end of the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale, which Austin is participating in with two separate bake sales:

Bake Sale #1

Date: Saturday June 27, 2009

Time: 11am – 5pm (or until the baked goods run out; be sure to come early!!)

Address: 110 E. North Loop
Austin, TX 78751

More Info: vegnartistnetwork@gmail.com and/or get in on the discussion at http://www.veganaustin.org/topic.php?id=3048.

Special Note: We still need bakers! Contact Leslie Ramos at vegnartistnetwork@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering. She can provide recipes and vegan baking tips to those who might need a little help. Each baker will receive a surprise Thank You gift!!

The second Austin bake sale is very special, and is being hosted by Miss Julie’s Learning Center:

Date: Friday, June 26

Time: 3pm – 6:30pm

Venue: Miss Julie’s Learning Center

Address: 201 Ranch Road 620 South
Austin, TX 78734

Special Features: Bake sale will take place during our open house. There will also be crafts and jewelry.

The second noteworthy item this week is that Whole Foods’ flagship location has begun offering vegan doughnuts. Let me rephrase that, Whole Foods’ flagship location has begun offering a variety of doughnuts, all of which are vegan! I’ve only been able to try two flavors, but apparently they have a wide range including apple fritter, lemon-filled, raspberry-filled, chocolate, glazed, cinnamon sugar, and coconut glazed. If you go and check out the labels, don’t be surprised if the coconut doughnut is marked as containing eggs and dairy; I’ve been assured multiple times that that label is old and that all of their doughnuts are indeed vegan. They also have a variety of vegan cakes, including Joy’s Vegan Chocolate Cake (which is, unfortunately, terrible), a carrot cake, and a cookies and cream cake. I haven’t tried the latter two cakes, I’m not a fan of either flavor, but I’m very sad that Whole Foods chose to reformulate their Chocolate Mousse Cake and add dry milk powder so that it’s no longer vegan. Please go and try them, but get there early or call first, as they’ve been selling out of the doughnuts daily. If you try them and like them, please send feedback to the store, both the good (how much you appreciate them listening to our requests and responding to us) and the not-so-good (how important it is for those with special dietary needs, religious or spiritual concerns, and allergies that food be properly labeled).

Finding fresh, local vegan doughnuts is especially exciting for me because it enabled me to watch Twin Peaks and eat doughnuts with my unrequited love, Special Agent Dale Cooper. My last attempt to do so was foiled: I had heard by word of mouth and read in the Austin Chronicle that Mrs. Johnson’s had vegan doughnuts, but when I called, no one there even knew what vegan meant, and they told me they used a boxed mix which contained milk powder. This is something that’s been up for much debate on the VRA forums, but I never felt comfortable trying their doughnuts.

In fact, recently, many area vegans have been corresponding with local businesses that have either been less than forthcoming about what is and isn’t vegan, or have possibly been deceptive. This is one reason it’s so important to show appreciation and give feedback when companies are receptive and forthcoming to us. But that’s for another post, this post is for calling out noteworthy vegan sweets.

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
has been selling vegan cupcakes since October 2008, but they’re one of my favorite places in Austin, and I’ve never mentioned them. They offer a rotating selection of cupcakes, usually having two vegan options daily, and they don’t just relegate the vegan options to plain or predictable flavors, instead they give us Margarita, Dreamsicle, Mint Chocolate, Lemon Raspberry, Pineapple Upside Up, Cookies n’ Cream, Birthday Cake, and Ginger Cookie and prove vegan baked goods aren’t inferior. The cupcakes are petite, but plenty satisfying, very moist, and flavorful and they offer the only non-homemade buttercream-style icing that I’ve ever enjoyed. It’s sweet, but not immediate sugar headache sweet, and creamy without feeling like a mouthful of fat. They also offer pupcakes for your four legged friends and soymilk if you’d like a drink with your treat. They’re committed to being as green as possible using wind power, and compostable, unbleached and recyclable materials and offering discounts if you bring your own box. Did I mention how cute the actual store is? Delightfully adorable! Plus they’re located close to downtown and they have free wifi and a great website which lists their daily flavors. Sugar Mama’s has made a great mark on the community in the short time they’ve been around, even giving out free cupcakes during much of SXSW. They are also prone to selling out early, so call before you go.

Hey Cupcake! offers vegan cupcakes made by Celeste’s Best, unfortunately, I’ve yet to try them, but from all accounts I’ve heard they are moist, delicious and come in unexpected and adventurous flavors like banana walnut with buttercream frosting. Celeste makes other baked goods, including cookies, sweet quick breads and cakes. Visit Celeste’s site to see her menu of goods and a list of other locations where her goods are being sold.

The last vegan sweet I’m going to mention is NadaMoo vegan ice cream. NadaMoo was created by one of my first vegan/macro teachers, Amy Ramm. Amy is unrelenting in her commitment to quality, and it shows. When she first started producing NadaMoo for local businesses she was unable to find chocolate chips that met her standards, so what did she do? She began making her own chocolate chips! As NadaMoo has grown, its recipe has been reformulated a few times, and now, Amy’s found the perfect recipe for smooth, creamy ice cream that’s certified gluten free*, agave sweetened, soy free* and lower in calories and fat than most other varieties of ice cream, vegan or not. NadaMoo is also very involved in the community, sponsering local businesses, and organizations and often giving out free samples at various events around town.

*One flavor may still contain gluten or soy.

Society of PEACE Movie Night


We invite you to join us for our upcoming March Movie Night & Vegan Bake Sale! In support of “Meatout Week 2009“, we’re hosting a free public screening of the award-winning Tribe of Heart documentary PEACEABLE KINGDOM. Our event will be held at St. Stephens Pecore Hall in Houston on March 20th — the first day of Spring!

A vegan bake sale will also be held in conjunction with this event to help raise funds for our ongoing outreach. We’ll have plenty of delicious vegan sweets, plus “veggie dogs” with all the fixins & refreshments. Our outreach table will have lots of great information and volunteer forms will be available for those who are interested. If you wish to donate vegan baked goods for our fundraiser, please let us know! All donations will benefit Society of PEACE.

Pecore Hall at St. Stephens is located at 1805 W. Alabama in Houston (near the Havens Center). The entrance is by the parking area at Sul Ross Street & Woodhead. For a map, click here. You can also download, print & share the event flyer below. The event is open to the public and we encourage you to bring guests!

RSVP’s are requested for seating and greatly appreciated! You can RSVP online or send us an email if you plan to attend. You may also call/text the Society of PEACE line at 832-722-1376.

Hope to see you at our “Meatout Week 2009” Event!