Purchase Vegan ACT Fundraiser Raffle Tickets!

Vegan ACT is having a fundraiser raffle!
Check out these amazing prizes!

Vegan ACT is a completely volunteer run not-for-profit organisation whose core purpose is to promote and support ethical veganism in the Canberra region. Fundraising is a crucial aspect to ensuring our ongoing ability to support the local community.

Massive thank you to the awesome businesses and organisations that have generously donated prizes!

Tusk Books
The Fish Shack
Little Oak Sanctuary
Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe
Veganarchy Baking
TASTE A CURRY
The Cruelty Free Shop
As Nature Intended
Whisker Woods Sanctuary

1 Ticket
1 Ticket
$2.50
5 Tickets
5 Tickets
$10.00

Photos from Canberra March to End All Slaughterhouses – 16 June 2018

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What an empowering and inspiring day!!
Thank you again to everyone that came along and marched for the animals, thank you to our local activist speakers and thank you to those who helped organise the event! We received quite a lot of attention on the streets and made our message very clear! What do we want? Close the slaughterhouses. When do we want it? Now!

Amazing effort everyone, the animals would be so grateful! 🌱

Photo credit – Gareth Gwych Tudor

New Vegan Takeaway Shop! Penn Station, Mitchell

We are an all vegan takeaway shop, everything that is sold is vegan, and the food that we sell is marketed to takeaway with the packaging we have.
Our packaging that we source is entirely plant based, is compostable, will decompose in 30-90 days if it goes to landfill, but is also recyclable. For example, the sandwich wedges are not plastic; they are made of corn starch.
We don’t have a grease trap yet and as such we are under strict conditions to what we can and can’t prepare on site so most of our food is brought in from suppliers. We also have to have minimal washing up which means we are not able to provide crockery etc. for customers and why we have the packaging.
We are planning on expanding as we have room out the back, so in a few months we will have dinners, functions, movie nights, and activities offered out the back.
Our menu is constantly expanding and when we have been able to get the right equipment we will offer a wide range of vegan food products!
On Friday’s we will offer take home packs so you can pick up a meal and take home to heat up; these will range from lasagnes, curries, risottos, sausage rolls, and pies!

Plant-Based Diets Workshop – Monday, 20 Aug 2018

When:  Monday, 20 August 6pm-8pm

Where: Weston Creek Community Centre, Parkinson St, Weston

Plant-based diets have been linked to lower risk of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammation and cancer. Eating a plant-based diet reduces harm to animals and is better for the environment.
This workshop will suit those thinking of eating more plant based meals or already on a vegan or vegetarian diet and wanting to make sure they are getting all the nutrients they need.

Linda is an experienced vegan dietitian who will help build your plant based nutrition confidence and conquer uncertainty.

Topics covered in the workshop:
– Evidence based benefits of plant based diets
– Major nutrition concerns and how to achieve a balanced plant based diet.
– A guide to vegan/vegetarian protein sources
– Maximizing nutrient absorption
– How to put it all together including many plant based meal and snack ideas

Booking:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/linda-smillie-accredited-practising-dietitian-16481074563

Who:  Linda Smillie (Bsc, Grad Dip Nut Diet) is a Canberra based Accredited Practising Dietitian with 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors. For the last 10 years she has run her own Canberra-based private practice and specialises in nutritional disorders of the gastrointestinal system and plant based diets.

She currently works within a private gastrointestinal clinic at Garran. Linda follows a whole food plant-based vegan diet for health, ethical and environmental reasons. “ I encourage my clients to eat real, wholesome foods where possible. I can give you practical ideas about how to improve your diet to help you reach your health goals.

For appointments and enquiries call GastrotrACT, Garran on 6234 7900

Launch of Billie Dolphin Picture Book by Tusk Books! @

Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1121898631298183/

When: 2-3pm, Saturday, 19 August 2018

Where:  Belconnen Library

Join author Nicole Godwin as she launches her latest picture book, ‘Billie’ at the Belconnen Library in Canberra.

In her search for the biggest wave in the ocean, Billie the dolphin saves new friends in dire circumstances as she encounters problems such as huge driftnets, ocean pollution, dolphins in captivity and even whaling.

This eye-opening story draws attention to the human-made perils for dolphins and other marine wildlife. It highlights the urgent need for us to act now to protect and conserve our oceans.

The book launch will include a book reading, some words from Nicole on her motivations for writing ‘Billie’, treats for the children, an opportunity to purchase your own copy of ‘Billie’ and have it signed, plus good cheer and company!

To give us a sense of numbers, please RSVP through this Facebook event or email hello@tuskbooks.com.

‘Billie’ is written by Nicole Godwin and Illustrated by Demelsa Haughton.

Thanks Libraries ACT for being part of the launch.

Are nuts and seeds too high in fat to include in my vegan diet? By Linda Smillie APD

Pine & Pistachio Nuts

I recommend nuts and seeds to the majority of my vegan clients. Nuts and seeds are energy dense foods rich in bioactive macronutrients, micronutrients and phytochemicals.  Some vegan health professionals advise restricting dietary fat, including fat found in whole plant foods such as nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut and avocados. Many vegans restrict or completely avoid these foods for this reason. Is the avoidance of healthful fats really necessary for the average vegan? It is true that there is good evidence for the use of very low-fat plant-based diets for people with severe coronary artery disease however there is little evidence to suggest that such diets should serve as the gold standard for vegans. Some of the most long-lived, healthy people in the world consume diets that often exceed 35% fat (such as the Mediterranean). The Mediterranean and many Asian diets are traditional plant-based dietary patterns that include nuts and are reputed for their beneficial effects on health.

Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of healthful fats, including essential omega 3 fatty acids which are known to improve blood flow, enhance immune function and reduce inflammation. They are rich in minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc, and are important sources of vitamins, especially vitamin E and folate. They are good sources of plant protein. Nuts and seeds are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants which favorably alter inflammation, oxidized LDL and endothelial function. Nuts and seeds have a low carbohydrate content and thus have the lowest glycemic index of any whole plant foods.

The research on nuts and seeds and human health is overwhelmingly favorable. Their consumption is associated with a reduction in heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, overweight, macular degeneration, dementia and gallstones. Consumption of nuts has been positively associated with longevity. Maximum benefits are associated with intakes of about 30-40g per day. Because nuts are high in healthy fats they are high in calories so try not to graze on nuts if you are concerned about your weight. A 2013 report in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that daily nut eaters were less likely to diet of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.

Eat a variety of nuts and seeds, as each variety has a unique nutrient profile. Include omega-3 rich varieties such as chia, linseeds, hempseeds and walnuts. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral which functions as an antioxidant and has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Tips to include more nuts and seeds in your diet:

  • Snack on nuts and/or seeds
  • Add nuts and seeds to salads and stir frys
  • Add nuts and seeds to smoothies
  • Add ground nuts such as flaxseed meal or LSA to your porridge or smoothie
  • Use nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter (preferably no sugar and salt)

By Linda Smillie APD

www.actapd.com.au

Vegan ACT Trivia Night Fundraiser for A Place of Peace – 17 February 2018

Thank you to everybody who supported the fundraiser for A Place of Peace Sanctuary last night, we had a blast and together we raised $1100 to go towards caring for the animals ❤️👏 Please check out their work and continue to support them!

Congratulations to winning team “Hail Seitan” who walked away with a prize of cookbooks, The Cruelty Free Shop vouchers and a tasty cake mixes and the honour of being crowned the (dark) royalty of trivia! 🤘 Team “Hey You #1” came in at a close second 😉

Some of those who helped make the evening come together: Euan our amazing trivia host; Billie, Andrew and Tamsin from Billie Dean Deep Peace Trust/A Place of Peace Sanctuary who expertly co-organised the event with Vegan ACT; Francine, Steffi, Ali, Gareth, Lyndel and Coffee Room who donated food; our prize donors The Cruelty Free Shop Braddon, The Fish Shack, Gentle Heart Publishing, Big Stinky Dog, Coffee Room, Vegan ACT and participants who donated through both purchasing tickets and other donations on the night, and everyone who shared or promoted the event. I’m sure I will have forgotten someone, please tag them in the comments!

Vegan ACT is completely volunteer run and a registered non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting veganism in our region in so many different ways, and we rely on this wonderful community to make these fundraisers a success and you always deliver – thank you! 🙌
Please get in touch if you would like to help with future events via contact@veganact.org.au

Request that ACT Libraries Subscribe to The Australian Vegan Magazine

Did you know that ACT Libraries does not hold any current vegan publications?

Canberra has an active vegan community and I think this should be reflected in the loans profile of ACT Libraries.

Please contact the library and suggest the purchase of The Australian Vegan Magazine!

Just go to the ACT Libraries website, type “Suggest a title” into the search box and click on the first link in the list or copy the link below:  https://www.library.act.gov.au/functions/suggest

You can find out more about the magazine herehttps://www.tavm.com.au/

Your assistance would be appreciated.

Regards, Celeste

Vegan Day Out Canberra – Saturday & Sunday, 8-9 September

Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/events/366544120419062/

☆ Cheap vegan eats, discounts and freebies ☆

Braddon businesses are coming together to put on the ultimate Vegan Day Out. Enjoy the very best vegan goods that Canberra has to offer at the lowest prices.

We’re talking sales, meal deals, food samplings, discounted vegan groceries, and so much more.

HOW IT WORKS:
When the event starts, we’ll release a map of Braddon/Civic showing all the participating businesses and their offers. Collect the map from the Cruelty Free Shop then enjoy a vegan walking tour of Braddon/Civic as you redeem all your favourite offers using the vouchers on the map!

It’s a great opportunity to showcase vegan foods and products to friends and family.

At the Cruelty Free Shop, we’ll have storewide discounts on hundreds of items plus free food tastings all weekend long.

Please invite your friends and family to help make this a huge Vegan Day Out!

WHERE TO START:
The Cruelty Free Shop, 3/24 Mort Street, Braddon
Sat 8 September 9am-5pm
Sun 9 September 10am-5pm

*You need the vouchers to redeem the offers, so be sure to collect the map from The Cruelty Free Shop*

Please note: as hundreds of products at the Cruelty Free Shop will be discounted already, no further discounts will be available over the weekend (e.g. Vegan Card, loyalty points, etc).

Three Bean Salad with Sweet Dressing – Classic Women’s Weekly Recipe

Contributed by Francine

 

This is a great salad to take with you when invited to an omni bbq as it has protein in it.

In fact, when I take it to bbqs, it disappears and I even get compliments for it!

It is an original Women’s Weekly recipe.

 

THREE BEAN SALAD WITH SWEET DRESSING

Ingredients:

250g frozen green beans (I use baby beans)

250g frozen yellow beans (I use a 440g can of Butter beans, drained as these are hard to find now)

440g red kidney beans, drained

1 small red capsicum, sliced

1 small onion, sliced (I use a red onion)

SWEET DRESSING

1/2 cup oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)

3 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teas dry mustard

1 small clove garlic, crushed

1 teas dried basil leaves

 

Directions:

Combine thawed beans, rinsed kidney beans and butter beans, capsicum and onion in bowl. Add dressing, Cover, refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.

Sweet Dressing:  Combine all ingredients in screw top jar, shake well.

Serves 6

Latest Poultry Place Newsletter – June 2018

Poultry Place TurkeysClick here for the latest update from a Poultry Place:  June 2018

A Poultry Place is a no kill sanctuary which offers a safe, permanent home to rescued and unwanted domesticated poultry (roosters, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese).
www.facebook.com/apoultryplace

A Poultry Place Newsletter Archive:

June 2018, April 2018, February 2018November 2017October 2017, August 2017July 2017June, 2017, April 2017, March 2017, December 2016, November 2016, September 2016, July 2016, May 2016March 2016January 2016December 2015October 2015August 2015June 2015March 2015December 2014November 2014October 2014September 2014July 2014June 2014May 2014March 2014January 2014December 2013November 2013September 2013July 2013

You can always make a financial contribution to the running costs of A Poultry Place anytime via direct deposit to the following bank account BSB 012925 Account 484228991 or by contacting the human via freechook@bigpond.com

See Bede’s recent TEDx Talk here.  You can also watch Bede being interviewed and read more about his sanctuary here.

Warm Quinoa Veggie Salad Recipe by Laur

Recipe by: her.be.laur
Description: Quick, easy, tasty, nutritious, & flexible
Serves: 2

Ingredients: 1 cup Quinoa, 1 1/4 cup Water (optional: use 3/4 cup water and 1/2 cup veggie stock), 1/4 Butternut pumpkin, 1 Red capsicum, 2 cups Spinach, 30g pinenuts, 30g Pistachios, 2tbsp vegan mayonaise or cheese spread or dressing

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 180’C
2. Cut pumpkin and capsicum into 1-2cm cubes
3. Place cubed veggies on baking tray lined with baking paper — put in pre-heated oven for 20-30 mins (may need a bit longer if not fan-forced)
3. Rinse and cook quinoa as per package instructions (optional: add veggie stock for additional flavour)
4. Rinse and drain fresh spinach
5. When veggies and quinoa are ready (and still hot), mix together with spinach in a bowl (the heat/moisture will help to wilt the spinach)
6. Add nuts and sauce
7. Mix well
8. Eat while still warm, or pop in the fridge for later.
NOTES: The beauty of salads is that you can increase or replace the grain, the veggies, the nuts, or the dressing (anything really) to your taste.

Salad before mixing

Escape the Race (Free BBQ) – 7 November 2017

https://www.facebook.com/events/198005757408626/

137 racehorses have died on Australian racetracks since the 2016 Melbourne Cup and many more die each year as ‘wastage’. For more info about why horse racing is not okay please visit www.horseracingkills.com

Lots of peeps showed up to enjoy a free vegan BBQ*, hosted by Animal Liberation ACT, as we said ‘Nup to the Cup’ at Glebe Park in Civic on Tuesday 7 November between 1:30-4pm.

Enquiries please message Animal Liberation ACT or email info@al-act.org

Videos from Candle-Lit Vigil For the Chickens – 4 November 2017

Local activist Laila recounting her experience with liberating birds as unique and important as the 200,000 chickens who live out their short brutal lives at Parkwood Eggs in Macgregor ACT.

Save chickens – ditch eggs

Joey Carbstrong speaking at the Chicken Vigil held by Vegan ACT and Animal Liberation ACT for the chickens of Parkwood Eggs, and all chickens affected by the egg industry

https://www.facebook.com/events/1530595323699408/

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200,000 hidden lives: Let’s bring them to light.

In the Belconnen suburb of MacGregor, around 200,000 curious, intelligent hens live out their lives in sorrow-filled, windowless sheds. When these hens reach 18 months old, with egg production dropping, they are sent to slaughter and replaced – with young chickens who are subjected to the same process.

Join us in shining a light on the lives of chickens, and imploring Canberrans to help end the harm and exploitation of chickens by choosing not to consume eggs or any animal products at a candle-lit vigil held by Vegan ACT & Animal Liberation ACT on Saturday the 4th of November.

 

New Veganarchy Bakery and Deli in Civic!

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100% VEGAN BAKERY & DELI IN CANBERRA. ADDRESS: 33 EAST ROW, CIVIC ACT. MONDAY – FRIDAY. 7:30AM – 3:30PM

Veganarchy is a small independent business based in Canberra, Australia. Gabrielle bakes all of the delicious cupcakes + other yummy treats, fresh and on request using organic + fair-trade ingredients where possible, she can cater for all your special events: birthdays, morning + afternoon teas, for offices events, engagements, weddings, movie marathons, really… just any time you can think of to eat sweets.

Like most small businesses, Veganarchy started as a hobby, with Gabrielle spending hours baking, tweaking and taste testing at home. Recognising an opportunity to cater for vegans and allergy suffers in Canberra, Gabrielle quickly progressed to offering up tasty treats for donation at local shows, and holding quarterly fund raising events to raise money for animal welfare organisations. From this, Veganarchy Sweets and Eats was born.

With 10 years of vegan baking under her belt Gabrielle has developed an extensive catalogue of sweets. Focusing on making quality vegan baked goods that will rival any counterpart. Veganarchy caters for cafes during the week, attends markets on most weekends, and takes as many personal orders as humanly possible!

Until May 2018 Gabrielle operated the whole business on her own (with some help for markets) and Veganarchy Sweets ‘N’ Eats is a dream come true and complete labour of love for her.

The goal of opening a vegan bakery + deli in Canberra Australia has finally been achieved and you can find Croissant D’Or by Veganarchy 5 days a week 7:30am – 3:30pm at 33 East Row Civic. Croissant D’Or opened 1978 and for 40 years has been a Canberra institution, when the opportunity arose to take over the shopfront Gabrielle decided in was important to merge the brands and expand her menu further into French Patisserie products.

While recipes for the perfect Croissants, Danishes, Petit Fours and Macarons are being finalised you can still stop in for sweets: cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cheesecake, raw snickers, donuts, and brownies; and savoury foods: an ever changing selection of toasties, pies, pastries, bagels, burgers and salads. In the near future Veganarchy’s deli selection of vegan cheeses, meats and prepared foods will be available.

Veganarchy still supplies wholesale to cafes and showcases products at markets to extend their reach proving that no animals need to be harmed to make a delicious moist cake, a melt in your mouth cookie or slice. Check the Market page for upcoming dates.

https://veganarchy.com.au/