14 February 2012

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale set for April

Whether you are interested in becoming a vegan or have been following a vegan diet your entire life, there is no better way to support the vegan community than with a worldwide vegan bake sale.

Starting April 21, the fourth annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, sponsored by Compassion for Animals (CFA), will open its doors once again to all those interested in participating. Simply visit and fill out the application form or email info@veganbakesale.org.

Make sure to get your baked goods in the oven and on the selling table before the last day, April 29. If you cannot make that deadline but still want to participate, get in contact with the WBK and they will do their best to include you. Also ensure that all treats are dairy and egg-free and that there are no books, brochures or anything contributing to the intentional harming of animals at the bake sale.

While it may seem slightly daunting if you have never tried baking without eggs or dairy ingredients, there are a multitude of recipes available online. For starters, check out the Vegan Bake Sale website. They offer many substitutes for eggs and dairy.

If this is your first time hosting a bake sale, you will need to keep a few things in mind. Secure a venue that is willing to host the bake sale. Some examples are farmers markets, vegan stores, sporting events and strip malls. However, make sure you register in time and acquire all necessary permissions to take over the space for your sale.

Since its beginning, the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale has raised over $100,000 for various causes and in 2009, was named “Veg Event of the Year” by VegNews Magazine.

People from six different continents participated in the sale in 2010 and 2011, both of which were covered by CNN.

Mouthwatering photos from New York, Nebraska, and Ohio are some of the reasons to get involved. Check them out. The Green Tea Cupcakes from Akron, Ohio and Monkey Muffins from Looe, England caught my eye.

These are just two examples of the inspiring ideas on the highlights section of the Vegan Bake Sale website.

Not only do you have the chance to make something delicious for the good of the vegan community, but you can also design something fashionable. Enter the contest to design the next Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale shirt. Send your design to info@veganbakesale.org by February 19 and within the next week, two winners will be announced.

Members of the CFA and WBBS Board of Directors will be judging the contest.

Since I became a vegan a year ago, I have learned some of the ins and outs of vegan baking. It can be a bit tricky at times, but amidst some mistakes along the way, I have discovered some recipes that work. You would never know they weren’t vegan. The vegan cupcakes in Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet are one of my favorite recipes by far. I have also made chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin oatmeal cookies from Post Punk Kitchen blog. I highly recommend checking them out.

Good luck to everyone who plans to enter. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and spread the word to others about the great vegan community. So go ahead, enter the bake sale and show everyone how delicious being vegan can be.

Samantha Wood | @bostonu14 | Blog
Boston, MA Samantha is a journalism student at Boston University who hopes to pursue a career in the health magazine field. She is interested in both nutrition and cooking, especially vegan cooking. She became a vegan while in college and has remained that way ever since. She created a blog to document her efforts and it has become a collection of vegan recipes, restaurants and nutrition information. Samantha hopes to develop her photography skills as well so she can take appetizing photos of all her recipes. She loves chocolate (the vegan kind of course) and dogs, as well as California, where she hopes to live someday.

Photo credit: Nicole