Happy World Vegan Day!

The freezer and larder shelves are full, and apples, pumpkins and walnuts have been brought in for the winter. Still, it’s hard to believe on such a mild, sunny day that the darkest third of the year has begun, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere.

Wherever you are, it’s a day of celebration because 1 November every year is World Vegan Day – a chance to share the delights of vegan food and tell others about the advantages of a vegan lifestyle.

Today is also the first anniversary of this blog, which was launched to coincide with this important date in the vegan calendar.

The celebrations continue throughout World Vegan Month, and in France the end of November sees the return of Paris Vegan Day.

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The 2009 event was a great success, attracting about 400 visitors. Such was the interest that this year’s Paris Vegan Day has moved to more spacious premises with a view to welcoming the 2,000+ people expected to attend. If you’re in or can get to Paris, it’s all happening at La Bellevilloise, 19-21 rue Boyer, 75020 Paris, from 11am to 11.30pm on Sunday 28 November.

Now let me see… if the statistics continued to expand at the same rate, the number of visitors would reach 250,000 in 2013 and top the million mark in 2014! Veganism in France would no longer be viewed as weird, but as a growing trend, as it already is in several other countries. It may not work quite like that, but I can dream, can’t I?

Paris Vegan Day features product stalls, talks, workshops, cookery demonstrations, fashion parades, a photo contest, activities for children… You’ll find all the events listed here, along with other information about this unique day.

It would be great to see you there!

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