The Viva Vine: vol #2, no #5: November / December
A Celebration of World Vegetarian Day
The V-word didn't even scare 'em away. In fact it was a draw as people lined up down the street
knowing it might be a half hour wait to get in to the Vegetarian Society of New York - sponsored
World Vegetarian Day Festival. Over 15 vegetarian-oriented schools, vendors, groups, and health
professionals set up booths on October 1 to mark World Vegetarian Day at the Metropolitan Club on
the upper east side of New York City. Over 500 people attended, brought in by some unexpected
free local radio publicity.
Those who had booths included Healthy Candle, the restaurant, serving up a few of their
specialties; and the North American Vegetarian Society, one of the premier vegetarian societies
on the east coast. Natural World was there selling environmentally friendly household products
and personal care items. Maine Coast Sea Vegetables offered free samples of delicious seaweed
soup. Vegetarian Society of NY, the sponsor of the event, had its own booth from which T-shirts
and literature were distributed. Everything Natural, the Carribean vegetarian restaurant located
in the Bronx, served up deliciously spicy mock meat dishes including "goat" ... !
Environmental Travel let people know about their travel packages designed with the vegetarian or
vegan in mind. Wow Bow Pet Foods promoted their low-meat or no-meat pet foods and natural pet
products. Natural Gourmet Cookery School and Institute for Food and Health promoted its wide
array of professional cooking classes. Chiropractor Dr. Christine Benner was there to give
postural analysis, and her associate gave free Trager body massages. Whole Earth Bakery and
Kitchen sold their famous vegan baked goods. Gulliver's Living and Learning Center promoted its
macrobiotic training center and publication Macro News. The VivaVegie Society distributed "101
Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian" and other literature. Alycia Lee, MS, clinical nutritionist, and as
President of the New York Vegetarian Society, coordinator of the event, promoted her Nutrition
and Natural Health Center. She offered free nutritional counseling. A doctor at her booth offered
free blood pressure screenings.
And Emanual Goldman soothed our souls with his gentle playing of his portable electric
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