The Viva Vine: vol #2, no #5: November / December 1993
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 piano.

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