Triangle Vegetarian Society

2016 Calendar - Archived Events

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 1-5 PM

Free nutrition seminar by Dr. David DeRose (non-TVS event)

Seventh Day Adventist Church

4805 Dillard Dr, Raleigh, 27606

The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Raleigh, NC presents a free nutrition seminar by Dr. David DeRose, MD, MPH. Dr. DeRose will present nutrition for brain health to help avoid depression, stroke, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and other brain issues. Food will be catered by Eden's Restaurant, a vegan restaurant in Smithfield, NC that is moving to Raleigh, NC. The event is expected to happen even in case of snow; the Church can be reached at 919-851-1302. The event is free but donations toward the food may be made. Learn more and register.

In spite of wintry weather, Dr. DeRose arrived from California on time Friday morning, according to the Adventist Church. The event on Sunday is still planned as scheduled. According to the Church, "many of you might be stuck inside Saturday due to the weather, and therefore might want to join Dr. DeRose via a free interactive conference seminar with him via phone at 2:30 pm on Saturday when he will share his wealth of knowledge on a topic that has affected or will affect us all: "Why Am I So Tired? How to Beat Fatigue and Boost Your Energy Level."

This session will be interactive and Dr. DeRose strongly encourages you to bring questions on other topics that will interest you, too. This is a rare and invaluable opportunity to have full access to a physician with a wealth of wisdom and outstanding experience, who understands the interconnection between physical and mental health and spiritual health.

Conference Call-in information:

Call in number: 712-432-1212
Meeting ID: 653-930-451
Alternate call in number: 951-262-7373

You can see Dr. DeRose's credentials.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 1-4 PM

Triangle Vegfest Monthly Market (TVS is a sponsor)

Fullsteam Brewery

726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Triangle VegFest is holding the first of their new monthly markets at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham! Brunch by Soul Cocina Triangle will start at 12:30 pm. They will have live music and Fullsteam will have their full bar open. Vendors will be ready by 1 pm and go until 4 pm. TVS is a sponsor of this event. Learn more: Triangle Vegfest Monthly Market.

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Casual Vegan Cooking Class (non-TVS event)

Pacifica Cohousing, Common House

141 Viburnum Way (located at the east end of Hanna St), Carrboro

This is a heads up on behalf of Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge! "We are delighted to announce our very first vegan cooking event of 2016, Casual Vegan Cooking! Host Paige Dixon will demo recipes from Colleen Patrick-Gourdreau's 30-Day Vegan Challenge. Learn to cook a variety of delicious vegan recipes in a fun and intimate environment. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets early ($15)! This event is a perfect way to kick-start your vegan cooking in 2016! We hope to see you at Casual Vegan Cooking!"

April 1-30, 2016

Bull City Vegan Challenge

Various restaurants in Durham, NC

The fourth Bull City Vegan Challenge runs this April in Durham, NC. Fifteen restaurants will offer special vegan items, and diners can vote on their favorites.

Saturday, April 9

Animal Law Symposium (non-TVS event)

UNC School of Law

160 Ridge Road, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, Chapel Hill

UNC Student Animal Legal Defense Fund hosts its fifth annual symposium on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill, NC. Panelists from national and local organizations will present on various topics including Animal Cruelty, Animal Advocacy and Outreach, Farm Animal Policy and Environmental Impacts, Animal Law Careers, and a Legislative Update. Registration is FREE and open to all, and includes a light vegan breakfast and catered vegan lunch. See full agenda and registration details and the Facebook event.

Saturday, April 9 - 8:00 pm

Potluck at the free outdoor screening of "Iris" at Full Frame

Durham Central Park

Join us for a potluck at the free outdoor screening of "Iris" at Full Frame. Please RSVP to

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 1:30-3:30 pm

Joint lunch potluck with the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle (Potluck FAQ)

Extraordinary Ventures building

200 South Elliot Road, Chapel Hill (see a map)

We will have a joint lunch potluck with the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle.

Sunday, May 15 - 10 am-6 pm

Asheville VegFest (non-TVS event)

Pack Square Park

121 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Asheville VegFest, presented by the Asheville Vegan Society, is a celebration of compassionate eating and sustainable living, where vegetarians, vegans, and the veg-curious alike can explore and celebrate the benefits of plant-based eating. Held in gorgeous Pack Square Park in beautiful downtown Asheville, this family-friendly event will feature live music, speaker sessions, local beer, cooking demonstrations, a kids' activity area, and best of all – food! See the event website.

Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

3rd Annual National Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) conference

Raleigh, NC

The 3rd Annual National Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) conference is being held in Raleigh. It is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, non-commercial, and provides continuing education credit for health professionals, while warmly welcoming the general public, as well.

TVS, as part of the P-POD conference, is co-hosting a free party this Saturday evening, May 21, from 8-10:15 pm. Open to all, whether or not attending P-POD, it will be held at the Pioneers Building (next to the community center) at Method Community Park, 514 Method Road, Raleigh, NC. TVS is arranging snacks (vegan, wheat-free, with no white rice or refined sweeteners). TVSer Michael Pocinki will be the disc jockey.

TVS also seeks additional volunteers to help with food pickup, party setup and cleanup, P-POD book sales, and transport of boxes of donated beans to a local Food Bank. The conference, this Thursday-Sunday May 19-22 in Raleigh, is still open for registration. It features 31 speakers, including TVSers Parul Kharod and Janardhan Srinivasan. P-POD has a few volunteer needs remaining; see the signup website.

Saturday, June 18 - 6:30-10:30 pm

Mac & Cheese CookOff! (non-TVS event)

Century Center

100 N. Greensboro St, Carrboro, 27510

Triangle Vegfest and Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge present their first cooking competition (sponsored by TMP Travel) to be held at the Century Center in Carrboro. Celebrity judge Gretchen Primack joins Lenore Braford of PFAR and Silvana Rangel Duque of Soul Cocina Triangle as your judges for the evening. Prizes to be awarded for the most popular as judged by the attendees and the judges. More details.

Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24, 2016

Camp Compassion at Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge (This is a joint event with TVS)

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge

7236 US Highway 87 N, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro, NC is having a summer "Camp Compassion", which includes time with their animals and a Food for Life Kids ( food class during June 20-24. More information plus registration details are available at

Saturday, June 25 - 6 pm

Potluck with speaker Lorena Prieto Mucke

Durham Friends Meetinghouse

404 Alexander Avenue, Durham, NC 27705

We have Lorena Mucke visiting from South Carolina for a vegan potluck followed by talk on her work in "Teaching Compassion in the Classroom".

Humane Education is one of the most effective tools in the vegan movement. The Ethical Choices Program (ECP) inspires and empowers high school and college students to make thoughtful, responsible food choices in order to improve their health, protect the environment, and decrease animal suffering. Lorena, founder of ECP, has successfully developed a presentation and "recipe for delivery" that advocates compassion and that schools embrace. Students not only learn the countless benefits of adopting a plant-based diet but also learn tools to be advocates of change in their schools and communities. The Ethical Choices Program has almost 70 Educators (and counting) employed throughout the U.S. and Canada and will expand to additional countries in 2016.

Whether you are a student or have one in your family, or want to learn proven strategies to share with others the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Lorena's presentation promises to be insightful and interesting. The talk will begin at around 7:15p.

Monday, June 27 - 6:30 pm

PlantPure Nation Screening with Nelson and Kim Campbell (non-TVS event)

Community United Church of Christ

814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC

The Pure Earth Triangle group will host a free screening of PlantPure Nation, the groundbreaking film that carries the message of the most important health breakthrough of our time. When T. Colin Campbell, nutritional scientist and author of The China Study and Whole inspires Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet, they inadvertently set in motion a series of events that expose powerful forces opposed to the diet. When industry lobbyists kill the pilot program, Dr. Campbellā€™s oldest son Nelson decides to try his own grassroots approach in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.

PlantPure Nation was filmed across the USA and includes world-renowned experts, doctors and authors. The Production team includes Director Nelson Campbell, and Producer John Corry & Writer Lee Fulkerson from the acclaimed documentary film Forks Over Knives. Nelson Campbell and his wife Kim will be there to present and show the film.

Please RSVP to ensure an accurate head count.

Parking: The church is on a corner. One lot is off Dixie Trail, the other off Wade Ave. There is also street parking on Dixie Trail.

Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm. Film showing promptly at 7:00 pm in Sanctuary. Film lasts 90 minutes.

Monday, July 4 - 6:00 pm

Fourth of July Potluck (vegan food only, please) (Potluck FAQ)

Jody's House

7337 Fontana Ridge Lane, Raleigh (see a map - note that Norman Ridge Lane is the street off of Leesville Road, and Fontana Ridge Lane is off of Norman Ridge Lane)

The Fourth of July Potluck will be at Jody's house in Raleigh. Vegan food only, please. We can meet around 6:00 to socialize, and have dinner at around 7:00 so people can make the fireworks at the State Fair site in Raleigh, if they wish. There is a grill that has always been used for vegan food, so please feel free to bring something to be grilled if you like. If anyone has games they want to bring, feel free, maybe we can play some. Please park along the curb taking care not to block the neighbors' driveways. I would very much appreciate it if you would avoid pulling your car up on the grass, as this can damage the sprinkler heads. There is also parking on Leesville Road when you turn right out of my development. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 20 - 7-10 pm

Benefit Vegan Dinner & Lecture with Christopher Sebastian McJetters (non-TVS event)

Vegan Flava Cafe

4125 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, 27707

Christopher Sebastian McJetters will be visiting Durham's Vegan Flava Cafe on Wednesday, July 20th, for a vegan dinner and lecture "Race, Class, Species"! We will have more information soon about ticket price and other details, but plan on dinner at 7:00 and the lecture at 8:00. A donation of $10 is required for the lecture alone. All proceeds will go to benefit the residents of Triangle Chance for All! *** Christopher Sebastian McJetters is a pro-intersectional vegan writer, educator, and activist. He is an advisory board member of Black Vegans Rock, a staff writer for Vegan Publishers, and a staff member of VINE Sanctuary, in addition to being on the board of Peace Advocacy Network (PAN) through which he helps lead up their huge Vegan Pledge program. *** Event page.

Saturday, August 20 - 5:00 pm-8:30 pm

Triangle Vegan Cookout (non-TVS event)

Umstead Park - Reedy Creek Entrance

2100 North Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC

A cookout for all vegans and veg friendly/curious people of the Triangle! Please bring a vegan dish to share. This could include something grillable, sides, desserts, drinks, whatever! We will be grilling at the Reedy Creek Shelter #2. Learn more.

Sunday, September 25 - 6:00 pm

Carrboro Music Festival Potluck

Weaver Street Market

101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, 27510 (see a map)

The Carrboro Music Festival is one of the biggest local music events. This year, there are more than 180 acts playing at 25 locations around Carrboro on Sept 24-25. Many genres of music are represented, and it's all free! Come on out and enjoy some music. We will have a potluck at 6:00 pm on Sunday, Sept 25. RSVP to Dilip ( so we can meet as a group in front of Weaver Street Market.

Saturday, October 15 (12-5 pm) - Sunday, October 16 (10 am-4 pm)

Triangle Vegfest

Two locations: October 15 (Nash Square, downtown Raleigh) and October 16 (McKimmon Center, NC State University)

Celebrate healthy, veg lifestyles with us at the third annual Triangle Vegfest! TVS is a sponsor of this event. You'll enjoy local food, NC vendors, area non-profits, live music, yoga, and expert speakers. Suggested $5 donation to support Triangle VegFest. See the event website for more info!

Saturday, November 5 - Sunday, November 6

Triad VegFest (non-TVS event)

Multiple locations in Greensboro

The Triad VegFest is a two-day festival! Both events are free and open to the public. Learn more.

Tuesday, November 8 - 7:30 pm

Election night party

Janardhan Srinivasan's home

3007 Ridge Road, Durham, NC (see a map)

Regardless of your politicial leanings, come on out to the TVS election night viewing party to watch the results unfold. We'll watch news analysis of the US Presidential, as well as state and local, elections. The potluck party is being hosted by Janardhan Srinivasan. Arrive anytime between 7:30 and 9 pm but the party will go on until results are known. Please bring a vegan snack or side dish to share. Janardhan is at 3007 Ridge Road in Durham.

Thursday, November 24 - 11:30 am-5:00 pm

Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Feast at Cafe Parizade

For the 18th year in a row, we are returning to Cafe Parizade in Durham for our Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle.

Saturday, December 17 - 6:00 pm

Annual TVS Holiday Party potluck and white elephant gift exchange (Potluck FAQ)

Barry Nakell's home

149 Dixie Drive, Chapel Hill (see a map)


After we eat, we will, as has become tradition, have a low-/no-cost simple gift exchange – please bring something, wrapped, from around the house that you no longer use that others may find valuable; please bring one present per person. (If you decide to purchase a gift, please do not exceed $10.)

Saturday, December 31

First Night Raleigh

At First Night Raleigh, there are many children's activities in the afternoon leading up to a 7 pm (midnight Greenwich Mean Time) New Year's countdown, and quite a variety of entertainment through midnight. If you volunteer, you can work with other TVSers (just let them know that you are with TVS). If you volunteer, you will get free admission to the many evening events (you can always purchase admission).