By Published On: 8 August 2011986 words5 min read

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Making Vegan Friends

By LJ Steinig, Guest Contributor

As vegans, I feel like we are united by some really important beliefs and ideals. How we live our lives stands for something: we stand for animal rights, we stand for environmentalism, and we stand for health and nutrition. However, we are on the so-called “fringe” of mainstream society (I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else), and because of that we’re under a microscope. If we really want to make a difference, if we really want to make the world a better place, we must do so together. So why is there so much infighting? Why does blogging sometimes feel so competitive? Wouldn’t serving the community be a better use of our energy? And why does it seem so hard to make Vegan Friends?

I love making Vegan Friends. And nothing makes me quite as happy in quite the same way as having a community of Vegan Friends, both online (read: around the country and the world) and in “real life.”

Vegan Friends

Last year, I’d been considering a move to Austin. It fell through for a variety of reasons (and I know now that I am meant to be in Miami Beach), but that didn’t stop me from my Amazing Austin Adventure (and by adventure, I mean awesome vegan food binge) last October. And you know what made that weekend so very amazing and awesome (besides the food)? Making Vegan Friends. Through the magic of social networking (primarily Twitter, I can’t recommend it enough), I met a whole lot of people, and upon arriving in Austin, I had people to hang out with. I went to a Meetup at The Vegan Yacht and a Halloween party with people from Vegans Rock Austin. I spent the day driving (and eating) around Austin with my friend Nanette, who taught me all about the neighborhoods I wanted to live in.

What drew me to Austin was its thriving vegan community. At that point, there were not a lot of vegan or vegan friendly places to eat in Miami, and my only Vegan Friends were online. It was lonely locally. But as I said, my move to Austin fell through, so I started to focus on finding ways to help create the kind of vegan community in Miami that they have in Austin.

I started to do some searching, and I discovered that while I’d been preparing to move, more and more vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants were popping up in the area. Meetup groups had become more active. The vegans I’d been looking for were coming out of hiding! And they were all doing some awesome stuff! Activism! Potlucks! Waffle Parties! I could finally make me some local Vegan Friends! Do you hear the choir of angels singing?!

In an effort to do my part in building up Miami’s vegan community, after two years writing my personal vegan blog, I created It’s Veganlicious and the Veganlicious Miami Meetup.  And I’m making local Vegan Friends! And even more important than that, other local vegans are making local Vegan Friends! It’s a win for us all!

So today was the monthly Vegan Waffle Party at Sweat Records. I carpooled there with my (vegan) friends Tommy and Jen, made plans to meet my (vegan) friends Boyd and Jen there, chatted with my (vegan) friend Scott upon arriving, met my (vegan) (twitter) friend Sam for the first time in real life, and hung out with my (vegan) friend Lolo (owner of Sweat Records) while she made us some waffle-y goodness!

So. (Vegan.) Happy.

As thrilled as I am with this blossoming vegan community locally, I also have a deep love for my online Vegan Friends, many of whom I have plans to meet in real life, some of them sooner than others! Our online connections are so important, especially for people new to veganism, or living somewhere without a strong local vegan community.

And if you don’t have a strong vegan community yet, you can start building one. There are Vegan Friends in your city too, you just don’t know them yet. Here are a few tips:

  • Check out Happy Cow, and start frequenting restaurants listed there. New Vegan Friends eat at vegan-friendly places, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. (And while you’re at it, keep requesting vegan eats wherever you go, but ask nicely. Chefs need to know that we’re here and that we’re hungry and that we’re awesome.)
  • Look for Meetup groups in your area. Search for Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, and more. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, create your own group and start hosting potlucks or gatherings at vegan-friendly places. People will find you.
  • Join Twitter. If you’re not on it yet, pause in your reading and go create an account right now. Seriously. I’ll still be here when you get back…. Great. Now that you have your Twitter account, do a search for Vegan and your city (e.g. Miami Beach), or even Vegetarian and your city. You’ll find people, I’m sure of it—start following them, introduce yourself, make conversation, make Vegan Friends. (All of the people I mentioned above, I met via Twitter or Meetup. All of them.)

There’s no need for competition. There’s no need for infighting. We all have so much knowledge about the issues, we all have so much talent, we all have so much to give and share to make the world a better place. So go forth, my Vegan Friends, and build your community! Make Vegan Friends!

By Published On: 8 August 2011986 words5 min read

Share This Story!

Making Vegan Friends

By LJ Steinig, Guest Contributor

As vegans, I feel like we are united by some really important beliefs and ideals. How we live our lives stands for something: we stand for animal rights, we stand for environmentalism, and we stand for health and nutrition. However, we are on the so-called “fringe” of mainstream society (I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else), and because of that we’re under a microscope. If we really want to make a difference, if we really want to make the world a better place, we must do so together. So why is there so much infighting? Why does blogging sometimes feel so competitive? Wouldn’t serving the community be a better use of our energy? And why does it seem so hard to make Vegan Friends?

I love making Vegan Friends. And nothing makes me quite as happy in quite the same way as having a community of Vegan Friends, both online (read: around the country and the world) and in “real life.”

Vegan Friends

Last year, I’d been considering a move to Austin. It fell through for a variety of reasons (and I know now that I am meant to be in Miami Beach), but that didn’t stop me from my Amazing Austin Adventure (and by adventure, I mean awesome vegan food binge) last October. And you know what made that weekend so very amazing and awesome (besides the food)? Making Vegan Friends. Through the magic of social networking (primarily Twitter, I can’t recommend it enough), I met a whole lot of people, and upon arriving in Austin, I had people to hang out with. I went to a Meetup at The Vegan Yacht and a Halloween party with people from Vegans Rock Austin. I spent the day driving (and eating) around Austin with my friend Nanette, who taught me all about the neighborhoods I wanted to live in.

What drew me to Austin was its thriving vegan community. At that point, there were not a lot of vegan or vegan friendly places to eat in Miami, and my only Vegan Friends were online. It was lonely locally. But as I said, my move to Austin fell through, so I started to focus on finding ways to help create the kind of vegan community in Miami that they have in Austin.

I started to do some searching, and I discovered that while I’d been preparing to move, more and more vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants were popping up in the area. Meetup groups had become more active. The vegans I’d been looking for were coming out of hiding! And they were all doing some awesome stuff! Activism! Potlucks! Waffle Parties! I could finally make me some local Vegan Friends! Do you hear the choir of angels singing?!

In an effort to do my part in building up Miami’s vegan community, after two years writing my personal vegan blog, I created It’s Veganlicious and the Veganlicious Miami Meetup.  And I’m making local Vegan Friends! And even more important than that, other local vegans are making local Vegan Friends! It’s a win for us all!

So today was the monthly Vegan Waffle Party at Sweat Records. I carpooled there with my (vegan) friends Tommy and Jen, made plans to meet my (vegan) friends Boyd and Jen there, chatted with my (vegan) friend Scott upon arriving, met my (vegan) (twitter) friend Sam for the first time in real life, and hung out with my (vegan) friend Lolo (owner of Sweat Records) while she made us some waffle-y goodness!

So. (Vegan.) Happy.

As thrilled as I am with this blossoming vegan community locally, I also have a deep love for my online Vegan Friends, many of whom I have plans to meet in real life, some of them sooner than others! Our online connections are so important, especially for people new to veganism, or living somewhere without a strong local vegan community.

And if you don’t have a strong vegan community yet, you can start building one. There are Vegan Friends in your city too, you just don’t know them yet. Here are a few tips:

  • Check out Happy Cow, and start frequenting restaurants listed there. New Vegan Friends eat at vegan-friendly places, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. (And while you’re at it, keep requesting vegan eats wherever you go, but ask nicely. Chefs need to know that we’re here and that we’re hungry and that we’re awesome.)
  • Look for Meetup groups in your area. Search for Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, and more. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, create your own group and start hosting potlucks or gatherings at vegan-friendly places. People will find you.
  • Join Twitter. If you’re not on it yet, pause in your reading and go create an account right now. Seriously. I’ll still be here when you get back…. Great. Now that you have your Twitter account, do a search for Vegan and your city (e.g. Miami Beach), or even Vegetarian and your city. You’ll find people, I’m sure of it—start following them, introduce yourself, make conversation, make Vegan Friends. (All of the people I mentioned above, I met via Twitter or Meetup. All of them.)

There’s no need for competition. There’s no need for infighting. We all have so much knowledge about the issues, we all have so much talent, we all have so much to give and share to make the world a better place. So go forth, my Vegan Friends, and build your community! Make Vegan Friends!

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  1. Jade Wilson November 24, 2017 at 12:56 am - Reply

    please let me know if there is any vegan friends out there that live in Colorado Springs that are interested in becoming not only my friend but that love coffee as well and would like to meet up with me at my coffee shop called special grounds my email is [email protected] also some encouraging words to stay vegan when times are tuff when I feel like giving in to the old patterns do to pure pressure family and friends I have lots of that aren’t vegan need more vegan friends then none vegan friends so trying to search for them some how and also once in a while have gone to a vegan meet up group in Colorado Springs my New Years plan is to get into shape and get more into the vegan community some how but need advice were to find vegans and how to connect with them
    from jade wilson thanks

  2. Jade Wilson November 24, 2017 at 12:47 am - Reply

    hello my name is Jade wilson . I live in Colorado Springs Colorado, I don’t have very many friends so far that are vegan worth hanging out with and I’ve been off the vegan lifestyle since august 21st 2015 due to family struggles but made it to the vegan journey for 3 months and felt great and now Im ready to get back on and try the vegan lifestyle again and hoping to stick with it this time and not quit do to family pressure and fear. so if there. is any way you could email me and give me some encouraging tips in how to say on the vegan journey that would be great and some friends would be wonderful also online and in the community thanks Jade wilson. I also own a coffee shop going on 12 years this December the 16th and we do sell some vegan and gluten free items Im hoping to find someone that would sale some more gluten and dairy free items but don’t know who would in Colorado Springs to deliver to my shop if anyone could let me know who lives in Colorado Springs or not that would be great and what part of the springs . Im limited because of my disability not able to drive I have to have people bring me or I take a cab or my mom brings me . My disability is the reason of why I’m wanting to go on this vegan journey

  3. paris August 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    this is amazing I’m a lacto vegetarian trying to go vegan I live in a small city and I really think I’m the only one trying to find nice people to befriend .u can email at [email protected] if you intreasted I’m 27

  4. gaynor riley July 7, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Thankyou, just hooked myself up on twitter. I am a vegan looking to make friends. I would love to meet like minded souls. Love and Light Gaynor xxx

  5. The Kale Sandwich Show December 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the excellent examples of ways to find more vegan friends. My fiance and I are new to the vegan diet. Our friends have been really cool about it since we told them. It has even sparked an interest in them and they have started making vegan food for their parties to accommodate us. We are lucky to be surrounded by such open minded people. I think it’s wonderful that the vegan community is so tight knit. Veganism is the future!

  6. Simona February 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Hello everyone

    My name is Simona and I made the complete vegan transformation approximately two months ago. I had done a LOT of research beforehand and it just feels right. I feel amazing and I think that I am never going back. It somehow uplifts me, I am much more positive and full of energy. I don’t even need to sleep for too long any more :) People around me don’t really get me, however, so I have been struggling to find a friendship.. someone I could talk to about this new life of mine and who would understand and went to the farmers market with me to get some fruit and veg :) I was kinda hopeless a little bit but your post made my day :) I will find my future vegan friends soon – I am not really sure how twitter works but I’m about to find out now!! :) Thanks for the lovely words, they inspired me <3 <3 <3 <3

  7. Tim Bracey January 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Hellow i have been a vegitarian for over 20 years and i have been single all my live
    been trying to get work or styart a business but cant now 50plus might be idea to meet other humans
    i have lived alone all ,my live dont ask nothing from anyone but would be nice to feel solidarity with people who care about the planet and the fellow animals we inhabit it with.

  8. Helen September 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    This was a nice site to find when I Googled how to find more vegan friends! I think the meet-up groups are a good way to go. I’m also interested in hearing the latest news at the local farm animal sanctuaries, like http://casanctuary.org/. I would volunteer if it were a little closer. Best wishes, fellow vegans!

  9. Isaac April 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m

    Isaac

    I have been going through some pages wanting to meet and make some new friends of interests been Vegan

    coming across this site thought I should just stop for a while just you to know that there are many of us globally

    However it’s true it’s some time hard to find one of our kind near us depend on where we are, i think.

    May be because many people keep private and some are not connected with others who are of the same mind set in this regard,

    Anyway been a vegan, is very fulfilling, very calming,feel very complete and makes one feels connected with some of the universe greatest laws and values

    There are many upside to life been a vegan which many many people would not dear visualize except they are great thinkers

    These benefits the soul, the spirit, our health and our mind and connect us with our universe in a very unique way, these elements of a vegan life style otherwise

    Empowers the person where otherwise it cannot achieved

    be happy, keep going been vegan, might be one of any man’s life greatest achievement, think about this. Other Time guys.

  10. Julia W April 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I’m in NZ and have quite a few Vegan friends already but they don’t always have enough time to socialise with me, which leaves me with more minimal contact than I require. Are you able to contact me?

    :)

  11. Glenn Caajar February 18, 2012 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Thanks for your inspiration in finding vegan friends. I, like many vegans, don’t know a lot of vegan people and I hope to find some soon. I joined a couple of Meetup groups and hope to hang out with some of them soon. I took your advice and search for vegan “my city” no Twitter and was disappointed to find none :/ I even search for a bunch of cities near my area. Any recommendations for a better search for this on Twitter??

    Thanks

  12. Karla G August 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I have been budding heads over my veganism with a cousin whom I love so much, she calls me judgmental and exagerated and “unknowledgeable” (stupid in other words) over my opinions like doctors not having nutritional knowledge, she swears they are trained enough, over what I eat and how much saying ‘I need to eat a lot of beans and a lot of broccoli”
    I wish I could shrug it off and say, I know, I know what I’m doing and I am doing what is right for me, but its harder than it sounds and after reafing this I am very encouraged to make my own vegan friends and partners!

    • Debbie May 21, 2017 at 5:12 am - Reply

      Hi carla my name is debbie i live in england in the country where i find it very hard to find like minded people .i thought i met someone who i thought could be a friend but again found our life styles to different she didnt even know what a vegan was and i find it unbelievable and gradually i go of them.i suppose i should live and let live and when people ask about it their eyes glaze over and they say such stupid things they just dont get how strongly i feel about the mistreatment of animals.I am almost 60 ( a young 60 ive been told)i i am married with two grown up sons.i have two lovely dogs,picke who is a border collie and gabbo who is a greek rescue dog.two cats maya and luna ,i adore them i often wonder where my love of animals come from i am so glad i feel so deeply about them some people dont feel anything and i reckon their missing out big time.I have been a veggie for 27 years and ashamed to see a vegan for almost 2 years i should have made the switch years ago i will never go back now.I am of to an anti fox march this bank holiday.anyway enough of me whittering on .it would be nice if you want to be vegan buddies.maybe ill hear from you .deb

  13. Ann LaGoy August 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Awesome post – love your energy. Happy Vegan-ness…