Sometimes we are so hell-bent on creating a vegan world, that sometimes we neglect our own kind! That’s right! In order to welcome people into the vegan “community” in Cape Town, we need to first have a community, and this community needs to consist of ALL of us – not just the same people I’ve been seeing at event after event. Although… the people that are always at these events are now my friends… so you can stay!
I’ll admit that the word “community” scares me, and two years ago you would never have caught me at a vegan braai, let alone a cooking course or film screening. I was petrified that I would have to actually talk to people – which is weird considering that’s all I do these days! Let me cut straight to the chase and tell you that I’ve yet to be part of one “event” that felt awkward or that made me uncomfortable. I haven’t had to sing, or hold someone’s hand or share my feelings. Ever. Promise. Although I am sure there are those kinds of events… Erm…
I’ve noticed that the focus on a lot of these events is simply to either entice non-vegans to join the dark side (just kidding!) or to promote veganism and to prove it that it can easily be integrated into everyday life (such as a braai). So; I’m not vegan, I go to a braai, I am overwhelmed by how ‘easy’ it is to be vegan, I feel inspired, I become vegan… and then what?
Enter Lutfiah and Roscoe Samuels, the brains, beauty, muscle, passion and drive behind The Yummy Vegan Food and Co. You may have met them at the (now weekly) Vegan Goods Market (run by another vegan champion, Sarah Lee Beckett) or seen some of their new ready-made frozen meals at some Spars across the Western Cape. I sat down to meet with them at Marley Coffee in Obs to chat about all things vegan.
Out of the conversation came the statement that there were not enough activities for vegans where activism and education were not the focus. Vegans in Cape Town needed more time to let down their hair and unwind without having to check whether there were vegan options on the menu or whether their gluten-sensitive digestive systems would be compromised. They then told me about their idea of hosting a laid-back comedy and music evening that would naturally have food … that was vegan (with some gluten-free options!) simply titled It’s Lekka to Be Vegan.
For R250 you will get:
- a 3-course meal (starter: Nacho Bowl, mains: Gourmet Burger and Fries, dessert: Chocolate Brownie w/Coconut Cream)
- 3 comedians, headlined by Gerard Siebritz
- and the smooth sounds of singer Khofi
All the details are on Quicket.
At the time of writing this (16 Nov) they have only sold 11 tickets. In order for them to pay the musician, comedians, venue hire, and cover food costs they need to sell a minimum of 50 tickets.
This event is for YOU to show that you are part of a community and to show that we are all far more like-minded than we appear to be behind our computer screens and through Instagram filters. Every time I’ve ventured from my couch to attend a (vegan) event I’ve really connected with the most amazing people and you should too. I’ve yet to regret it.
Hope you’ll be there! And even better – I hope to see more and more vegan events being created across the Western Cape that really puts a focus on the social aspect of what it means to be vegan.