Are you a new or aspiring vegan living near Indianapolis? Especially if you don’t know others making the change, it can be intimidating at first. Thankfully, being vegan in Indy is easier than ever! This is a list of some practical resources to help get you started.
1. Attend a Meetup with the Indy Veggie Meetup Group!
One of the best things you can do when you are new at this is getting to know others on the same path. The Indy Veggie Meetup Group (Sponsored and run by IARA!) hosts nearly 100 get-togethers every year. Meeting other vegans, vegetarians and those aspiring to go veg can be a great lifeline of support. There are always new people at every event so you don’t have to worry about being an outsider. Events are fun and casual and a great way to discuss topics that are important to you with others who understand.
The group meets at restaurants, holds pitch-ins/potlucks, screens movies, hosts special events like Vegan Thanksgiving celebrations and Kids’ Halloween parties, picnics and hosts speakers. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the local vegan community.
Sign up at www.Meetup.com/IndyVeggie
2. Join local vegans on Facebook
The Indy Veggie Meetup Group has a corresponding group page on Facebook that is a great way to discuss local topics and ask questions geared more toward Indianapolis based discussions. The group has become the largest online community of vegans, vegetarians and veg-curious in Indiana.
Join here: www.facebook.com/groups/IndyVeggie
3. Plan to Attend Indy VegFest
The 2018 Indy VegFest is coming up on Saturday, March 31. Last year’s event was attended by over 4,500 people and this year will be even bigger!
Sign up for the event: www.facebook.com/events/515820545440520/
Check them out: www.IndyVegFest.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/IndyVegFest
They have other great events throughout the year like cooking demos and an annual Holiday Market, so be sure to follow them so you get updates of all the events!
4. Check out the Indianapolis Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Guide sponsored by Indy VegFest
This list includes nearly 150 Indianapolis area restaurants that have vegan-friendly menus!
5. Visit Indy’s only 100% vegan restaurant – Three Carrots
Indianapolis’ only all-vegan restaurant Three Carrots is now open in two locations!
Check them out here: www.threecarrotsindy.com/
6. Follow Hip Hop is Green – Indy Chapter
Hip Hop is Green produces cultural and educational evens and programming to empower leadership and connect communities to health and wellness resources. Follow the local Indy Chapter for events, recipes and more!
Follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/hiphopisgreenindy/
7. Watch These Documentaries
There are so many great resources out there, but for instant well rounded knowledge on the three main reasons to go vegan, check out these documentaries.
What the Health (health)
Cowspiracy and What the Health are currently on Netflix. All three can be found free online with some quick searches on Google and Youtube.
Good luck in your journey. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or if you are having some bumps in the road and need support or guidance!