worldwide vegan bake sale 2014: pdx edition

portland bake sale michele truty

Spring: cherry blossoms, kittens being crazy-pants way too early in the morning, and taxes…oh, and planning for The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!

Since 2009, groups all over the globe have come together during this very special week to raise funds for nonprofits by hawking donated vegan treats. Bonus, we show the world how great vegan treats can be. This year, that week falls April 26-May 4. Find out if there’s a sale in your area, or start scheming with your vegan community to start a new annual tradition. (The WVBS site has lots of advice for groups wanting to get started.)

The Portland crew/gaggle/super squad is back, and we’re aiming high. For the past couple of years, we’ve pulled in around $2,400 each time, for a nice little handful of nonprofits, but we always sell out early! We know we can do better. Come on, Vegan Mecca, get to baking!

Our sale is Sunday, May 4, 10-3, at Mississippi Marketplace, which is kind enough to host us for the third year in a row. (Pick up your treats then grab some lunch at Homegrown Smoker or Native Bowl!) All funds raised at our sale will go to Chimp Sanctuary NW (to help the chimps) and Russia Freedom Fund (to help the LGBTQ folk in Russia).

We set up this schmancy website here for more information. If you already know the deal, you can sign up to donate here. And here’s the Facebook event, should you want to sync up your calendar or invite your friends. (Psssst, invite your friends!)

We need lots of bakers (sweets, savories, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, palm-free, raw—we need it all—and don’t forget to bring an ingredient list!) and lots of buyers. We’ll have some take-home containers, but be a champ and save the earth a little by bringing your own reusable one.

So mark your calendars, hope for sun, spread the word, and let’s bake the world a better place.


happy worldwide vegan bake sale!


Yes, I’m still working on my revamped blog, but I just didn’t want to miss the opportunity to remind you what starts this weekend…

It’s that special time of year, when do-goodnicks around the world bake vegan cookies and bagels and lemon squares and peanut butter doggie treats—and other do-goodnicks and the just plain hungry purchase those scones and gluten-free doughnuts and brownies and macaroons (You’re vegan? What can you eat?!), and allll that money goes to nonprofits. It’s the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!

This year it all happens April 20-28—although there are some a little early or late, but they still mean well. In Portland we’re doing ours this Sunday, the 21st, 10-3, at the Mississippi Marketplace cart pod. Our sales are all being donated to Cat Adoption Team (where I got my kitties on Black Friday) and Green Acres, to help them build a new sheep enclosure. I’ll be bringing my favoritest thing ever, poppy seed rolls (recipe linked in post), and probably bialys—I experimented with a rolled-up bialy-type thing and think it’d just work better in the traditional form.

Here’s our Facebook event page, and as you can see, already 200 people have RSVP’d. Thanks, Portland. You’re tops. If you’re in the area and want to donate baked goods, the link and rules for signup are in the FB event. (Basically, it’s all vegan, so no honey, gelatin, or any of those pesky little animal products; write out ingredients; and we prefer to transfer your stuff onto our platters so we don’t have to find you to return yours, and to avoid disposables).

Where’s your city’s bake sale? WVBS HQ has this list. (Yeah, I told you it was worldwide.) So spread the word. Put on that apron (or not—flour-coated pants are, like, the new acid wash). And let’s bake this world a better place.

give it away for free and they will come


Can one man/woman make a difference? Of course, but it helps if you’ve got some dedicated friends. The photo above is from this Daily Tidings story—it’s my friend Yoko serving up some totally free vegan vittles to high school kids in Ashland, Oregon. And the orange catering truck is Taran’s. Why have an orange catering truck if you’re not going to use it, right? The ingredients were all donated by farmer’s market folk and with contributions from the rest of the community.

The plain truth is that this community, like many, many, many others, has cut school funding to the bone. Extra programs—you know, the life-building ones—gone. The food—building blocks of quickly growing and morphing bodies—crap. One Ashland is out to change that one free meal at a time.

They set up right outside the school and met with a bit of resistance…not from the students, mind you. The school official came out to make them leave. These are minors, you know, so the school is responsible for them . What’s that? It’s open campus? So kids can go to the fast food joints down the street? They just can’t eat this free, healthy food? Long story short, the truck was sent away (to avoid “federal issues”) but they parked just a bit away and continued to give away healthy meals.

The kids were very appreciative. Yoko joked that in some places, if you give away food you’re still gonna get robbed. These students were polite and genuine. That makes the hard work so much more worth it. I just think it’s funny that schools defend their greasy, processed fare with claims that it’s the only thing kids will eat. Beg to differ.

So check it out. You can donate to One Ashland on its website…or you can start your own community group. I’m sure kids around your neck of the woods could use some clean eats.