Being the only vegan at a party
I don’t know if it has happened to you before but I sometimes feel like I am the only vegan in the village. Eating a vegan diet does make you the minority, although the number of us are on the increase, so there are things you need to accept.
- people don’t always understand you
- people think you only eat lettuce and carrots
- you may be weird to some people
- some people assume you are judging them OR that they’re making you feel uncomfortable eating meat near you
- some genuinely don’t know how to cater for you
- don’t expect to be catered for at parties and don’t take offence!!
As a result of this you have to be confident in what you’re doing, happy with what you’re doing and always be prepared.
Here are some quick tips to help you feel comfortable in party situations:
- eat before you go: you wont offend anyone at the party because chances are there’s not much substantial you will be able to eat there. Eating before hand ensures you wont be hungry there so you wont get “hangry” and want to leave. You want to be happy and comfortable there so make sure you’re well fed before hand.
- take something with you: super easy tip. Take food with you! Share you’re food with others, it will make you blend in and people will appreciate the gift 🙂
- don’t make comments about there being no vegan food available: in a room full of numerous “normal” eating people, you can’t expect that on top of catering for all them people that they’re going to go that extra mile for you. They have spent a lot of time and effort into preparing the party so don’t mention you’re vegan and there’s nothing to eat, simply say you’re not hungry or “no thank you” to non-vegan offerings.
- find any vegan food you can and take it before it goes: there’s a chance that there will be a cheese board with fresh or dried fruits. Take some and pop them on your plate before they all go. Bread is normally available and if you’re lucky some salads or veggie sticks. More times than none there will be vegan options but get them on your plate at the beginning of the party, just incase they run out by the time you’re hungry.
- don’t worry about it: at the end of the day you’re not there for the food, you’re there for the party. Enjoy the party and be social. Social environments don’t always have to revolve around food and if they do just make sure you’re prepared.
I hope these few, quick tips help you for when you feel like the only vegan in the village 🙂
If you’re new to Veganism then eating out might sound scary, but it’s really not. I promise. If you’re not comfortable asking the chef for special requirements, which is totally fine if you do feel confident, then here are a few little tips which will make eating out a much more pleasant experience for you 🙂
- Check the menu before you go out : Some menus will specify what’s vegan and what isn’t, however if they don’t just check for foods without animal products OR if there’s something that is almost vegan but just has cheese or egg for example, then simply order this and ask for without cheese; they’ll be totally fine with this.
- Say you’re lactose intolerent: For me it’s true but they may be more polite and giving if you say this. Sad but true.
- Opt for Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Turkish or Greek: Funnily enough international cuisine have many more Vegan options than British. For example: pizza without cheese, tomato based pastas (check they’re egg free pasta), veggie stir fries and rice, lentil and veggie based curries, roasted veggies and hummus, Veggie Cous Cous based dishes, Veggie fajitas (without sour cream or cheese) etc.
- If in doubt call the restaurant and ask before hand: saves getting there unprepared and eating a bowl of plain salad instead.
- If really stuck order lots of side dishes: I’ve never had to do this, but in a situation where you’re really stuck and there’s nothing you can do, then order lots of side dishes. Rice, veggies, salad, potatoes etc. Better this than nothing.
- Find a veggie restaurant in the area on HappyCow or Google: This is always my favourite option 🙂 but sometimes your friends might not want to eat a vegan meal, so not always possible. If you can sway them then this is The Best ! So many options, comfortable dining and delicious variety of nutrition ! Heaven.
- Eat before you go if unsure: Now, I’ve had situations where the restaurant or venue is booked and I’ve no idea what I’ll be eating, if at all, especially for situations when going to a party for example. So in these cases I’ve just made sure I’ve eaten something little like toast to keep me ticking over Just Incase! You never know. It’s happened a few times for me.
If I think of any more I shall update this but for now, good luck and enjoy yourselves 🙂
The Green Rocket: Bath.
A vegetarian / vegan cafe so obviously it is fantastic !! A quant little treasure in Bath city with pretty interior and many rooms to cater for hungry veggies 😜 I did take my meat eating friend here and he did find it hard to find something initially because everything is very vegan-fied (which we love, obviously…) by that I mean lots of healthy, nutritious ingredients that he doesn’t really enjoy… crazy man. However, he opted for the Satay Noodles dish as it was fairly plain… and he ended up loving it 👌🏼 So happy days ! I, of course, was in absolute food heaven and wanted to eat everything 😍 I opted for the biggest dish on the lunch menu, the mezze, and absolutely destroyed that bad boy 😉 Was luuush. So if you are in the Bath, you MUST check this little beauty out. Did I mention the VEGAN CAKES ?! 😱 Amazing.
Thank you Green Rocket you little beauty you 😚💛✨
Check out their website:
A chain that offers a variety of vegan food, say whaaat!? Dining out as a vegan is sometimes difficult and you may end up eating something really boring so that you can be catered for; and that’s no fun, especially when you’re paying probably quite a lot for it too.
This weekend I went to Jamie’s Italian, I always check menus before hand, and saw that he had more than one vegan option. I was pretty happy. It’s also great because if you’re with non-vegan friends then you don’t want to keep dragging them to vegan restaurants all the time so having variety here is fantastic!
I had the vegan bread board to start and then a baked aubergine dish, which both were so delicious I was pretty happy! It’s clearly stated on the menu what is vegan and what can be MADE vegan for you, so it’s a good shout if you’re ever out and see one. Keep it in mind that he caters for vegans and on a good level; Pasta dishes included too with a choice of regular size or large 😉