If you’re planning an event for National Vegetarian Week 2015 you can now order your free promotional materials and add your event to our What’s Happening calendar. Also, applications are now being accepted for National Vegetarian Week grants.

There are lots of ways you can get involved in this year’s National Vegetarian Week and the theme of Share. Here are just some ideas:

How to get involved as an individual

  • Organise a potluck lunch with friends, colleagues or family members. Everyone can bring a veggie dish to share.
  • Arrange to talk to your local WI or friendly society groups about vegetarianism.
  • Share your favourite veggie recipes on social media. Don’t forget to use #nvw15 or #share.
  • Visit your local veggie shops and ask them to display one of the National Vegetarian Week posters, or give them a stack of flyers for their customers.
  • Organise a three-course vegetarian dinner party, to show off how tasty and varied vegetarian food can be.
  • Put up a National Vegetarian Week poster in your front window, letting everyone know about the Week.

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How to get your community group involved

  • Organise an event, sharing veggie food, knowledge or ideas.
  • Hold an information stall, perhaps sharing samples of veggie products, in your local library, market hall or community centre.
  • Hold a taste testing evening. This is a great way to let people taste fantastic veggie food and wine, especially those who might not normally try it, and it can be a great social event. Why not try asking a local restaurant or pub if you can host it there?
  • Organise a veggie recipe competition at your community centre. Make it interesting by requiring a specific ingredient in each recipe, or by using a particular theme, such as Spanish vegetarian food.
  • Invite a local vegetarian to give a talk to your group about their reasons for being vegetarian, or produce a display on a particular aspect of vegetarianism.
  • Order vegetarian resources, leaflets and recipe booklets via the Vegetarian Society website.

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share toolkit

A downloadable toolkit is now available to help you organise your National Vegetarian Week sharing event whether it be for family, friends, colleagues or your local community.

View toolkit or Download (PDF)

Limited stock in hard copies are available.

To request one, email with your name, address and local group name (if applicable).


How to get involved as a business

  • Profile vegetarian products and recipes through in-store publications, sharing samplings and product displays.
  • Think local and seasonal; consumers have a growing interest in the food they eat, where it’s come from and how it’s produced. Why not create a new dish or menu option using local and seasonal vegetarian ingredients?
  • Run promotions on vegetarian products and meals; BOGOF, meal deal tie-ins, price reductions and other offers.
  • If you’re a distributor, why not bulk order the NVW materials and include them in the orders you send out? Contact for more information.
  • Our ‘empty middle’ poster is perfect for writing on to highlight promotions on veggie products for the Week!
  • If you serve food you could organise a special vegetarian gourmet evening, taste testing or veggie buffet. You could even launch a new vegetarian menu or dish during the Week.

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How to get involved as an educational establishment

  • Ask your school caterer to run an all-vegetarian lunch for the school one day during National Vegetarian Week, or increase the number of meat-free options. The Vegetarian Society has plenty of recipes online.
  • Give a talk in class about vegetarianism and then challenge your pupils and colleagues to go veggie for the Week. They may just be surprised at how easy, and tasty, it is to be vegetarian. We have plenty of free resources to help as well.
  • Hold a veggie taste testing session and create criteria by which to judge the products. If you’re a secondary school, why not have a cook-off between staff and students or a competition for the best veggie recipe?
  • Discuss healthy eating and nutrition with the class, or use National Vegetarian Week as an opportunity to look at environmental issues.


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