Weekend social events for Philly vegans? Sweet!

Sunday's tasty event at Tattooed Mom is held in conjunction with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.

Now that summer's unofficially here, Philly vegans are getting out of the house and trying out new vegan venues (more about that next week!) and also looking for excuses to hang out with other area vegans. Some fun opportunities for that happen this weekend, with the requisite yummy vegan food treats as the main excuse for getting together.

Tomorrow, June 3rd at the Rotunda (4014 Walnut St; information@therotunda.org) you can get some free vegan ice cream at Animal Activists of Philly's 2017 Ice Cream Social, running from noon to 4 p.m. Organizer Marianne Bessey remarks that despite what you might have heard about June as National Dairy Month, in actuality "it's National Dairy-FREE month for animals, and Animal ACTivists of Philly will be giving away vegan ice cream in West Philly to show everyone how delicious animal-free can be!"

Remember, you don't have to be vegan to enjoy the free treats! You also don't have to NOT be vegan, of course - though in the spirit of the event, maybe bring someone with you who thinks vegan eating is all about raw carrots and righteousness and watch their eyes (and mouth) open!

Then on Sunday, June 4th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tattooed Mom's (530 South St; 215-238-9880) - which is making its name as the go-to nonvegan venue for social vegans (and hungry vegans) - the infamous Philly Vegan Lady Gang will host a Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Yes, it's just happening at this one spot but is part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale launched in 2009 that has helped raise more than $300,000 for a number of animal-related causes. In this case the proceeds will benefit Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

Organizer LJ Steinig, whom V for Vegan readers may recall as the first winner (2016) of the Vegan MacDown, says "I've never been more stoked for a bake sale" and urges everyone to "stop by Tattooed Mom on the afternoon of Sunday, June 4th, get your arts & crafts on, eat a vegan sandwich & some tots, and then enjoy cupcakes and cookies and more!" The baked goodies will be supplied both by the "Philly Vegan Lady Gangsters" themselves and also by well-known vegan pros such as Soy Cafe, Crust Bakery and Miss Rachel's Pantry. Quite a lineup!

Also, since I noted last year that Lancaster, PA now has something of a vegan scene itself, I'll pass along that also tomorrow, from noon to 5 p.m. (enough time to get to both this and the ice cream social, if so inclined) Lancaster's first annual VegFest will be held at that city's Musser Park (more info: pavegfest@gmail.com or pavegfest.com). It's "a free public event whose mission is to provide information about the benefits of a plant-based diet for health and the benefit to animals" including "speakers, vendors, vegan foods, entertainment, raffle prizes, children’s activities, non-profit organizations, and much, much more!"

Wherever you are when you're out and about this weekend, stop at one or all of these and fill up on delicious vegan food and camaraderie. Raw carrots and righteousness can wait till Monday!