America’s First Vegan Welcome Center to Open in Philadelphia
How well do you know our founding fathers? George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, and Benjamin Franklin … introduced tofu to the US! Now that’s a great question for Thursday trivia night.
Right where the Declaration of Independence was signed, in the heart of Philadelphia, comes a new first—the American Vegan Center. Though it’s not widely known, Philadelphia is credited as being the US city where the vegetarian and vegan movements began. The new center, catering to tourists, vegans, and locals, will offer all the best food tips and key information, raising awareness of the amazing vegan eats in the Philly area and beyond.
The spot is being operated by the American Vegan Society, a nonprofit organization launched more than 60 years ago. Taking the plant-based past into the future, the location’s inaugural public event celebrating the anniversary of the first vegetarian group in the US will take place on June 15 and will feature music, tours, cartooning, giveaways, and more. Educational events will follow throughout the year, including appearances by chefs, doctors, and authors, along with hosted discussion groups.
For more information on the American Vegan Center, check out AmericanVegan.org or stop by for a visit once they open at 17 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Melissa has been vegan since 2017 and is a self-proclaimed pizza and doughnut enthusiast. A public relations executive by day—when she’s not scouring New York City and beyond for the next great vegan food and beauty finds—she donates her time to supporting animal rescues, traveling, and spoiling her cat, Waffles.
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