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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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I Think I'm Turning Vegetarian for the last week of May
Once upon a time vegetarians were looked on as people who were frankly a little bit cranky. Why on earth would one of London's first vegetarian restaurants, Cranks, give itself such a name? These days there is nothing strange about omitting meat from your diet, and vegetarian tastes are widely catered for.

National Vegetarian Week 2013
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The last week of May this year is National Vegetarian Week and participants will come from restaurants (both independents and chains), shops and food merchants, whether online or behind shop fronts. Grants are available for individuals and groups to organise events and there are also competitions to be entered and won. NVG 13 is seeking the Chef of the Future and parents and their offspring can also enter the Young Veggie Recipe Competition.

There are loads of ideas on the website to encourage individuals, organisations and academic institutions to participate in NVG 13, use the banners, the logo, order resources and sign up for the newsletter.

National Vegetarian Week 2013
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However if you want to be a participant without being an organiser, you can check the website to see what is happening locally. Here are a few ideas for those of us in the London area.

Cordon Vert is running a cookery workshop on 26 May: Far Eastern With a Twist of Lime

National Vegetarian Week 2013
Far Eastern With a Twist of Lime at Cordon Vert Cookery School (Image Courtesy of

Cantina Laredo in Covent Garden is offering free guacamole for the week

National Vegetarian Week 2013 Cantina Laredo Guacamole
Cantina Laredo (Image Courtesy of

Vegfest UK are offering two tickets for the price of one for their October exhibition at Olympia

National Vegetarian Week 2013
Vegfest UK (Image Courtesy of

Feng Sushi will be offering discounts throughout the week at all branches; Bella Italia is offering free side dishes; The Gate restaurant is offering 25% off the price of their cook books as well as a 20% discount on their express lunch menu; the London Fo Guan Shan Temple is running a talk on the nutrients of vegetables, followed by a vegetarian buffet on 25 May; and various eateries at King's College, University of London will be encouraging vegetarianism for the week.

You don't have to be a vegetarian to forego meat in your diet, even if only occasionally. How about trying to give your carnivorous tastebuds a rest for the last week of May?
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Why? To give the animals a chance
When: 26-30 May
Where: All over the country
Cost: Varies
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