Dust off that waffle maker, as the theme for the 4th Annual Global Vegan Waffle Party has been announced. This year the founder of the event, Dave Wheitner, is giving you an excellent excuse to invest in that long-desired ice cream maker or simply indulge in a pint or two of your favorite frozen desserts, as “Vegan Waffles, Ice Cream, & Sorbet” is the inspiration for the party planning.
What is the Global Vegan Waffle Party? Dave began hosting “waffle parties” in 1998, but in 2008 he thought going public with this concept might be a great way to promote friendlier, healthier, and more sustainable living. I guess you would say Dave wants to increase awareness of animal rights, one tasty waffle at a time, which is demonstrated in the philisophical "theme" of this year's event (yes, Dave wasn't able to settle on just one theme this year), "Vegan Kaizen: Even Small Choices Matter."
The official date for this year’s Global Vegan Waffle Party is Saturday, May 28, 2011. However, they welcome vegan waffle parties anytime in May or June as part of this awareness-building celebration. Hosting a waffle party isn’t as difficult as it may sound either. You can make it an intimate potluck-style affair with just a few friends, or host a public event for a grand soiree. In past years, waffle parties with as many as 200 people have been held! …
Of course, you don’t need to be vegan to go to or even host a party, but in keeping with the purpose of the event, those waffles and toppings should be dairy- and egg-free.
The event started off small, with parties in 10 cities in 2008, growing to 17 cities in 2009, and in 2010 the event ballooned with over 70 party hosts on four continents (North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia). Of course there were various parties in the U.S., from coast to coast, but Japan, Germany, Greece, Western Australia, South Wales in the UK, New South Wales in Australia, Canada, Belgium, and Scotland got in on the action too.
Registration is free, and you get some nifty waffle party info to help get you started.
To register, head to the easy signup form: www.waffleparty.com/vegan-waffle-party-info-form
You can also check out the list of last year’s hosts: www.waffleparty.com/global-vegan-waffle-party-hosts-past-years
And to give you plenty of ideas, Dave also has a new cookbook: The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook
For some easy recipe ideas, see last year’s waffle recipes and announcement on Go Dairy Free.