21 Days of Love Starts Today – with Breakfast!

You can join the Facebook group to start your free 21-day supported vegan challenge — special Rochester VegFest edition — as part of the #RocVeganVideoExpo.

You’ll have a vegan mentor and all the support you need.  If you’re not on Facebook, the videos (closed captioned) will be posted here daily under the tag 21DaysoLove and you can get free friendly one-on-one support through ARRoc.

Tell us about Breakfast, Nolan!


Speaker: Judging and its Alternatives

Would you like to make the world a better place without causing harm on the way?


This month in the #RocVeganVideoExpo, we have been trying to safely bring joy, education, and support for vegan-friendly businesses into a tragic year.  Our purpose is to help under very difficult circumstances.

More tragedy has been exposed and renewed in the past few days here in Rochester.  We are heartbroken.  Emotions are especially low and high, and today’s video addresses generally how we think about and talk to each other.

Switching from introducer (me) to speaker (also me), the following (and the video) is my personal opinion and approach and does not necessarily reflect Rochester VegFest:

Are you confident that you are morally right and others are wrong?  Or maybe you’re not so confident and you ask, “Is this the right thing to do?”  Do you think some people are good and others bad (or jerks, or idiots etc.)?  Do you get into arguments about how people should or shouldn’t do this or that?

These are very common ways of thinking: “You’re wrong. You’re bad. You should.”  These are judgmental thoughts.  They are opinions stated as facts, and so, as you might expect when something untrue is said or thought, they can cause problems.  In this video, which records a talk I gave at the October 2018 RAVS meeting, I describe exactly how to use an alternative: discernment.  It is how I think now (I admit I sometimes slip up and label someone a jerk – I’m human, so errors are inevitable).  Maybe I’m naive to think the world could operate this way, but I have found as a practical matter that discernment makes communication easier and myself happier, and sidesteps the confusion of trying to work out what’s “right” and who’s “wrong.”  It forms the solid basis of the challenging conversations I have while doing vegan outreach, among other things.  Discernment lets me speak up about problems without causing harm.  I think it will improve, even if not solve, any difficult conversation you are likely to have.  And we need to have a lot of difficult conversations, don’t we?  34 minutes, CC. Link to handout used in video.

I’m Tina, president of Animal Rights Rochester and co-founder and co-coordinator of Rochester VegFest (and your host of this vegan video expo).  I’m primarily focused on animal rights activism, but I’ve been educating myself about racism for several years.  If you would like to see some of the books and other resources about racism that I’ve been recommending lately, you can look at my Fb wall.  Black Lives Matter.

Fried Oreos Cooking Demo

Thank you to our own 5DJoe for providing several super-quick vegan cooking demos to our #RocVeganVideoExpo running all through September!  Joe is a great professional cook, videographer, and animal rights activist (Roc Reality).

Today we get into it with Fried Oreos!

Click “Watch on Youtube.com” to see the show notes including recipe.  No spoken words so CC is not needed.

Two Cooking Demos from Spirit and Abundance

Thank you to Ali at Spirit and Abundance for participating in our #RocVeganVideoExpo with two live cooking classes!  And thanks to Ali for donating a portion of the ticketed demo to Rochester VegFest!

Spirit and Abundance focuses on plant-based cooking and lifestyle classes, and we’re grateful for their work in Rochester.

You told us what you wanted to cook!  The winners of our survey are:

Vegan Queso

  • September 8th (Tuesday) 6:00 PM.
  • Free but registration required.  The Zoom link and recipe will be sent to those who register.
  • ASL Interpreter needed?  We need to know by 9/5, see registration form.

Chorizo Lentil and Apple Sausage

This sausage recipe is incredibly versatile and delicious! Change up the spices to make Italian or country sausage, skip the wrapper and make sausage crumbles or patties.

  • September 16th (Wednesday) 6:00 PM.
  • Fee includes a kit of ingredients to make about six delicious sausages!
  • Kit includes written instructions and a recipe.
  • A zoom link will be sent to your email 24 hours before the demo at the latest.
  • $25.  $10 extra for delivery.
  • Order deadline 9/14 11:59 PM
  • Pickup Tuesday 9/15 5:00 – 7:00 PM Hungerford building 1115 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14609 at Eat Me ice cream, #148 closest to door #1
  • Delivery will be Wednesday 9/16.
  • ASL Interpreter needed?  We need to know by 9/12.  Please see form below.
  • Register below!

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21 Days of Love Vegan Kickstarter

We’re so happy that 21 Days of Love is creating new educational videos for a special Rochester VegFest #RocVeganVideoExpo session of their Vegan Kickstarter program, starting Monday.  Would you like to go vegan but would like support getting started?

21 Days of Love is a group on Facebook designed for those who are interested in giving veganism a try and learning a little more about it. Anyone interested agrees to commit to being vegan for three weeks. They will be teamed up with a mentor and be given access to daily videos with different topics about veganism including meal ideas. The program is free and welcomes everyone! Join and get ready to go!

We’ll be running the videos here every day tagged 21DaysofLove for those of you who aren’t on Facebook but would like to follow along.  If you need support off Facebook, ARRoc runs a free one-on-one coaching service.

5DJoe’s Zuppa Toscana Cooking Demo

Thank you to our own 5DJoe for providing several super-quick cooking demos to our #RocVeganVideoExpo running all through September!  Joe is a great professional cook, videographer, and animal rights activist (Roc Reality).

On today’s menu, Zuppa Toscana!

Click “Watch on Youtube.com” to see the show notes including recipe.  There are no words spoken in this video so no CC is needed.