Potlucks Stir The Change For Ethical Lifestyles

UFC organizes potlucks to help build stronger communities of conscientious vegans who care about animals, the environment and the planet as well.
  • Cheese Pizza
  • Chaas (Buttermilk)
  • Cold Coffee
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Ice-Cream
  • Tofu Curry
  • Chicken Biryani
  • Toasted Butter Sandwiches
  • Chocolates
All the enlisted dishes were made without the use of dairy or meat! These are only a preview of some of the tempting dishes on the dinner table at an open-house event held at Andheri West, Mumbai, this Sunday on 8 April 2019. The potluck was organized by United By Compassion, which is a group of vegans across Mumbai. But, these vegans do a lot more than just eliminate dairy and meat from their lifestyles. They walk their talk as well. They organise street activism, talks & seminars, workshops and chalkathons. The aim of the event is to enable the rapidly growing community of conscious activists to create  awareness of animal cruelty across the world and encourage  others to make better food choices.

Why Potlucks

The focus of the potluck, was of course, the food. “There is a huge lacuna in the information available out there about how farm animals are treated,” stated Shweta Savla, head of UFC. “Most non-vegetarians, animal lovers or even the vegetarians who consume milk and other dairy products are not aware about how animals are tortured in the farms and the inhumane practices meted out towards them. And it all starts with the food. This way, people realize that ethical foods are delicious as well.”   The potluck was an open event, inviting all vegans and activists to join the meet-up and bring along one vegan dish and bring their non-vegan friends and relatives. The idea is to expose all to dairy-free foods that are so yummy, that often new comers cannot believe that the dishes like cakes, gulab jambuns, cheesecakes brought by other members excludes dairy.  

People Speak

  Manan Desai, who joined the potluck for the first time said, “The food was just amazing and very delicious. I was surprised to find vegan versions of dairy and non-veg items like vegan chaas, cake, chocolate, vegan chicken biryani.”.   He continued, “I met some amazing vegan activists involved with United for compassion who are spreading the cause of Veganism through their outreaches, seminars and other activities.” Sumedha, another new-comer, had turned vegetarian a few months ago. She was interested in knowing how dairy-free curds and buttermilk could be made home for her family.

More Than Just About The Food

  “Such events are very effective for community building,” stated Mohit Shah, A UFC core-member. “When people taste such foods, they realise that they do not need to consume milk or meat. People have started realizing that even though they may not be killing the animals themselves, they pay for the milk or eggs they buy and are directly responsible for the animals’ welfare as well.”   UFC organizes a range of events every month. Join the WhatsApp group for stay tuned to the website for forthcoming event details.