While there are few vegetarian or vegan cooking classes offered outside Auckland – Timaru and Invercargill being the exceptions – shared potluck meals is another way of tasting new foods and swapping ideas. Most of the Vegetarian Society branches throughout NZ offer regular open potluck meals – invaluable ways of meeting friendly, like-minded foodies. Their useful site also includes a selection of recipes www.vegetarian.org.nz
Plus there’s the Vegan Society www.vegansociety.co.nz which has a facebook blog for vegans hunting for flats or flatmates looking for vegans.
Vegetarian cooking class 14 June 10am-12.30pm at TTEC. $15.
A resource from a Timaru-based vegetarian grocery shop with an online service as well.Stocks a range of vegetarian staples and supplements, including Textured Vegetable Protein, preserved fruit and veggies, ready to eat meals and desserts.
Book at email@example.com & find more info here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegetarian-Timaru/244718432215468
Vegan cooking classes are run on Sundays 3-5pm by the local Seventh-day Adventist Church – themselves vegetarians but this is an open (non-religious) class – the focus is on promoting vegetarianism. All welcome.
The energetic Invercargill Vegan Society also hosts regular pot-luck dinners www.invsoc.org.nz
For your copy of the Guide to Vegetarian Dining out in Aotearoa/New Zealand – where to find over 50 exclusively vegetarian cafes email firstname.lastname@example.org. $9.95 + postage $1.70.