SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – All are invited to “eat the rainbow” at VINE Sanctuary’s annual Pride Month vegan potluck Sunday, June 23 at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Church at 21 Fairground Rd., from 1 to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to everyone, whether or not they are LGBTQ or bring a vegan dish to share.
Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, where LGBTQ people fought back against persecution by the New York City Police. This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of these events, which are now commemorated by a national monument due to their importance to the struggle against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The rainbow flag symbolizes LGBTQ pride. Pride is an important because many LGBTQ people have been told that they should be ashamed of themselves. The many colors of the flag also represent respect for diversity of all kinds.
To celebrate that rainbow, VINE challenges all potluck participants to bring dishes that include as many different colors as possible. Prizes will be awarded to the most colorful entree, side dish, and dessert as well as a grand prize for the dish of any kind that includes the greatest number of colors.
All attendees will receive free seeds, so that they can grow a rainbow of their own. The Free Seed Library at Springfield Town Library is a new project of VINE in collaboration with the library. Anyone can check out seeds to grow their own food or share seeds from their garden. At the potluck, free seeds of vegetables that grow in all the colors of the rainbow such as radishes, carrots, peppers, corns, and beans will be available to take home along with a fact sheet about growing the vegetables.
The event is free and open to the public, whether or not they bring a dish to share. VINE volunteers always make extra food so that everyone can eat. The one requirement is that any dish brought to the potluck be vegan, which means free of any animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs, or honey. People looking for recipe inspiration or those new to vegan cooking can check out www.Vegweb.com or www.VegKitchen.com.
VINE Sanctuary is an LGBTQ-founded nonprofit farmed animal refuge based in Springfield, Vt. More than 600 animals live at the sanctuary. In addition to caring for sanctuary residents and promoting respect for animals, VINE advocates for social and environmental justice.