Hold a vegan bake sale. (Let us know.)
Raise money for your cause. Promote delicious, cruelty-free food.
Be part of a fun global event that helps people, animals, and the planet.
NEWS:
Sample pics from two awesome "late" vegan bake sales in California!

The first two photos are from the Marin Animal Protection vegan bake sale on June 7. The full album is here.


Corte Madera, CA    Corte Madera, CA

The next two photos are from the gala June 13 event co-hosted by the Sacramento Vegetarian Society and the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge. Proceeds went to Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp. The full album is here.

Sacramento, CA    Sacramento, CA

There are still a few bake sales left—in Pendergrass, Georgia and Hildesheim, Germany! Click here to see the full schedule.
The second page of 2015 highlights is up! Walk down Recent Memory Lane in:

Frederick, Maryland
Asheville, North Carolina
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canberra, Australia
Hinsdale, Illinois
Norwich, England
Solingen, Germany (pictured)
Tromsø, Norway
Freising, Germany
Portland, Oregon
It ain't over yet! There are still a few “late” bake sales, including ones in Tapei, Taiwan and Takoma Park, Maryland this Sunday. The later vegan bake sales are awesome, too!
The first 2015 highlights page is up! View photos and quotes from:

Berlin, Germany
Leander, Texas
Bremin, Germany
West Orange, New Jersey
Bath, England
Appleton, Wisconsin
Wetzlar, Germany
Bozeman, Montana
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Langley, British Columbia (pictured)
More fantastic vegan bake sales around the world this past week:

Chengdu, China    North Vancouver, British Columbia

More pics soon...Followed by highlights pages...
More examples of awesome vegan bake sales around the world this past weekend:

Canberra, Australia    Portland, Oregon, USA


(Note that the cupcake in the photo at the upper right, created by Melinda Miller, has a hippo on top.)

There are also vegan bake sales going on worldwide all week, and lots more planned for next weekend!

We'll have highlights pages for this year's participating bake sales soon...
  

Check out the write-up and amazing photos by Veganopoulous of the Animal Liberation Victoria vegan bake-off and bake sale in East Brunswick, Australia — one of many great vegan bake sales held this past weekend.
Three examples of the many vegan bake sales being held around the world this weekend:

Frederick, Maryland, USA    Solingen, Germany


Click here to see the full schedule.

You can still sign up to participate! “Late” bake sales are ok!
Lille, France    Eutin, Germany

Check out these awesome posters for vegan bake sales around the world!
Today: Vegan bake sale at the Open Roads Public School in Dryden, Ontario.

Tomorrow: Vegan bake sale by Cat and Ju go veg in Wetzlar, Germany.

This weekend: Vegan bake sales all over the world!

Click here for a schedule of all participating vegan bake sales. If there's one near you, support a worthy cause and get some fantastic local-made vegan goodies!

It's not to late to participate! Bake sales after the "official" week are ok! Sign up here.

(Photo is from last weekend's vegan bake sale in Appleton, Wisconsin.)
The organizer of the vegan bake sale in Tromsø, Norway was interviewed by the local newspaper. It's a great article. It's in Norwegian, but here's an excerpt in English:

Is there a big environment for [vegan food] in Tromsø?

“Veganism is spreading in most countries all over the world, so does it in Norway and Tromsø. It has never been easier to go vegan. Since March there is a "Vegantreff" the first Sunday of every month in Sivertsens Kafé, so the next one will be on 3rd May at 5pm...There are also Facebook groups ("Vegan Tromso") for vegans or people who are interested in veganism.”

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) was also mentioned in the article, Up to the vegan challenge?, in the Mail & Guardian, as was Vegilicious, a multi-year participant in the WVBS in Cape Town, South Africa.
In past years, we've had participating vegan bake sales from Costa Rica and Brazil. Who wants to be the first participating group from Central or South America this year?

The official dates of the 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale are April 25 through May 3, but it's ok to participate outside those dates. To sign up, click here.

Check out our Pushpin map of vegan bake sales.

It's not too late to participate!
Vegan bake sales this weekend!

Friday, April 17:
Appleton, Wisonsin

Saturday, April 18:
Mount Gravatt, QLD, Australia
Exeter, England
Tucson, Arizona
Bozeman, Montana
Marlton, New Jersey
Leander, Texas
Appleton, Wisconsin

Check out any of these awesome events near you; get some tasty treats and support a worthy cause and your local, hard-working, creative vegan bakers!

Click here for more details.
Next in our profiles of selected veteran and new participants in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) is farinablu & friends, from Chengdu, China.

How did you find out about the WVBS?

I was searching for a vegan tart recipe on the Internet and found it by chance (...and I immediately felt like I was going to participate!)

Why will you be participating?

We believe that the event can be a great opportunity to gather the vegan and non-vegan people together trying some delicious vegan food in the hope that many of them will find out that 'going vegan' is not so difficult and it doesn't mean 'going flavourless' :-)

Do you have any recommendations for groups participating?

Since it's our first time we take part in this event I don't have any particular recommendation. We will be 8-9 sellers (most of them are Chinese), some of them won't bake but more like selling vegan cooked food (dumplings, doufu or 'veganized' Chinese dishes), others will bring chocolate cake, muffins and cookies. We all wish that the sale will be a success so that we can organize this event once more!

For more details on this year's Chengdu vegan bake sale, click here.
The Joy of Vegan Baking     Chloe's Vegan Desserts

Cookbook Giveaway!

Starting at midnight (12am U.S. Eastern time), April 13, the next person or group that signs up to do a bake sale gets a free copy of The Joy of Vegan Baking, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and Chloe's Vegan Desserts, by Chloe Coscarelli.

A classic, and a new classic. Both with a wide variety of amazing recipes.

Contest details:
  • Due to costs, we have to limit this one offer to U.S. participants.
  • We'll ship the books to the winning group or person once they have their bake sale. If they cancel, the second group to sign up wins the books.
Some firsts this year in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale:
Welcome to the most recent participants in the 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale:

Bite Back (Leuven, Belgium)
Vegan in Solingen e.V. (Solingen, Germany)
VEBU Regionalgruppe Plön & VEGETARISCHE INITIATIVE e.V. (Eutin, Germany)
Positive Tails (New York, New York)
Berlin-Vegan (Berlin, Germany)
Northern Vegetarian Society (Sudbury, Ontario)
Vegans in Hamilton (Hamilton, Ontario)
Queen of Tarts (Edenvale, South Africa)
FMVeg — Fargo Moorhead Vegetarians and Vegans (Fargo, North Dakota)
Veganes Würzburg e.V. (Würzburg, Germany)
Animal Liberation Victoria (Fitzroy North, Australia)
Friends of Piebird Farm Sanctuary (North Bay, Ontario)
ʻIlima's protein cookies (Terracina, Italy)

Thanks for being awesome!

The full schedule is here.

Your group can sign up here.

Tune into the Louie b. Free Radio Show, aka Brainfood from the Heartland this Friday, April 3, at 9:35 am Eastern time, when the topic will be...the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.

Louie will interview founder and director Gary Loewenthal about all aspects of the WVBS. Louie was a huge help in getting the WVBS off the ground in 2009, when he promoted it big-time on his show. We are very grateful to Louie for his support, and it should be great to talk about the WVBS (and maybe other topics) six years later.

You can catch Louie's "Brainfood from the Heartland" show weekdays from 8 til noon. He broadcasts out of WYCL AM-1540 in Youngstown, Ohio. You can also listen to him online.
Next in our series of highlighting some veteran and new participants in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) is Vegan RéAction, from Pau, France. The interview is in French, followed by English.

Comment et quand avez-vous entendu parler de la Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (vente mondiale de pâtisseries végétaliennes) ?

L'année dernière, pour nous faire connaître dans le milieu de la protection animale, nous avons eu l'idée d'organiser un atelier de pâtisseries véganes. L'Association de Défense Animale Pyrénéenne (ADAP64) nous a proposé de vendre nos pâtisseries avec eux pendant leur vide-grenier d'Avril. A ce moment là nous ne connaissions pas la Worldlwide Vegan Bake Sale. C'est l'une de nos membres qui a remarqué que les dates correspondaient et m'a envoyé le lien du site internet par e-mail. J'ai trouvé que c'était une heureuse coïncidence, et nous avons donc décidé de nous inscrire !

Pourquoi participez-vous ?

La vente de 2014 a été un véritable succès ! Elle n'a pas été simple à mettre en place car nous n'avions pas de locaux pour cuisiner. Nous avons improvisé un atelier chez l'une de nos membres. C'était difficile de préparer tout ce que nous avions prévu et nous étions peu de membres à l'époque ! Au final le week-end a été épuisant mais très positif. Les visiteurs ont été très curieux et surpris par nos cookies et brownies. Ainsi nous avons pu récolter 100€ et les membres de l'ADAP64 nous ont demandé de revenir !

Cette année nous revenons car, en plus d'avoir de nouveaux membres, nous avons adhéré à la Maison de la Nature et de l'Environnement ce qui nous permet d'utiliser une cuisine et une salle de réunion pour préparer nos pâtisseries !

L'idée de la Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale est géniale car on peut mesurer l'ampleur du véganisme. C'est assez magique pour moi de pouvoir se dire qu'au même moment, aux quatre coins du monde, des vegans se mobilisent.

Avez-vous déjà fait des ventes de pâtisseries véganes ?

Vegan RéAction 2014 vegan bake sale
En effet, en plus de notre participation l'an dernier nous participons tous les ans à la Fête du Monde Animal à Pau. Nous y tenons un stand et organisons un atelier de cuisine le midi. Cette année nous y avons également proposé des dégustations gratuits de pâtisseries végétales. Nous organisons également tout au long de l'année des ateliers de cuisine et des rencontres à thème.

Avez-vous des conseils à donner aux groupes qui envisagent de participer ?

Foncez ! C'est l'occasion de montrer ce que l'on sait faire ! Organisez vous à quelques-uns, préparez quelques pâtisseries simples et pas trop cher que vous pourrez faire goûter avec le sourire à tous les petits curieux.

Vegan RéAction 2014 vegan bake sale

How did you find out about the WVBS?

Last year, to become better known in the animal protection world, we had the idea of organizing a vegan baking workshop. L'Association de Défense Animale Pyrénéenne (ADAP64) offered to sell our pastries with us as part of their April garage sale. At the time we didn't know about the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Then one of our members noticed that the dates corresponded and emailed me the link to the website. I thought it was a happy coincidence, so we decided to join!

Why do you participate?

The bake sale in 2014 was a success! It was not easy to implement because we had no facilities for cooking. We improvised and met at a member's house to do all the baking. It was challenging to prepare everything we had planned and we had few members at the time! In the end, the weekend was exhausting but very positive. The visitors were very curious and surprised by our cookies and brownies. So we were able to collect € 100 and ADAP64 asked us to come back!

This year we'll return because, in addition to having new members, we are partnering with la Maison de la Nature et de l'Environnement (the House of Nature and the Environment), which enables us to use a kitchen and a meeting room to prepare our goodies!

The idea of ​​the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is great because we can measure the extent of veganism. It's pretty magical for me to say that at the same time, around the world, vegans are mobilizing.

Had you done vegan bake sales before?

Indeed, in addition to our participation last year, we participate annually in World Animal Day in Pau. We have a booth and organize a cooking demo at noon. This year we are also planning to give out free samples of vegan baked goods there. We also hold cooking classes and vegan-themed events throughout the year.

Do you have any advice for groups planning to participate?

Go for it! This is an opportunity to show what we can do! Organize, prepare some simple and not-too-expensive dishes, and give a friendly smile to everyone who's curious about your bake sale.

For more details on Vegan RéAction's vegan bake sale, click here.
Next in our series of highlighting some veteran and new participants in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS)...Kira's Compassionate Kitchen. This is wonderful to see...

From Kira's mom:

Kira is a six-year old activist promoting a compassionate lifestyle, encouraging people to eat in a more conscious and healthy way, and focused on animal welfare issues. Kira wants to help improve the world, one kid, one family at a time. She is dedicated to encouraging people to eat and live in a more conscious compassionate way, get involved in their communities, and help to protect animals everywhere.

How did you find out about the WVBS?

We found out about The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale opportunity from A Well-Fed World's Facebook page. We are both really impressed with the work they do and follow their page closely.

How and why will you be participating?

We will have a group of no less than six kindergartner girls with a table selling awesome yummy vegan baked goods. There will be adorable signage the kids create and we will have recipe cards in all our baked good bundles, so people can try the recipes themselves at home. All proceeds from the sale will go to a local senior dog rescue MUTTVILLE.ORG and to A Well-Fed World.

Kira's Compassionate Kitchen
We are promoting the event on Kira's page and hope to raise a lot of money for our causes of choice. One of Kira's goals is to get kids involved, to feel a passion about changing and helping the world be a better kinder place. This is a good first step in creating the army of kids she dreams of.


For more details on Kira's vegan bake sale, click here.

You can download banners like the one Kira's holding here.
We'd like to give a shout-out to our awesome translators. They enabled us to have multiple language versions of the invitation we send to groups around the world.

Célestine Bonbec (French)
Andrea Espinoza Navarro (Spanish)
Andréa Nichols (Portuguese)
Claudia Peschetz (German)
Olga Pristin (Russian)
Natalie Maspoli Taylor (Italian)

Thank you! Your valuable efforts help a lot and are much appreciated!
2013 Calgary vegan bake sale
First in a series... We want to highlight some veteran as well as new participants in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS), in order to:
  • Show the awesome diversity of WVBS participants
  • Inspire you to participate
  • Share some tips
The first group in the series is the Calgary Vegan Bake Sale Team. They have had some epic vegan bake sales, and always have amazing (and mouth-watering) photos.

How and when did you find out about the WVBS?

Back in 2010, a member of our team stumbled across it while surfing through the forums of the Post Punk Kitchen.

Why did you participate?

We all love baking and thought it would be a fun way to expose Calgary (a.k.a. Cowtown) to vegan treats and help out some of our favorite charities. Our expectations weren’t very high during the first sale, little did we know how much bigger the sales would get over the years!

Do you have any memorable bake sale experiences?

Living in Canada, our most memorable experiences are of course weather related! Last year while we were having beautiful spring weather leading up to the sale, on the day of, we ended up selling cookies in a snow storm. Luckily we had tents and our loyal customers braved the weather and helped us sell out before our fingers went completely numb. It was even our best year yet! Two years before that we lucked out with sunny weather but a wind storm decided to hit our table and took a couple dozen cupcakes and a donation jar with it. Luckily we managed to chase down the money before it flew too far away, but the donation jar and cupcakes had met their demise.
2013 Calgary vegan bake sale


Do you have any recommendations for groups participating?

Get the word out! Although we have a loyal group of fabulous people that return year after year, reaching out to new vegans or people that aren’t familiar with the bake sales is important. Send press releases to local tv stations, newspapers, radio stations, local event calendars, put up flyers or even try to get a spot on a local morning show to promote the event. Not only will you raise more money for the charity and recruit some new enthusiastic vegan bakers, but you’ll also be exposing more people to veganism.

Every year our group puts effort into making the sales just a little bit bigger and our goal amount a little bit higher. Last year we raised $4500 which exceeded our expectations! This year is to round that number up to $5000, but to do that we need your help by either spreading the word, providing some baking or donating an item or service to our fabulous raffle! If you’re planning on attending, things go fast, so do your best to get there shortly after it starts, otherwise you might miss out!


For more details on this year's Calgary vegan bake sale, click here.
Check out the vegan bake sale schedule page. We've had some great signups lately!

There's still plenty of time to join the 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. You or your group can sign up here. The "About" page is here.
The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale website was moved to a different server with tighter security last night. We are dealing with some issues after the website move. We hope to have everything fixed and back to normal today. Sorry about the inconvenience!
Welcome to new and returning vegan bake sales in:

Düsseldorf, Germany
Pau, France
Norwich, England
Oldenburg, Germany
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Ilmenau, Germany
Fort Collins, Colorado

Thanks for being awesome!

The full schedule is here.

Your group can sign up here.
There have been participating vegan bake sales in every state in Australia except Northern Territory. Anyone interested in being the first?

The signup page is here.

Click here for more info on the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.

If you have a blog, website, podcast, or newsletter, and would like to feature an interview about the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS), please contact info@veganbakesale.org.

Possible highlights:
  • The WVBS is in its seventh year.
  • It has raised about 300,000 dollars for a diversity of worthy causes.
  • There have been participants on six continents for the last six years.
  • The WVBS is a grassroots, fun outreach and fundraising endeavor.
  • The participating bake sales are full of creativity, and often are combined with other forms of outreach.
(Note: March is a key promotion month for the WVBS)

Thanks to Latest Vegan News, for its awesome article about the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!
The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) is featured in the latest issue of the excellent magazine, Kochen ohne Knochen

The interview on the origins, concept, highlights, and future of the WVBS was done by Uschi Herzer, one of the editors of the magazine—and a vegan bake sale organizer.

Many thanks to Kochen ohne Knochen! Their Facebook page is here.




There have been participating vegan bake sales in every state in the U.S. except for:

Delaware, Iowa, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming


So if you're in one of those states and participate in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, you'll be the first in your state! And you'll help us reach a goal of all 50 states participating.

The signup page is here.

Click here for more info.
Finally! The last highlights page from the 2014 Worlwide Vegan Bake Sale. Pictures, quotes, and memories from:

Heidelberg, Germany
London, Ontario
Falls Church, Virginia (pictured)
Victoria, British Columbia
Rave reviews and reports from yesterday's early vegan bake sales in Deerfield Beach (pictured) and Chicago. Lots of heart-shaped and adorned treats, and two great causes!

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale signup page is here.


The bake sale last Saturday in Bremen, Germany by Vegan CHARITY Bremen was a fantastic and successful fundraiser for Sea Shepherd. Look at that table-full of goodies!

The WVBS schedule, slowly but surely expanding - and up to four continents now - is here.




Two early—and awesome—vegan bake sales kick off the 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS).

The first is in Bremen, Germany on February 7. It is held by Vegan CHARITY Bremen and proceeds go to Sea Shepherd.

The second is in Chicago Illinois on February 14. It is a fundraiser for Chicago Vegan Mania.

The emerging WVBS schedule is here.
Three continents so far. Who will be the first in their country to participate this year? Click on "How to Participate" on the main menu.
If you'd like two email invitations each year to participate in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, just enter your email and language preference in the mini-form on the left of this page.

The first invitation is in late January or early February; the reminder invitation is in March.

We have invitations in English, German, French, and we may add other languages in the future.
We already have three signups for 2015 participating vegan bake sales, in:

— San Jose, California

— Chicago, Illinois

— Asheville, North Carolina

More details on these awesome bake sales are here.
Even more recently discovered and late photos from participating bake sales...which makes for page 7 of 2014 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale highlights!

Quotes and awesomeness from:

Santa Clarita, California
Dublin, Ireland
Maringá, Brazil
Frederick, Maryland (pictured)
Chicago, Illinois
Leonardtown, Maryland
Oldenburg, Germany
Wiilimantic, Connecticut
Las Vegas, Nevada
Leesburg, Virginia

And there will be one more 2014 highlights page!
A little late, but...The sixth page of 2014 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale highlights is up—pictures, quotes, and brief summaries from:

Paris, France (pictured)
Omaha, Nebraska
Toulouse, France
San Rafael, California
Denver, Colorado
Trabuco Canyon, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Darmstadt, Germany
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Carrboro, North Carolina

And there will be another 2014 highlights page in the near future!
The "official" dates of the 2015 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale are Saturday April 25, 2015 through Sunday May 3, 2015.
The fifth page of 2014 highlights is up—great pics, quotes, and mini-synposes of vegan bake sales in:

Appleton, Wisconsin
Graz, Austria
Seattle, Washington
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Exeter, England
Melbourne, Australia (pictured)
Vienna, Austria
Portland, Oregon
Edmonton, Alberta
London, England

At least one more highlights page on the way!
The fourth page of 2014 highlights is up—pics, quotes, and more, from:

Bochum, Germany
Livingston, Montana
Singapore (pictured at right)
Portland, Maine
Toronto, Ontario
Tucson, Arizona
Adelaide, Australia
Berlin, Germany
Sarasota, Florida

More highlights pages on the way!
The third page of 2014 highlights is up—photos and quotes from delicious outreach in:

Takoma Park, Maryland
Hamburg, Germany
Langley, British Columbia
Montclair, New Jersey
West Orange, New Jersey
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Townsville, Australia
Ghent, Belgium (pictured at right)
Oldenburg, Germany
New York, New York

More highlights pages coming soon!
The second page of 2014 highlights is up—pictures, memories, and local press coverage of vegan bake sales in:

Bozeman, Montana
Vancouver, British Columbia
Pau, France
St. Augustine, Florida
Boston, Massachusetts (pictured at right)
Winkelman, Arizona
Montabaur, Germany
Wootton Bridge, Isle of Wight, England
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Bremen, Germany

More highlights pages soon!
The main week of the 2014 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) is done, but the WVBS is not over yet! There are still a few vegan bake sales left, such as this one in Huntington, West Virginia today. If you're in the area, check it out! The schedule of remaining vegan bake sales is here. They're all awesome!
The first page of 2014 highlights is up—pictures and impressions from:

Tucson, Arizona
San Pedro Garza García, Mexico
Denton, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Northampton, England
Atlanta, Georgia
Karlsruhe, Germany
Winnipeg, Manitoba (pictured at right)
Brisbane, Australia

More highlights pages featuring memorable bake sales soon!
The bake sales around the globe that were part of the official week of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale were amazing! And we'll have 2014 highlights pages soon. But it's not over! There are some "late" bake sales, including some this coming weekend—on four continents. Check them out here.
In the Mega-Week of Vegan Bake Sales

The reports and photos from the vegan bake sales that took place last weekend and throughout the week have been awesome—of course!

Random samples of goodness...

This picture made it into the Las Vegas Sun:

This weekend coming up is the closing weekend of the mega-week of vegan bake sales all over the world. (But it's not the end of the 2014 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!) Click here for the full schedule.
Catching Up, Getting Ready...

For the fifth year in a row, six continents are participating in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS).

There have been and currently are lots of “early” vegan bake sales going on, and there rare a ton of vegan bake sales slated for this weekend—each one is awesome in its own way.

Random shout-outs:

Two satisfied customers at Tucson, Arizona's hugely successful bake sale:

(Photo published with permission of photographer and parents)
A close-up of lemon zinger cupcakes at the Livingston, Montana bake sale:

VEBU-Regionalgruppe Karlsruhe, the Karlsruhe (Germany) chapter of Vegitarierbund Deutschland (VEBU) has seemingly transformed the entire city for the WVBS. In addition to their own vegan bake sale in a public square, they have worked with five different eating establishments in Karlsruhe which will have vegan bake sales or special promotions for the webs; in each case some proceeds will go to VEBU-Regionalgruppe Karlsruhe. This is a great example of how there are no bounds to the creativity of vegan bake sales and participating in the WVBS. And they made this great video about a very cool project that's part of the WVBS in Karlsruhe:

Thank you to all the groups participating in the 2014 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!
Congratulations to chibi treats of Columbus, Ohio, winner of a signed copy of Vegan Chocolate, by Fran Costigan. Their bake sale is here.
Cookbook Giveaway!

Between now and just before midnight (12am U.S. Eastern time), April 18, we'll randomly pick one person or group that signs up to do a vegan bake sale to get a free signed copy of Vegan Chocolate, by vegan chef Fran Costigan.

If you watch the trailer for the book, you will want to buy it, or eat the ganache-glazed chocolate layer cake off the screen.

Contest details: We'll ship the book to the winning group or person once they have their bake sale. If they cancel, we'll randomly pick a second group that signed up during the period. Note: For this giveaway, we can only ship to the US and Canada. (We will try to have some ship-anywhere giveaways down the road.)
We now have over 120 vegan bake sales in this year's Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. Can we make 200 like last year?

We're 10 days away from the mega-week of vegan bake sales. There have already been a dozen early bake sales, and a few more will be happening this weekend and during the week after that. Also, there are several bake sales scheduled for after the main week. All are awesome!

Click here for the full by-date schedule.
Shout-out to Vegetarierbund Deutschland (VEBU). So far, seven regional chapters of VEBU, all across Germany, are participating in this year's Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. VEBU had strong participation last year, also. Danke!
Veggies Catering Campaign
Shout-out to Veggies Catering Campaign, which has supported and participated in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) since 2009.

It's an amazing group:
“Veggies is volunteer-led, a community-based, social enterprise, promoting vegan catering and supporting campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment since 1984.”
Veggies also strives to provide local, organic, and fair-trade foods.

This year, you can find Veggies participating in the WVBS in Nottingham and the Derbyshire Peak District.
Here's another widespread initiative based on sales of tasty vegan treats that we like: Animal Rescue Bars. Fifty percent of all sales go to animal rescue organizations.

These "Peanut Crunch Nutrition Bars" and the awesome idea behind them were started by animal advocate Andrew Kirshner, with help from his long-time canine companion, Pretzel.

You can buy the bars online here (U.S. destinations only, for now). The longer range plan is to have them sold at stores and other retail outlets.

For more details, visit http://kirschnerskorner.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/check-out-the-new-kirschners-korner/.

Vegan, organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free.

A box of Animal Rescue Bars might even work well as a compliment to other offerings at a vegan bake sale.
Shout-out to l'Association Végétarienne de France (AVF), and specifically to Isabelle Dantzer, who manages AVF's Facebook page.

She/AVF had a great post about the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, which thousands of people have seen, and which generated lots of shares, enthusiastic comments, and interest, and—best of all—has already inspired two signups from France, bringing the total number of of participating bake sales in France this year to three (so far)!

Merci beaucoup to Isabelle and l'Association Végétarienne de France!

(Click here for the French version of our "What It Is" page.)
We're getting new signups every day (though still looking for the first bake sale this year from Asia)! What about your group? We try to make participation in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale as easy as possible:
Next up in "thoughts and experience from Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) veterans" are the awesome NYC Vegans. They have participated in the WVBS since the beginning; the last five years, their bake sales have been at the wonderful MooShoes store.

Why do you participate? (And do you have any tips?)

This will be our sixth time participating in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. We're not an organization, just a group of people living in and around New York City who like to bake and support organizations who do good work for the earth and the animals on it. We're always pleasantly surprised by the number of people who step up to help when a call to action is posted on a message board, Facebook or Twitter. These are probably a Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale organizer's greatest tools (after a fork and mixing bowl). We love the WWVBS for bringing the NYC vegan community together for a great cause every year and giving us an excuse to learn about new organizations we want to support.

For more details on this year's NYC Vegans participating event, benefitting GooseWatch NYC, click here.
We're one month away from the official start of the 2014 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. So far, there are participating vegan bake sales on five continents. We just need Asia, to have all the continents participating (not including Antarctica).
The next Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) veteran in our series is Dallas Rising, Executive Director of the Animal Rights Coalition (ARC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The ARC has participated in the WVBS every year since it started 2009 and Dallas has been the point of contact for each of those bake sales.

Why do you participate?

The Animal Rights Coalition participates in the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale every year because it's a fun way to build community, a simple way to share vegan baking and delicious food, and an easy way to raise money for the programs and campaigns our group works on year round. The huge bake sale in the spring is something the people look forward to every year and as the years go by, we have been able to make the event better and better each year. It helps get the word out about our organization and raise much-needed funds at the same time.

Any recommendations for groups considering participating?

The best piece of advice that I have is to encourage people to bring their own containers for goodies to be nicer to the planet and to consider making signs ahead of time that can be filled in with basic info when people arrive with goodies so the baked goods can get out for sale right away. Also, encourage all of the bakers to invite their friends to come! You'll bring in people who wouldn't normally show up to a vegan bake sale just because they want to support their friend.

For more details on this year's Minneapolis vegan bake sale, click here.
Welcome to new and returning vegan bake sales in:

Adelaide, Australia
Vienna, Austria
London, England
Wurzen, Germany
Cape Town, South Africa
Hamilton, Ontario
Gilbert, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Oakland, California
Two in San Francisco, California
St. Augustine, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Hanover, New Hampshire
New York, New York
Portland, Oregon
Charleston, South Carolina
Seattle, Washington

Thanks for being awesome!

The full schedule is here.

Your group can sign up here.
2014 Atlanta vegan bake sale poster
New feature—some experiences and thoughts from Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale veterans who have participated since it started in 2009. First up: Leigh Saluzzi, co-organizer of the Atlanta Veg Fest and its fundraising vegan bake sale.

Why do you participate?

I love to bake, and I love to show people how tasty vegan baked goods can be. Also, any excuse to raise funds for a good cause is all right by me. Bonus: cake! cookies!

How has the WVBS helped your group's efforts?

2014 will be the third year I've been involved with a WWVBS sale specifically to raise funds for a non-profit event I help organize, Atlanta Veg Fest. The bake sale helps us afford to put a deposit down on the event venue, which is a great help. The bake sale also allows us to spread the word about Atlanta Veg Fest and get people excited about what's to come.

Any recommendations for groups considering participating?

Do it! It doesn't matter how small your sale is. A vegan bake sale is such an easy way to feed people good vegan food and raise some money for any organization you like. As far as “Pro Tips,” I can tell you that people want both sweet and savory options, so don't shy away from baked goods that aren't dessert like cheesy biscuits, mini pizza rounds, mini quiches and the like. And don't forget the gluten-free options. In my experience, the highest selling items tend to be more decadent items like cupcakes, and less likely to be things like muffins and small cookies. Want to make a cookie more desirable? Stuff two cookies with frosting for a cookie sandwich! That way you make something extra fun and you can also raise more funds by charging a bit more. And consider selling bags of things, like six cookies to a bag, or a bag of crackers. A clear cello bag with a bow will make these items appealing and a definite sell.

For more details on this year's Atlanta vegan bake sale, click here.
Signups that have their bake sale locations finalized, as of March 17
Welcome to our most recent new and returning vegan bake sales, in:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Williamston, Michigan, US
Bozeman, Montana, US
Livingston, Montana, US
Portland, Oregon, US
Memphis, Tenessee, US
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Slowly but surely, the 2014 vegan bake sale count is climbing! Thank you to all the groups that are participating—you are all awesome! There are still some blank areas on the pushpin map that want pushpins...maybe that can be your group!
West Orange vegan bake sale, 2013
Two early participating vegan bake sales are happening in New Jersey this weekend!

This evening, the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey will combine a vegan bake sale and potluck in Marlton. [More info here.]

On Sunday, the “Vegan Joisy Goils” are returning with a vegan bake sale in West Orange along the St. Patrick's Day Parade route. (More info here.)

So lots of awesomeness in New Jersey today and tomorrow!
Here are two great projects that are basically year-round vegan bake sales—so they deserve a spot on the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale schedule!

Each week, Cookies with Compassion – Baking & Crafting for Refuge offers a selection of homemade vegan treats to a limited number of people who donate $25 or more to that week's designated animal sanctuary that promotes veganism. The vegan goodies and the sanctuary change each week. There are some other details you need to know before participating (though it's very easy), which you can find out on the Cookies with Compassion Facebook group.

The Vegan Cakery is a non-profit, award-winning vegan bakery in Leicester, England. Each month the bakery designates a charity of the month, to which a percentage of proceeds are donated. Ordering is online; delivery is to anywhere in the UK, and hand-delievery within a five-mile radius.

You can learn more about both of these awesome programs through the links here or through the “online” section of the WVBS schedule.