By Alan Vincent
NATIONAL Vegetarian Week took place in Manchester restaurants and cafes around the city last week.
Earth Cafe, on Turner Street, offered two for one on juices and the Greenhouse Restaurant in Rusholme offered customers two meals for the price of one, the cheapest being free.
However, vegetarian restaurants have been suffering in the recession as much as other businesses.
Patricia from Earth Cafe said: “Not as many people are going out to eat and a lot of other places are offering a vegetarian or vegan option too nowadays.
The climate has been really slow and it’s been dire compared to last year.”
National Vegetarian Week (NVW) is the annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle.
Now in its eighteenth year, it ran from the May 24 to May 30 and was coordinated by the Vegetarian Society, an educational charity formed in 1847.
Liz O’Neill, Head of Communications at the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom Ltd, said: “Most people need to consider an issue many times before they take any action and National Vegetarian Week is all about raising awareness, celebrating what’s great about vegetarianism and putting people in touch with vegetarians in their area.
“It’s unlikely that the week itself converts many people at a single stroke, but it’s part of the work that the Vegetarian Society and vegetarian groups in communities around the UK do all year round to help make a vegetarian lifestyle more accessible and better understood.”
Asked what she would said to anyone thinking of becoming a vegetarian Ms O’Neill added: “Go for it! There really is no better lifestyle choice and the Vegetarian Society is here to help you every step of the way.”
The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom is the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world.
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