Meat Free Week is just around the corner, running from 24th-30th September, and it turns out that going meat free, even for a week, is a pretty polarising topic. People seem to either be veg or vegan and out and proud, or somewhat threatened by the prospect. We’re here to show you that it doesn’t have to be one way or another… I’m gonna getcha, I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha – sorry couldn’t resist.

“I just couldn’t go meat free,” we hear you say. “I’d be STARVING!”, “The kids hate veggies”, “It’s not a meal if it doesn’t have meat in it”, “I’m already a vegetarian… oh yeah and eat fish three times a week.” – ahem, fish is still an animal, so it counts as meat my friend. “The AFL grand final is that week, what about my Four’n Twenty pie?”

We’ve heard every excuse under the almond tree and here’s what we have to say about that. Firstly, if that week (24th-30th Sept) doesn’t suit for whatever reason then tweak the dates, it’s about the exercise of going meat-free for seven days rather than being prescriptive about the campaign dates. It’s about being supported to develop the habits to reduce your meat intake without necessarily removing it from your diet altogether.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way it’s about to get real corny, but peas hear us out.  You’d be lentil as anything not to join us for Meat Free Week because we’re going to show you just how beetiful vegie dishes can be. And we assure you there won’t be mushroom in your stomach for anything else, you’ll be as full as a googy egg.

You’ve herb it here first ladies and gents, we’re going to show you just how filling, life-altering, energising and rad-ish going veg for a leek, I mean week, can be! It’s not about converting you, it’s merely about showing you that more veg and less meat is better for your health, animals and the planet, whilst still being incredible.

Pumpkin up the music, dance to your own beet, step into the kitchen and get cookin’. And please lettuce support you every step of the way with awesome recipes, tasty facts and more puns than you can poke a carrot at.

It’s as simple as signing up, locking in some dates or mates to join you and asking them to chip in a few dollars towards your fundraising tally.

We’ll be fennelling all our creative juices into keeping you on track, so peas, peas, peas join in!

I’m feeling berry excited about this, from my head tomatoes, so If you’ve bean considering signing up, then whey no more!

Don’t be a cow, join us today, it’ll be soy good!

DATES – 24th-30th September (or thereabouts if you’d like to tweak it)

SIGN UP –  (and consider selecting Sustainable Table as your charity of choice)

DEAL – Sign up, get great recipes, be inspired by others doing it too, learn a thing or two and feel radishing! Please also donate a little or ask your friends to donate in support of you and us.

A little note on fundraising. Sustainable Table doesn’t receive any Government funding to operate, we rely solely on the kindness of strangers and friends, amazing businesses and the philanthropic community. Without your support we cannot continue to provide engaging content, or participate in campaigns like this. We can’t run events or maintain our website. We can’t fight for a food system that is fair, healthy, humane and good for the environment. That’s why we need you and your support. Thank you.

Meat Free Week is a campaign run by Bowel Cancer Australia, who have kindly invited us to be a charity partner.