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The Veg Society of DC (VSDC) Vegan Thanksgiving Celebration is an annual event that brings together vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians to enjoy compassionate and healthy, vegan food in a wonderful and warm social setting.

The 2018 VSDC Thanksgiving Celebration will be held November 22, from 12-4 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC.

    To Register via vsdc.org, please click HERE; otherwise see other options further below.

We’re excited to announce Ruby Lathon, Ph.D., as our featured speaker this year! 

Dr. Ruby Lathon is a certified holistic nutritionist and inspires with a powerful story of recovering from thyroid cancer through alternative treatment focused on a whole food, plant-based diet. Dr. Lathon was featured in the hit documentary, What the Health and will be featured in two upcoming health documentaries. Dr. Lathon worked as a researcher and an award-winning engineer, and now teaches others how to re-engineer their health and live disease free.

The event programming also includes exhibitors, exciting door prizes, a silent auction fundraiser, an all-ages kids activity, and live music. So join us to celebrate with hundreds of people with a gourmet, all-vegan feast!

We have a delicious and abundant feast planned. The buffet is all-vegan, with non-GMO ingredients, and many gluten-free options.  Last year's menu is given...to whet your appetite.

2017 Menu


Carrot Ginger Soup*


Cauliflower Fritters* (Recipe by Michelle Blackwood)

Sweet and Sour Meatballs* (Recipe by Michelle Blackwood)

Vegetable Crudité served with Artichoke Dip and Red Pepper Hummus*


Kale Brussels Sprouts Caesar Slaw with Pine Nut Parm* (Recipe by Laura Wright)

Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad*


Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash* (Recipe by Jenny Sansouci)

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, made with Smashed Potatoes and Wild Mushroom Gravy (Recipe by Robin Robertson)

Crusted Sweet Potatoes with Pecan

Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Tomato and Fennel Broth


Roasted Golden Beets with Warm Maple Mustard Dressing* (Recipe by Isa Chandra)

Collard Greens

Cornbread Stuffing* (Recipe by Michelle Blackwood)

Cranberry Sauce


Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar*

Mini Pumpkin Pies with Soy Whipped Cream


Spiced cider, iced tea, freshly brewed coffee, and teas

* Gluten-free options


Early-bird registration on or before Nov 1:

$70 – Adult, VSDC member

$80 – Adult, VSDC non-member

$45 – Children (3-11 years)

Free – Baby (0-2 years)

Registration after Nov 1 (if space is available):

$75 – Adult, VSDC member

$85 – Adult, VSDC non-member

$50 – Children (3-11 years)

Free – Baby (0-2 years)

OPTION 1: REGISTER ONLINE via vsdc.org by clicking HERE

NOTE: You will have to register each person individually until you have included everyone in your party. The deadline to register online is Sunday, November 18, 2018



VSDC prefers online payment but will accept checks made out to “VSDC.”

Your envelope must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 13 and mailed to:

VSDC Tg, PO Box 4921, Washington DC 20008


This is a good option if you are buying multiple tickets, but carries higher convenience fees.

Remember: You must register in advance, walk-ins will not be accepted. All registrations are final and seating is first-come first served. Guests are asked to arrive at noon for registration and appetizers. Doors close at 1 pm, when the meal starts.

Your registration is not confirmed until we receive your payment and send you a confirmation (preferably by email). If you have not received a confirmation for your registration by Monday, November 19, or have other important questions, please contact thanksgiving@vsdc.org.

We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with you!

VSDC expresses its heartfelt appreciation to the following Sponsors for their donations for the 2017 event:

Bead And Reel

By Any Greens Necessary / Tracye McQuirter

Clean Machine

The Dalal Family

Dawson’s Market

Equinox Vegan Brunch

Flying Fox Press / Elissa Free

Field Roast

Farm Sanctuary

GreenFare Salon Cafe

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Mellow Mushroom

Namaste Foods

Nelly’s Organics

NutritionFacts.org / Dr. Michael Greger

Physicians Committee / Dr. Neal Barnard


Roots Market

Rose City Chocolatier

South Block

Start! Curry Hot Sauces

United Poultry Concerns

Vampire & the Vegan / Merlene Vassall

Vegan Heritage Press / Jon Robertson

Vegetarian Resource Group

Veg Society of DC




The 2016 VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving was held November 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Md.

The Keynote Speaker was Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., founder of the Barnard Medical Center and the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and one of America’s leading advocates for health, nutrition, and higher standards in research.

For photos and to find other information for the 2016 VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration, click here

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