Eating Vegan

Whether you are an aspiring vegan, or just curious to find out more about the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, why not participate in our Vegan challenge? How hard can it be…?

How does it work?

Participants aim to eat no meat, dairy or other animal products for the duration of the challenge.

  • A vegan diet means forgoing all animal products or by-products such as meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey etc.
  • Wherever possible food should be seasonal and local.
  • Allowances for local produce should be made to maintain a balanced diet: lentils, tofu, quinoa are imported but provide crucial vitamins and protein.

There are regular opportunities during the challenge for vegan foodies to meet up and share experiences, ideas and tips. In addition, participants are invited to share their experiences via the Sustainable Food blog (optional).

What are the benefits?

  • Explore the contribution food makes to climate change
  • Experience the amazing diversity of our local seasonal produce
  • Gain an appreciation for a plant-based diet and the health and environmental benefits it can have.
  • Make new friends – join our regular bring-and-share meals!

Already vegan? We would love to hear from you with practical ideas and mouthwatering vegan recipes that we can share with challenge participants.

Quotes from recent participants:

“I completed the challenge with ease and have naturally continued to eat a plant based diet.  I’m now in week 5!  I’ve always eaten non-processed foods, am in control of the household cooking and enjoy reading, planning and thinking about food.  Going vegan has opened my eyes to a whole new world of vegan recipe blogging which has been inspiring and amazing!” (Miriam)

“I am succeeding with the challenge and thoroughly enjoying it …  have definitely eaten less cakes in cafes (can’t be a bad thing). I have also been a guest at a dinner party and managed to tell them that I was vegan …(one of my fears of becoming 100% vegan is feeling like I’m causing hassle for others).”

“I would say that I’m making much more of an effort finding interesting things to eat and am much more aware of what ingredients I use, I’d say that I was enjoying cooking more than usual. And no cravings so far.” (Jane)

What next?

Join the conversation about sustainable food

Sustainable Food Blog


Read about Eating Local in the Press

A confirmed meat-eater tries going vegan
Cambridge News, Bev Sedley, 12 March 2013

The benefits of going vegan for Lent
Cambridge News, Helen Karapandzic, 13 February 2013

Cambridge Carbon Footprint Resources

Join the challenge!

For more information about our Vegan challenge or to join an upcoming challenge, please email

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