Longest Vegetarian Table
Good food, meeting new people and a lot of joy. That is how I would describe this event, the longest vegetarian table. It is a contest but also an event to make more people excited about vegetarian food.
Have you ever had dinner with almost 2000 people at the same time, at the same place? I didn’t, but it is a great experience.
In 2015 and 2016, I went to the event, 2015 was the first year I heard of the event; otherwise, I would have been there before. In 2016 I felt like an ultimate VIP, they used a picture they made in 2015 on all the flyers and posters, and my face was the main object in the middle of the photo. It felt weird but also made me feel exceptional, they choose my face! I saw myself all over the place. I had a few hours where I could experience how it feels when everybody recognizes you.
The Vegetarian union in the Netherlands organizes different events and projects. For example, ’30 Day Vega Challenge: learn to cook and eat vegetarian food’. They also held the event the longest vegetarian table, a few years in a row. In 2016 they broke the record with 1950 participants, who all dined together on one big square, al with an excellent vegetarian meal. It was the 6th time they organized this event.
A summer evening with the sun still warm, several long tables were standing on a big square and a few food points where you can go and get your plate with a delicious vegetarian meal.
Walk back, find a place to sit and eat, talk, laugh. A whole evening with hundreds of people.
Every year they make a great effort to create a delicious vegetarian meal, the first time I was there, we had Mexican cuisine; chilli, guacamole, pumpkin sauce and tomato salsa.
The second time it was a different cuisine, Mediterranean; vegetarian balls in the flavours beet, spicy and spinach. There was pasta pesto, an orange salad, a beet salad and a summer vegetable dish and as sauce tzatziki. Delicious!
Everyone is welcome, as I can remember you can come and join the event, but you did have to be on time. At a certain point, there is no food left. It is free, you can just show up and join.
I always signed up as VIP, to support the union and to be sure about my place and that there is food for me. (You have to pay a small fee for a VIP place, but they know before how many VIPs there are so they reserve food and a place for you).
Also, for not vegetarians, I can highly recommend this event. The feeling of togetherness, meeting lots of ‘random’ people who are all in for a friendly conversation and good food is the reason you want to be there. If you usually eat meat every meal, then this is a good and fun way to experience how a meal without meat can be.
Sadly last few years the event wasn’t on, because hosting and feeding so many people is also a challenge. They said to bring the event back someday but maybe in a slightly different way.
More about The Vegetarian Union in the Netherlands (Vegetariers Bond) go to their website here.
(It is in Dutch)