VeganMoFo 2016 Themes and Prompts

Welcome to VeganMoFo 2016!

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As a reminder, this year we’re giving you three options for participating:

1) Weekly themes (which will be listed below!). You can interpret these themes whichever way you like, and use them to inspire your posts!

2) Daily prompts (which will be also listed below). These tie in with the weekly themes, but give you more specific ideas to follow. You can use all of them, or just a few!

3) Choose your own theme. You don’t need to follow any of our themes if you don’t want to – come up with your own and use that instead! So long as it’s vegan, everything goes.

You can also participate on whichever platform you like – blog, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, all participation is encouraged, just follow the #veganmofo and #vgnmf16 hashtags.

Week 1: 1st-6th November 2016 Treat Yourself (and others)!

1st: Your favourite food – What is your favourite food? Make it and share!
2nd: How to make friends – What’s your go to “impress me” meal?
3rd: Treat yourself…to a break – What’s your “easy cook” meal? That you make when you can’t be bothered to cook much?
4th: Eating out – Where do you eat when you want someone else to cook for you?
5th: Late Night Snack – Tell us what you’re midnight snacking on!
6th: Comfort food – Something that always cheers you up.

Week 2: 7th-13th November 2016 International Week

7th: Close to Home – Make a food from your own country, state, or hometown.
8th: Far Away – If you dug straight down, where would you come out? Make something from that country!
9th: Something Different – Cook a cuisine you’ve never tried before. Or, one you don’t make often enough.
10th: Fusion Food – Take two cuisines and make them work together.
11th: Favourite Cuisine – Where does your  favourite food come from?
12th: Dream Holiday Destination – what would you eat on your dream holiday?
13th: Feed the Alien – An alien lands on your doorstep. What are they going to eat?

Week 3: 14th-20th November 2016 Rainbow Week

14th: Monochrome meal – Make some food that is all based around one colour only.
15th: Multicolour – Fit as many colours as you can into one meal!
16th: Complementary colours – For instance, Red & Green, Purple & Yellow, Blue & Orange
17th: Something Rare – What colour do you rarely eat? Make something that colour!
18th: Greyscale – Can you make your food look like a photo taken with a black and white camera? Or take a photo in black and white that looks great.
19th: Goth Day – Blues, purples, blacks? Let your dark side shine.
20th: It’s Easy Being Green – Look after the environment, or just eat green veg – go green today!

Week 4: 21st-27th November 2016 Memories & Traditions

21st: Favourite memory – What’s your favourite ever food memory? Recreate it.
22nd: Silly food – What are some silly food traditions/memories you have?
23rd: Autumn/Fall (or Spring if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) Traditions – Are there any foods you traditionally make in this season?
24th: Thanksgiving – Americans, what are you making for Thanksgiving? Non-Americans, have a go at making something thanksgiving inspired!
25th: Vegan Memories – What was your first vegan meal? Or the one you remember the most?
26th: Cookbooks – Show us your favourite cookbooks!
27th: Changed Opinion – Was there a food you used to hate, and now don’t?

Week 5: 28th-30th November 2016 Holidays!

28th: Holiday Bake Day! – What are you planning on baking over the winter holidays? Do you make cake, or cookies? Or something savoury?
29th: Holiday Test Run – It’s always good to practice – show off your hits and misses.
30th: Food Gifts – Do you like to give food as a gift? Or receive? Show/tell us!

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VeganMoFo 2016 Blogrolls!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re really excited about taking part in this year’s VeganMoFo. Both about taking part – and discovering new vegan blogs and accounts to follow!

Throughout the month we will be posting round ups of our favourite posts, but another great way to find sites to follow is via our blogroll pages.

First, we have the Official 2016 Blogroll. If you signed up for VeganMoFo 2016, you’re on there! Separated into categories of web blogs, YouTube accounts, Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, and Instagram accounts, there are hundreds of different vegans you can discover. You can follow blogs via services like Feedly, or follow social media accounts on their own platform.

Next is the Around the World blogroll. Want to discover great food from a different country? You can find the VeganMoFo 2016 participants listed by country here.

If you are a little tired of English, visit our By Language blogroll. Those on this list post in a different language – some post in English also, but you can find a language to suit you!

If you’re in the United States, you can find MoFo’ers near you by checking out the By State blogroll. From Arizona to Washington, we have people taking part from all over the country.

Sadly, it was recently announced that The PPK – the birthplace of VeganMoFo – is closing soon. But if you are a member of the forum there, you can find your fellow forum members on the PPK MoFo’ers blogroll. Make the most of them while you can!

We also have a list of those doing VeganMoFo for the first time this year. Check out our First Time MoFo’ers blogroll and go and give them some support!

And finally, we have the Social Media blogroll. Would you rather check Instagram than read blogs? Stick to 140 characters on Twitter? Watch a video on YouTube, or follow a page on Facebook? Use this blogroll to find people to follow!

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MiniMoFo Challenge 3 Round Up

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For the third and final MiniMoFo challenge, we asked you to make something to welcome the Autumn or Fall.  With so many delicious contributions, we don’t even miss the summer sunshine at all now!  Here is a round up of all your delicious dishes.

 

Walks, Talks & Eats

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Emma made these unbelievable apple crumble bars.  The perfect autumnal dessert!

 

Vegan Pastry School

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Jenny from Vegan Pastry School is cooking her way through Isa Does It and celebrated autumn with this sweet potato and red curry soup with rice and kale.  Yum!

 

@tartesandrecreation

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Check out this pear galette from Sonja at Tartes and Recreation.  Can’t you just taste those Fall flavours?

 

@femmefocale

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Wouldn’t we all like to join Shannon for a steaming mug of chai, straight from the slow cooker?

 

@betsykatemullins

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And how about these hassalback potatoes!  Yes please!

 

@samanthacooksvegan

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Could any dish be more autumnal than this?  And it contains Field Roast sausages too!  Amazing.

 

@veg_n_eats

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Tacos are perfect, whatever the season!

 

Thank you so much for all your contributions to the three MiniMoFo challenges – we’ve really enjoyed seeing what you’ve been making.  And now it’s only one more week until the most exciting month of the year!  Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so we can remind you of the daily themes and you can check out what your fellow vegans have been creating.  And stay tuned for the 2016 Blogroll, coming soon!

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Media Alert! Spread the news of VeganMoFo ’16!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re excited for VeganMoFo. There’s not long to go now! Don’t forget, you have until the 21st October – this Friday! – to sign up for this year’s event. Sign up here! For those of you who have signed up (or are about to!) we have prepared a media alert for you to share. This is so that you can alert local and international press sources as to what is going on – and get some recognition for your MoFo’ing efforts!

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Here’s what to do:

  1. First things first, sign on up for VeganMoFo 2016
  2. Think & go Google search: What are the local media avenues in my community (state, country, district, town, county, area, favorite blogs, online news sources, etc.)? Is there an alt weekly? Is there a monthly, city-wide cultural magazine and/or website? Where do you see local food & dining news? For example, someone in Portland, OR, would send this to Eater PDX (and there are a ton of Eater sites out there!), Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Oregonian FoodDay, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland Monthly Magazine and a bunch of their favorite culinary-focused blogs. Plus, the huge local vegetarian outreach group, Northwest Veg, other vegan-friendly events that have caught their eye, and maybe, The Kitchn, Serious Eats, and so on. Someone in the UK might send the alert to VegFest UK or one of the vegan magazines in the country! If you’ve been involved with media outlets/events, who are your contacts? Do you have friends that work in PR? Are they relevant and could they help get the word out? Do they like vegan cookies?  Is there a VegFest? Basically, find out their contact email/fax (right?! You can totally send faxes for free online these days in case you actually want to do that). Take note that there is typically a contact specifically *for* media alerts and press releases and calendar info with the bigger outlets. Go cover your ground and spread the word! These days, there are many vegan companies who post through social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc) and you can also send this alert in a message to them if you like – look for local vegan groups and pages, perhaps shops that regularly post vegan “news” articles, and anyone else who you think might be interested!
  3. Edit and download a personalized or general copy of the official VeganMoFo Media Alert, as linked below.
  4. Save the (ideally revised) Media Alert as a PDF with a clearly marked file name, for example “Media Advisory: VeganMoFo, The Vegan Month of Food Writing Returns November 2016″
  5. Next, copy/paste the Media Alert content into the actual email message from title down. I like to do this, it doubles your chances of being read. At the top, if I know who it’s going to well, I’ll often include a little note in a different font and color and sign it, like “Hey Darleen, I’d love for you to take a look at this news! I’ve got a whole month of xxx in store and daily updates! Let me know if you would like more information or photos for a story” (or something a little less lame then that, but I hope you get the point).
  6. Make sure you’ve attached a copy of the Media Alert PDF (or Word Doc or whatever you prefer) to the email itself.
  7. Press send and let that baby fly, preferably one at a time, but one big blind BCC can do in a pinch (sorry, old college marketing professors, it’s 2016 and I’m busy!)

And here’s how to do it! There are two versions of our shiny, official Media Alert all ready to go below:

OPTION 1) We’ve got the official Media Alert ready to be personalized right this way and copied below. It is super important to make sure you personalize the red area! 

OPTION 2) Here’s a straightforward Media Alert to share as is.

So, get sharing, and get preparing for Vegan MoFo 2016!

 

 

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MiniMoFo Challenge 3

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Can you believe it’s already time for the third MiniMoFo challenge?  We’ve really enjoyed seeing all your mouthwatering contributions so far, and hope you’re all feeling suitably warmed up for the main event now.  (Reminder:  signups are open right now, make sure you’ve registered for November!)

Just to remind you, this is a voluntary warm-up exercise for MoFo proper, and you can participate in any way you like.  Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll share a challenge, you’ll have two weeks to make and share a dish using the #MiniMoFo tag on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or comment here with a link to your blog. That’s it!
  • We’ll feature your dishes as we go and do a round-up at the end of each challenge.
  • You don’t have to do the MiniMoFo challenges to participate in VeganMoFo.
  • You can participate in MiniMoFo and not in the full month.
  • No sign-ups are required!

 

 

Challenge 3:  Make something to welcome Autumn/Fall

October 11 – October 24

This fortnight, make something using that fresh autumnal produce.  We’re hoping to see lots of squash, pumpkin, maybe even some Halloween treats!  (If it’s not Autumn where you are, show us your Spring dishes instead.)

 

Whatever your angle, remember to use the #MiniMoFo hashtag and share your post with the rest of the community!

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MiniMoFo Challenge 2 Round Up

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For the second MiniMoFo challenge we asked you to share your foodie crush, and we loved your contributions!  Here’s a look at some of them.

@entropyandennui

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Nicole’s crush is @hotforfood, and she made these chicken caesar wraps.

@dimsimkitty

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Everyone loves pulled jackfruit and sweet potato fries!  Susan was inspired by Celine from Have Cake Will Travel.

@zsus_vegan_pantry

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Zsu is crushing on garlic, and a slice of this pizza will definitely keep the vampires at bay!

@yixzyy

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Emma, like so many of us, is crazy about Isa Chandra Moskowitz and made this sandwich from a bargain buy of Isa Does It.

@zuckerbaby.1

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Zuckerbaby was inspired by the Messy Vegetarian Cook and made this angel hair pasta with creamy kim chi, shimeji and oyster mushroom sauce.

Herbivores’ Heaven

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Jenny’s food crush is the divine Ms Cupcake – and don’t these cupcakes look lovely?

@Lisasprojectvegan

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Lisa’s food crush is also Isa Chandra Moscovitz, and she made her Chickpea Picatta – and how amazing is her vegan fork?!

Vegan à Montréal

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Vegan à Montréal crushes on Terry Hope Romero, and makes the interestingly titled “Mermaid’s Picnic Salad with Seahorse Ranch Dressing” from Terry’s book, Salad Samurai. 

My Apologies for the Novel

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Julie made this fantastic chickpeas and dumpling dish from her crush, Hannah Teson of House Vegan.

@femmefocale

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Femmefocale crushes on Julie Hasson, and made this tasty looking banana bread.

@vegandollhouse

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Uh, how amazing do these donuts by Vegan Doll House look? They’re inspired by Vicky Liu, and are made to look like cute little narwhals!

 

Stay tuned for the final #MiniMofo challenge, coming tomorrow! And don’t forget to sign up for Vegan MoFo!

 

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VeganMoFo 16 Sign-ups and Banners!

Vegan MoFo 2016 starts in just one month! We hope you are getting prepared!

Sign ups for 2016 are now open. Click here  to register to participate! You will need to register before October 21st, 2016 to be officially part of Vegan MoFo 2016. You can sign up with your blog, or any form of social media you like – or a combination of both!

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We also have graphics for you to use in your MoFo posts! New and updated for 2016, we’d love for you to share them and promote the news that it’s nearly Vegan MoFo time! Use the hashtags #veganmofo and #vgnmf16 to go with these images – and any other posts you make about the Vegan MoFo.

Finally, a refresher of this years themes & prompts. Remember, there’s no requirement to follow these so if you’d like to do your own theme, please feel free! But if you’d like some more guidance, you can interpret the weekly themes how you like, or you can follow the individual daily prompts – or a combination of whatever works for you.

Week 1: 1st-6th November 2016 Treat Yourself (and others)!

1st: Your favourite food – What is your favourite food? Make it and share!
2nd: How to make friends – What’s your go to “impress me” meal?
3rd: Treat yourself…to a break – What’s your “easy cook” meal? That you make when you can’t be bothered to cook much?
4th: Eating out – Where do you eat when you want someone else to cook for you?
5th: Late Night Snack – Tell us what you’re midnight snacking on!
6th: Comfort food – Something that always cheers you up.

Week 2: 7th-13th November 2016 International Week

7th: Close to Home – Make a food from your own country, state, or hometown.
8th: Far Away – If you dug straight down, where would you come out? Make something from that country!
9th: Something Different – Cook a cuisine you’ve never tried before. Or, one you don’t make often enough.
10th: Fusion Food – Take two cuisines and make them work together.
11th: Favourite Cuisine – Where does your  favourite food come from?
12th: Dream Holiday Destination – what would you eat on your dream holiday?
13th: Feed the Alien – An alien lands on your doorstep. What are they going to eat?

Week 3: 14th-20th November 2016 Rainbow Week

14th: Monochrome meal – Make some food that is all based around one colour only.
15th: Multicolour – Fit as many colours as you can into one meal!
16th: Complimentary colours – For instance, Red & Green, Purple & Yellow, Blue & Orange
17th: Something Rare – What colour do you rarely eat? Make something that colour!
18th: Greyscale – Can you make your food look like a photo taken with a black and white camera? Or take a photo in black and white that looks great.
19th: Goth Day – Blues, purples, blacks? Let your dark side shine.
20th: It’s Easy Being Green – Look after the environment, or just eat green veg – go green today!

Week 4: 21st-27th November 2016 Memories & Traditions

21st: Favourite memory – What’s your favourite ever food memory? Recreate it.
22nd: Silly food – What are some silly food traditions/memories you have?
23rd: Autumn/Fall Traditions – Are there any foods you traditionally make in this season?
24th: Thanksgiving – Americans, what are you making for Thanksgiving? Non-Americans, have a go at making something thanksgiving inspired!
25th: Vegan Memories – What was your first vegan meal? Or the one you remember the most?
26th: Cookbooks – Show us your favourite cookbooks!
27th: Changed Opinion – Was there a food you used to hate, and now don’t?

Week 5: 28th-30th November 2016 Holidays!

28th: Holiday Bake Day! – What are you planning on baking over the winter holidays? Do you make cake, or cookies? Or something savoury?
29th: Holiday Test Run – It’s always good to practice – show off your hits and misses.
30th: Food Gifts – Do you like to give food as a gift? Or receive? Show/tell us!

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MiniMoFo Challenge 2

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We loved the responses to the first MiniMoFo challenge, and hope you guys are ready for more!  Just to remind you, this is a voluntary warm-up exercise for MoFo proper, and you can participate in any way you like.  Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll share a challenge, you’ll have two weeks to make and share a dish using the #MiniMoFo tag on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or comment here with a link to your blog. That’s it!
  • We’ll feature your signature dishes as we go and do a round-up at the end of each challenge.
  • You don’t have to do the MiniMoFo challenges to participate in VeganMoFo.
  • You can participate in MiniMoFo and not in the full month.
  • No sign-ups are required!

 

Challenge 2:  Who’s your “foodie crush”? 

September 27 – October 10

This fortnight, make something by a vegan chef or blogger you really admire.  Will it be one of the big-hitters like Isa, Terry or Chloe?  Will it be another member of the Vegan MoFo community?  The choice is yours!

 

Whatever you choose, remember to use the #MiniMoFo hashtag and share your post with the rest of the community!

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MiniMoFo Challenge 1 Round Up

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The first challenge of MiniMoFo is all done and dusted.  Thanks to all of you who shared your signature dish!  Here’s a round up of the mouth-watering contributions.

 

Lisa’s Project: Vegan

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Lisa shared the recipe for this enticing lentil salad, which would be perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish.  It looks delicious!

 

@veganamontreal

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Doesn’t this look incredible?  Babette shared this tofu, vegetable and crouton salad, and we could happily eat this right now!

 

@nicolearciello

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Nicole gave us her current favourite dish:  Israeli couscous, sausages, apples, sweet potatoes and spring onions.  Bonus points for the homemade sausage!

 

@dimsimkitty

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Don’t you feel healthier just looking at this green bowl from Susan?  The blue cheese dressing on top sounds incredible!

 

@odilejp

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Just look at this rainbow salad!  This is definite inspiration for the multicoloured prompt on Day 15 of Vegan MoFo.

 

@tartesandrecreation

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If your signature dish is curry, I definitely want to be friends with you!  This roasted red pepper, chickpea and spinach curry looks spectacular, and perfect to share.

 

And finally, this round up is a good way to introduce you to your Vegan MoFo organisers this year.  We’re all so excited about MoFo that we had to get involved and tell you our signature dishes too!

Walks, Talks & Eats

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Emma shared the recipe for these red pepper and thyme rolls, which look phenomenal.

 

@entropyandennui

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Nicole made these light and refreshing spring rolls, perfect for the last days of summer.

 

Herbivores’ Heaven

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And Jenny cheated and shared the dish that she always orders when she visits her favourite cafe:  seitan and cheese bagel.

 

So, are you ready for MiniMoFo Challenge 2?  We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!  Stay tuned for the details tomorrow!

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Introducing #MiniMoFo

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If you’re like us and November can’t get here soon enough, then we have something exciting in store for you. Throughout the rest of September and October, we will be issuing three MiniMoFo challenges – these voluntary missions will get your VeganMoFo wheels turning and get us all ready for the big event!

How it works:

  • We’ll share a challenge, you’ll have two weeks to make and share a dish using the #MiniMoFo tag on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or comment here with a link to your blog. That’s it!
  • We’ll feature your signature dishes as we go and do a round-up at the end of each challenge.
  • You don’t have to do the MiniMoFo challenges to participate in VeganMoFo.
  • You can participate in MiniMoFo and not in the full month.
  • No sign-ups are required!

Challenge 1: What is your signature dish?
September 13 – 27

Interpret the challenge prompt any way you like! What would “You on a plate” be like? What is your best dish? Make something with food that has your initials!

Don’t forget to use the #MiniMoFo tag when sharing your creation!

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