Over 75 organizations & exhibitors from across the Himalaya, across the region, and around the world!
Vegan Food Stalls, Plant-based Brands & Products, Vegan Fashion, Animal Welfare Organizations, Vegan Travel & Tourism, Health & Nutrition, Environment & Conservation
Be a part of vegan history in the Himalaya! Come celebrate with us and join in the festivities at the biggest vegan festival ever in the Himalaya! The Himalayan Vegan Festival will be hosting over 75 organizations and exhibitors from across the region and around the world who will be sharing their innovative ideas, compassionate education, delicious vegan food, plant-based products, humane and cruelty free brands and fashions, conservation, animal welfare and environmental awareness, and eco-friendly concepts at a family-friendly, educational, 6-day event that is free and open to the general public. The Himalayan Vegan Festival is being held from September 15th to 17th, 2022 in Kathmandu, Nepal and from September 18th to 20th, 2022 in Thimphu, Bhutan and will welcome thousands of attendees to discover and celebrate a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle in the heart of the Himalaya!
Register by filling up the exhibitor registration form to become an exhibitor.
For information regarding being an exhibitor at The Himalayan Vegan Festival, please contact:
Mr. Suresh Sharma
(Chair - World Vegan Organisation, Nepal)
Email: [email protected]
WhatsApp or Call: +977-984-135-9833
Since 2009, Animal Nepal has launched programs and staged interventions to help working equines, street dogs, captive elephants, livestock, and many other animals. Animal Nepal is also well known for its national campaigns in the areas of working animals, livestock transport and slaughter, elephant abuse, dog poisoning, humane zoo conditions, and urban greenery. It conducts awareness campaigns among school students and media representatives. Its main mission is to be able to help create a society where all animals can live a life free from pain, suffering and human cruelty.
ANIYOR VEG & VEGAN RESTAURANT
Aniyor Veg and Vegan Cuisine is 100%pure Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant popular for its Indian and Chinese dishes. It is located in New Road, Kathmandu which was recently open. This restaurant is owned by Gauri, her main motive behind this restaurant is to have a healthy and fully organic food with the total presence of taste and texture.
ARC – ANIMAL RIGHTS CLUB – NEPAL
Animal Rights club (ARC) is one of the largest growing animal rights organization in Nepal with thousands of supporters worldwide. Being an organization based in such a country where there is no Animal Welfare Legislation, they deal with the various cases of animal cruelty either from welfare standards or rights standards. They even go to different schools with a small initiation to imprint the young kids about the elephants and their welfare.
Climate healers was founded by Sailesh Rao who lives in the states. He founded this organization in the believe that if we can change now our world can be healthy by following their manifesto the philosophy and compassionate science which mentions about how we can use our individual unique gifts in a cooperative effort to depollute and regenerate the Earth to how we must treat every living being with kindness and compassion to the heart been always the center of atom. Rao made a pinky promise with his granddaughter Kimaya where she asked to save her family and animals and make the world A VEGAN WORLD.
C-YA VEGAN FOOD
C-Ya Vegan Food and Coffee was founded in 2021 by Nirmala Gurung and her team. Even though the restaurant is a newcomer on to the vegan restaurant scene in Jhamsikhel, it has seen a great amount of success in the past few months. The restaurant was founded with the intention of introducing vegan food to the local market while bringing light to the negative impacts of dairy products on a person’s health.
Doko Recyclers - a social enterprise that manages and recycles dry waste. Our priority is to move away from reliance on waste dumps that offer no environmental protection, to waste management systems that retain useful resources within our economy. Segregation of waste at its source plays a critical role in enabling a sustainable future. Core to our vision for waste management in Nepal is the use of wastes as resources with increased value extraction, recycling, recovery and reuse. We have a vision of supporting a growing green economy that values social and environmental welfare by preserving natural resources and enabling local ingenuity. Along with the mission of having a proper waste management service to improve environmental health.
DIVINE PATH INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
Divine Path International Foundation is a non-profit organization engaged in reestablishing multifaceted dimensions of powerful yoga programs for inner transformation. Divine Path offers varieties of programs like regular divine food services, animal take care & promotion of vegetarian life, Yoga and energy healing, mental health, environmental and more globally related activities fostering an environment to develop a healthy individual, thus creating a harmonious and a peaceful world. Anyone wanting to explore the ancient science of yoga or inner transformation the Divine Path International Would be a platform for them. Foundation has been encouraging pure vegetarian life by conducting different campaigns and awareness programs. It's divine mission is to make world blissful by promoting love, compassion, peace, brotherhood, togetherness and harmony of the society. In the recent period since the COVID-19 menace in the country divine path realized many people with different age groups suffering from hunger in Kathmandu. This organization with the help of like-minded blissful soul stated to feed old, poor and deprived people with basic food following all standard protocol set out by Government of Nepal and WHO. Such hunger relief is continuing without break since the COVID-19 seriously hampered the livelihood of People. Foundation has been encouraging pure vegetarian life by conducting different campaigns and awareness programs. It's divine mission is to make world blissful by promoting love, compassion, peace, brotherhood, togetherness and harmony of the society.
THE DEN RESTAURANT & BAR
The Den Restaurant and Bar is the first bar to create and have a completely separate vegan menu in the valley - with more than 30 popular “Kathmandu” bar snacks, appetizers, noodles, momos and a great selection of mains all veganized by the friendly owners and their talented chef. The Den offers vegans all the atmosphere of comfortable local neighborhood pub along with a great tasty separate vegan pub grub menu to enjoy and accompany a large selection of cold brews, cocktails and mocktails. Along with great ambience and delicious plant-based dishes, on many Friday nights they also have live acoustic music to make for a relaxing way to unwind from a busy week of work. And if you like chilies – don’t forget to ask for a side of dalle chili dipping sauce!
DHARMA PRABHA FOUNDATION
Dharmaprabha Foundation was founded by Venerable Acharya Perik Rinpoche on December 7th 2018. The main aim of this Foundation is to build awareness in people for a happy and healthy way of life through Buddhist teachings and Meditation practice. Dharmaprabha also aims to preserve the Buddhist Philosophy, Culture and Heritage.
Elemotion Foundation was established in 2009 to protect wild Asian elephants and improve captive elephant welfare. Today, our work includes supporting wild orphan elephant rehabilitation, preserving wild elephant habitat, building infrastructure for Human-elephant conflict (HEC) affected villages, improving captive elephant management techniques, and raising awareness about the plight of Asian elephants and responsible tourism. Elemotion Foundation is a US registered non-profit organization. Working in both welfare and conservation, we aim to improve the lives of Asian elephants and the people connected to them.
When it comes for bakery foods we are always craving it despite knowing the sugar, gluten and caffeine we consume from that may harm our body, so the French Bakery is the one stop destination for breakfast, brunch, lunch, Hi-tea, Supper or Dinner followed by choices of desert. We offer Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-Free and Decaf menu. This bakery is located in Paknajol Marg, Kathmandu.
Good DO is an off-shoot of the innovative company providing vegan food in India, Good Dot, and derives its name from the rescue goat, Good do. He, along with his chicken friends, was rescued by one of our founders, from being slaughtered for meat. Now, Good do, through the all-vegan food outlets and food trucks, under the brand name Good DO, is returning the favor, to help save his sweet friends all over by providing Vegan food in India! The mission of Good Do is to serve delicious, cruelty-free food.
Gooddot was born when a group of friends decided to come together for a common cause. They wanted to make the world a more humane place for animals. Having witnessed the unbelievable cruelty involved in animal agriculture, they decided to create a solution that was good for all. According to Gooddot, they believe that the main reason why most people eat meat is its taste. If a product could be created which not only tasted like meat but was an ethical, healthier, and environmentally sustainable alternative to animal meat, people would happily make the switch.
Happy Cow was founded in 1999 as a public service to assist travelers and people everywhere find plant-based / vegan options and healthy food. They are vegan-run, from a vegan perspective, and staffed by vegans and vegetarians. Today, their online community has grown to include members from around the world who are passionate about the vegan lifestyle as a healthy, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable way of living. More than simply a restaurant and health food store guide, Happy Cow is an ever-evolving online hub that serves millions worldwide each month. Happy Cow stands for equality, universal peace, love, and unity for all beings.
HONG KONG VEGAN ASSOCIATION / GOVEG
The Hong Kong Vegan Association is the first vegan organization established in Hong Kong under Hong Kong Vegan Society since 1999. Popular activities organized by the Hong Kong Vegan Association include Meat Free Hong Kong (Meat Free Monday since 2008) and the very popular annual Hong Kong Vegfest (since 2013), which make up some of the biggest vegan events in Hong Kong. The bilingual vegan magazine GOVEG is the official media promoting veganism in Hong Kong and mainland China. Other Hong Kong Vegan Association projects include encouraging local entrepreneurs to start plant based businesses and the Hong Kong Plant Based Chef Studio established with the collaboration of the Vegan Chef Committee of China Cuisine Association.
INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN UNION (IVU)
IVU is a union of vegetarian societies around the world founded in 1908. The ruling body from IVU is the International Council, and the members who form it are unpaid volunteers elected by the Member Societies at each World Vegetarian Congress. Member organizations may be continental groups, local or other regional vegetarian organizations whose primary purpose is the promotion of vegetarianism and the support of vegetarian living. The IVU also encourages regional and national organizations to run vegetarian festivals.
Jangsem Monday is Bhutan’s own version of Meatless Monday and has signed up over 60 schools and a few dozen restaurants to its campaign to reduce the consumption of meat and dairy in Nepal. The programme has multiple coordinators and volunteers who are committed to spreading the word, creating awareness and providing information to restaurants, individuals interested in veganism and to organizations. Founded by Karma Dendup, a former producer at Bhutan Broadcasting Service, the programme has over 200 members who took the pledge. Its members range between the ages of 18 and 24 and come from all walks of life. The Meatless Monday initiative has also been implemented at 15 schools, daycare centers, NGOs, hotels and restaurants to reduce meat consumption.
JAPAN VEGETARIAN SOCIETY
Established in 1993, we are an oldest and biggest Vegetarian Society in Japan. Japan Vegetarian Society is a nonprofit organization (NPO) that was officially founded in May of 2001. Our motto is "to always consider the well-being of our earth and its people" and we aim to teach and promote vegetarian as it is concerned with general well-being, nutrition, ethics, respect for life, preservation of our environment, and stopping starvation in developing countries. We strive to spread necessary education and practical suggestions to anyone who may be interested. We hope our network will help vegetarians to help one another. Our founder/chairman and former IVU international councilor Dr. Kakimoto (born 1945) is a true living testimony that going veg’ one can obtain an eternal youth!
Jeeva Bhavana is an Indian vegan environmental NGO based in Pune (Maharashtra). Recognizing the undeniably negative impacts that animal agriculture has on accelerating global warming, as well as on the environment, public health and economy in India, our mission is to challenge the status quo of continuing to breed and exploit animals as a food source; to empower farmers by guiding them toward viable and sustainable plant-based agriculture; and to educate the public about the multiple benefits of an ethical, plant-based food system thereby instigating a robust consumer channel for farmers who are doing the right thing while generating a positive feedback loop so that more and more farmers follow suit. To that end, Jeeva Bhavana has launched Urvarasa, our flagship project aimed at reclaiming our food system and establishing fair-trade, sustainably-grown, cruelty-free, nutritious food as the norm (and not the exception) for all Indians.
JUICE MANDALA RESTAURANT
Juice Mandala Restaurant offers cold pressed fresh juices and 100% Vegetarian Lunches, Smoothies and Snacks. It has a wide range of vegan offerings among its vegetarian menu. The juice they provide are all organic and the products they provide is not only smoothies’ juice or snacks they even have a fruit platter, momo, pasta and Bucketwheat Tawa pizza. They are located in Pulchowk, Lalitpur.
KATHMANDU ANIMAL TREATMENT
The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center (KAT) was established in May 2004. In 2004, Jan founded the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT Centre), a charity organization that works to promote the health of street dogs in Kathmandu, through animal birth control, rabies vaccination, disease treatment and community education. KAT is the largest animal welfare organization in the country. While their primary purpose is humane animal birth control (ABC) to reduce the street dog population, they also provide education, awareness, and prevention of Rabies, medical treatment to those that are sick and injured, and education to the public and animal adoptions.
KATHMANDU ANIMAL SAVE
Kathmandu Animal Save is a part of the global Animal Save Movement. Animal Save Movement is a vegan anti-speciesist and animal-centric organisation that positions itself against all forms of oppression with a compassionate and love-based approach. Our mission is to hold vigils at every slaughterhouse and to bear witness to every exploited animal. We believe in non-violent resistance against oppression. Animals are persons, not property.
LOVING HEART VEGAN RESTAURANT
Loving Heart is a purely plant-based restaurant located in Thamel. Now located in new location in Kathmandu (Z-street, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal) in the Hotel Avataar, Loving Heart serves both Nepalese and international vegan cuisines. Some of their specialty dishes include seitan and mushroom kebabs, chili momos, chow mein, vegan thukpa, crispy mushroom, vegetable pizza, pakora, and vegan burgers. They also serve raw vegan food and barista items as well. Open Monday to Sunday from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
LOVING HUT – A VEGAN PARADISE
Part of international vegan restaurants inspired by Supreme Master Ching Hai, an advocate for vegan living (each location is individually operated), Loving Hut – A Vegan Paradise, is a longtime Gurgaon, India vegan favorite! Offering a variety of vegan cuisines including Chinese, Continental and Indian, as well as a delicious selection of vegan cakes and cookies (once you taste them – you won’t believe their vegan :). Their menu includes appetizers, main dishes, desserts, baked goods, smoothies, and much more, with the focus on creating awareness about veganism, plant based lifestyles and healthy eating through the food that they serve. The Himalayan Vegan Festival is lucky to have them join us in Kathmandu to share their vegan goodies with us.
MADHYAPUR ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
The Madhyapur Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) is a volunteer organization that works for the welfare of animals in our community in the Kathmandu Valley. We are dedicated to helping abandoned dogs, cows and other animals in need, by providing them temporary foster homes and medical care, and ensuring that all the homeless dogs are spayed/neutered in an effort to help decrease the stray dog over-population problem in the Kathmandu Valley. We believe that every living being is vital for the sustainability of our ecosystem. Every animal has the right to live and be treated well. We work towards bringing awareness against all forms of animal cruelty, neglect and abuse and advocate for animal rights throughout our community.
MOTI MAHAL RESTAURANT
Moti Mahal is a pure vegetarian Indian restaurant with a variety of vegan dishes available. Moti Mahal is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. It has the exact same taste and texture of the Indian cuisine with a little bit mixture with the vegan way. The pricing they take is very reasonable and their ambience even has an outdoor seating. This restaurant is located in Durbar Marg, Kathmandu.
NEPAL TOURISM BOARD
Nepal Tourism Board is a national tourism organization of Nepal established in 1998 by an Act of Parliament in the form of partnership between the Government of Nepal and private sector tourism industry to develop and market Nepal as an attractive tourist destination. The Board provides platform for vision-drawn leadership for Nepal’s tourism sector by integrating Government commitment with the dynamism of private sector. NTB is promoting Nepal in the domestic and international market and is working toward positioning the image of the country. It also aims to regulate product development activities.
NEPAL VEGETARIAN ASSOCIATION
NVA is a not-for-profit organization involved in support for vegetarian food consumption with the objective of creating awareness about the vegetarian way of life. They strongly believe that these activities would create a long-lasting peace, love and compassion among humans and all living creatures. They do awareness campaigns that revolve around morals and ethics in order to encourage people to make a change in their lives by going vegetarian. Their activism includes information about vegetarianism and the health benefits of living on a plant based diet. The Nepal Vegetarian Association does not get involved in politics and any specific religions and takes no part in any profit-making activities. Their committee members are all volunteers.
NOURISH WITH UPASANA BIJOOR
Nourish with Upasana Bijoor is an organization that aims to reduce pain and suffering from chronic lifestyle diseases by addressing the root cause of the disease. We create awareness of the whole food plant-based lifestyle, which brings us back to nature’s way of living. We are determined to help individuals bring their body back to balance using only natural plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds while minimizing on processed food. Just the food on our plate is not enough to keep us healthy, how we approach life and deal with circumstances and situations matters too. In our coaching practice, we take a holistic approach and guide clients in all aspects involved in making the person healthy in whole. We conduct programs from a 6 Days to Holistic Health program and whole food plant-based cooking courses, to bi-yearly nourish Holistic Retreats and one on one coaching programs. We believe that our body has the power to heal provided we give it the right conditions.
ORGANIC SMOOTHIE BOWL & CAFÉ
Organic Smoothie bowl and cafe offers a wide range of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian smoothie bowls, smoothies, cold press juices, organic coffees, tea and breakfast. This café was opened few years back and has a very friendly and warm ambience. Their products are all organic and very vegan friendly and delicious. The café is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu (opposite to the Radisson Hotel).
The Physicians Committee is a 501 nonprofit organization whose efforts are dramatically changing the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. By putting prevention over pills, doctors are empowering their patients to take control of their own health. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has worked tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and for more effective scientific methods. The PCRM consists of physicians, dietitians, and scientists working with policymakers, industry, the medical community, the media, and the public to create a better future for people and animals.
PROJECT HUMANE NEPAL
Initiated as a summer project in May 2015 by a university student in the US, Project Humane Nepal (PHN) is now a registered volunteer-run non-profit charity in Nepal. They are the first organization of its kind in the country to introduce humane education to students in schools and children’s orphanages. Project Humane conducts one-time presentations and week-long educational workshops, encouraging children to have compassion towards stray/pet dogs and discusses animal welfare issues. They mentor students to become animal welfare ambassadors while teaching them to interact safely with dogs, prevent animal suffering through responsible pet care and take an active role in providing hope to animals in their community. Their vision is simple - A Nepal where all dogs, irrespective of being a stray or a pet, are respected and treated with compassion.
PROMOTIVE HEALTH AND NUTRITION
This organization is founded by Dr. Vidya Chakravarty, and incorporates the essence of effective Ayurvedic solutions, Promotive Health approaches health as a way of life. They believe good health is striking the right balance between the mind, body & soul. They mainly focus on how to make people daily living a healthy and fit in a way that doesn’t harm any surroundings, along with keeping the mind and body at ease with the help of Ayurveda and plant-based nutrition.
ProVeg is an international food awareness organization working to transform the global food system by replacing conventional animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives. ProVeg works with international decision-making bodies, governments, food producers, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and the planet. ProVeg has permanent-observer status with UNFCCC, is accredited for UNEA, and has received the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award. Their main mission is to reducing the global consumption of animals by 50% by the year 2040.
THE PLANT BASED TREATY
The Plant Based Treaty initiative is a grassroot campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis. Modeled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty, the Plant Based Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture and to promote a shift to healthier, sustainable, plant-based diets. We are urging scientists, individuals, groups, businesses, and cities to endorse this call to action and put pressure on national governments to negotiate an international Plant Based Treaty.
ROWDY GIRL SANCTUARY / RANCHERS ADVOCACY PROGRAM
Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was founded by Renee King-Sonnen after she converted a Texas cattle ranch into a sanctuary for farm animals. Witnessing time and again the baby calves going for sale, in October 2014 she went vegan. Researching factory farming and the compassionate alternative, farm sanctuaries, Renee consulted with leaders in the vegan movement, determined to do whatever she could to create a sanctuary out of what was once her husband’s beef cattle operation in the heart of cattle country. As a result, the Rancher Advocacy Program was also developed to give cattle ranchers and other animal farmers a way to transition into other ways of farming without cruelty. Transitioning out of animal agriculture requires a lot of skill, effort, and people to help. The Ranchers Advocacy Program (RAP) is dedicated to finding the resources and the way to give farmers a way around farming animals.
Sadhana Forest is an international, vegan, volunteer-based organization focused on creating long-term food security through environmental restoration. Globally, there are 133 million malnourished people living in arid areas who have private land but are not using it to grow food due to lack of water and agricultural knowledge. Sadhana Forest trains local people in India, Haiti and Kenya in the use of water-saving irrigation techniques and provides them with free seedlings to plant drought-resistant, indigenous, food-bearing trees around their homes. These indigenous food forests are well protected from cutting and animal grazing by their owners. Sadhana Forest won third prize at The Humanitarian Water and Food Awards in Denmark, 2010. Every year the organization's India, Haiti and Kenya centers host and train a total of over 1,500 volunteers, students, and interns from around 50 countries.
SARA BAKES VEGAN
Sara Bakes is an online Vegan Bakery based in Kathmandu, Nepal. They serve Vegan Desserts. It is an initiative to encourage Vegan Baking, breaking the stereotype and replacing it with plant-based Milk, Natural Oils and Egg Replacements. They aim to show people that plant based cakes are gentler on your health and better for the environment. They officially launched their Instagram page began business on April 17, 2019.
SHARAN, Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature, is an organization dedicated to spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable compassionate lifestyle. SHARAN comprises an ever-growing team of doctors, nutritionists, health coaches, facilitators and volunteers brought together by a common vision of building a culture of health. Their mission is to help you regain and maintain an optimum quality of life by guiding you to reconnect to your natural state of perfect, vibrant wellbeing. They have already positively impacted the lives of over 100,000 people worldwide, through our books, talks, classes, workshops, retreats and doctor/nutritionist consultations.
Sneha’s Care is a non-profit organization that aims to protect streets dogs and animals from torture, cruelty, and ill-usage of any kind. It was established in 2014 in Lalitpur, Nepal. It has initiated different missions for the welfare of street dogs and animals. The organization is created to provide humane care and sustainable solutions for managing the street animal population and addressing their medical needs. Sneha’s Care has been continuously campaigning and attempting to introduce animal welfare laws in Nepal to safeguard their rights and ensure penalties for animal abuse and cruelty. Sneha’s care also actively works to spread animal welfare awareness on a national scale and educate the public to be compassionate to all nonhumans.
SPCA Nepal was established in 1992 with a goal towards making a better future for the animals in Nepal. They are a group of animal lovers working for animal welfare, street animal birth control, rescue, animal rights advocacy, animal sanctuary organization and Sheltering. Their major mission is to control the street animal population. Their vision is to compassionately create a more humane world for animals. Their goals are to find new homes for strays animals through adoption campaigns, to reduce the stray animal population of Nepal through sterilization campaigns and to provide a caring environment, food and shelter for strays and unwanted animals until loving homes are found.
SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN CONSERVATION PROGRAMME
A collaboration between the Indonesian NGO Sustainable Ecosystem Foundation, Swiss NGO the PanEco Foundation, & the Indonesian Government’s Directorate General of Natural Resource & Eco-system Conservation, since 1999 the SOCP has worked to save the Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutans and their habitat. The SOCP is also the only project in the world actively establishing entirely new, genetically viable and self-sustaining wild populations of any great apes. Their projects in include confiscating orangutans kept illegally and assisting in prosecuting people involved in this illegal trade; rehabilitation where orangutans undergo medical checks and are rehabilitated in socialization groups and 'forest schools'; reintroduction/releasing orangutans into the wild; habitat protection & advocating for the expansion of conservation areas; conducting essential surveys and the monitoring of orangutans and their habitat; environmental education and awareness; and a sanctuary for orangutans that can't be returned to the wild due to disabilities where they live out their days on natural islands & are ambassadors for their wild counterparts improving people’s perceptions of nature, wildlife & ecosystem conservation.
TOWER HILL STABLES ANIMAL SANCTUARY
Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary (THS) was founded in 1993 with a mission to provide care and a forever home to animals in need. The sanctuary was an enormous undertaking, something I could not possibly have envisioned those twenty-plus years ago when I started it. I had always rescued animals in a small and simple way, but when one of my horses had a terrible accident due to the negligence of a stable owner, I decided to create a home for the animals I loved. After that, frantic preparations began and the mammoth process of raising the necessary funds to buy land commenced. It was huge; it seemed insurmountable. We sold everything we possessed of any value, and somehow we did it. On the 5th December, 1996, my partner Martin and I moved to the sanctuary, with our family of animal friends. The next day, our injured horse Oscar came “home,” living happily for another four years, until old age eventually took him from us. Since that time, the sanctuary has just grown to over 600 animals spanning across 6 yards. Whether they be retired race horses, ex-fighting dogs, or neglected and abused farm animals, they all are given love, respect, medical care and a peaceful place to live at THS.
THE PHILOSOPHER’S CHEF TABLE – TEMPLE FOOD ACADEMY
Offering Korean Buddhist Temple Food Introduction and the Art of Compassionate Cooking Programs which including preparation classes and the philosophy behind the food, The Philosopher’s Chef Table strives to preserve the Korean Buddhist monastic tradition of plant-based food preparation and the philosophy behind it. Unlike China and Japan, in Korea, due to the policy of suppressing Buddhism and venerating Confucianism during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), Buddhist monasteries had been settled predominantly in the deep-seated mountain areas where it is difficult to obtain fresh vegetables in the winter season. As a result, preserved and fermented foods as well as unique cooking aptitudes have been developed for self-sufficiency. With fresh and clean vegetables, it applies non-spicy and moderately stimulated cooking methods. Authentically, recipes have been developed to save and enhance the natural taste with a modest amount of seasoning. Above all, the emphasis is given to the attitude of respecting co-existence of all living things as well as cherishing food ingredients that are concerned with environment, climate change, and preservation of 1600-year old Buddhist heritage and culture
Tempeh – what’s that? Let us introduce you to the super food of the future, with roots deep in the past that is also super tasty! Come learn and taste your way into the wonderful world of tempeh – a super nutritious, sustainable, and affordable source of protein! Originating in Indonesia, tempeh is a traditional fermented soybean that has been a staple protein in the Indonesian archipelago for centuries. In comparison to many other meats, tempeh has a similar amount and quality of protein, but is produced with 10 times less of energy. One small 84 grams serving of tempeh provides about 1/3 of a person’s daily protein needs. It’s also low in fat, has no saturated fats, no cholesterol, is a good source of fiber, and an excellent source of calcium, zinc and iron! Tempeh is now arriving in the Himalayas – being produced right here in the Kathmandu valley from organic soybeans sourced from local small scale farmers in a cooperative as an alternative to animal agriculture. Come learn about, and taste, Himalayan Tempeh - made from 100% locally grown organic soybeans right here in the foothills of the Himalaya! The perfect meat substitute with its high protein content, excellent nutritional values and low environmental impact – what a great alternative – 100% Nepali made!
THE LEAF E-ACADEMY
The leaf-E Academy was founded by Vinita Contractor, a Holistic Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach based in Mumbai. Vinita is passionate about empowering people with knowledge and tools and enabling them to make smart choices for themselves and their health. Through the leaf-E Academy, Vinita will guide you to a healthy lifestyle through nutritious plant- based food and a nature synced lifestyle. She achieves this primarily through in- person and online Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching, workshops as well as offering DIY online programs and the recently founded The Leaf e-academy which will make healthy eating and cooking accessible to everyone.
THE LAND OF AHIMSA – THE MOVIE
“The Land of Ahimsa” is a feature length documentary that follows Dolly Vyas-Ahuja on her journey to veganism. Throughout the film, Dolly interviews plant-based doctors, athletes, Animal Activists, entrepreneurs, and visit sanctuaries to illustrate the importance of “Ahimsa” in action in India with the hope this will resonate across the globe. Similarly, the film shows her strength in fighting for justice of all beings through the Animal Liberation March. She uses her own voice to expose the truth about the cruelty of the dairy industry by educating others through her presentations at various events throughout India and the US. We will show viewers how accessible it is to put “Ahimsa” into their daily lives.
Utapala cafe is a restaurant that offers a separate vegan menu in addition to their fresh vegetarian menu that is healthy, inexpensive, and tasty and has its origins as a monastery restaurant. Although the cafe is a vegetarian cafe, it offers a great range of vegan treats (including a weekly all vegan buffet) such as vegan burgers, pizzas and other mains, and apple crumbled pie and banana chocolate cake among its vegan desserts - all made purely from plant based ingredients. The cafe also has a farmers market with a range of organic produce as it recognizes the high need for organic food in Nepal. The market is the first of its kind in the valley and offers a range of vegetables, fruits and handicrafts.
VEGWORLD Magazine serves up the latest in “vegan & plant-based buzz,” including cutting-edge health information, celebrity news and exclusive interviews, scrumptious recipes, and compassionate human-interest stories. Their regular contributors include top medical doctors, chefs and experts in vegan living from around the globe. A few examples include Dr. Michael Greger, Chef Mark Reinfeld, Dr. John McDougall, Lani Muelrath, and Dr. Neal Barnard. VEGWORLD is the pioneer digital vegan magazine in America, using interactive multimedia functions that no other vegan magazine utilizes. Their celebrity chefs demonstrate how to prepare monthly recipes, and yoga and fitness experts take devoted readers through specially-designed demonstration classes. And, because VEGWORLD is the pioneer vegan magazine in digital space, we bring it all to our readers using interactive multimedia functions – including the virtual pages of our magazine – available every two months, all easily accessible online from wherever in the world, the “veg world”, you may be.
VEGAN DAIRY NEPAL
Vegan Dairy Nepal, was founded by Kajol Sethia, a vegetarian since birth who has now made the transition to veganism together with her parents, Babita Sethia and Narbhat Sethia. Vegan Dairy Nepal provides many different food alternatives for plant based eaters. The venture has introduced plant based alternatives for dairy milk, yoghurt, butter, cheese, honey, energy bars and spreads. They have varied varieties of milk such as coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, and hazelnut milk; varieties in yoghurt such as cashew yoghurt, soy yoghurt, and coconut yoghurt; cultured vegan butter, cheese, pineapple honey and No-tella spread.
Vegan First is an online vegan portal in India - your one-stop solution to going vegan! Find the latest vegan buzz, products, brands, and restaurants in India. We love all things vegan (that's obvious from our name right?). Veganism is a rapidly growing - it's multifaceted and quickly catching up. Each nook and corner of the country is popping up with something new in the world of veganism. Which, some might say, is scattered…now, here's where we entered the picture! We curate all-things-vegan under one digital platform – Vegan First. You have the questions, and we have the answers! If it's vegan, we're there. Be it an interview, or a video or an event or a food review or a recipe or fashion or a party - you can count on us. Veganism is a lifestyle. It's more than just a diet. From the toothpaste you use, to the clothes you wear, why even the car you buy, and so much more, there are aspects of veganism that are involved in each of these. At Vegan First, we gather this information together, package it beautifully and have it delivered to you.
VEGAN SISTER CITY PROGRAM
The Vegan Sister City Program brings together vegans from different cities to promote veganism in a cross-cultural manner by encouraging restaurants, cafes and hotels to become vegan friendly helping them to create separate vegan menus and vegan friendly kitchens through service staff training and awareness on how to serve and prepare vegan food. The program is essentially an awareness, outreach and educational campaign that brings veganism directly to the doorsteps, tables and kitchens of restaurants, cafes and hotels encouraging them to become vegan friendly. The program also helps to offer more dining options for vegans and, as importantly, helps to introduce non-vegetarians through the vegan menus offered by more restaurants, to become aware of and have a chance to try vegan dishes. Supporting local vegan cooperation and bringing people together from different cities, countries and beliefs to mutually promote compassion and kindness in restaurant and hotel kitchens is what the Vegan Sister City Program is all about!
The Vegan Trail program is a series of different vegan friendly-trails being developed with local communities in Nepal. The first of their kind in the Himalaya, these trails are being developed with local communities in non-tourist areas of Nepal as a means of providing sustainable tourism opportunities for local communities who otherwise would not have them, as well as provide "vegan-friendly" trekking trails for local vegans in the region and around the world. The vegan-friendly trails range from 2 to 5 days treks complete with spectacular Himalayan views and community homestays that have been trained in being vegan friendly (both in the kitchen as well as in other vegan sensitivities). The trails will have good "Vegan Trail" signage, maps, and promotion through local tourist boards.
VEGAN TRAVEL ASIA BY VEGVOYAGES
Celebrating 18 years of vegan tours, VegVoyages is a team of 5 close friends from 4 different countries and 4 different faiths, who combined their diverse backgrounds and their passion for people, animals, veganism, cultures, travel and storytelling. Working closely with local communities, they create tours that focus on bridging cultural gaps through storytelling, cultural immersion and local interaction while enjoying 100% local vegan food along the way. Its community-based storytelling, meets travel, meets veganism – all in one. Starting with 3 trips in India in 2004, they now organize 27 vegan tours in 9 different countries every year. VegVoyages has won the World Travel Award’s “Asia's Responsible Tourism Award”, the International Travel Award’s “Best Sustainable Tour Company in USA” and “Best Vegan Travel Company in USA” Awards, the Veggie Awards UK “Best Ethical Innovation Award”, and the Green Festival America’s “Best Brand” and “Green Dream ” Awards. They are also first vegan tour company ever to be nominated in the history of the World Travel Awards and the first vegan tour company towin a World Travel Award.
Veganerie started from a Vegan family who wanted to share a good Vegan experience with others. Starting from creating a simple and easy to understand experience through “food and bakery” which was 100% made from plants and is all natural. There’s more to being a vegan than just plain vegetables. For them, Veganism runs in the family, but no matter who you are and whatever your diet choice is, they are more than happy to welcome you to be a part of their Vegan community.
The VegVoyages Foundation was established with the belief that travel should be beneficial for both the people traveling and the communities they are guests of. Since the beginning, VegVoyages has been incorporating charitable social activities, projects, and programs as a key part of its mission. To be able to support and help more, they established the VegVoyages Foundation, a registered non-profit organization. To date, the VegVoyages Foundation continuously supports projects and programs in 5 Local Village Schools (in India, and Nepal); 6 Animal Sanctuaries (in Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Laos, India, and Thailand); Compassionate Education Projects, Outreach, and Social Development Programs for marginalized communities in Sri Lanka, Laos, and Nepal; 13 Community-Based Programs – ranging from reef protection projects, local recycling centers, an educational institution providing skills to disabled women, and a center providing prosthetic, orthotic, and rehabilitation to those who are missing limbs due to UXO. Over the past year, the VegVoyages Foundation has also provided over 125,000 vegan relief meals for people and animals in need due to the COVID pandemic lockdowns. The VegVoyages Foundation is funded by Vegan Travel Asia by VegVoyages, as a significant portion of each tours’ profits is dedicated to the foundation’s programs, and by the generous support from their guests. 100% of all the foundation’s funds go directly into their projects and programs.
WORLD VEGAN ORGANISATION NEPAL
The WVO Nepal is the Nepal’s leading independent vegan organization. As the Nepal chapter of the World Vegan Organization, WVO Nepal was founded by local vegan activists with the focus and mission is to bring health, peace, and sustainability in Nepal through the daily practice of plant-based diets and a vegan lifestyle. To achieve our mission, the WVO Nepal strives to help lead individuals and communities to a sustainable lifestyle for our planet and future generations; thriving for vegan education in improving people’s health and nutrition, raising awareness of food safety, reversing climate change, cultivating harmony in society and promoting sustainability for the planet by advocating a vegan lifestyle. We look forward to taking action together. Mother Earth needs all of us.