VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving

people at a round table enjoying dinnerThe Veg Society of DC (VSDC) Life-Affirming Thanksgiving 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 2017 VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving will be held November 23, from 12-4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Md.

We’re excited to announce Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary as our featured speaker this year! Mr. Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary, has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively promoting a vegan diet and lifestyle and campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.

The 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 – similar to last year’s menu (click here) with a few wonderful modifications. Please check back on this page in October for the scrumptious final menu. This webpage will also be updated as other information is available.

Ticket prices

Early-bird rates available until November 1, 2017:
$67 – Adult, member
$71 – Adult, non-member
$40 – Children (3-12 years)
Free – Baby (0-2 years)

After November 1, 2017:
$72 – Adult, member
$76 – Adult, non-member
$44 – Children (3-12 years)
Free – Baby (0-2 years)


OPTION 1: Register online via Paypal

NOTE: You will have to register each person individually below until you have included everyone in your party. The deadline to register online is Saturday, November 18, 2017.

OPTION 2: Register via Mail-in form and check

VSDC prefers online payment but will accept checks made out to “VSDC.” Be sure to use the printable registration form, fill it out, and mail with check to:
VSDC TG, PO Box 4921, Washington, D.C. 20008

Your envelope must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 14 . Your registration is not confirmed until we receive your check and send you a confirmation (preferably by email). If you have not received a confirmation for your registration by Sunday, November 19, or have other important questions, please contact thanksgiving@vsdc.org (or call to leave a message on the veg-line at 202-362-VEGY).


This is a good option if you are buying multiple tickets, but carries higher convenience fees. If you use this option, please send an email to thanksgiving@vsdc.org  with the name of each member of your party and table preference request (Singles, Family with Children, Group of 5 or More Attending Together). This will help registration go smoothly. 

You can buy tickets through Eventbrite here.

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.

We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with you!




2016 VSDC Thanksgiving

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.