by Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director
My sons’ rugby club hosted an annual multi-county tournament.
The club was responsible for providing food and drinks at a concession
stand. As a vegetarian parent, I suggested to their coach that veggie
burgers would be a healthy alternative to the typical hamburgers and hot
dogs that my own sons wouldn’t eat. He agreed.
Not knowing how well veggie burgers would sell at a rugby tournament, I
supplied twenty-four patties. Twenty sold the first day. The second day
when the teenagers played, all sold within the first two hours. We’ll
know to have more on hand next time!
As a parent volunteer working the cash box, I acknowledged each person
who purchased a veggie burger and expressed thanks for their support.
Several people were relieved that finally the vegetarian in their family
truly felt accommodated at an event where typically only meat products
are on the menu. A few stated health reasons for their selection and one
person just wanted a change from meat. I encountered absolutely no
hostility, dislike nor sarcasm from anyone regarding the non-meat menu
I encourage vegetarian parents to suggest vegetarian or vegan
alternatives at similar events. You will probably be happily surprised
by the results. Now on to my children’s lacrosse and soccer events!
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