Save the date! 8/12/23 Arts and Vegan Festival at 1020 Collective in Erie! Click here for vendor application!


  • What is Lake Erie Vegan?
    • We are the go-to resource for vegan news and products in the Erie, PA area and Lake Erie region. Currently, we are focusing our efforts on expanding our network of vegan friendly businesses in the food industry with plans to soon expand to other types of businesses including clothing and beauty. We currently have an ever growing list of vegan friendly restaurants and other food services in Erie, Edinboro, Venango, Cambridge Springs, and North East, Pennsylvania on our Vegan Rolodex.  


  •  What does vegan or veganism mean?
    • A vegan is someone who doesn't consume or use animal based products such as meat, dairy, eggs, leather, or beauty products and other goods tested on animals.


  • That sounds hard. Why are people vegans?
    • Some people choose veganism for health, ethical, environmental, religious, or personal reasons. Lake Erie Vegan strongly believes no reasoning is better than the other. It is a personal choice as to why and how extensively and strictly you follow veganism.


  • Where do vegans get their protein?
    • Ah, the million dollar question! Thanks for being so concerned about our protein intake! There's actually a ton of non-animal based protein options. Beans, nuts, soy products, vegetables, whole grains, and seeds are some of the most commonly consumed sources of protein for vegans.


  • So what CAN vegans eat?
    • Vegans can eat any foods that do not contain animal products such as fruits, vegetables, grains, oils, herbs and spices, legumes, seeds, and nuts. The vegan food market is a billion dollar industry. New vegan products (besides what is grown in gardens and farms) are being created constantly. There are vegan ice creams, soups, casseroles, pizzas, curries, fast foods, drinks, pastas, condiments, and the list goes on!


  • I'm new to veganism. HELP!
    • There is A LOT of information online about vegan foods and products, vegan recipes, and veganism. It can be very overwhelming in the beginning. First decide how closely you are going to follow veganism. Do you want to just follow a vegan diet or do you want it to extend to all aspects of your life including beauty products and clothing? Start with small changes. Meatless Monday, switching to non-dairy milks, researching cruelty free brands are all small ways to start your journey.
      • Minimalist Baker was a godsend when I first became vegan. She has over 1,000 vegan recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less. There are recipes for smoothies, sauces, desserts, side dishes, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and more that require little ingredients or effort no matter how new or old of vegan.
      • Vegan Food and Living has created a list of nine vegan Youtubers who are worth checking out. These Youtubers cover a variety of topics from beauty, budget friendly recipes and grocery shopping, sustainability, vegan activism, and high end recipes and cooking challenges. There is a channel and topic for everyone!


  • What if I know of a restaurant that has vegan options that isn't listed here?
    • We love learning about new vegan friendly businesses in the Lake Erie region! Shoot us a message with the scoop and we will check it out!


    • What's up with all the old school photos? 
      • A website with a bunch of pictures of fruits and vegetables sounds boring. And let's be honest... the 1960's and 70's are far more interesting.