Here’s a great part of doing the VIP’s Vegan Information Days in Temple Bar Square, Dublin.
We have a printed list of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in the Dublin area. More than usual went out on the 13th of July – about 25 in all. This is because we were using a new leaflet display for the first time [thanks Declan!], see picture left. The restaurant and cafe guide can be seen top left, next to a sign saying all the literature is free to take.
This means that shy people can get literature without necessarily having to come up to the gazebos. Indeed, this is the very reason why we made a large “A” board in the first place. We noticed back in 2013 that it took one person three weeks before coming up to the gazebo. One of the co-founders of the Vegan Information Project predicted that this would be one advantage of doing regular events in the same place and times.
It is very common that the vegans that we meet every week are accompanied by non-vegans. This means, armed with our guide, all these people are likely to be eating plant-based while in Dublin.
VIP also has a QR scan poster of the vegan/vegan-friendly eateries. With the right app, people can scan a map of the cafes and restaurants into their smartphones. If people don’t have such an app – or can’t get online until back at their holiday accommodation, for example – we send them the map link as a FB message.
It is very heartening when, later, or during the next day, the notifications come through indicating that they have accessed the link. That’s more people eating plant-based meals due to Vegan Information Days!