Did you participate in the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale this year? We did! With the Daytona Beach
Vegetarian Society, we held the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale today, at the Green Affair in Downtown DeLand, Florida.
The Green Affair is a green living/Earth Day type of event. Right up my alley! So it seemed like the perfect venue for our vegan bake sale. We got a grant from VegFund, and I spent $107 purchasing everything I needed to make over 350 tasty vegan baked treats. I spent the week making:
peanut butter cookies
chcoloate chip cookies
oatmeal raisin cookies
chocolate chip muffins
mini-chocolate chip muffins
almond shortbread cookies
cocoa banana muffins
raisin bran muffins
peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
We also spent $30 on vegan gluten free baked goods from a specialty bakery in the area (mini cupcakes
and brownies). In addition to all this, there were a couple of other people who baked some things and dropped them off. So we were well stocked!
The sale was on for four hours and we ended up making $312! Awesome! Those funds will go to support out veg outreach work. We also chose to donate a portion of the proceeds to Stable Haven, a local horse rescue. This event was a success and it is something that every group can do to raise some funds. The public loved it. They were lined up to get vegan baked goods, we had incredible feedback on how everything tasted, and everyone got literature as well. They all got info about how their diet impacts the planet with sustainable living and water saving brochures. We also discussed egg alternatives with people. We planted lots of seeds today!
Here are my tips for holding your own vegan bake sale:
- Don't worry about trying to bake everything in one day. That's exhausting! Spend the week baking
a few things each day. Let them completely cool and then store them in the freezer in air tight containers. The night before the sale just pull out all the containers and leave them on the counter (closed). By the next morning everything is thawed, wonderful, and ready to go.
- Aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This means avoiding wrapping things individually in plastic. Instead, just set things out on trays and have some eco-friendly paper sandwich bags on hand for those who want to buy and save for later (most people buy and eat right then, so all that packaging is not necessary). The eco-friendly sandwhich bags can be purchased inexpensively at Whole Foods Market and you can fit 6-8 cookies per bag. Most people don't want a bag, so don't offer them to everyone. Just offer to those who are buying mutliple items, or those who say they want to save it for later. Also, recycle anything you can from the event. There are also eco-friendly cupcake/muffin liners at Whole Foods (we used those as well).
- Have a few things pre-bagged for multiple cookie purchases. For example, we had an eco-friendly
bag of 6 oatmeal raisin cookies all ready to go, as well as a bag of 12 granola cookies in a bag for one purchase price.
- If possible, buy organic ingredients. This is available at Whole Foods and many other grocery stores. It does not cost that much more and it is a nice extra for the public. They appreciate that they are buying vegan, organic baked goods. Our baked goods were almost all organic.
- Set everything out nicely on trays. Remember that presentation is everything when trying to sell things like this. You need to make the table look nice, clean, and make a good presentation.
- Make up little slips of paper with the name of each item and tape it to the trays. That way you will not have to repeat the names of everything 300 times throughout the day.
- Be sure to give out literature to people regarding veg diets. We were at a green living event, so we handed out info on sustainable eating and saving water with a veg diet.
- Be ready to answer questions about egg alternatives. People are curious and this is the best time to educate them. Have an empty Ener G egg replacer box on hand to show them what it looks like. Also, you can type up a list of egg alternatives and how much of each item you use, and post it for people to see.
- Try to have some gluten free options on hand for those people who need that. If you can, purchase from a dedicated gluten free bakery, in order to avoid cross-contamination.
- Have rubber gloves on hand for touching food. We let people get their own goodies, but some people wanted help, and as you sell things you need to move items around. It's important to wear
gloves to do this.
- Get the word out about the vegan bake sale. I sent the information about the sale to our local papers, as well as posted it on our facebook page every other day. Some people attended because they saw it in these places.
- Get others to help so that one person doesn't do all the baking. Ask various people in the group to bake things so the burden is shared.
- Start out with higher prices and then an hour before the sale is over drop the prices to help get rid of left overs. We started out having our cookies be $1 each, or three for $2, and our muffins be $2 each. In the last hour we dropped it to $2 for four cookies, and $1 per muffin.
- Throw nothing away! If nobody wants to take it home, walk around and hand it out to people for free. That way there is no wasting and you are still giving people the opportunity to try vegan food.
Best of luck with your sale. We had a successful one and will do so again next year. Having a vegan bake sale is a lot of work, but it's also fun, rewarding, and you get to introduce a lot of people to vegan baked goods. Many people were skeptical and then loved the items once they tried them. It's well worth the effort!
You can see all the pictures from the event here.