“Restaurants are usually looking to bring new business in and what a way to do this and appease a market you might not be catering to right now,” said event co-founder and co-owner of local, and award-winning, vegan soul food restaurant The Land of Kush, Naijha Wright-Brown. Golden West Cafe, located in the Hampden section of Baltimore, is the other co-founder of the Vegan Restaurant Week. According to data collected by the Vegetarian Resource Group, nearly 40 percent of Americans choose to order vegan in restaurants, regardless of diet.
Samantha Claassen expressed, “This event is about sharing the beauty and simplicity of vegan food. We started an annual vegan week in our restaurant four years ago because there was a lack of options and understanding of what vegan food was or could be. We wanted to have a week where we focused on an underserved community of people and gave them a place to share a meal. I always hoped other establishments would join in and am happy to have finally partnered with The Land of Kush after years of hoping.”
The summer Vegan Restaurant Week will celebrate the fifth annual Vegan Soulfest, happening on Saturday, August 25 from noon-7 pm at Clifton Park in Baltimore. This annual festival celebrates culture and veganism. Featuring Grammy-winning recording artist, actress, dancer, songwriter, philanthropist and vegan, Mya.