Pop-up vegan food vendor gives back to North Central Florida animals

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – A traveling vegan vendor has come to Gainesville from Southern California, and it’s all for a good cause.

Hundreds of people lined up at First Magnitude Brewing Company to get food from Southern Fried Vegan. The joint aims to serve up vegan comfort food while having a positive impact on the planet.

10% of all proceeds will go to Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary and 10% to the Humane Society of North Central Florida.

“It costs money to take care of them and any help we can get, like what Southern Fried Vegan is doing for us today, will be very helpful,” said Pete Reimann, caregiver at Critter. Creek.

Riemann said that since Critter Creek has two locations, it can be difficult to meet all of the animal’s needs.

“We have over 200 animals between the two sites, so obviously they have to eat every day, they get vet care,” he said.

A woman at the event said eating vegan foods that benefit animal welfare nonprofits is the perfect combination.

“I’ve been to Critter Creek before, they have a lovely place. They take care of their animals, they always support the community and the vendors, so I love that we can give back to something that gives us all of these beautiful things, ”said Karina Tamayo.

Tamayo said she recently went vegan, so she was excited to try vegan barbecue.

“When they said everything here is gluten free and vegan I really freaked out, I was like it was awesome, you know the barbecue flavor is super warm,” she said.

From mac and cheese to fried vegan chicken, there was a comfort food option for every vegan.

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