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Vegan baking for a special cause

Sarah Parker shows off vegan cinammon buns at the Karmavore vegan specialty shop in New Westminster. The store is participating in a worldwide vegan bake sale on April 21. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER
Sarah Parker shows off vegan cinammon buns at the Karmavore vegan specialty shop in New Westminster. The store is participating in a worldwide vegan bake sale on April 21.
— image credit: MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER

On April 21, Karmavore vegan specialty shop will make the world its cupcake.

That's when the Columbia Street destination for ethical eaters from around Metro Vancouver will be participating in a special worldwide vegan bake sale to raise money for causes near and dear to their heart.

It's the second year Karmavore is taking part in the sale, which is held by vegans and vegan shops around the world during a two-week window. So far dozens of vegan shops in places like Brisbane, Vienna, London, Berlin, Rome, Glasgow and Seoul have signed on for this year's sale.

Proceeds from the sales of Karmavore's baked goods, all of which are created by employees and supporters of the shop, will go to help homeless cats at the Canadian Animal Rescue and Extended Shelter.

"It's a real unifying event," says Ashley McLean, the director of sales at Karmavore. "It pumps everyone up. It shows we are very passionate and vegans aren't just all talk."

Among the tasty treats that will be for sale will be cupcakes, cookies, loaves and desert bars.

McLean says it's especially significant that the fundraiser is a bake sale since delicious baked goods were once the final frontier for most vegans.

"It was something that wasn't available for so long," says McLean.

That's no longer the case, as more bakers have adapted tried and true recipes with  a vegan touch, keeping them free of dairy and meat products like eggs and gelatins.

The shop hopes to raise $2,000. Last year they were able to donate $1,400 to the Vancouver Orphaned Kitten Rescue Association.

Karmavore's bake sale will be held April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 610 Columbia St.

 

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